Vegetarian Hamburger Soup Recipe

Posted on Mar 22 2013 - 9:19am by Demelza Young

This is a quick, “throw it together” kind of recipe.  My mom used to make hamburger soup every so often when I was a kid, and I loved it: the tomato base, the chunky vegetables in it.  During one of the winters I was away at college, I had a craving for a hot, hearty kind of soup.  I thought of this one, and with my mother’s help I was able to recreate it without the meat.

You can exchange the canned vegetables for frozen or fresh, and add others as you like (mushrooms and green beans would be a great addition); the onions were just a little something that needed to be used up in our fridge.  I joked with my sister, as we were cooking, that this is kind of like a “use everything but the kitchen sink” soup, but for some reason she didn’t like it when I suggested throwing in a random can of pineapple.  I can’t imagine why.  Hawaiian burgers are totally a thing, right?

Vegetarian Hamburger Soup Recipe


  • 1 12 oz Container of Soy Crumbles
  • 2 Stalks Celery
  • 1/4 Cup Yellow Onions
  • 62 oz V8 or Other Vegetable Juice
  • 2 29 oz Cans Veg-All, Home-style Large Cut Vegetables
  • Herbs & Spices to Taste

Vegetarian Hamburger Soup Recipe Ingred


  1. Add the V8 juice, onion, garlic and veggie crumbles into a large pot.
  2. Add the V8 juice, onion, garlic and veggie crumbles into a large pot.
  3. Flavor soup to taste–I suggest garlic pepper, tarragon, marjoram, basil, rosemary, garlic powder, and chives. Really, it's whatever you enjoy and whatever you happen to have on hand!Vegetarian Hamburger Soup Recipe 1
  4. Continue to cook until soup is heated through and flavorings have mingled, about 30-40 minutes. Feel free to garnish bowls with a bit of parsley and a sprinkle of mozzarella.

 Vegetarian Hamburger Soup Recipe 2


Demelza Young is an alumni of Northern Kentucky University. She currently enjoys volunteering her time in her local community, reviewing online content with her cat, and sharing quality recipes.

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  1. Karen Glatt March 22, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

    This is one delicious and hearty and healthy soup recipe. I used to make homemade soup like this years ago. Your recipe has me wanting to make this great soup again. Thanks for your great recipe today!

  2. lisa March 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    That looks really good and I eat primarily meat only.

    • Bella April 6, 2013 at 1:45 am - Reply

      I am on a diet and this looks good and easy I will make it.Thanks.

  3. krystel March 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    thgat looks delicious and healty

  4. D SCHMIDT March 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious, I have been looking for a healthy recipe my whole family will enjoy and I think this is it!

  5. San March 23, 2013 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Looks delicious, I'm tempted to try out this weekend!

  6. Ashley Chassereau Parks March 23, 2013 at 10:47 am - Reply

    I have been looking for a good meal to prepare when some friends of ours (who are vegetarian) come over for a "get together!"  I had planned pizza, but I would love to make this for them instead!! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Susan Bewley March 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      It is one of those meals that is perfect for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike! Best of all, it’s super easy!

  7. Michele Behlen March 24, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

    This sounds like a great recipe. My mother-in-law used to make a soup similar to this.

  8. Jessica Edwards March 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    pretty neat. 

  9. Cynamon Yarborough March 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Sounds tasty. i love meat tho. lol. i would add grond beef in this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Susan Bewley March 25, 2013 at 11:05 am - Reply

      haha! If you really wanted to make it a meat recipe, you could probably just substitute the tofu for ground beef.

  10. Wanda Bergman March 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I'm always looking for new vegetarian recipes that are healthy and yummy. This one looks like a keeper!!

  11. WidyaningA March 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    I am not a vegetarian but the recipe  look so interesting.

  12. Jessica Snow March 26, 2013 at 1:58 am - Reply

    I've never heard of this soup before, but it sounds so yummy.  We're having some cold nights coming up, so I think I might have to make this.  

  13. LPerry March 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I cant WAIT to try this! IM always looking for new vegan dishes

  14. Sarah L March 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I'll use frozen veggies because I don't like canned and add extra mushrooms. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. denise smith March 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    this looks really good must try

  16. Donna George March 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Yummy. I lvoe veggie soup. This one sounds amazing.

