Creamy Split Pea Hamburger Soup

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Will you trust me that my new Creamy Split Pea Hamburger Soup is absolutely amazing? Look, I know that the combination seems really odd and it came about, well, the way that things usually come about in my house. I had ground beef that I had taken out, forgot to use because I switched up my menu (which is why I don’t meal plan. I just can’t.) and then that ground beef was thisclose to expiring. I had seen a bag of bulk split peas in my pantry earlier and well, things got a little crazy. WHY put hamburger in split pea soup?

I also have an Instant Pot split pea soup recipe if you want to try that!

Creamy Split Pea Hamburger Soup in pink Pyrex bowl with spoon in it
Split Pea Hamburger Soup

Well, why not? We put ham in it, actually for the very best split pea soup we soak and cook a ham bone in it. So why not another form of meat?

This is now Mike’s favourite soup. I don’t understand the man. First he tells me that he doesn’t like hamburger in soup (remember, he kept telling me he didn’t like it when I made my Creamy Potato Hamburger Soup Recipe? And then he loved it?)and then he tells me that THIS soup, this creamy split pea hamburger soup is his favourite soup of all time.

Close up of Creamy Split Pea Hamburger Soup in the slow cooker

This split pea hamburger soup is actually really good. It has been given the seal of approval from all four of us in the family AND my parents when they came to visit. They tried the leftovers for lunch and declared it delicious and fitting for the blog. I like how it is and isn’t split pea soup all at the same time. There is no ham flavour at all, so you are left with a nice basic split pea base. Then you add in the hamburger which after cooking is a nice soft texture. It’s good, solid comfort food that is loaded with protein and iron.Spooning the Creamy Split Pea Hamburger Soup in a pink Pyrex Bowl

Surprisingly, it’s going into the regular rotation of soups – I actually can’t believe my daughter ate this one but she had it twice, for supper and then for lunch the next day. That to me is the ultimate measure of a recipe’s success – if everyone happily eats leftovers the next day- so this is going to be a wintertime staple from now on!

So. What say you guys? Will you give it a whirl and trust me?

Happy Cooking! Make sure to also try my Simple Classic Hamburger Soup Recipe as well!



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Split Pea Hamburger Soup

Creamy Split Pea Hamburger Soup done in the Instant Pot or your slow cooker! This hearty soup is chock full of protein and iron and is delicious!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • 4 medium russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 cup of dry green split peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 bay leaves


Slow Cooker Instructions

  • In a medium frying pan, fry up the ground beef and onions until translucent. Once done, drain the grease then return to the heat. Add the garlic and saute for another 2 minutes. Once done, place in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Mix in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6.
  • Stir the soup to disperse the peas evenly throughout the soup and serve.

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Press the saute button on your Instant Pot and place the ground beef and onions inside. Proceed to fry up the ground beef and onions until translucent. Once done, drain the grease then return to the Instant Pot. Add the garlic and saute for another 2 minutes.
  • Mix in the remaining ingredients. You can now either pressure cook or slow cook. Use the slow cook function and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • To pressure cook, press the soup button and choose 45 minutes. Turn the top knob to "sealing" and let it pressure cook.
  • When done, you can chose to manually release the pressure by placing a tea towel over the sealing knob and release by turning it. You can also let it naturally release pressure and wait until it's done to take off the lid. The extra cooking time will not matter or affect the end result.
  • Stir the soup to mix the peas throughout and serve.

Recipe Notes

Recipe time will depend on if you are using the slow cooker or the instant pot.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 270kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 917mg, Potassium: 1138mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2585IU, Vitamin C: 25mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 3.9mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

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  1. Minerva Baba says

    May I ask, can this soup be made on the stove top as well?

  2. JDrake says

    I threw everything but the sink in today. 1 c dry split peas, 5 med carrots diced, some celery diced, about 5 sm to med golden potatoes cubed, vegetable broth I had left over from another meal, Sea Salt, Fresh ground pepper, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, I had some fresh parsley I minced some of that up about a handful ( I mean why not?), 1 1/2 pounds of hamburger, left over grease from the burger I sauteed Onions and garlic till just before caramelizing. Put it all in my slow cooker for dinner tonight. It should be cooking for a good 6-8 hrs. I will leave it on high for about 4 hr. then low. If there is any left I will add another comment… 🙂

    • JDrake says

      Well the results are in, OMG, another winner for sure! I needed to adjust the salt a little bit and add just a pinch of cornstarch to thicken the soup. But the aroma has been filling the whole house today. Everything I threw in worked. It’s meaty, split green pea creamy soup, with the carrots and potatoes. Can’t find any of the onion or garlic. Five Star all the way.5 stars

  3. Rose Simonian-Hairapetian says

    Can I use yellow split peas instead of green for this recipe

    • Karlynn says

      You can use yellow peas in this, they just have a slightly milder taste than the green.5 stars

  4. Joy Townsends says

    Are those split peas soak or just put in the pot from the bag. Ive tried other recipes that didn’t come out like they show and l follow the recipe.

    • Karlynn says

      Dry straight from the bag! If they don’t turn out, it’s because they need more cooking time to fall apart.5 stars

  5. MaryB says

    Split pea soup is one of my favorites. I’ll have to try this version. Sounds delicious!

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