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This easy-to-make hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes recipe is made with ground beef, lots of vegetables, and cabbage! It is a super delicious, healthy, and hearty hamburger stew.

(Last Updated On: September 22, 2022)

On a cold autumn or winter day, this hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes really hits the spot, although it’s not just for rainy winter days, you can serve this soup throughout the year.

This recipe is super easy to make, it tastes amazing, and it’s also healthy for you. It’s a lot like hamburger vegetable soup or stew, or beef cabbage soup with all of the vegetables added. This soup has lots of cabbage, onions, carrots, potatoes, corn, and green beans in it. However, I must admit that the cabbage and potatoes in this soup are my favorite.

Hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes in a bowl.

🥣 Key Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of ground beef
  • 20 cups of tap water
  • 5 teaspoons of table salt
  • 3 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 3 cups of ketchup
  • 8 Russet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks (or 8 to 9 red potatoes not peeled)
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 2-3 cans of green beans
  • 3 cans of diced or diced carrots
  • 3 cans of whole kernel corn
Ingredients for hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes.
Ingredients for hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes.

👩‍🍳 How to Make Hamburger Soup (Step-by-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)

First of all, we make a big batch of this hamburger soup recipe so we can have leftovers for the next couple of nights, that’s how much we love it. But, you can always make half of the recipe, or even less than that, if you prefer to make a smaller batch.

Also, we will have 3 steps going at once, browning the hamburger, getting the water to a boiling point, and cutting up the vegetables.

Step 1. Put the Ground Beef in a Frying Pan

Put 3 pounds of ground beef in a large frying pan. We use lean ground beef, but you can use whatever ground beef you prefer.

Ground beef in a frying pan.
Ground beef in a frying pan.

Step 2. Brown the Ground Beef

On medium-high heat, chop the ground beef in large chunks as it is browning in the frying pan so you get larger pieces of hamburger in the soup. This way you don’t have to make individual meatballs the old-fashioned way. I like to save time when I cook and make things as easy as possible. 🙂

Note: If you prefer you can roll the ground beef into meatball shapes and fry it that way, but it is easier to chop them into bigger chunks as they fry in the frying pan.

Frying the ground beef in large chunks for the hamburger soup.
Frying the ground beef in large chunks for the hamburger soup.

Step 3. Drain the Grease

Keep turning the ground beef as it browns in the frying pan, but in the meantime, while the ground beef is browning, go to step 4 which is filling a pot with water.

Note: After the ground beef is done, turn the heat off, then drain any unwanted grease from the frying pan.

Tip: An easy way to remove the fat from the frying pan is to move the ground beef to one side of the pan, then slightly tilt the pan and use a paper towel to sop up the grease, then discard the paper towel in the trash can.

Frying the ground beef in large chunks for the hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes.
Frying the ground beef in large chunks.

Step 4. Fill a Pot with Water

The ground beef will take a little bit of time to brown, so keep an eye on it, but in the meantime, let’s start the pot of water. You’ll need one pot, a big stock pot unless you are cutting the recipe in half, then a smaller pot will do. Fill the stock pot with 20 cups of tap water.

Fill a large pot with twenty cups of water.
Fill a large pot with 20 cups of water.

Step 5. Add the Salt

Add 5 teaspoons of table salt together with the water, then stir thoroughly. Turn the heat on high until the water starts to boil. After the water has come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-high to keep the water boiling, but not running over.

Add the salt to the water and then stir.
Add the salt to the water and then stir.

Step 6. Peel the Potatoes

While the water is heating up, peel 8 Russet potatoes, or 8 to 9 red potatoes not peeled, your choice. We have made this hamburger soup both ways, with peeled Russet potatoes, and red potatoes not peeled. Both ways taste pretty much the same. But, it is much easier and faster to skip the peeling. Not having to peel all the potatoes makes this stew a quick and easy meal when you are in a hurry. However, today we aren’t in a hurry, so we peeled 8 Russet potatoes.

Peel the potatoes.
Peel the potatoes.

