Hearty Hamburger Soup {Whole30, Keto, Paleo}

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Whole30 Hamburger Soup

My new Hamburger soup is my new quick go-to dinner. A savory and filling soup that is filled with ground beef, green beans, onions, banana peppers and beef broth. A simple Whole30, Keto and Paleo meal!

Whole30 Hamburger Soup

The other day I went into the kitchen to make chili, and as I begin to collect all the ingredients to get it started, I just wasn’t feeling it. So, that is where my creativity came into play and I started pulling out everything I had in my fridge. I literally just started adding things and tasting as I went, and it turned out better than I could have imagined.

Whole30 Hamburger Soup

This Hamburger Soup is the perfect balance of tangy and savory. The vinegar I added from the banana pepper jar, really brought all the flavors together in this soup. In addition to the vinegar, I also added banana peppers that brought even more flavor and texture to the green beans, tomatoes and hamburger meat.

Tips for making the perfect Hamburger Soup?

  • Using fresh green beans will make a big difference. If you only have frozen or canned green beans, those will absolutely work too, but fresh is always best.
  • Stove Top Version: The longer it simmers, the better flavor the hamburger soup will have.
  • If you are storing this in your fridge, use a glass container. It seems to stay fresher that way.

Where can you find Whole30 compliant banana peppers for this soup?

Finding Whole30 compliant banana peppers may involve a little additional work. My recommendation, is always be sure to read your ingredients and check with the Whole30 additive cheat sheet to make sure it aligns with the program.

Compliant banana peppers I have found are through Thrive Market, Amazon, Whole Foods and sometimes even Walmart. Jeff’s Naturals, Sunraised, and Divina Sliced Pepperoncini’s from Thrive Market.

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Whole30 Hamburger Soup

Whole30 Hearty Hamburger Soup


  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

My new Hamburger soup is my new quick go-to dinner. A savory and filling soup that is filled with ground beef, green beans, onions, banana peppers and beef broth. A simple Whole30, Keto and Paleo meal!


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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  •  2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 128 oz can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 16 oz can tomato paste
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp onion salt
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup banana peppers and 1/2 cup of the juice that it comes in
  • 112 oz bag of green beans (frozen, fresh or canned)

Instructions

STOVE TOP INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a 5- or 6-quart Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high. Add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent, 2 minutes. Add the beef and cook until brown, 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer the bag of green beans to the beef and combine together with a spoon.
  3. Add the broth, canned tomatoes (with liquid), tomato paste, banana peppers and juice, onion salt, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the green beans are very tender, 30 minutes.
  5. Divide among bowls and enjoy!

SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the tablespoon olive oil and the ground beef along with the garlic and onion. Cook until the meat is browned and onion is translucent, 2 minutes.
  2. Transfer to the slow cooker and add the broth, canned tomatoes (with liquid), tomato paste, banana peppers and juice, onion salt, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
  4. Divide among bowls and enjoy!

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Turn on the Instant Pot and set to sauté and allow time to heat up
  2. Add 1 tbsp ghee and place the minced garlic, onions and hamburger meat, around 3-4 minutes
  3. Turn the settings on the instant pot to high pressure. Once this setting is on, add the rest of the ingredients for the soup.
  4. Lock the lid making sure the top vent is sealed. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  5. Once the cook time is over,do a quick release to remove the pressure.
  6. Stir together with a wooden spoon and divide among bowls and enjoy!

Notes

  • Compliant banana peppers can be a little harder to find. You can find compliant peppers at Whole Foods, Thrive Market and other health food stores. Always make sure to read the instructions.
  • Store soup in a glass container and store in the fridge for up to one week and up to 3 months in the freezer. 
  • Category: Soup/Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top/ Crockpot/ Insta Pot
  • Cuisine: American

TOTAL NET CARBS per serving: Take Fiber and subtract from carbohydrates 12 GRAMS per serving

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Comments (58)

  • Me: Hurries to the grocery list and adds all the ingredients.
    This sounds so so good. Can’t wait to try it.

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  • Hi! When you say tomato with juice, do you mean diced tomatoes or does it matter?

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    • Yes, diced tomatoes with the juice.

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  • This was hearty and delicious! A nice change of pace from other soups. I bought pepperoncinis instead of banana peppers by mistake so there was a slight kick to the soup but we liked it that way. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    • So happy you enjoyed this soup!

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  • This recipe is delicious. My family loved it! Definitely a keeper.

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    • Thank you!

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  • This soup was AMAZING! My 4 kids devoured it! Finding a meal that everyone raves about is a challenge. This recipe is a new staple!

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    • Happy to hear the whole family loved it. Thank you, Olivia!

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  • Just had to say this is one delicious soup!!! The banana peppers in it with the juice really gives it the best flavor. My husband and I will keep this in rotation. Just a note I thought I had 28 oz can of tomatoes but I didn’t. I ended up using fire roasted and a can of tomatoes with green chilies. It’s quite versatile a recipe 🙂

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    • Thank you!

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  • This recipe is incredible. It is filled with so much yummy flavor.

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    • Thank you!

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  • I love banana peppers so I was instantly intrigued by this soup when it was posted. I cannot stop thinking about how delicious it is.

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    • This makes me so happy! Thank you for your feedback 😉

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  • Looks so good. Will be making this soon!!

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    • Its a hit!!!! Will certainly be making again soon!!!

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      • Thank you

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    • Delish! I included carrot and celery as I used Trader Joe’s mirepoix.

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  • Delicious soup!! We love soup around here and the hamburger was a nice change from chicken. The flavor is really good and very filling. We love the banana pepper tang the best. Thank you.

