Hamburger Soup

One of our first recipes on What the “Forks” for Dinner? was Hamburger Soup. It has been one of our most popular recipes and it is Tim and I’s personal favorite.

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Our picture taking skills were less than great when we first started, so we are happy to repost the recipe with new and improved pictures. You can read the original post Hamburger Soup by clicking the link.

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Please enjoy our update and try the Hamburger Soup……… we are sure it will be your new favorite!!

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Hamburger Soup

  • Author: Tim & Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours + 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 3 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 1 heaping tablespoon beef base (paste type)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat, and crumble in the ground beef. Cook and stir until the beef is evenly browned and no longer pink about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the onion, carrots, celery, and barley. Pour in diced tomatoes, beef stock, and ketchup. Season with bay leaf, parsley, garlic pepper, thyme, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cover; simmer for 2 hours, stirring frequently. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Keywords: ground beef, carrot, celery, tomato, barley, beef stock, ketchup, bay leaf, parsley, garlic pepper, thyme, soup,


25 thoughts on “Hamburger Soup”

    1. Beef base is a paste that is sold by the broths and bullion cubes at the grocery store. Do not use bullion cubes they will not work the same.It’s usually in a small jar. Please let us know what you think of the soup when you make it!

  1. Your soup looks delicious! Beef base has too much sodium for me to use. Can I make without? or Do you recommend a substitute?

  2. Have you ever used potatoes instead of barley? I know my family would prefer them. (and as I’m not the most kitchen-savvy, when would you put them in? and would red ones hold up better?) I want to make this for my father-in-law’s birthday tomorrow 🙂

    1. If you are using potatoes I would put them in with the rest of the vegetables. I think red potatoes would work fine. Hope you enjoy the soup.

  3. I use frozen cubed potatoes and add them when the carrots are about half cooked. I also add canned green beans and corn to make it a vegetable soup. You can also throw in any leftover veggies when the soup is almost done. My family loves it.

  4. Instead of barley I use 1 cup of small white beans (add 3 quarts of water boil one minute then let soak 1 hour) and also add 1/4 cup uncooked rice. Our family favorite and can freeze leftovers if any left.

  5. Your hamburger soup is fantastic. Have made it quite a few times and everyone loves it and rates it a 10+

  6. Very tasty. Will make again and again but I believe there is a typo in the recipe…garlic pepper? I used garlic powder and no pepper. Delicious!

  7. I’ve seen a lot of recipes forhamburger soup that use shells or elbow macaroni. Would you recommend that?

  8. Hi! Just made this soup for dinner. Was delicious. I did add a little small elbow macaroni. Served it with fresh homemade sour dough bread. Also just because we love parmesan did sprinkle some on top. Thank you for this recipe. This is a no fail recipe!

  9. If I cook this soup on high, will it get done sooner/still taste the same? I’ve made it before but I don’t remember it taking 2 hours!


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