This instant pot hamburger soup is one of my favorite instant pot recipes because it’s easy to make, calls for basic ingredients, and keeps great for leftovers!
Make this instant pot soup recipe in under 45 minutes with little preparation and almost no clean up! This hearty soup makes a great weeknight dinner and is something the whole family can enjoy.
This is such a great recipe because it calls for simple ingredients like lean ground beef (also great in our tater tot casserole), onion, tomato juice, potatoes, vegetables, etc. You can use leftover ground beef or even frozen vegetables in this recipe to make your life easier.
Pressure cooker recipes save so much cook time and clean up time. Some of my favorite recipes are instant pot meatballs, instant pot lasagna and instant pot spaghetti.
My instant pot carrots and our instant pot broccoli cheddar soup are other family favorites that go with almost any dinner! This Instant Pot chicken pasta is another quick and delicious Instant Pot dish.
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I love serving this recipe with gluten-free sourdough bread or homemade cornbread and if I want to offer another soup, I use also bring out the Instant Pot chicken noodle soup. This recipe is loaded with hearty vegetables and lean beef so the carbs compliment this soup perfectly.
This dish is originally from my mother in law who cooked it low and slow on the stovetop all day long. She’s been making it for over 40 years and it is my favorite meal she makes!
I decided to give it an instant pot makeover so we could have it made quicker. It has been a success and now my kids love it too.
Ingredients for hamburger soup
This recipe is very forgiving and customizable so feel free to add some of your favorite spices and/or vegetables. Here are a few of the key ingredients. See the recipe card for the complete list.
We like to use lean ground beef for this recipe but you can use whatever type of stew meat you prefer. Ground beef is easy because you can use leftovers in this recipe!
This recipe calls for tomato juice and water instead of tomato paste and/or beef broth. A lot of ground beef stew recipes call for beef stock and tomato paste but we think this recipe has a lighter, healthier taste.
We use green peppers in this recipe but you can also use any kind of bell pepper. Green peppers have more tart flavor than other bell peppers and also work great in this Instant Pot corn chowder.
Any type of potato will work for this recipe although russet potatoes are our favorites. Sweet potatoes, red potatoes, yellow potatoes, etc. will all work too.
Carrots, celery, peppers, and onions are our go-to vegetables for this recipe but you can add more/less if you’d like. We also like root vegetables like potatoes but turnips are always a great addition. The choice is yours.
Directions for hamburger soup
Cooking delicious soups in the Instant Pot is so efficient and easy! This recipe has 5 steps, a short cook time, and easy clean up as well.
Step 1: Brown the hamburger in the instant pot on the sauté setting until no longer pink
Step 2: Meanwhile, chop the fresh vegetables
Step 3: Add all other remaining ingredients to the browned meat
Step 4: Seal the Instant Pot and set it to manual mode, high pressure for 20 minutes
Step 5: Manually quick release pressure and serve hot
Pro Tip: Add gluten-free Worcestershire sauce and more Italian seasoning before cooking for an extra flavorful soup!
Yes! You can make this soup with leftover ground beef or even leftover ground turkey. Just skip the browning of the hamburger meat on the sauté function in the pot.
This soup is traditionally made on the stove top and simmered for hours. Pressure cooking cuts out the extra time and still gives it the same delicious taste. If you’d like to cook on the stove top, follow the same steps then let simmer on low for 6-8 hours.
Yes. Ground meat will cook in the instant pot on the sauté setting. You can also close the lid and set high pressure, cook for 6 minutes if thawed or 20 minutes if frozen.
How to store ground beef stew
You can store this soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Make sure your soup is completely cooled before refrigerating. This recipe reheats great in the microwave and is perfect for quick lunches.
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Instant Pot Hamburger Soup
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 small onion diced
- 46 oz can tomato juice
- 46 oz water filled in the tomato juice can after pouring the juice out
- 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
- 3 teaspoon sugar
- 3 teaspoon parsley
- 3 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cup diced potatoes
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
- 3/4 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup dry rice
- Brown the hamburger in the instant pot on the sauté setting until no longer pink
- Meanwhile, chop the veggies
- Add all other remaining ingredients to the browned meat
- Seal the Instant Pot and set it to manual mode, high pressure for 20 minutes
- Manually release pressure and serve hot
Photos and Video by Amie Pendle
Originally posted September 3,2019 but it has since been updated with more helpful information.
Would I be able to subtitle the tomato juice with tomato sauce ? I don’t have juice. Thanks.
You can just use half tomato sauce then more water.
This hamburger soup is so hearty and delicious! Love making it in the instant pot for a quick and easy dinner option!
This easy hamburger soup is so easy to make and a great dish for when you are craving a hearty and filling meal.
Delicious, I love making soup I can eat and have some to freeze more for later.
A repeat recipe for sure.
Best as a light Dinner option with all the healthy veggies. Perfect meal and a total filler.
My kids love the name of it, and the taste of it, lol. Such a lovely soup for the entire family, thanks!
the whole family gives this a tick of approval. Deliciously good!
Amy Liu Dong says
It is a perfect soup to make for everyone. It looks good and they love this.
Amanda Mason says
Great classic recipe! I enjoyed every bite and it was easy to make!
Been looking for easy tasty instant pot soup recipes as we navigate a kitchen remodel! This turned out delicious!
I don’t see how much tomato sauce and liquid to use? The video shows you pouring in a can, but the recipe doesn’t state how much? Thanks, Cheryl
Hi Cheryl, the tomato juice and water amounts are listed in the recipe just under the beef and onion 🙂
Did you make this in a 6 or 8 quart instant pot?
6 qt but 8 is even better!
I made the recipe in my 6 quart and could only add about half of the water. It was fine because I like thick soup and I could always add more water after if anyone wanted it. Tasty but just saying.
Thank you Rita. 🙂
I’m thrown off by the 2 teaspoons of chopped green pepper? really? just 2 measly little teaspoons with the lower case “t” ? do you mean a spice instead?
1/4 cup, sorry about that 🙂
I bet this would be good with kielbasa too!
Oh yes I bet it would! 🙂
Are you suppose to use Tablespoons or teaspoons because there are lowercase t?
Teralee Williams says
We LOVE LOVE LOVE this hamburger soup! It’s always devoured by anyone who tries it!
Oh I am so glad you love this! Thank you so much for your rating and kind words. It’s one of our family favorites too.
This soup is so flavorful and delicious! Perfect for a cold day and my whole family eats it up. Great recipe!
Oh I am so happy to hear how much your family loves it! Thanks for sharing Erin. 🙂
Assuming capital “T” in recipe means tablespoon/tbsp. Am I correct?
That is correct