Slow cooker hamburger soup is a hearty, warm, comforting bowl of kid-friendly food. It cooks up easily in a slow cooker, making it an easy weeknight meal.

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup is a thick and hearty meal to warm you up. Bonus, kids love it (adults do too). It has the beefy body of a chili, with an entirely different spice flavor profile. This is something that you can spend five minutes prepping in the morning, then let stew in the slow cooker all day long for a no fuss dinner. Yeah, you're gonna like this one.

Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup is a hearty, warm, comforting bowl of kid-friendly food. It cooks up quickly, making it a great weeknight meal.

You can also make Hamburger Soup with Rice or Pasta

If you are looking to stretch this soup out a little farther, or just like the idea of it, you can add a little grain to the mix. One of my first testers thought that this soup would be great with a little orzo or other small pasta mixed in. It could even go well with some larger pasta, though then I feel that you are treating it more like a sauce, and less like a soup.

Personally, I think that if you are going to add some starch to the soup, rice would be a great way to go. Similar to pouring chili over rice, but with a distinctly hamburger soup flavor. Let me know in the comments if you try any of these variations out, and how they go!

Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup is a hearty, warm, comforting bowl of kid-friendly food. It cooks up quickly, making it a great weeknight meal.

True Story, I love burgers, so much so, that I own and manage Burger Month. This Hamburger Soup is an outside the bun favorite, but if you're looking for the absolute best burger game around, I think you've found it. Try these babies out on your grill!

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Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

Slow cooker hamburger soup is a hearty, warm, comforting bowl of kid-friendly food. It cooks up easily in a slow cooker, making it an easy weeknight meal.
4.84 from 6 votes
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Author: Kita Roberts
5 hours 10 minutes
Serves: 4 servings


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 med onion - diced
  • 1 celery stalk - diced
  • 1 carrot - diced
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes - 1 can
  • 5 beef bouillon cubes
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • Shredded cheddar cheese for topping


  • In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and drain.
  • Combine the ground beef with the next 10 ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Spoon out in bowls and top with cheddar cheese.


Adapted from a recipe my friend sent me from Allrecipes


Serving: 1g | Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1434mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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  1. Boulder Locavore says:

    Kita your post left me wanting to know more. It sounds like you have unsupervised kids in your shop accessing age inappropriate content? It made me think of a few things. First I am a parent and I realized when becoming one parents are all different. In many cases there should be a license to become a parent! Your comments don't surprise me as I too have seen a number of circumstances I've been shocked by (the latest an older woman bringing a 3 year old to the newest Twighlight movie in the theatre).

    I wonder though with your thoughtful passion about this is you could not so something at the store to restrict content from kids who really are too young to be exposed to the elements you describe? I think businesses do bear some responsibility when they know they have content inappropriate to minors to shield them. Hence brown wrappers on some magazines that are kept behind a cash register rather than in the open. Would be curious to know more of your thoughts on this.

    Glad to hear your passion and responsible views ont his. And your soup looks great!

  2. Blog is the New Black says:

    Ugh, you're right. Oraents need to be more mindful...

    Soup looks great! Just had my aunt email me her recipe for hamburger soup!

  3. Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini says:

    You go girl! I couldn't agree more - it makes me so sad to see how un-parented kids are these days. And, your soup looks delicious : )

  4. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Gosh, never heard of it....

    This soup looks so comforting and lovely.

  5. Hamburger soup? Don't believe I've had that. I've heard of it and have this image of a hamburger (buns and all) sitting in some liquid ... not a nice image. This sounds (and looks) a lot like chili to me.... is it? I love the shredded cheddar on top (I love anything with cheese .. well, almost anything).

    1. It really was a surprise - it tasted like a hamburger - without the bun. 😉 My chili is usually much thicker and packed with more meat and beans, the kind that you can stick a spoon in and it stays standing.

  6. Whoops, sorry about the double post. Edited and both appeared. Feel free to delete the first one.

  7. RavieNomNoms says:

    You are very right! Great post Kita and your soup is really delicious looking, yummmm

  8. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says:

    Bravo! Double bravo, in fact! I won't let Dudette watch shows like Big Time Rush or iCarly simply because of the way they talk to and treat each other in those shows. She only watches Scooby Doo if I'm with her so I can gauge when the monsters are getting a little too intense for her little brain to wrap around. I can't even begin to imagine having Walking Dead (which I happen to love) on the television while she's awake. It's not worth the chance of her walking into the room. And parents wonder why kids have sleeping issues. Sheesh

    I think I need a bowl of that soup to help me calm down now. 🙂

  9. Sandra's Easy Cooking says:

    i never liked comics..for some reason even my kids prefer nice magic tree house books or similar to that..which I am totally fine:)) You are right, and I am 100% with you on your topic!
    your soup look AMAZING..very comforting, and i am sure my kids would like it very much!

