This Instant Pot Hamburger Soup recipe is a healthy weeknight meal that everyone will love! It is packed with protein, vegetables, and is ready in less than an hour.
If you’re new to the Instant Pot, this Instant Pot soup recipe is a great starter recipe! See 42 more healthy Instant Pot Recipes HERE.
Instant Pot Soup RULES
Hamburger Soup, a Midwestern staple. Think minestrone meets central Wisconsin. All the vegetables, meat, and noodles you ould ever want! Some people call hamburger soup, ground beef vegetable soup and that is exactly what it is.
I love that I can literally throw everything into the Instant Pot and BAM. The cook time for this recipe is only 3 minutes, but you will have to wait for around 20 for the pressure to build-up.
The win is that you can set it, forget it, and you just can’t beat 3 minutes of cook time. We do have a couple of tips and tricks for perfecting this hamburger soup recipe below—-> HAVE FUN.
Step 1: Cook Hamburger + Onion
Get this hamburger soup party started by turning on your Instant Pot’s saute function. Brown hamburger for about a minute and then add the onion.
Cook for an additional 2 minutes. Make sure that you are stirring the onions and hamburger frequently. This step really creates an amazing base flavor for this hamburger soup.
Step 2: Add Everything Else!
After sauting the hamburger and onion for a bit, now it’s time to add the rest of the ingredients! This is where you can pick and choose and really make this Instant Pot soup recipe your very own. Here’s what you need:
- sweet potato (don’t love sweet taters? Swap them for more normal potatoes!)
- Yukon potato
- diced tomatoes
- tomato sauce
- frozen veggies (grab a bag from the grocery store!)
- beef broth
- noodles (any kind should work just fine)
Once you have everything in the Instant Pot, give it a stir and close the lid. Turn the valve to seal >> set your IP to manual >> high pressure >> and set the timer to 3 minutes.
Hamburger Soup Quick Tips:
Here are a few quick tips to make your soup-prepping easy peasy.
Noodles: If you are planning to eat this soup throughout the week or freezing for later, consider cooking the noodles separately as sometimes noodles can become mushy if they soak in broth for multiple days.
Add more broth: As soup sits in the fridge, it will thicken (this is inevitable). No fear, you can simply add more broth before serving your leftovers and you’ll be just fine!
Oregano: Ground oregano is my new favorite spice. Dried oregano is all fine and good, but when ground the flavor it gives broths and sauces is unreal.
Step 3: Quick Release
Once the timer goes off on your Instant pot, you know it’s time to quick-release the pressure. 3 minutes and one, people!
Serve soup immediately. We topped our hamburger soup with some fresh parsley but to each their own. Top with your favorite soup toppings or with a warm piece of bread and enjoy!
Our number one tip for freezing this hamburger soup recipe is NOT cooking the noodles in the Instant Pot with the rest of the soup. They will get soggy, I repeat they will get soggy if you try and freeze + thaw.
So, make this Instant Pot hamburger soup as is, but do not put the noodles in. Let it cool completely and then transfer it into a freezer-safe Tupperware or gallon-size bag. Remove as much air as possible and then seal. Freeze for up to 3 months.
After thawing, cook up some noodles on your stovetop and mix them in right before serving.
Find a full tutorial on how to freeze soup HERE.
More Instant Pot Soup Recipes
Instant Pot Hamburger Soup
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 medium sweet potato cubed
- 1 Yukon gold potato cubed
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons ground oregano
- 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
- 6 cups of beef broth*
- 2 cups frozen veggies we used a carrot, peas, and corn mix
- 2 cups macaroni elbows
- Turn on the Instant Pot's saute feature and add ground beef to the pot. Saute for 1 minute and then add onion. Cook for an additional 2 minutes using a spatula to break up the ground beef.
- Next, add the rest of the ingredients, stir well, and place cover on the Instant Pot.
- Turn pressure valve to seal, and turn to manual >> high pressure and set the timer to 3 minutes.* It will take around 20 minutes for the Instant Pot to build up pressure to start counting down from 3 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, quick release the pressure and remove the top.
- Serve immediately.*
Tips & Notes
- Pressure build: Though the cook time for this recipe is 3 minutes, it does take the Instant Pot 20-25 minutes to build pressure. Plan accordingly!
- Broth: Option to add more broth once the soup is done cooking. The soup will thicken once you put it in the fridge, so you will likely need to add water or broth to thin it out for re-heating.
