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Grandma's Hamburger Soup

Updated on June 7, 2014

Hamburger Soup

I can remember this as a child. My Grandmother alway made this and it quickly became one of my favorites. A great soup for the end of the week to use up what was left of your vegetables. So with that in mind, the details of the recipe can be changed with what is on hand and in season. Savory and filling, great for a stand alone meal or with a salad or bread. Hamburger can be boiled raw and does not need the time of most meats to cook down and stay tender. I hope you enjoy this soup as well as my family, especially in the cooler months to come. Also great to make and freeze for future meals, as the barley will freeze well.

Try it and let me know what you think.....

1 star from 1 rating of Hamburger Soup
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 4-1 cup servings
  • 1/2# hamburger
  • 1/2 cup pearled barley, dried and uncooked
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced or sliced
  • 1/2 cup green beans, fresh, canned or frozen
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 medium size tomato or roma
  • 2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried or fresh thyme and parsley, chopped fine
  1. Fill a pot with 8-10 cups of water with a dash of salt. Put on high and start to add ingredients as the water heats up, except for the barley.
  2. When it comes to a boil turn down to medium, creating a slow rolling boil.
  3. When veggies are almost cooked, add barley and stir. Continue to boil for 10-15 minutes and pull off heat when barley is tender and done.
  4. Serve immediately by itself or with salad or bread accompaniments.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 191
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 16 g32%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      My mom used to make something like this. I love soup of any kind.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Great recipe. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      kaiyan717 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Your welcome Billybuc, I had a bowl of my past earlier, was as good as I remember

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh goodness yes. I had this many times growing up. I think it came out of the Great Depression when you had to make meals stretch as long as possible and you used whatever you could find for a dish. Thanks for the memories.