Slow-Cooker Hamburger Soup

There is something comforting about a nice, hot bowl of soup. Even better when it requires little prep time and can be ready & waiting for you at dinner. This hamburger soup is very hearty, and my version is pretty low carb (so my diabetic hubby can have a huge bowl – this is his favorite soup!) but feel free to add potatoes, corn, carrots, anything you like.

Crock Pot Hamburger Soup

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can use pre-cooked ground beef for a “hands off” meal, or you can add the hamburger raw, allowing it to cook in the broth, but you have to be available to stir and break up the beef as it cooks. You also need to use very lean ground beef for this method, or you will have greasy soup! I’ve made that mistake, so I’ve learned to start writing the fat content on my ground beef if I am freezing it raw. However, I prefer to cook large quantities of ground beef in the crock pot, then freeze in 2 pound portions so it’s ready for recipes like this.

Hamburger Soup

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I sometimes add carrots, but as stated earlier, feel free to add any veggies you like. It’s also good with rice. I usually have Cornbread Muffins or Copycat King’s Hawaiian Bread with it, because the kids and I still love our carbs! (This can also be made on the stove top, but it’s just so easy to let it simmer in the crock-pot all day!)
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5 thoughts on “Slow-Cooker Hamburger Soup

  1. Hi Kim, This looks delicious. When I was younger I used to make something similar to this I also add a can of light red kidney beans and cooked on top of the stove we called it goulosh hahaha. But enough of that. I do have a question, do you just put the hamburger in the crockpot and let it cook? Well my son bought me a crock pot last year for Christmas, and after you get everything in it. You put the lid on it and after 2hrs. of cooking it starts stirring it for you every 30mins. it’s so cool and you don’t have to worry about your food sticking. Thanks so much it does look GOOD. 🙂

    1. Your crock pot sounds awesome! You can throw pre-cooked hamburger right in with the rest of the ingredients with no worries. If the hamburger is raw, it needs to be very lean, and requires breaking up the meat as it cooks. I don’t have experience with the self-stirring crock pot, so I am not sure if it would break the meat up enough.

  2. I’ve made this for years; but with more veggies in it.
    For me, onion and celery are a must, shredded carrot sometimes, and even cabbage ( heaven). And besides the canned tomatoes, I add one can of cream of celery, mushroom or chicken soup and it mellows out the acid in the tomatoes. One of My favorites.

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