Enjoy cheeseburgers in soup form with this easy recipe for the Best Cheeseburger Soup! Ground beef is cooked with vegetables and potatoes in a creamy broth that's packed with the flavor of your favorite burger!
There's nothing like a juicy cheeseburger to satisfy a hunger craving. Cheeseburgers are rich and satisfying, not to mention delicious! While it's great to bite into a burger, you can also enjoy them in soup form using this easy recipe!
Ground beef is cooked with vegetables like onion, carrot, and celery in a creamy broth that's loaded with cheeseburger flavor. Potatoes give it a hearty texture, while the cheese adds an extra layer of cheeseburger deliciousness!
This cheeseburger soup is a full and satisfying meal that's sure to become a family favorite!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It's easy to make. Cheeseburger soup requires just a few simple ingredients and basic cooking skills.
- It's delicious! You get all the flavors of a cheeseburger in a warm, creamy soup. Plus, it can be ready to serve in less than an hour.
- It's budget-friendly. This recipe uses ground beef, potatoes, and other pantry staples to make a delicious meal.
- Customize with toppings. Finish cheeseburger soup with diced onion, shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, or your favorite burger toppings!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Ground Beef - Adds hearty protein and a rich beefy flavor to the soup that's reminiscent of a cheeseburger.
- Butter - Used to saute the vegetables to soften them and give them a buttery flavor.
- Soup Vegetables - A mix of yellow onion, carrots, and celery are a mirepoix that adds aromatic flavor to the soup.
- Seasonings - Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper work together to properly enhance the flavor of the soup.
- Red Petite Potatoes - Adds a hearty starch to the soup that makes it comforting and satisfying.
- Chicken Broth - Helps make up the liquid portion of the broth while adding flavor and nutrients.
- All Purpose Flour - Thickens the broth and helps coat the meat and vegetables.
- Milk - Gives the soup broth its creamy, rich texture.
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese - Adds the cheese portion to the cheeseburger with a sharp cheddar flavor.
- Sour Cream - Gets stirred into the soup for a hint of tangy flavor and even more creamy richness.
How To Make Cheeseburger Soup
Brown the ground beef: Add the ground beef to a large stock pot and turn to medium-high heat. Saute until browned. Drain any excess fat and set aside.
Cook the vegetables: In the same pot, add the butter and the chopped celery, carrots, and onions. Add the seasoning and saute over medium heat until the vegetables are soft and tender.
Boil the soup: To the pot, add back the beef along with the quartered potatoes and chicken broth. Bring the soup to a boil, then cover and simmer until the potatoes are fork-tender.
Thicken the soup: To a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and add the flour. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the flour begins to bubble. Add the roux to the soup and bring it back to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer once again.
Add cheese and sour cream: While the soup is simmering, add the melted cheese and stir until it melts. Then, turn off the heat and stir in the sour cream.
Garnish and serve: Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with sliced green onions. Enjoy!
- Drain the fat from the ground beef before adding it to the soup to ensure it doesn't get a greasy texture.
- If you prefer a thicker soup, add an extra tablespoon of flour to the roux.
- To keep your cheeseburger soup creamy, don't let it boil after stirring in the sour cream, as it can separate.
- Make sure that the potatoes are all cut roughly to the same size to ensure they cook evenly and at the same time.
- Use other ground meats: This cheeseburger soup recipe can easily be made with ground turkey, pork, or chicken.
- Add other vegetables: Feel free to add other vegetables such as zucchini, green beans, mushrooms or bell peppers for added flavor, fiber, and nutrients.
- Use other milk: You can substitute whole milk for any type of dairy such as cream, half and half, or even non-dairy milk.
- Swap the cheese: You can substitute any type of cheese you like, such as gouda, American, Monterey Jack, or Swiss.
Top your cheeseburger soup with classic burger toppings to take it over the top!
- Crumbled Bacon
- Caramelized Onions
- Shredded Lettuce
- Sliced Avocado
- BBQ Sauce
- Sour Cream
- Pickled Onions
- Sauteed Mushrooms
Storing & Freezing
Storing: Cool the soup, then portion it out into air-tight containers. Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Freezing: Cool the cheeseburger soup, then portion it out into freezer-safe bags or containers. Label and date with a sharpie, then store for up to 6 months in the freezer.
Reheating: Thaw cheeseburger soup overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warmed through. You can also reheat in the microwave in 2-3 minute increments stirring in between.
Yes, saute the beef and vegetables in a skillet, then add them to the slow cooker along with the broth, potatoes, and seasonings. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours until the potatoes are tender. Add the cheese and stir in sour cream at the end of cooking time before serving.
Sharp cheeses such as cheddar or gouda are the best for melting in soup. They add a great flavor and creamy texture to the soup.
For cheeseburger soup, you can add Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to season. For extra flavor, add some paprika or chili powder too!
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Best Cheeseburger Soup Recipe
- 1 lb ground beef
- 4 tbsp butter (divided 1 tbsp & 3 tbsp)
- ¾ cup yellow onion (diced)
- ¾ cup carrots (shredded)
- ¾ cup celery (diced)
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 lbs petite red potatoes (quartered)
- 4 cups chicken broth
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups milk
- 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- Over medium-high heat in a large stock pot. Add ground beef, cook and crumble until browned. Drain and set aside.
- In the same pot, add 1 tbsp of butter and onions, carrots, celery, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Saute until vegetables are tender.
- Add beef, potatoes, and chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- In a small skillet over medium heat, add 3 tbsp butter and flour; cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly. Add to the soup and turn the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
- Stir in cheese and milk; cook until cheese melts. Turn off the heat and stir in sour cream.
- Garnish with green onions, and enjoy!
*All nutrition information provided is automatically calculated and is an estimate and will vary based on ingredients, brands, and changes in cooking methods listed in the recipe. If you need exact numbers on your ingredients, I would recommend calculating them with your prefered nutrition calculator.