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Instant pot hamburger soup with barley

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Hearty delicious instant pot hamburger soup with barley is so easy to make! Ground beef makes this soup so thick, it almost tastes like a stew.

instant pot hamburger soup with barley

The season of delicious soups is here. Its very common to cook soups any time of the year in my house but winter cooking is just something special.

For all my pressure cooker recipes i use my 8 qt Instant pot. If you have a smaller pressure cooker don’t worry about adjusting the size. The soup will fit easily in a smaller pot.

How to make instant pot hamburger soup with barley

First you need to start with browning ground beef and onions. You can put them in the pot together or start with onions. Add oil into the pot and chopped white onions. Saute for a few minutes and then add ground beef.

Once the meat is well browned, add chopped celery and carrots. You can slice or chop them any way you want. Don’t cut them too small though so they don’t dissolve during pressure cooking.

Add diced tomatoes from the can and all the juice. If you don’t like chunks of tomatoes in your soup, just add equal amount of tomato sauce. Its time to add spices and beef bouillon (this is totally optional). If you don’t want to use bouillon add equal amount of salt.

veggies and ground beef in the pressure cooker

Rinse pearl barley couple times under the running cold water. Add to the pot and the next step is adding potatoes. I peel mine but you can leave the skin on if you want to. Cut in small chunks and stir into the soup base. Add water and close and lock the Instant pot lid.

soup in instant pot

The soup will be pretty thick and delicious. Barley will cook perfectly and all vegetables will still have a bite in it.

Serve with chopped cilantro on top, some crackers on the side ( like my husband does) and i love to add a little bit of hot sauce into my bowl. A dollop of sour cream sound good too!

beef and barley soup in instant pot

Instant pot makes best soups! Who agree? I made so many delicious soups in my pressure cooker, here are my favorites:

instant pot hamburger soup with barley
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Instant pot hamburger soup with barley

Hearty delicious instant pot hamburger soup with barley is so easy to make! Ground beef makes this soup so thick, it almost tastes like a stew.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant pot hamburger soup, instant pot hamburger soup with barley
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 1 cup barley rinsed
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 medium potatoes peeled and cubed


  • Push instant pot SAUTE button. Heat oil and add chopped onions. Cook onions for 5 minutes, stiring. Add ground beef and cook for another 3-5 minutes until browned.
  • Add the rest of ingredients and stir. Close and lock the lid. Pressure cook for 20 minutes. Quick release the pressure once cooked.


If you are using classic beef bouillon powder, no extra salt needed in the soup.
Make sure to rinse barley very well.

Tools used in this recipe

Pressure cooker

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Monday 6th of March 2023

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Thursday 17th of November 2022

Great recipe, very hearty and delicious! My son and I loved it. I thought I would freeze part of it, but we ended up eating it all over several days. I had all the ingredients on hand except beef bouillon. I did have Lipton Beefy Onion Soup mix and added two envelopes along with the water and other ingredients. I will make this again soon!


Sunday 6th of November 2022

this turned out wonderful. full of flavor and filling. we loved it.


Friday 21st of October 2022

What size can of tomatoes? And could I use chopped sirloin tip roast instead of ground beef?


Tuesday 18th of October 2022

What size of can for diced tomatoes?