Canadian Hamburger Soup

"This is my favourite recipe from the original Best of Bridge cookbook. I thought it was already posted here at Zaar, but since I can't find it I want to make sure it's included; I've only modified it slightly from the original. It's so easy to make and tastes so great!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • In a large dutch oven, brown meat, adding onions and garlic. When meat has lost its pink colour, drain off any excess fat if there is any visible.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, turn heat down to low so soup is barely simmering, cover, and let cook for about 2 hours (even longer is fine). After one hour, taste soup and add salt if necessary.
  • If you have leftovers (soup freezes well, so consider making the whole pot even if it's a lot for your family), be aware that it tends to thicken when cool. When reheating, I always add a little more beef broth.

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  1. I grew up in Canada with this soup and as an adult, I make it frequently in the winter. It is so quick and easy to whip up and it is SO comforting on a cold day. Lennie's version is perfect as the original calls for cannes of consumme and I always use beef stock/broth. I do rinse the ground beef before adding to the soup, otherwise, there is a bit of grease on top. This freezes VERY well!!!
  2. This brought me back to my childhood! Had a craving for hamburger soup tonight, but haven't made it so many years so I cheated and looked online lol... Came across your recipe, and so thankful I did!! :) only tweak I made was to add some fresh kidney beans (1 cup)...absolutely divine comfort food at its best, keep up the great recipes!! :)
  3. We love this soup. My Mom made it fwhen I was a kid from the Company's Coming cookbook--that was about 30 years ago! I lost my CC cookbook 2 years ago when we moved so I went searching on and found it! Thanks for posting. Great fall and winter feast, especially with homemade bread. YUMMMM
  4. Great economical comfort food. I made as directed...only change was to put ingredients into a slow cooker after browning meat and left it to bubble gently for the whole day. I am a "Best of Bridge" Cookbook fan and this did not dissapoint. Thanks!
  5. I make this all the time the whole family loves it and it so easy to make.


  1. Sounds delish. I'll probably use potatoes instead of barley, which I loathe.


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