Creamy Hash Brown Hamburger Soup

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Creamy hash brown hamburger soup is a hearty, comforting blend of savory beef, tender potatoes, and rich, velvety broth, perfect for warming up on chilly days.

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Easy Hamburger Hash Brown Burger Soup

I love creamy, easy dutch oven soups in winter that are full of flavor – and this soup is the perfect dinner for an easy meal that cooks in just a couple hours with almost no work! This recipe was conceived by accident. I wanted to make some loaded baked potato soup (my husband’s favorite), but we were all out of potatoes. I had some hash browns in our freezer that I wanted to use up and figured that potato is potato, and decided to see if it would taste any good.

This Creamy hash brown hamburger soup combines the savory flavors of ground beef and the comforting texture of potatoes in a rich, creamy broth, making it a satisfying meal for any cold evening. The addition of hash browns simplifies the preparation process, allowing for a thicker, heartier soup without the need for peeling and dicing potatoes. This soup is versatile, easily adaptable with various vegetables and seasonings to suit personal tastes and dietary needs. Garnished with a sprinkle of cheese or a dollop of sour cream, it becomes an indulgent dish that’s both nourishing and delightfully flavorful.

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How to Make Hash Brown Burger Soup

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • Butter (4 tbsp) – Butter adds a rich, silky foundation to the soup, enhancing the overall flavor and aiding in the sautéing of other ingredients.
  • Hash browns (1 lb) – Pre-shredded hash browns contribute a convenient and hearty potato element, thickening the soup and adding a comforting texture.
  • Ground Beef (1 lb) – Ground beef provides a savory depth and protein to the soup, making it a filling and satisfying meal.
  • Onion (1) – Onion, when sautéed, lends a sweet and aromatic base that complements the robust flavors of the beef and broth.
  • Garlic powder (2 tbsp) – Garlic powder infuses the soup with a warm, aromatic undertone, enriching the complexity of flavors without overpowering.
  • Chicken stock (8 oz) – Chicken stock serves as a flavorful liquid base, adding richness and depth to the soup while enhancing the other ingredients.
  • Heavy cream (1 1/2 cup) – Heavy cream introduces a luxurious creaminess to the soup, creating a velvety texture that’s both indulgent and comforting.
  • Salt and pepper – Salt and pepper are essential for seasoning, bringing out the natural flavors of the soup and balancing the overall taste profile.
  • Extra sharp cheddar cheese (2 cups) – Extra sharp cheddar cheese melts into the soup, adding a tangy, cheesy depth that complements the creamy base.
  • Chives – Chives offer a mild onion-like flavor with a hint of freshness, making them the perfect garnish to add color and a subtle herbal note to the finished dish.

Use this Method

Cook Hash Browns. In a large dutch oven, add butter and hash browns and cook on medium for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to mix well and prevent burning.

Brown Beef. Add ground beef and onion, and mix into hashbrowns, cook 10-15 minutes, until onions have slightly browned and hashbrowns are a light caramel color.

Add Stock and Simmer. Add stock and garlic powder and let simmer on low for one hour.

Finish and Serve. Stir in cream, salt, and pepper into soup and cook for another 10 minutes. Add to bowls and top with grated cheddar cheese, chives, or cilantro. Enjoy!

creamy soup with cilantro and cheese melted on it

Tips and Tricks for Making Hashbrown Soup

Choose the Right Meat: Use lean ground beef for a healthier option, but if you prefer a richer flavor, a slightly higher fat content can add more taste. Brown the meat thoroughly to develop a deep flavor base.

Sauté Vegetables: Start by sautéing onions, garlic, and any other vegetables you plan to include (like carrots or celery) until they’re soft and slightly caramelized. This step builds a flavor foundation for your soup.

Deglaze the Pan: After browning the meat and sautéing the vegetables, deglaze the pan with a little broth or wine to lift all the flavorful bits stuck to the bottom.

Use Frozen Hash Browns: Frozen hash browns are a convenient shortcut for this soup. They help thicken the soup and add a comforting potato element without the need for peeling and chopping.

Season Well: Don’t forget to season your soup with salt, pepper, and your choice of herbs and spices. Thyme, rosemary, or a bay leaf can add a nice depth of flavor.

Control the Creaminess: For a creamy texture, you can use heavy cream, half-and-half, or for a lighter version, milk mixed with a little flour or cornstarch to thicken the soup. Add the dairy towards the end of cooking to prevent curdling.

Simmer Gently: Once all the ingredients are in the pot, let your soup simmer gently. This allows the flavors to meld together without the dairy separating or the hash browns becoming too mushy.

Add Cheese for Extra Flavor: Stirring in some grated cheddar cheese at the end of cooking can add a delicious creaminess and depth to the soup. Choose a cheese that melts well for the best texture.

Adjust Consistency: If your soup is too thick, you can thin it with a bit more broth or water. If it’s too thin, let it simmer a bit longer to reduce, or thicken it with a slurry of cornstarch and water.

Taste and Adjust: Before serving, taste your soup and adjust the seasoning as needed. Sometimes a splash of Worcestershire sauce or a pinch of paprika can enhance the flavors.

Garnish Before Serving: Garnish your creamy hash brown hamburger soup with fresh herbs, extra cheese, or crispy bacon bits for added flavor and texture.