Step 7. Cut the Potatoes

Cut all of the potatoes into eighths. So you would cut each potato in half, then cut those halves into half, and then one last time, cut those halves into half. That would be 8 pieces for each potato. You can cut the potatoes smaller if you prefer, but you will have to reduce the cooking time since smaller cut potatoes will cook faster than bigger cut potatoes.

Note: Remember to keep checking the ground beef as it browns and the water that we started boiling.

Cut the potatoes into eighths.
Cut the potatoes into eighths.

Step 8. Add the Potatoes to the Water

As you cut each potato, drop them into the hot water and cook them until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. A fork or toothpick should slide into the potato with ease, but not make the potato fall apart. After that, reduce the heat to simmer.

Cook the potatoes about fifteen to twenty minutes.
Cook the potatoes for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 9. Cut the Onions

While the potatoes are cooking, take the 2 yellow onions and cut them into chunks, slices, or diced, whichever you prefer. We cut ours into bigger chunks. Set aside.

Cut the onions into chuncks.
Cut the onions into chunks.

Step 10. Slice the Cabbage

Then prepare the cabbage by cutting it into pieces. Don’t cut the cabbage pieces too small or they will turn to mush after cooking in the hot water. Cabbage doesn’t take too long to become tender, so keep an eye on it after it is put into the hot water in step 15, but for now, set the cut cabbage aside.

Cut the cabbage into pieces.
Cut the cabbage into pieces.

Step 11. Add the Onions to the Water

Next, add all of the onions to the simmering pot of water together with the potatoes. Stir.

Add the onions to the water with the potatoes.
Add the onions to the water with the potatoes.

Step 12. Add the Cans of Corn to the Water

Open the 3 cans of whole kernel corn and drain the liquid out, then add them to the pot of hot water together with the potatoes and onions. Stir.

Drain the liquid out of the cans of corn and add them to the pot of soup.
Drain the liquid out of the cans of corn and add them to the pot of soup.

Step 13. Add the Cans of Carrots to the Water

Drain the liquid out of the 3 cans of diced carrots and add them to the pot of hot water together with the potatoes, onions, and corn. Stir.

Drain the liquid out of the cans of carrots and add them to the pot of soup.
Drain the liquid out of the cans of carrots and add them to the pot of soup.

Step 14. Add the Cans of Green Beans to the Water

After that, drain the liquid out of 2 or 3 cans of green beans and add them to the pot of water together with the potatoes, onions, corn, and carrots. Stir.

Drain the liquid out of the cans of green beans and add them to the pot of soup.
Drain the liquid out of the cans of green beans and add them to the pot of soup.

Step 15. Add the Sliced Cabbage to the Water

Add the cut-up cabbage to the pot of water together with the potatoes, onions, corn, carrots, and green beans. Stir all of the ingredients together.

Add the cabbage to the pot of soup.
Add the cabbage to the pot of soup.

Step 16. Add the Black Pepper to the Water

Take the 3 teaspoons of black pepper and add it together with the rest of the vegetables.

Add the pepper to the pot of soup.
Add the pepper to the pot of soup.

Step 17. Stir the Ingredients

After adding the black pepper, give the pot a good stir.

Stir the pepper into the pot of soup.
Stir the pepper into the pot of soup.

Step 18. Add the Ketchup to the Water

Pour 3 cups of ketchup into the pot of soup and stir together with all of the vegetables.

Add the ketchup to the pot of soup.
Add the ketchup to the pot of soup.

Step 19. Add the Browned Ground Beef to the Water

After the ground beef has completely browned into large chunks, then add it together with all of the vegetables. Stir contents.

The pot is getting quite full at this point, but the ground beef is the last of the ingredients we will add to the pot. Of course, you can sprinkle some parsley flakes in the soup at this time, or if there is any other ingredient you would like to add. Simmer until ground beef is warmed… only about 5 minutes since the rest of the soup has already been simmering a while.

Add the browned ground beef to the pot of soup.
Add the browned ground beef to the pot of soup.

Step 20. Hamburger Soup with Cabbage and Potatoes Served Hot

The hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes is done and ready to serve. It is best served with some sort of bread. Homemade bread, buttered rolls, or french bread are some great choices.

Hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes in a bowl.
Hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes in a bowl.

❔ FAQs

What Other Ingredients Can I Add to Hamburger Soup with Cabbage and Potatoes?