  17. Ashley Morrissey March 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    I'm not a vegetarian..but I would definitely love to try this!

  18. Sofia March 27, 2013 at 11:16 am - Reply

    That looks very good…but we don't do soy. 

  19. Chelsea March 27, 2013 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Looks delisious! 

  20. Holly March 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    this looks delicious and i love that its veggie!

  21. Tara A. March 27, 2013 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    This looks really good! We would definitely use fresh veggies, but I might try it out one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Nena Sinclair March 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    I love homemade soups and this sounds easy, delicious and nutritious, not to mention hearty! Thanks for the great recipe!

  23. stacey dempsey March 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    well this one looks like one I could actually make successfully lol So I am going to try it 

  24. laurie damrose March 28, 2013 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I made this and my family loved it!

  25. Melissa Cadle March 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    This looks like something I could actually make! LOL!  I'm no cook, but this looks easy enough… and I could easily make it vegan too!  

  26. Rabia March 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    It looks delicious, I should try it once!

  27. Maria Iemma March 29, 2013 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I try to have at least one meatless meal a week and I think this recipe might be one to keep and try.  Thank you

  28. Tonya B March 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    This looks so easy and so yummy. Thanks for another great recipe in our repertoire! 

  29. Dina Elexpuru March 31, 2013 at 9:18 am - Reply

    this recipe sounds delicious! a must try! thank you and Happy Easter!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. kaitlin March 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    I made this the other day and it was delicious! I can't wait to make it for my husband when he gets back from deployment.

  31. Tara Gauthier March 31, 2013 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    This looks great, my husband wanted nothing more than some real hamburger meat when I was pregnant with out first child but I couldn't stand the smell of it cooking~

  32. Kayla M April 1, 2013 at 2:55 am - Reply

    This sounds so so so good; have to try it!

  33. kim propp April 1, 2013 at 4:10 am - Reply

    Thanks, I am trying new vegetarian recipes.  hard for this meat lover!

  34. Lisa Marie Gibson April 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious!  I really love V8 and tomato juices. My kids would love it too as long as I throu in a couple cans of whole peeled potatoes.. "Theyc an eat them right out of the can".

  35. Krystal V. April 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Looks so good!!!

  36. Vicki Hale April 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    I love veggie soup!  This looks easy and quick to make.  Thank you  Vicki

  37. ashley seeley April 3, 2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

    that looks so good.. thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Heather Diotte April 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    OMG This recipe looks AMAZING! I recently started cutting right down on any meats, and have been indulging in the veggies! This is a welcomed addition to our dinner table for sure!

  39. ANN*H April 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Looks delicious to me but if the family knows it has  soy crumbles in it they probably wont eat any of it . there are real picky. You talk about everything but the kitchen sink and pineapple. Have you ever eaten a chili with pineapple in it – called Hawaiian chili? so adding that can of pineapple might work ????

    • Susan Bewley April 5, 2013 at 9:01 am - Reply

      I bet it would actually be good. I have tried something similar with pineapple and it was yum. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. veronica lee April 6, 2013 at 1:11 am - Reply

    Mmmmm!  I am certainly going to make this for dinner tonight! 

  41. Elle Briarson April 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Yum! Great way to enjoy if you're a vegetarian!

  42. Nichole Miller Shamblin April 11, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Even though I am not a Vegetarian this looks really good! 

  43. annie page April 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    The soup in the picture looks tasty and your receipt sounds easy enough and healthy I plan on making some soon it seems tasty Thanks for the receipt

  44. Laura P. April 13, 2013 at 11:37 am - Reply

    This looks really tasty and simple. It looks like a soup that vegetarians and non vegetarians could enjoy which is a really good thing.

  45. Samantha w April 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I am a bug meat eater, but this soup looks delicious! I love soup and so I think I will give it a try.

  46. kris April 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    this looks great and easy to make!

  47. Kayce April 19, 2013 at 12:47 am - Reply

    WOW! this vegetarian hamburger soup recipe looks yummy and delicious! Its a healthy soup indeed. I would like to try this recipe at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Susan Bewley April 19, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

      It is very yummy and super easy to make!

  48. md kennedy April 28, 2013 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Easy-peasy, delicous, healthy, customizable….what else could you want?  I'd make mine chili-ish with lots of hot pepper flakes!

