Soups never have to be boring, and this Cheeseburger Soup proves that! It’s full of flavor and makes a filling, warm, hearty dinner at any time of year.
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This Cheeseburger Soup is so good! Where do I begin?
Many of y’all know I love soup. I look forward to fall and winter for the sole reason of having an excuse to eat more soup. There’s just something so comforting about it to me. 🥰
Some of you may also remember me telling you that I wasn’t a fan of potato soup growing up. I would sit there and stare at it for hours and my parents always threatened me with “having it for breakfast.”
Over the years, I found out it wasn’t so bad, and now I do enjoy it on occasion. I have a few different variations that, in my mind, made it more palatable than I remember as a child. Having some cheese in my potato soup is always a big plus, and this Cheeseburger Soup recipe is honestly just a cheesy potato soup! (With some beef, of course.)
My Cheeseburger Soup has been a favorite for years. Sometimes – not always – I like to top it with bacon. I like to add a few dashes of hot sauce to mine – but not everyone in my family does, so we serve the hot sauce on the side. Some fresh-baked rolls or biscuits would be great with this soup, too.
I love soup nights, especially when I know this particular soup is on the menu! I hope y’all enjoy it as much as we do!
Cheeseburger Soup: Ingredients & Equipment
For this Cheeseburger Soup recipe, you’ll need …
- ground beef – about a pound, crumbled.
- onion, carrots, celery, garlic, basil, and parsley – your soup’s veggies. Each of them lends a little “power” to the flavor of the soup and doesn’t
- butter – you’ll cook your veggies, above, in this.
- beef broth and potatoes – add these to your cooked vegetables!
- flour – combined with the butter, this makes a roux that will thicken your soup.
- cheddar cheese, sour cream, milk – these give your soup a cheesy flavor and turn it from plain ol’ soup with ground beef to a fantastic cheeseburger soup!
- salt and pepper – the final additions to your soup. Adjusted to your taste.
- toppings – optional, but you can’t go wrong with bacon, green onions, or more cheese!
- Dutch oven or soup pot – you’ll make your soup in this.
- small skillet or saucepan – to make your roux/thickener.
Cheeseburger Soup: FAQs
About 8 bowls/servings. Definitely enough for your whole family, and I reckon, for some folks to have seconds if they want!
Just a little over a half-hour! You’ll need 15 minutes of prep and 20 minutes to cook it. For how flavorful this soup is it feels like a miracle!
Absolutely! It should still taste wonderful.
Like I said above, hot sauce is very good when added to Cheeseburger Soup. I also recommend adding peppers with the other vegetables for the heat factor. So good!
Yes!! Any of your favorites should do. I like swiss and pepper jack in this recipe in particular. You can also even use Velveeta cheese!
You’ll want to store leftover Cheeseburger Soup in the fridge for up to 5 days. Be sure to use an airtight container!
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For the soup
- 1 pound ground beef
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 3/4 cup onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup carrots, chopped
- 3/4 cup celery, chopped
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 4 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1-1/2 cups milk
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Additional Cheddar cheese
- green onions, chopped
- 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and drained (optional)
- Brown and crumble the ground beef in a Dutch oven or soup pot until no longer pink. Drain and set aside.
- In the same pot, melt 1 tablespoon butter along with the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, basil, and parsley cooking until the vegetables are tender, about 8-10 minutes.
- Add the potatoes, drained ground beef, and beef broth then bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer the soup for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
- Meanwhile, in a small skillet or saucepan, melt the remaining butter and add the flour. Cook and stir the flour mixture until bubbly, about 3-5 minutes. Add the flour mixture to the soup and bring the soup to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cheese, milk, salt, and pepper until the cheese completely melts.
- Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the sour cream.
- Serve individual bowls with additional cheese, green onions, and/or bacon, if desired.
- Try experimenting with different cheeses - Pepper Jack, Swiss, or even Velveeta are all great choices!
- You can also use ground turkey for this recipe. Or try this soup with stew meat!
- Want a spicier version? Add your favorite peppers (jalapenos, serranos, etc ... ) along with the onions, carrots, and celery!
- Sometimes I like to add a squirt of my favorite BBQ sauce on top then mix it in for a BBQ cheeseburger flavor!
- Refrigerate any leftovers! Cool the soup completely before transferring it to airtight refrigerator-safe containers for up to 5 days.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 640Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 1377mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 39g
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Originally published on November 14, 2013. Updated on July 6, 2022.