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  • This is in my menu plan for this week! Can’t wait!

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    • So happy to hear this. Hope you love it

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  • We made this and really liked it. My daughter took it for lunch 3 days and we have had 3 dinners from it. It’s great! We used rotel instead of just regular diced tomatoes, because my fam loves spice. It was super simple, but super tasty- we also had some baby Bella mushrooms left over from mac’s not so cheesesteak stuffed peppers So we added those in. This will definitely be added to our regular rotation!

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    • Hi Christi. I love when my followers tweek the recipe to satisfy the already known family tastebuds. Love the Bella and Mac stuffed peppers left over thrown in. So so thrilled to have made a family favs recipe list;-) Blessings!!!!!

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  • This recipe is amazing! The banana peppers add just the right amount of spice and tang! It tastes just like a burger and the green beans are a snappy surprise. This recipe was approved by my boyfriend to be added to the meal rotation!

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    • YAY!!! So love when a recipe of mine satisfies the hubbies/boyfriends!!!! So fun to please the ones you love the most isn’t it?? Thanks so much for the kind review Lisa;-)

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  • I was hesitant to try this soup because banana peppers sounded odd in a soup, but I trusted Mac and dove in! It was SO good, and it was the banana peppers that made it!!! I made it for my office soup club who loved it too!!

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    • Thanks Kendal! This is one of my favorites too. Thanks for making and sharing with others:-)

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  • I can tell you this was a hit! Such an easy, go-to recipe on busy nights. I feel like I can put any veggie in this and it would be perfect. Thanks for all the cooking methods too! I did mine in the IP, just to set it and forget!! Thank you!!!

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    • Awww, thank you Nicole. So glad I created a recipe that helps on those BUSY NIGHTS!!!!!;-)

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  • I was initially hesitant to try this because banana peppers in soup struck me as odd, but I trusted Mac and went for it. I’m so glad I did! This soup was delicious and the banana peppers are what made it!! I brought it to my soup club at work, and they loved it oo!

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    • Well look at you!!!!! Steppin outside that box to throw in those banana peppers:-) Thanks Kendal for trying this recipe. So glad it was a CLUB hit!!!

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  • I’ve made this soup two weeks in a row to have for lunches at work and I absolutely love it! Super easy, filling, and delicious!

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    • Thank you Nicole. I am so happy to hear you love it.

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  • Very unique flavors! I love how the banana peppers bring the “mustard flavor” of a classic hamburger.

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  • So good that even while eating left overs at work, someone said, ‘Dang! That smells good!’ This recipe made enough for my husband and I for 4 dinners (2 each), and 4 lunches (2 each).

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    • Thanks so much Steph for the kind review. Don’t you love soup? There is something about the way it makes you feel. So thrilled this recipe was one you could use for several work days:-)

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  • Love love love this soup and so simple to make!!

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    • Thank you so much!

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  • I made this for my husband to take for lunch and he called me from work to tell me how amazing it is!!! I do add in some yellow squash and zucchini to make it a bit more stew like. I must admit that I halved it the first time I made it and accidentally added the entire amount of the banana pepper juice. Now he won’t have it any other way. But this is literally all he requests for lunch.

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    • That’s so nice Libby……thanks so much for your kind words of support. Have a blessed weekend.

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  • This soup will be a staple in the rotation of lunch meals.

    So good!

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    • Love this Ashleigh…..thanks for sharing

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  • I love this recipe – thank you so much for sharing! We made this on a weeknight and had leftovers for lunch the next day and they were amazing. We added a cup of instant rice to the mix before letting it simmer on the stovetop, but this would be great as-is!

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    • Yay……love that the recipe was a hit. THank you Erika for your kind words of support. You’re so welcome

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  • I’ve made this on repeat in my house lately! (And I used a bit of pickle juice when I didn’t have banana peppers on hand once!)

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    • 🙂

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  • This sounds delicious! I just started using my
    IP again and looking for some good recipes! Can’t wait to try this!

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    • Let me know what ya think April

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  • This soup was divine! So flavorful. Thank you!

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    • Thanks Charlotte…..we love it at our table too!!!! Thanks for the kind comments.

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  • This soup is delicious. I was a little skeptical while making it but it was sooooo good. All 3 of my girls liked it too, ages 6,5 &1.

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    • Fantastic Ashley….it’s certainly a bonus when we find a recipe that makes everyone smile. Thank you for letting me know. Have a blessed weekend!

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  • My husband is not a fan of soup but he loves this recipe!! It is soooo delicious 😋 I have made it several times and plan to make it again this week. Since we are all at home right now.,.. it’s nice to cook a big pot of soup and have it for dinner one night and lunch the next day … or two . Thanks for making our quarantine a little tastier. Blessings to you and your sweet family😊

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    • Awwwww Thanks for the kind comments Anita. So thrilled I could make quarantine tasty and something pleasing to all eating. Have a blessed weekend!

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  • Yummy! So good!

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  • I thought I left a comment about this soup but who knows if I actually did or did it in me head!! This soup…according to my husband because I cannot eat it…is so ridiculously good!!! He literally called me from work just to tell me, and since then I have made a batch every week for his lunches. I did accidentally tweak it and then added in some different veggies…First, I accidentally got the hot banana peppers…good thing my husband likes heat…then I accidentally added in the entire amount of pepper juice even though I was only making half the recipe. We did add in some yellow squash and zucchini and now he will not have it any other way…he just shakes his head every time he eats it and that is how I know it is a winner. Thanks!!

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    • This was such a nice comment. Thank you so much

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