Hamburger Barley Soup

Hamburger Barley Soup in a white bowl

A hearty and satisfying soup

Despite all the trends, old-fashioned comfort food is still a mainstay and this Hamburger Barley Soup is an old reliable. It combines some pretty common pantry items into a hearty and satisfying soup.

I adapted this recipe from one on many years ago. Before that, I almost never bought barley, but now I make it a habit to have it in the pantry. As well as V8, which I stock in the winter to make my beef stew. Other than that, you probably have the rest of the ingredients on hand right now.

Barley is a healthy grain

Barley doesn’t get much attention these days, but if you are trying to introduce more good food variety into your diet, barley does the job. The grain contains selenium, which prevents inflammation, according to some. As you’ve probably heard, chronic inflammation is a prime suspect among many serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, even Alzheimer’s. According to Medical News Today, barley is also considered a rich source for several B vitamins including niacin, thiamin and B-6. (B vitamins are said to have a direct impact on your energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism). Plus, barley contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that has been found to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

How to make Hamburger Barley Soup

First, chop up the vegetables: onion, carrot and celery. (AKA “mirepoix”)

ingredients cooking for soup

Then, brown the ground beef, add in those vegetables and some barley, and give it all a good stir.

Then, pour in all the liquid: beef broth, water and V8 juice. Add the seasonings, bring it to a boil and let it simmer, covered, for a couple hours.

Hamburger barley soup in a white bowl

Since nothing in this soup is exotic or unusual, even your picky eaters will enjoy it. Like many soups, it also makes a great leftover.

Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich and you’ll see smiles all around.

Bowl of soup with some oyster crackers on top

Oh, and oyster crackers. This soup definitely goes well with crackers. 😀

Bowl of soup with some oyster crackers on top
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5 from 21 votes

Hamburger Barley Soup

So satisfying!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 411kcal
Author: Sula


  • lb ground beef
  • 1 onion minced
  • 4 carrots minced
  • 3 celery ribs sliced thin
  • ½ cup barley
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 12 oz vegetable or tomato juice V8 or similar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 TB dried parsley
  • 1 tsp ground garlic
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • Black pepper to taste


  • Heat a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking the meat into small crumbles until evenly browned and no longer pink. Drain and discard excess grease.
  • Stir in the onion, carrots, celery and barley. Pour in all the liquids and add the seasonings.
  • Bring soup mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 2 hours, stirring frequently.
  • Remove bay leaves before serving.


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 1006mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 7213IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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10 thoughts on “Hamburger Barley Soup

  1. 5 stars
    My dad and I were just talking about barley soup so I am totally sharing this with him. I also love the addition of hamburger meat. We always have it in the freezer but I often run out of new ideas of how to use it.

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