Instant Pot Hamburger Soup (Whole30 Paleo) including Stovetop and Slow Cooker Instructions – aka Poor Man’s Soup!  Hearty, healthy, and totally budget friendly.  Your family will love this soup!

I know how challenging it can be to find recipes that fit a clean eating lifestyle and are still family friendly.  Sometimes it’s so tempting to whip up that box of mac and cheese and call it good!  One solution that is naturally nutritious and seems to always please the whole family is homemade soup.

This Hamburger Soup (aka Poor Man’s Soup because it is so easy on the budget) is made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker and couldn’t be easier!  It is such a simple meal and yet my family absolutely loves it.  The kids always go back for seconds!  Full of classic beef and veggie soup flavors, it is perfect paired with a green salad or some gluten free corn bread (I love Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Corn Bread Mix!) 

This recipe is proof that Whole30 meals don’t have to break the budget.  Only the most basic ingredients are required, all things that you likely already have on hand.  Make this Hamburger Soup ahead on Meal Prep Sunday or during the week for a quick and easy dinner.

Still on the fence about trying Whole30?  Head over to this post for some inspiration.  My Whole30 Survival Guide is full of great tips, a meal plan, shopping list, and tons of easy recipes!  And be sure to join my private Facebook Whole30 Support Group for extra encouragement and ideas!


Ground Beef




Yukon Gold Potatoes

Tomato Paste

Diced Tomatoes

Frozen Green Beans

Beef Broth

Spices: garlic, sea salt, and pepper


Hamburger Soup can be made in the Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or on the Stovetop. For each method, begin by browning the beef.

To make in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker, combine the browned beef with remaining ingredients and cook according to instructions below.

To make on the stovetop, sauté the veggies for 3-4 minutes before adding the remaining ingredients and browned ground beef back to the pot. Simmer on low for 30 minutes, covered until veggies are soft.

Instant Pot Hamburger Soup Variations

Substitute tomatoes with green chilis for the diced tomatoes

Spice it up with some crushed red pepper or tabasco when serving

In place of the potatoes, use canned kidney beans, barley, quinoa, or other whole grain (for non-whole30)

Use ground turkey or venison instead of beef

Use my Homemade Seasoned Salt as a substitute for the salt/spices in this recipe

Add a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos for a flavor booster

For additional seasoning, try a teaspoon or two of my homemade all-purpose seasoning or chili seasoning


Can I make Hamburger Soup without potatoes?

Sure, feel free to leave them out if desired. See the substitution tips above for other add-in ideas.

Can I use frozen veggies instead in Hamburger Soup?

Yes, this is a great shortcut! Substitute 1-2 cups of your favorite mix of frozen veggies in place of the carrots and celery.

Can this soup be frozen?

To freeze, let the soup cool completely and then add to a mason jar or freezer safe container, leaving 1-2 inches of space at the top. Freeze for up to 3-6 months.

For More Instant Pot Soup Recipes, Check Out:

Instant Pot Healing Chicken Soup

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Taco Stuffed Pepper Soup

Instant Pot Creamy Herbed Chicken Stew

Instant Pot Curried Cauliflower Soup

Do you like to Meal Prep or pack the leftovers for lunch?  These glass containers are my favorite for soup!


Instant Pot Hamburger Soup (Whole30 Paleo) - aka Poor Man's Soup!  Hearty, healthy, and totally budget friendly.  Your family will love this soup! |


Instant Pot Hamburger Soup (Whole30 Paleo) - aka Poor Man's Soup!  Hearty, healthy, and totally budget friendly.  Your family will love this soup! |

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Instant Pot Hamburger Soup

Instant Pot Hamburger Soup (Whole30 Paleo) including Slow Cooker Instructions - aka Poor Man's Soup! Hearty, healthy, and totally budget friendly. Your family will love this soup!
4.98 from 35 votes


  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or ground venison
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 cup diced yukon gold potatoes (about 3 small)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Set your Instant Pot to Saute.  Add oil and beef (or venison) and cook until browned.  Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.  Lock lid and set Instant Pot to Manual for 15 minutes.  Quick or Natural Release both work great for this recipe.   

For the Slow Cooker:

  • In a large skillet, brown beef in oil over medium high heat.  Add browned beef and remaining ingredients to a slow cooker.  Stir well to combine.  Cook on High for 3-4 hours or Low for 6-8 hours.

For the Stovetop:

  • In a large deep pot, brown beef in oil over medium high heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, and potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring.
  • Add remaining ingredients, stir well. Bring to a simmer, cover, and reduce heat. SImmer for 30 minutes.


Calories: 137kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 920mg, Potassium: 745mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 3295IU, Vitamin C: 12.5mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 2.9mg

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