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This Instant Pot hamburger soup is easy and flavorful! It’s a healthier comfort food meal that uses simple everyday ingredients like ground beef and potatoes.

If you’re looking for the stovetop version, head on over to my popular Easy Hamburger Soup instead.

an instant pot with a ladle of hamburger soup

Why you’ll love it

Tender ground beef enrobed in a tasty tomato broth… who can resist? This Instant Pot hamburger soup builds a ton of flavor in way less time. I just love how this appliance concentrates flavor and is pretty hands off. Open it up, and it’s as if this soup has been simmering away for hours.

I always make this simple, hearty, and affordable soup when I’m cleaning out the pantry. This Instant Pot ground beef soup recipe also happens to be super forgiving. Got some extra veggies? Throw ’em in. It’s all good! And the leftovers are very tasty. It’s a reader favorite.

What you’ll need

  • Olive oil, onions, and celery – sautéing sweet (Vidalia) onions along with celery makes a delicious aromatic base
  • Ground beef – it’s also known as hamburger, hence the name of the soup. I like to use 95% lean.
  • Garlic – garlic lovers, add even more if that’s your thing
  • Tomato paste and diced tomatoes – these pantry staples are canned at the peak of ripeness for perfect concentrated tomato flavor
  • Beef broth – a 32 oz container equals the 4 cups required for this recipe. Easy peasy.
  • Potatoes – Russet potatoes are my go-to variety for soups, but you can definitely use red or Yukon gold
  • Italian seasoning – this delicious blend of dried herbs comes in a single convenient jar and adds so much flavor
ingredients for instant pot hamburger soup in prep bowls on a counter

Pro tip

  • I like to use extra lean ground beef because it’s a bit less fatty, so you can skip the step of draining the fat once you’ve browned it. There’s still a bit of fat left, but I find it adds a nice flavor to the soup. If you do use a fattier ground beef, I would definitely drain some of the fat so the soup doesn’t end up excessively oily.

How to make Instant Pot hamburger soup

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauteing onions and ground beef in an instant pot

Add the oil and chopped onion and celery to your IP. Press the sauté button, cooking for 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and meat. Cook until browned, giving it the occasional stir. I don’t drain the fat, but you can if not using extra lean ground beef.

adding broth and tomatoes to an instant pot for hamburger soup

Stir in the tomato paste, followed by the diced tomatoes, broth, Italian seasoning, and potatoes. Close the lid with the valve on “sealing”. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. After the countdown, do a quick pressure release. Season generously with salt & pepper, and enjoy!

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • I have an older 6 quart model, but here’s the latest version of the Instant Pot.
  • Not sure how to store the other half of your onion? This onion saver keeps it fresh in the fridge.
  • A sturdy ladle that doesn’t slop soup all over is a must-have.

Substitutions and variations

  • You can definitely add in some chopped carrots at the same time as the celery.
  • Several readers have successfully thrown in a drained can of corn and/or green beans. Or stir in some spinach after you release the pressure for even more veggies and let it wilt.
  • If you’re sensitive to salt, use low-sodium beef broth.

What to serve with Instant Pot hamburger soup

Leftovers and storage

  • Store leftovers of this hamburger soup in the fridge for 3-4 days in a covered container. The flavors intensify over time even more!
  • I recommend reheating over a low heat in a saucepan, stirring every so often until warmed through.
  • Leftovers will freeze well. Consume within 3 months. I like to store them in individual containers.
a bowl of instant pot hamburger soup

Let me know in the comments below if you gave this easy Instant Pot soup recipe a try. I’d love a review. Questions the blog post didn’t answer? Talk to me! You can also find me on Instagram.

an instant pot with a ladle of hamburger soup
4.80 from 125 votes

Instant Pot Hamburger Soup

This Instant Pot hamburger soup is easy and flavorful! It's a healthier comfort food meal that uses simple everyday ingredients like ground beef and potatoes.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 17 minutes
Inactive time: 15 minutes
Total: 42 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 1 pound extra lean (95% lean) ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (28 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 large Russet potatoes diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning or to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Add the olive oil, onion, and celery to your Instant Pot. Press the sauté button and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the beef and garlic. Cook until the beef has browned, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes). You shouldn't need to drain much fat if you're using extra lean ground beef, but feel free to drain some/most of it if desired (I didn't drain any). 
  • Stir in the tomato paste, then add in the diced tomatoes, beef broth, potatoes, and Italian seasoning. 
  • Close the lid, make sure the valve is on "sealing", and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. 
  • Once the countdown has finished, do a quick pressure release.
  • Season with salt & pepper as needed and serve immediately. 


