This cheeseburger soup is a creamy blend of ground beef, bacon, potatoes, vegetables and cheese, all finished off with your favorite burger toppings. A hearty dinner option that’s popular with both kids and adults alike!
When it’s cold outside, soup is on our dinner menu. Some of my favorites include cabbage roll soup, stuffed pepper soup and this super delicious cheeseburger soup.
This cheeseburger soup is comfort food at its finest – it really does taste like a loaded cheeseburger, all in the form of a hot bowl of soup! This soup is loaded with meat, veggies and potatoes and is sure to satisfy even the heartiest appetites.
HOW DO YOU MAKE CHEESEBURGER SOUP?
This recipe starts with bacon, which gets cooked until crisp and then is reserved for later use. Carrots, onion, celery and garlic are cooked in the remaining bacon fat, then cooked ground beef and potatoes go into the pot. Everything simmers together with chicken broth until the potatoes are tender.
The soup is made rich and creamy with the addition of milk and cubes of cheese. Finish off the soup with burger toppings such as bacon, tomatoes, pickles and bun croutons, then dinner is served!
TIPS FOR CHEESEBURGER SOUP
- I typically use 90% lean ground beef – it’s got plenty of flavor but is not overly greasy. If you use meat with a higher fat content, be sure to drain off any excess grease before proceeding with the rest of the recipe.
- This recipe calls for Velveeta cheese, because it produces the creamiest end result. You can substitute shredded cheddar cheese if you’re opposed to using Velveeta, but I urge you to give the Velveeta a try because the texture is so much better in the finished soup.
- I use Russet potatoes in this soup, but yellow potatoes or red potatoes will also work if that’s what you have on hand.
- This soup makes great leftovers! It will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. I don’t recommend freezing this soup because it contains dairy, and dairy products can sometimes separate when frozen.
- To make the bun croutons, you can cube up sesame buns and either cook them for a minute or two in a toaster oven, or cook them with a little butter in a skillet until golden brown.
CHEESEBURGER SOUP VARIATIONS
There are so many different ways to customize this soup to make it your own!
- Protein: Instead of ground beef, you can try using ground turkey or even mild Italian sausage for a different flavor.
- Vegetables: You can add other vegetables that you might find on a cheeseburger such as mushrooms, or even bell peppers.
- Spice: Like spicy food? You can add hot sauce to taste, or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to the soup. Another option would be to stir in a cup of shredded pepper jack cheese along with the Velveeta.
This is one of my most requested soup recipes, I actually think it might even taste better than an actual cheeseburger! The soup is rich, creamy and loaded with different flavors and textures. This is definitely a must-try!