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Hamburger Soup

Posted on August 4th, 2012  |  19 Comments

This soup is bitter sweet for me. Not in flavor, which is deep and hearty and totally spot on from what I remember as a kid, but this soup stirs up my emotional side. You see, hamburger soup was one of my mom’s signature dishes and probably the most vegetable rich meal my dad ever ate of hers. And well, it makes me miss them like crazy and wonder why I moved over 3,000 miles away.

It was also the source of a huge fight between me and my husband.

Yes, we fought over soup. Aren’t we the perfect couple.

Actually, the story’s a bit of a compliment to the soup and an unfortunate highlight into the wackoness of Lauren. You see, yesterday was a full day (never cool for a Friday)… I woke up, felt unusually inspired to cook before work, which rarely happens, and whipped up this baby in no time. Left to simmer for an hour or so, I sweetly reminded my husband to turn off the heat in a bit, and to please save me at least two bowls (jokingly, I thought.) 11 am rolls around, I’m on break and get a call from him telling me, quote “It’s the best soup I’ve ever had, ever!” Well, well, how nice. “Save me some,” I reminded him, only half-heartily worried – it did have a whole pound of ground beef in it – and who can eat a whole pound of ground beef in a few hours?

Apparently he can. ‘Cause when I came home – after driving on the 405, weaving in and out of traffic, going in and out of consciousness due to hunger – this single bowl was all I could scrape together to get a photo. Not gonna lie, I went quite ballistic on him. It’s funny now, as I write about it, I mean, it’s just soup. But, BUT! that’s not the point. All you ladies that ask your man to do something and they agree only to later claim Jason Borne syndrome when trying to recall the convo know what I’m talking about.

Really, I ought to be impressed, it’s quite a feat to eat an entire stock pot of soup.

So if you aren’t into sharing, I’d avoid this recipe. Or just double the batch – it freezes great!

Happy Saturday!


Okay spill: dumbest fight you’ve got into was over…

Hamburger Soup

by The Talking Kitchen

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Ingredients (4-6 servings)

  • Feel free to mix up the veggie combo to your liking. Any would work great!
  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 c. diced onion (about 1 large onion)
  • 3/4 c. diced carrot (about 2 carrots)
  • 3/4 c. diced red bell pepper (about 1/2 bell pepper)
  • 8-10 okra, sliced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 c. chicken stock
  • 1 15oz. can tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp + a pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes


Start by heating a medium-large stock pot over medium heat. Add the beef, onions, carrots, bell peppers, garlic, and seasonings. (everything but the bay leaves, okra, tomatoes and chicken stock)

Cook until browned, stirring often, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Once the meat is browned and veggies sauteed, about 5-7 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients.

Stir to incorporate and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 1-2 hours, with a lid slightly covering the pot. Stir occasionally.

Enjoy with a grate of Parmesan cheese, or some hearty bread.

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19 Responses

  1. yumgoggle says:

    I am up for a fight anytime for a bowl of this beautiful soup. Are those okra slices? I love okra. I am sure i will really have to double the recipe, my hubby can finish a pound of ground beef in a few minutes…yeah, me too, I cannot seem to understand how that happens…;)
    Thanks for sharing. This is a keeper =)
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  2. Your husband sounds like my man. Well actually, despite my nagging at him to save me some, my man would just eat and eat until there’s a few spoonfuls of it left, then he’d turn to me to say, “oh you didn’t want any did you?”. I still haven’t forgiven him for that one time he ate all my strawberry creme brulee tarts…

    Beautiful beautiful soup Lauren :)

  3. This is a bowl of comfort and deliciouness!

  4. I think our partners must be long lost twins LOL. I don’t eat ground meat, but the photo alone makes me want this soup right now!!

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  5. Looks wonderful! Soups are my favorite food and am going to make this Tuesday.

  6. candi052781 says:

    ahhh the boys……nice work on the soup……and managing to scrape together enough to show us;) my husband will love this recipe. just have to find some okra since it doesn’t grow around here.

  7. Lauren says:

    Looks INCREDIBLE! We guy grass-fed beef in 5 lb. “chubs” from a local farmer, so we always have a ton in the freezer. I’m so tempted to make this tonight, since I have some beef defrosting… but already have tacos on the brain. It will definitely have to go on next weeks’ meal plan!

    • lafig says:

      Thanks Lauren! 5lb packages would be dangerous round here but I bet it’s cheaper and convenient… Tacos are hard to pass up, recipe going on the blog?

  8. Deborah says:

    Lauren, this could be my story…I too, moved 2,000 miles from home and every weekend when the weather was cold my mom made hamburger vegetable soup! Must be a Southern thing! I still think about those days and miss them so much! Will make this soup soon!

  9. Tara says:

    My mom just gave me her recipe today for her yummy hamburger soup and I stumbled upon your recipe while looking for some different versions – I love her recipe, but wanted to do it Emeril style and maybe “Kick it up a notch”. Yours combined well with hers and I’m excited to try it tonight – love your blog and anxious to try some more of your goods. 2 hour drive – you must live near Seattle :)

  10. Sherri says:

    Hello Lauren-

    Just wanted to give you a big THANK YOU! I was searching for a soup to make, because quite frankly; I am tired of the common dry dishes that are so much the favorites of my family. So I got right on it, and finished it up about 1/2 hour ago…it is delicious!! It will definitely be my go-to dish, when I am wanting a more liquid meal.

    Thanks again.
    Your new viewer, Sherri

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  12. Sara says:

    I made the hamburger soup tonight, but I’m trying to determine why mine looked different than your picture. What type of “tomatoes” did you use? Your soup base looks more red (like chili) than mine. I used a can of diced tomatoes. Anyway, despite the color difference, it was a great meal! My hubby even liked it…he’s a bit picky. Thanks!

  13. Lauren says:

    It’s the tail end of winter here in Georgia and we’re having killer storms, complete with hail and tornado warnings. Calls for some comfort! I just tossed all this in the crock pot with the addition of a few leeks and some corn. Wish me luck!

    • talkingkadmin says:

      Oh no! I hope the weather improves, stay safe! Hamburger soup always comforts me, great idea using the crock pot, let me know how it turns out.

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