Zingy Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

I really wanted to call this "hamburglar soup". Remember him? Is there anyone younger than forty who remembers the hamburglar? I have no idea how long his legend lived on....ha-ha.
Anyway, soup weather has returned to the Pacific Northwest. It's like mother nature turned on a faucet and the rains have started again. We had one of the driest summer on record...it was quite incredible. I had almost forgotten about the rain here. But it's back. Dense fog, cool temps, rain, rain, rain. It hasn't stopped. And I love it. It's Oregon and it is one of the reasons it's so beautifully green here.

So, in honor of the cold, damp weather, I had to make soup. In my awesome slow-cooker. Something hearty and warm. We have been working for weeks straight bringing in the wine grape harvest, light and delicate soups have no place here (at the moment). Hard-working bodies need protein and carbs and flavor!!

I fist saw a version of this soup here, then here, then here. I had to make my own. It's one of those you can build from what's available in the refrigerator. It's awesome. It's flavorful and you can throw it together and walk away until later. 

hamburger soupx
I used some of favorite kitchen staples in this soup. Progresso Recipe Starters Fire Roasted Tomato...I love this product and was recently turned on to it when Progresso sent me some to try out. Pacific Natural Foods Beef Broth, my favorite brand if I don't have any homemade stock available. And Litehouse Foods Freeze-Dried Garlic...my kitchen would not function if I did have this...and it looks like I am almost empty...time to stock up.

Anyway, this soup is an easy and economical meal to put together. It makes a good amount and is great for lunch the next day.

I called my soup "zingy" because when it's done cooking I stir in a couple of Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar...it's the perfect finish. Giving it that perfect tang. Enjoy!!

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Zingy Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

Recipe from: Inspired from many recipes. | Serves: Serves 6-8


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cups carrots, peeled and sliced into 1" thick coins
  • 1-1/2 cups celery, sliced into 1" pieces
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 can Progresso Recipe Starters Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 3 (5 ounce) cans V8 vegetable juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 pound dry pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  • Brown ground beef over medium-high heat until done. Drain fat. (Do a really good job as this meat is going into the soup.)
  • Place beef, carrots, celery, shallot, corn, broth, Recipe Starters, V8, garlic and oregano into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours. During the fifth hour, cook pasta according to package directions. Taste soup and make salt addition. I used 1-1/2 teaspoons, you might add more or less.
  • Add cooked pasta to the slow-cooker and let it meld with the soup for at least 30 minutes. Stir in vinegar right before serving.

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13 Comments and 4 Replies

  1. I remember the Hamburgler…and his little mask…however, I don’t recall what product he represented. I’m hoping you’ll send some of that rain our direction. We’re still pretty dry here. Your soup looks really good. I’ve got a hamburger soup recipe that I’ve wanted to resurrect and post. So good and hearty.

    • The Hamburgler was one of the McDonald’s characters along with Ronald McDonald, Mayor McCheese, the Fry Guys, and Grimace. McDonald’s has a wiki – link to mcdonalds.wikia.com

      This soup looks yummy! We are just getting some cooler weather here in Florida and I can wait to break out this recipe!

  2. KimB. 3

    reminds me of veggie soups, but with pasta.

  3. Barbie with a T 4

    Good healthy ingredients and the zing is very important to give it just the perfect kick at the end just before serving. Doesn’t get any better than that!

  4. Kerri 5

    That looks tasty!
    (I’m 23 and I remember the Hamburglar :) )

  5. I always like the Hamburglar :-) And I really love this soup! I’ve seen that new Progresso Recipe Starter in the grocery store, but haven’t tried it yet. I think this would be the perfect recipe to use it in! Warm, hearty, comforting…just what a cold weather soup should be.

  6. Carrie 7

    I loved Grimace – I think McDonald’s should pay homage to those characters and bring back the murals of the 70’s! I suppose the Hamburglar wouldn’t be politically correct.

  7. Kim in MD 8

    Yum! Soup is on the menu as we brace ourselves for hurricane Sandy to hit today. My family will love this soup!

  8. Maggie 9

    I am going to try this tomorrow using only 1 lb. of ground beef and adding chopped up leftover pot roast for the rest of the meat. Should be good.

  9. Jenn 10

    This looks really yummy, but I have someone in the family that cant have apple anything. Is there something else someone can recommend that would give that same zing at the end? Maybe red or white wine vinegar? We’ve been wanting to try those recipe starters, too!

  10. Hamburglar! Ha ha. I remember him, but I’m afraid I’m in that age group. Now I’m wondering if they have permanently retired the McDonaldland characters. This seems like a mild variation on a good chili. I wonder how it would taste with turkey (darn that Sir Pickypants…)

  11. Chrys 13

    This sounds amazing and easy! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Kim Bee 14

    I love your soup. I just want to dive right in the bowl. One of these days we need to be in the same place and have lunch together. Or make lunch together. How awesome would that be.

  13. July 16

    I totally remember The Hamburgler!!


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