  49. Mer April 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Yum! This looks like a great way to use up all those random veggies that aren't quite enough for a dish on their own.

  50. Linda April 30, 2013 at 2:36 am - Reply

    I would love to try this.  I love hamburger soup anyway.

  51. Terri April 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Looks so good!!! I will have to attempt this soup! Thank you for sharing.

  52. Patricia Zyska-Pickett May 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Sounds delicious! My sister-in-law is coming to visit shortly, and she is vegetarian, so I am trying to collect some recipes that I can use while she is here with us. Thanks so much for posting this!

  53. Lillian May 3, 2013 at 8:31 am - Reply

    That looks so delicious, I'll have to give it a try.

  54. Kelly R. May 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Not sure if my family would like it being vegetarian but I'd like to try it!

  55. Peggy Greco May 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I will have to make this soup sometime for something new;thanks for recipe.

  56. Becky Schollian May 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Yum, Yum, Yum!! I love this recipe. I have several friends that are vegitarians. When it's my turn to have the monthly dinner at my house I'm always scrambling to find a quick & easy vegi meal just for them. This is fantastic and simple…Another great recipe to add to my collection!!

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  58. marissa lee May 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    omg this looks so good…going to nake it this week…thank you for sharing.

  59. jen bolander May 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    this looks soo good.. my next recipe to try

  60. Dorothy Teel May 27, 2013 at 9:08 am - Reply

    This sounds like a yummy and quick to put together soup and one that would smell great while cooking it.  I make one similar but I use the spicy V8 juice in it and diced dehydrated onions and some dried green peppers and veg all , you can add bouillion for flavor and it is great.. My kids love it with hamburger, when we call it hamburger stew and it is one of those recipes that you can stretch to feed many people,  thank you

  61. md kennedy May 29, 2013 at 10:11 am - Reply

    I haven't seen Veg-All in years – guess I just wsn't looking for it!  I sure will track soem down and make this recipe, though – looks great!

  62. Tanya July 30, 2013 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Hello, I love the recipe idea, it sounds really good. I have been thinking about becoming a vegan for years but It's been challenging anyone have suggestions or how to wean yourself. I eat like only chicken and turkey now I do eat some fish at times….But really don't eat beef or pork ? hummm well maybe I am on my way. What y'all think?

  63. Tiffany R November 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Sounds good but my family are meat eaters so i would used ground chicken or turkey

  64. Kimberly Carroll December 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Great Recipe! My daughter is a vegetarian and is slowly turning me into one as well!!

  65. kelly Nicholson January 13, 2014 at 2:51 am - Reply

    the word hamburger throws me,but ok..ill give it a try…go vegan

  66. Amy Adams March 4, 2014 at 7:46 am - Reply

    This looks great but I think I would add some chopped up “Morning Star” patties just to put some type of “meat” in the soup. I think my husband would be more prone to eat it then. Otherwise, I think it looks delicious!

  67. Angela Smith March 13, 2014 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Yummy! I’m trying this recipe tonight!

  68. Shannon April 16, 2014 at 4:23 am - Reply

    I love that you post vegetarian recipes. Most of the other (not all) websites that I visit seem to forget about us! This looks so good and simple to make. Namaste.

  69. Alyssa Laughlin April 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Looks like I just found a new favorite recipe for lunch time!! <3

  70. cheryla lister June 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I have a vegetarian friend who will be coming to my house for a potluck dinner every Friday and I’ve been looking for recipes so I can be sure there is something she can eat. Where does one find soy crumbles in the market? Frozen food section? The recipe sounds good!

    • Demelza June 9, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

      Hi, Cheryla!

      Yes, you can find soy crumbles in the frozen food section. At my local Wal-Mart, there’s actually a section for vegetarian products right by the frozen vegetables.

  71. Dana Matthews October 27, 2015 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    This looks so good. I’m trying to eat healthier and I see all kinds of potential for this! Thanks for sharing!

  72. Marie Lowther September 15, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply

    My husband has made something similar to this recipe before but as used red lentil instead. I think we will have to try your additions to the recipe next time we make it. Thank you for sharing!

  73. Rosie January 7, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

    This does look super. I have been eating vegetarian for years now, and it wasn’t intentional. I haven’t tried soy crumbles, and I would like to try them with this recipe.

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