Savor the flavor of a classic cheeseburger in a cozy bowl of soup. This hearty soup features tender potatoes, a velvety cheese broth, savory bacon, and perfectly seasoned ground beef. Experience the essence of a beloved favorite, reimagined. Warm, hearty, and utterly satisfying – this cheeseburger soup is a family favorite.
When you want a hearty meal that's easy to make and is rich with flavor, this Cheeseburger Soup will hit the spot!
Cheeseburger Soup is a delightful and hearty soup that captures the essence of a classic cheeseburger in a bowl. It features a creamy, beefy-broth base infused with cheddar cheese, combined with tender potatoes, savory bacon, and seasoned ground beef.
Simple but so good. Just like the classic cheeseburger.
★ Why You'll Love this Recipe ★
This hearty and flavorful soup combines the classic allure of a cheeseburger with the warmth of a soul-soothing soup.
Made with a velvety-smooth, creamy, cheesy broth, lean and well-seasoned ground beef, savory bacon and tender chunks of Earthy potatoes.
This soup pays homage to the beloved cheeseburger by incorporating all the essential flavors - from the melted cheese and juicy beef to the satisfying crunch of bacon. Top this off with crisp and fresh green onions to balance out the richness and it's basically American dreams in a bowl!
★ Ingredients You'll Need ★
You'll need just 10 total ingredients to build this tasty soup. Super simple yet lots of flavor!
Here's everything you'll need:
- Butter. You can unsalted butter to control the amount of salt you use but salted butter works too.
- Onion. I prefer that taste of a white onion but you can use yellow or even red with this soup if you prefer.
- Celery. This creates that foundational "soup" flavor to which you'll add other cheeseburger flavors.
- Ground beef. It's best to go lean but if you can't that's OK. We will drain the beef and eliminate any excess grease that way.
- Hamburger seasoning. We use this Gourmet Burger Seasoning by Weber. It has everything you need for giving your beef amazing flavor. McCormick Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning is a great option as well.
- Bacon. Fresh cooked bacon is going to be best. Cook it extra crispy. In a pinch, you can use real bacon bits. However, I find they don't have as much flavor.
- Potatoes. Large russet potatoes are best. They have a nice texture and hold up well when cooked in broth. However, other types of potatoes work well too.
- Beef broth. This adds a layer a flavor to the creamy, cheesy broth.
- Cheddar cheese. Freshly shredded is best because it melts better but you can get away with using pre-shredded if you're short on time. Be sure to save some extra for garnish.
- Cream cheese. Just a simple block of cream cheese is all you need. You can use whipped cream cheese if you don't want to stir as much to get it to combine with the soup broth.
- Green onions. These are optional as garnish but really add a lovely crunch and freshness so I recommend not skipping these!
- Pickles: Also, optional, but if you are a pickle-lover, you can go ahead and place a few sandwich pickles or a squeeze of relish on top. Sweet or dill — your choice!
★ How to Make this Recipe ★
This creamy cheeseburger soup is very easy to make on the stove top in just a few steps!
Here's a look at the steps:
- Saute onions and celery.
- Brown beef then drain.
- Add broth and potatoes; let cook.
- Stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese.
- Add garnishes if desired.
You can also make this cheeseburger soup in the crockpot, however, it comes out a little better on the stove top so that you can saute the onions and celery as well as brown the beef and drain awhile excess grease.
★ Tips & FAQs ★
Can I customize the ingredients?
Of course! Feel free to personalize your cheeseburger soup by adding extras like raw onions, pickles, or even jalapeños for a spicy kick. It's a versatile recipe that invites creativity.
Is Cheeseburger Soup freezer-friendly?
Yes, this cheeseburger soup can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Leftovers can also be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Store in an airtight container. Reheat slowly on the stovetop or microwave when ready to enjoy.
Can I make Cheeseburger Soup ahead of time?
Cheeseburger Soup sometimes even tastes even better the next day as the flavors meld. Prepare it in advance, refrigerate, and reheat when you're ready to relish its deliciousness.
Is there a vegetarian version of Cheeseburger Soup?
While the classic recipe features ground beef and bacon, you can certainly experiment with plant-based meat alternatives. Substitute with meatless crumbles and vegetable broth to create a vegetarian-friendly version.
What sides pair well with Cheeseburger Soup?
Serve your Cheeseburger Soup with a side of crusty bread, a garden salad, or even a side of crispy fries for the ultimate comfort meal experience!
Can I use different types of cheese in the soup?
Yep! Experiment with your favorite cheeses to add a unique twist to the soup. Sharp cheddar, Gouda, or Swiss all melt well and can all contribute distinct flavors. You can also try adding a little kick with pepper jack cheese. If you're really adventurous, try topping with blue cheese crumbles.
Is Cheeseburger Soup kid-friendly?
The familiar flavors of a cheeseburger make this soup a hit with kids. You can even involve them in the kitchen for a fun cooking experience which I find helps kids become more likely to eat the final dish.
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- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ white onion chopped
- ¼ cup chopped celery (1 stalk)
- 1 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon gourmet hamburger seasoning
- 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)
- 2 cups diced potatoes (24oz or 2 large potatoes)
- 4 cups beef broth
- 3 cups shredded cheddar plus extra for garnish
- 4 oz cream cheese, cubed
- sliced green onions to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Melt butter in a large pot (8 quarts) over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery and cook for 4 minutes or until the tender and the onions are translucent.Mix in the ground beef, and cook until brown. Drain the beef.
- Pour beef, onion, and celery mixture back into the pot. Stir in hamburger seasoning and cooked bacon. Mix in the diced potatoes and pour beef broth into the pot. Bring to a boiling, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender.
- Mix in cream cheese until it is melted, then gradually stir in the cheddar cheese until it is melted and completely mixed in then remove from heat. Serve soup hot topped with additional cheddar cheese and green onion, if desired, on top.