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Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup?! My kids get excited when they hear it’s for dinner. 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.

Pin showing finished slow cooker hamburger soup

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For years I’ve had a great meal-prep habit. I buy ground beef in bulk, and then I cook it all at once with chopped peppers and onions. I freeze portions in zipper freezer bags so that I have them on hand for busy weeknights.

That way, I just have to thaw it overnight in order to make quick beef tacos, a one-pot pasta meal or this yummy hamburger soup. With the meat pre-cooked, this becomes a simple load-the-crockpot-and-walk-away meal, my favorite kind!

If you only have raw ground beef on hand, you can use your slow cooker to make Barbeque Burgers instead.

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.

A bowl of finished slow cooker hamburger soup

Ingredients needed to make slow cooker hamburger soup:

Here’s a quick breakdown of the list of ingredients you will need to make this hamburger soup in the Crockpot. You’ll be able to find the full list and amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. It’s a great resource that also has shopping links, nutritional estimates, step by step instructions, and more.

You will need ground beef that is browned and drained or pre-cooked, diced onions, peppers, red tomatoes, mushrooms, and carrots. You will also need beef broth along with some oregano, basil, and parsley.

A finished bowl of hamburger soup ready to eat

How to make crock pot hamburger soup:

This recipe is really easy to make and there’s only a few steps you’ll need to follow in order to prepare it. Let’s take a look at the step by step guide for preparing Crockpot hamburger soup!

Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir to combine.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve and enjoy!

A look into one of the finished bowls of hamburger soup

More slow cooker and crockpot recipes:

If you like cooking in the Crockpot you won’t want to miss out on these delicious options. We have something for everyone and even picky eaters will devour these tasty meals. Make sure to let us know which of these your family enjoys and share your favorite slow cooker recipes with us in the comments!

Printable Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Hamburger Soup

A finished bowl of hamburger soup ready to eat

This easy Crockpot Hamburger Soup is a simple slow cooker recipe that makes the perfect comfort food.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 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


  1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1003mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 7gSugar: 6gProtein: 30g


Monday 24th of October 2022

This looks very good and I’m going to make it. Should the potatoes be peeled?


Monday 24th of October 2022

That's up to you. I don't peel red or golden potatoes because the skins are so thin. But if I have to use russets, I do peel them.


Tuesday 10th of February 2015

Great idea to cook up a large batch of hamburger and freeze some until needed! Why have I never thought of this? I always freeze it uncooked, then scramble to get the stuff defrosted in time to make dinner! This recipe sounds delicious - bonus points for being crock pot friendly! Thanks so much for sharing at Talented Tuesdays - and for the enlightenment!


Wednesday 4th of February 2015

What's not to love about a quick and easy crock pot meal.

Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays. Hope you will join us next week.

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