Hamburger Vegetable Barley Soup

Hamburger Vegetable Barley Soup

I first tasted this recipe months ago, and I’ve already made it twice since then. I think it’s about time I share the recipe, don’t you? This hamburger vegetable soup comes from my aunt, who always has wonderful recipes to share.  I tasted this at my parents house, then immediately emailed her for the recipe.  I changed the recipe slightly when I made it, based on what I had on hand, and thankfully couldn’t taste much difference – I didn’t want to mess too much with a good thing! This soup is a comforting blend of ground beef, vegetables, and a rich tomato beef broth. It makes plenty, so plan for leftovers, and feel free to adjust the seasonings to your tastes. It’s so easy and so good that it’s already made it into the regular rotation over here. 🙂

Hamburger Vegetable Barley Soup

Hamburger Vegetable Barley Soup


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/3 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking barley
  • 2 tsps dried basil
  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt


  1. Brown the meat in large stock pot.
  2. Add the broth, vegetables, seasonings and barley.
  3. Bring to a boil, then simmer until vegetables are tender and barley is cooked.
  4. Add the tomato juice and simmer 10 minutes longer.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings before serving.
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  1. I can see why you would make this over and over again. It sounds so delicious and comforting!

  2. This looks like a great comfort soup for the winter time! There is a restaurant near my house that has a really good beef barley soup that I love but have never made at home. This looks close to it–I definitely need to try it out.

  3. Your soup sounds very good and comforting. Now, if I can get my 7 year old little man (grandson) to eat barley – I’ll tell him it is rice. 🙂

  4. it’s freezing, rainy, gray, and depressing outside. I want to come home to a big bowl of this! I bet it would be tasty with ground turkey. I love a go-to hearty soup recipe like this Megan!

  5. sounds hearty & delicious! i love tomato based soups 🙂

  6. All I have is a big bag of pealred barley that my mom bought for us. Would I do anything differently using that? Cook it longer?

    • Unfortunately I’m not familiar with cooking pearled barley. I would look up how you usually cook pearled barley, and then make sure you cook it similarly in the soup, if that makes any sense. Sorry I’m not more help!

  7. Megan, I have a cold and I was craving soup today… I found this recipe and made it with even some extra vegetables (cauliflower, rutabaga, frozen green beans) and the ones listed, and it was so good. Thank you! Loved it and will definitely make it again. Hope you’re well! Cara

  8. Do you think this would work in a slow cooker?

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