You can add whatever ingredients sound good to add to hamburger soup. Some examples are a can or two of diced tomatoes, peas, or lima beans. You can also add some diced celery, about 2 or 3 stalks. You can add some extra seasonings such as minced garlic, a couple of teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, and/or fresh parsley or parsley flakes. Or how about 1/2 cup of macaroni noodles? Tomato sauce can be used instead of ketchup. If you want a bit more beef flavor, you can add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of beef broth.

Can I Freeze Hamburger Soup with Cabbage and Potatoes?

Yes, you can freeze hamburger soup. When I make a big pot of hamburger soup, if there are any leftovers, I measure out 2 bowls, one for my husband and one for me, then I put it in a sealed container. I may have 2 or three containers. I put them in the freezer, and then use one container when we are hungry for some great-tasting soup. Let the container sit on the countertop until it is partially thawed, and then put it in a pot. Cook the soup on medium heat until warm enough to eat. Hamburger soup can be in the freezer for about 4 or 5 months.

Hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes in a bowl.
Hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes in a bowl.

💡 Final Thoughts

A delicious and hearty cup of hamburger soup with plenty of cabbage, potatoes, and veggies. This hamburger soup has been a favorite of our family for years. When I first started making it years ago, I never added cabbage. Once I started adding the cabbage, I haven’t been able to stop! This meal is a delicious and satisfying dinner when you need something light, healthy, and budget-friendly too. Enjoy!

Hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes in a bowl.

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Hamburger Soup with Cabbage and Potatoes

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This easy-to-make hamburger soup with cabbage and potatoes recipe is made with ground beef, lots of vegetables, and cabbage! It is a super delicious, healthy, and hearty hamburger stew.
5 from 2 votes
Cost $25
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings 16

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lb ground beef
  • 20 cups tap water
  • 5 tsp salt
  • 8 russet potatoes peeled and diced (or 8-9 red potatoes (not peeled))
  • 2 yellow onions (sliced)
  • 2 to 3 cans green beans
  • 3 cans whole kernel corn
  • 3 cans carrots (diced or sliced)
  • 1 head cabbage (cut up)
  • 3 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cups ketchup

Instructions
 

  • Brown the ground beef in a frying pan on medium-high heat. While browning, chop the ground beef into larger chunks. We like bigger chunks of beef in our soup.
  • While the ground beef is browning, fill a big pot with 20 cups of tap water and add the salt. Stir.
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • While the water is reaching the boiling point, start peeling and cutting up the potatoes into 8ths.
  • Reduce the heat on the burner to medium-high and add the potatoes to the water as soon as you peel them. Cook the potatoes until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Do not overcook. Reduce the heat to simmer.
  • Turn the burner off after the ground beef is done browning. Drain the fat from the ground beef. Set aside for now.
  • Cut up the onions and cabbage into large chunks. Try not to cut them too small, as smaller chunks will dissolve in the boiling water.
  • Drain the liquid out of the cans of corn, carrots, and green beans.
  • Add the onions, corn, carrots, green beans, and cabbage to the pot of water with the potatoes.
  • Add the pepper and then taste the water to your liking.
  • Add the ketchup to the pot of vegetables. Stir.
  • Add the browned ground beef to the pot of vegetables. Stir.
  • Simmer until ground beef is warmed… only about 5 minutes since the other vegetables have already been simmering for a while.

Recipe Notes

  • You can add other ingredients to this soup if you prefer. Examples can be diced tomatoes, peas, lima beans, diced celery, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley, or parsley flakes. Tomato sauce can be used instead of ketchup. If you want a bit more beef flavor, you can add about 1/4 cup of beef broth.
  • Insert a fork or toothpick into a potato chunk to check for doneness. The fork or toothpick should slide in the potato with ease, but not make the potato fall apart.
  • This recipe makes a large batch of soup. We usually have leftovers for a couple of nights! A smaller batch can be made by cutting the recipe in half.
  • Buttered bread or rolls go great with hamburger soup.
  • If you prefer, you can add any of your favorite vegetables or seasonings.
  • Keep leftover soup in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 3 days. After that, either freeze or discard.
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