FAQs

Can I use fresh potatoes instead of frozen hash browns?

Yes, you can use fresh potatoes. Dice them into small cubes for quick cooking. However, frozen hash browns are a convenient shortcut and help thicken the soup with their added starch.

What type of ground beef is best for this soup?

Lean ground beef (around 85-90% lean) is ideal as it provides enough flavor without making the soup too greasy. If you use a fattier cut, you might want to drain the excess fat after browning.

Can I make this soup in a slow cooker?

Absolutely! Brown the beef and sauté the onions before adding them to the slow cooker with the other ingredients, except for the dairy and thickening agents, which should be added in the last 30 minutes of cooking.

How can I thicken the soup if it’s too thin?

You can thicken the soup by mixing a small amount of cornstarch or flour with cold water to create a slurry, then gradually stir it into the simmering soup until it reaches your desired consistency.

Can I add other vegetables to the soup?

Yes, feel free to add other vegetables like carrots, celery, peas, or corn to increase the nutritional value and add more flavors and textures to the soup.

Is there a dairy-free alternative to make this soup creamy?

For a dairy-free version, you can use coconut milk, almond milk, or a dairy-free cream substitute. Just be mindful of the flavor change, especially with coconut milk.

How can I store and reheat leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove over medium heat, adding a little broth or water if the soup has thickened too much.

Can I freeze this soup?

Creamy soups can sometimes separate when frozen and reheated, but if you’re okay with a potential change in texture, you can freeze it in airtight containers for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat gently, stirring well.

How can I make this soup vegetarian?

To make a vegetarian version, skip the ground beef and use a hearty vegetable broth as the base. You can add more vegetables or a meat substitute for added protein.

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What to Enjoy with Hash Brown Hamburger Soup

Crusty Bread: A loaf of crusty bread, like a baguette or sourdough, is perfect for dipping into the soup and soaking up all the delicious flavors.

Green Salad: A simple green salad with a light vinaigrette can balance the richness of the soup, adding a fresh and crisp contrast.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Pairing the soup with a classic grilled cheese sandwich makes for a comforting and satisfying meal, ideal for a cozy night in.

Cornbread: Serve the soup with a side of warm, buttery cornbread to complement the creamy texture and savory flavors of the soup.

Roasted Vegetables: A side of roasted vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, or asparagus, can add a healthy and flavorful element to your meal.

Garlic Bread: Garlic bread, with its buttery and aromatic flavor, is another excellent choice for pairing with this hearty soup, perfect for mopping up every last bit.

Coleslaw: A tangy and crunchy coleslaw can provide a refreshing contrast to the creamy and savory soup, adding a different texture to the meal.

Baked Potato: A lightly buttered baked potato, especially with a sprinkle of cheese or a dollop of sour cream, can be a hearty addition to the meal.

Pickled Vegetables: Offering a side of pickled vegetables, like cucumbers, beets, or onions, can introduce a tangy flavor that cuts through the richness of the soup.

Apple Slices or a Fresh Fruit Salad: For a sweet and fresh contrast, consider serving crisp apple slices or a fresh fruit salad alongside the soup.

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Creamy Hash Brown Hamburger Soup

This creamy cheesy delicious slow cooker soup is packed with hamburger and hash browns made effortlessly in your slow cooker, yum!
Course soups
Cuisine American
Keyword beef soup, cheeseburger soup, creamy soup, instant pot soup, slow cooker soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 650kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb hash browns
  • 1 lb beef ground, browned
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 8 oz chicken stock
  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • fresh chives or cilantro diced

Instructions

  • In a large dutch oven, add butter and hash browns and cook on medium for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to mix well and prevent burning.
  • Add ground beef and onion, and mix into hashbrowns, cook 10-15 minutes, until onions have slightly browned and hashbrowns are a light caramel color.
  • Add stock and garlic powder and let simmer on low for one hour.
  • Stir in cream, salt, and pepper into soup and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Add to bowls and top with grated cheddar cheese, chives, or cilantro.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

This can be made in your slow cooker, simply add everything to the slow cooker at step number 3 cook on low for 6 hours, high for 3 hours then continue the instructions.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 697mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style. Courtney writes the popular creative lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs- a site devoted to delicious everyday recipes, home decor, crafts, DIY inspiration, and photography tips to help make your every day extraordinary.

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5 Comments

  1. Michelle Baima says:

    This was a huge hit. I own a Bar and Grill. We serve breakfast on Sundays. I had left over hash browns along with sautéed green peppers and onions. Naturally I hate to waste food. I followed your recipe and added the sautéed green peppers and onions. To thicken it a bit I added some instant mashed potatoes. I made enough for 3 gallons of soup. Sold out in 2 days. This is now the soup of the day every Monday.

    1. Katherine says:

      Wow! So glad to hear its such a hit at your Bar and Grill! Thank you for such a wonderful comment!

  2. Pam says:

    Do you use frozen hashbrowns?

  3. Kristina says:

    4 stars
    **UPDATE** Hello again. Quick update on the recipe… It was DELICIOUS! My family loved it and didn’t mind he wait time. It is a keeper at my house! The timing is ok and we did have to add a little extra broth (my patience wasn’t willing to wait till it simmered haha!), but it was awesome!