- Noodles: If you are meal prepping this meal, cook noodles separately by cooking them prior to making the soup. Place noodles and enough water to cover noodles in the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Remove noodles from Instant Pot, strain, rinse with cold water, and set aside. Add noodles to the soup before eating.
- This recipe was slightly updated on 1/7/2020, reducing the amount of Italian seasoning.
Is a serving one cup? I loved the soup.
I made this today in my instant pot, and it’s a delicious, hearty, healthy soup! It’s thick, which I actually like. I had frozen peas, but added a can of corn and some fresh black-eyed peas to my finely chopped sweet potatoes, tomatoes and onion. The only think I noticed is that the potatoes are still a little crunchy, so maybe next time I would ad another minute to the cooking. I added some shredded Colby jack to my serving and it’s so delicious! I love that this makes A Ton! I have plenty to freeze, and also leftovers to take to work this week.
Delicious, quick, and easy recipe!
Yay! So happy to hear you loved this hamburger soup 😀
My father-in-law has terminal lung cancer. I made this for him and he sent me a text telling me how delicious it was. They just finished up their freezer stash and asked if I would make some more.
We are so glad that your FIL loved this. Sending your family all the love!
Great recipe! I made this in advance for a week of lunches. I didn’t add any noodles and took out the Yukon potato to reduce some calories.
I loved this soup! I halved the recipe except for the beef and it came out so flavorful and delicious!
I have just started using IP. Was not a fan so far so when I found this I thought-sounds easy enough. It was and it was awesome. The recipe is open to your’s and your family’s taste buds. I put less past to avoid the extra carbs. I also added more sweet potato than white as those are our favorites and extra vegetables. Moving forward I would brown meat with spices to get better flavor there and use lots of salt. The sweetness of the tomatoes and potatoes need it. Best part is it makes great leftovers even without adding extra liquid like suggested. Hearty and warm. Took me right back to our Midwest roots. Thanks for sharing this Lin and FitFoodieFinds!
OMG this soup is so good. My husband is currently on his second bowl. I had most of the ingredients and thru it in the insta. Added celery and played with the spices. YUM 🖤 thx you 🙂
IP Hamburger Soup FTWWW! Glad you guys loved it, Meg. Deliver some next time 😀
I’d like to make this recipe using fresh veggies instead of frozen. Do you know what the cook time would be for fresh veggies?
This recipe was perfect for just having in my fridge for a quick lunch or dinner! My kiddos and hubby loved it 👏🏻
Also, I don’t have an IP, so I did a stove version..Basically browned the meat + onions, par cooked the potatoes (in the microwave 🤷♀️) and then simmered all together until the potatoes were done! Cooked the pasta separate to add as we serve. Thanks for this quick & easy recipe!
YAY!! Super mom 😀
Made this tonight. It was a hit. Teenager approved. Very hearty. Loved soaking the bread into the soup.
This soup is the bomb!!!!
Quick tip to prevent mushy noodles when using for meal prep/freezing: use whole wheat noodles! I’ve noticed that whole wheat pasta stays al dente much better than white pasta does when reheating/freezing leftovers.
This recipe is delicious! I love how easy it is, super quick prep. All ingredients cooked to perfection!
Very easy and delicious!
This recipe needs some tweaking. 1 potato, 3 tablespoons of Italian seasoning? I did not do the sweet potatoes and added more reg. potato’s otherwise fallowed it to a t. 1 Tablespoon of Italian seasoning will do. Why add the oregano? Its already in Italian seasoning. It was VERY STRONG! I was reading someones comment and thought no way does the noodles get soggy in only at 3 min. of cook time…. umm ya! Remember its soaking for longer then that and this would be terrible as left overs. Mine soaked up all the juice so it was not much like soup. Next time I will not add the pasta, add more potatoes and less spices and then it should be fantastic! One more tip add SALT & PEPPER. Cooking 101. The more we ate the more we enjoyed it.
Delicious. I added zucchini spinach and celery. Hot sauce when done.
How much soup is 1 serving?
This recipe was phenomenal! I don’t care for sweet potatoes so I just added more of the Yukon’s, & the 3T of Italian seasoning was a bit too much for my taste so I only put 1T in. Other than that it was great! My whole family loved it & I had very little left over!
I love that Yukon swap!! We’d love it if you could rate this recipe <3
This is bu far thee best soup I’ve ever had. The sweet potatoe takes it up to a whole new level. I had gastric bypass a couple years ago and its changed the way food taste to me. There is very few things that make me want to eat. This is one of them, and my family agrees. It’s not easy pleasing everyone, however this did. Thank you so much!