  • Serves 4-6. 
  • Anything from about 1 to 1.5 pounds ground beef will work.
  • Use low-sodium beef broth if you’re sensitive to salt. 
  • Inactive time indicates the time it takes the Instant Pot to get up to pressure.
  • Try the stovetop version if you don’t own an IP.


Calories: 253kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 854mg, Potassium: 1168mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 223IU, Vitamin C: 21mg, Calcium: 85mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on January 30, 2019. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!

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  1. Sandy LeTendre says:

    Do you have to use pressure cooker mode for soups? I just made sauerkraut kilbasa soup and when I hit soup mode after a bit there was a lot of steam coming out. What was I doing wrong? Everything was basically already cooked- can of beans, chicken broth, onion, cup of kraut and seasonings. That’s basically it so it only needed about 20 minutes but I don’t think under pressure

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Sandy! My guess is that you didn’t move the valve to “sealing” if steam was coming out. Basically you used the Instant Pot as a regular pot with a lid on.

  2. Blythe says:

    5 stars
    UnREAL!!! SOOOOOO good!

    1. Natasha says:

      Awesome, so happy you liked it!

  3. Meg says:

    I add a bag of mixed vegetables to my hamburger soup the one with peas corn and green beans as well as the diced tomato and potatoes! Everyone loves it!

    1. Natasha says:

      Great!! So pleased to hear it, Meg!

  4. Tracy says:

    5 stars
    I added a tsp of smoked paprika that really added a touch of depth to the flavour to the broth. A fantastic recipe and so quick to assemble. Thank you so much for sharing! … yum! Yup, I’ll be making this one again.

    1. Natasha says:

      I am so happy you liked it! I love smoked paprika myself… I should try that next time I make this.

  5. Lauren says:

    Will this all fit in a 3 Qt IP? I just bought a 3 Qt Instant Pot but didn’t know if I needed to cut ingredients in half or if it would fit in the 3 Qt.

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! Sorry, I just saw this comment now… for some reason I haven’t been getting all new comment notifications lately. I think the recipe will go over the max fill line on the 3 qt. IP, but maybe try halving it.

  6. Kim says:

    Well You’ve Done It Again !!!
    I made your chicken and rice instant pot
    And now this and my husband said this is really good !!! I said I’ll keep using her recipes when we go on the road , RVing with the Instant Pot and Natasha will be joining us more often . Thanks

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww I’m so happy to join you on the road!!

  7. Evelyn Piper says:

    5 stars
    Used my Instapot that my sister sent me for Christmas for the first time and used your recipe for the Hamburger Soup cause my sister made it for me recently and I loved it. It came out exactly the same and I’m so pleased. Thank you so much for posting this recipe and helping others.

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s awesome!! So glad it worked out, Evelyn. 🙂

  8. Robin Bullinger says:

    I made this today. I wanted no potatoes so put chunks of cauliflower. I also added some sliced mushrooms, green beans and some corn. Great flavor!

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad you liked it!!

      1. Gina says:

        I loved this recipe I used ground turkey instead of hamburger my husband loved it

        1. Natasha says:

          So glad to hear it!!

          1. Jacqueline M. Armstrong says:

            Oh I’m so glad I just saw this – I just posted a comment about if anyone used ground turkey! I just found some in my freezer and am going to try it with that. I’ve made this soup twice with the ground beef and it’s amazing. Can’t wait to see how it turns out with the turkey. 🙂

          2. Natasha says:

            Let me know! 🙂

  9. Marg. says:

    Made this yesterday for supper, turned out great!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad to hear it, Marg!

      1. Erin Johns says:

        Made this tonight only I used 2 cans rotel tomatoes instead of regular, 1/2 cup lentils instead of potatoes and added frozen peas at the end. Delicious! Will be making this again!

        1. Natasha says:

          Awesome! So glad you liked it!!

  10. Annemarie says:

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe today. I had never made soup like this and used real beef patties. Didn’t have italian seasoning at home so used: Oregano, Basil, Thyme and Rosemary which makes the same combo. It came out really good. My son says the food smells really good. I will put this in my “copy me that” recipes.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m glad you liked it, Annemarie!