Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

6 servings
6 hr 10 min

This slow cooker hamburger soup is one of our easy crockpot soup recipes we keep in the meal plan rotation.

It's a great recipe for dinners, and even picky eaters really love this one. Slow cooker hamburger soup is always a win around our dinner table.

For those of you that like recipes you can dump into the Crockpot and let cook while you do other stuff, this hamburger soup is an awesome choice.

A finished bowl of hamburger soup ready to eat

This recipe is really easy to make and there's only a few steps you'll need to follow in order to prepare it. It's basically a "dump" recipe.

Just add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. That's it!

Cooking ground beef with peppers and onions in frying pan

Does this hamburger soup recipe have to cook in the crockpot?

This crockpot hamburger soup can also be cooked on the stove top, if you prefer. As long as your beef is pre-cooked, you can add all the ingredients to a large soup pot and simmer for 45-60 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.

When you cook this recipe on the stovetop you will just have to keep an eye on it where as cooking it in the slow cooker you are able to walk away and do something else while dinner prepares itself! Do what works for you.

Ingredients for hamburger soup ready to cook

What vegetables are in this soup?

I use mushrooms, carrots and red potatoes to go along with the onion and peppers that I put in my freezer-bagged ground meat mix. If you're not a fan of these vegetables, put in whatever your family likes. Good options are corn, a can of diced tomatoes, fresh zucchini or green beans.

This recipe is naturally gluten-free, since the main carb is the red potatoes. If you prefer, switch that up to rice or pasta! You could also use something like quinoa as well. This is a very forgiving recipe that you can alter to suit your needs and tastes.

Salsa makes a great addition, you can mix things up and use whatever veggies you have on hand while preparing it, no need to run out for extra ingredients when you can just throw in what you like and have on hand!

Top down look at the finished slow cooker soup ready to serve.

Can I make this recipe and freeze it?

You can definitely prepare this recipe in advance and freeze it or keep it in the refrigerator to reheat throughout the week. It's pretty simple to prepare since we're using pre-cooked ground beef so I don't usually make the whole recipe in advance.

I will typically make a batch at the beginning of the week and we use leftovers for easy lunches and dinners that can be thrown in the microwave with ease.

Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 6 Hours Total time: 6 hr 10 min
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  • 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 4-5 red potatoes, cubed
  • 8oz white mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp basil
  • 1 Tbsp parsley

Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir to combine.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
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  • Mona Lunke Mona Lunke on Sep 24, 2022

    I often use a pound of ground beef and a pound of ground pork. It's such an easy meal, just takes a little time to brown the meat and dice the potatoes.

  • Ellen L Wright Ellen L Wright on Oct 20, 2022

    Use powdered soup stock to season. Beef, chicken, ham, vegan are all good. Then add black pepper and salt. Stir up cornbread and serve HOT. Improves with ages and freezes well.