  10. Yowza! What's the sodium content in this soup, do you know? I'm sure it's delicious, but the steak seasoning, garlic salt, Worcestershire and bouillon are all sodium killers. Any suggestions for how to make this still taste as good without the tons of salt?

    1. I agree, there's tons of salt in this one. You could nix the garlic salt and add garlic, and use low sodium broth instead of the bouillon and water.

  11. It's nice to know that even as a non-parent you care about what kids are seeing. It just gets uglier and uglier on t.v. what used to be restricted to evening is daytime now. Don't get me started on the ED ads! This soup does sound good and those changes you suggested would lower the sodium, good thinking.

  12. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family says:

    Thank you for the PSA. It does seem that people are allowing their children to do things that really should be left for a more mature audience. I wish there was a way to motivate parents to be more mindful of their choices.
    P.S. The soup looks delish Kita!

  13. Jenny @ Savour the Senses says:

    Haha unleash the fury. I feel the same way about usually not ranting on my blog, but let's be honest isn't that what blogging is for? Sometimes you just gotta do it! =)

  14. Steph@stephsbitebybite says:

    I could totally see myself getting lost on the couch with this bowl of soup. Sounds like a huge bowl of comforting goodness!

  15. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    The flavors in this sound awesome and I love those bowls, Kita!

  16. Love. Walking Dead!!! I am also in shock and agree with you on the age appropriateness. I work in a middle school and some of the kids watch the show! I was kind of shocked at that. My 16 year watches it, but as a parent, i watch it with him and we discuss it quite a bit. He is also a budding writer and makes fascinating comments and has amazing insight into the show. The kids at school (grades 6 - 8) do not... Soup looks amazing...may have to make for the next episode...unfortunately we have to wait for that!

  17. Parsley Sage says:

    Sigh. Been there. I think I've already told you about the Preacher books on the bottom shelf of the comic book section at the local book story...not bagged, right where kids can grab them and none of the staff have ANY idea what they're selling.

    But its ultimately the parent's job to check that stuff so don't let it bother you too much. Or it will drive you crazy 🙁

    Great soup though! Very heroic! Buzzed

  18. Dionne Baldwin says:

    I'm not one to waste a good opinion so I'm all for it. 🙂 I have to agree that ratings exist for a reason and as a responsible parent it is my job to see what my daughter is reading or watching to the best of my ability. She already knows that the older she gets the more she will choose and once she is an "adult" she will make her own choices.

    For now, she's eight. I have to make the call. I tell her why. That's that.

    The more negativity she hears on the news and the radio the more she questions me about how bad this world really is. I want her to see both sides and not think that everyday life must consist of violence and sexual encounters. She is really interested in comic books and I would love to let her indulge in some Taylor-friendly ones! She does have a complete meltdown when animals are harmed so I'll have to watch those ratings.

    Thank you for all that you do. Please know that your hamburger soup sounds so comforting and warm on a cold day like today. Your photos make soup0 look beautiful!

  19. I wondered what your PSA was going to be about. I care what my kids watch and read and yeah, those topics are not appropriate at this age. Maybe not for a long, loooooooonnnnng time!
    Love the soup, though.

  20. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    You are spot on, Kita. I don't have children, but if I did, I would never allow them to read anything that touches on those mature topics. Not that I am trying to make an excuse for them, but do you think many people realize that these types of topics appear in comics these days? I know that they do, but I think a lot of people think of superheros when they think about comics and may not realize that topics such as rape, sex, or violence may be in these comics. Still though, I agree they should be aware of what their children are reading.

  21. Just made this! Amazing!!!


    1. I threw in some potatoes, and broke up about 5 lasagna noodles into smaller pieces for the pasta

  23. Your hamburg soup is delish. I also added diced potatoes and shredded cabbage. Left out steak seasoning, cheese and corn.
    My youngest child is 34 so I don't have anything to say about what he watches. But I do have 4 great grand kids and am thankful that their parents have your view point on TV watching. It seems nothing is sacerid any more not even our childrens mental health.

  24. I make Hamburger Soup all the time , but instead of all the salt . I use beef broth and I add
    As far as your question today, I totally agree with you . My baby is 31 so what he watches is ?

  25. 5 stars
    I add barley to this recipe makes it really hardy.

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