Best Cheeseburger Soup [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 10 reviews

Beef Recipes Soups and Stews

Cook time Cook time: 40 minutes

Cheeseburger Soup is an incredibly creamy, flavorful, and perfect comfort dish. It is easily one of the tastiest homemade soups we have made and has always been a huge hit. With colder weather on the calendar, this meal is always a good idea to have.

We love making rich and creamy soups, and this homemade version is a true keeper. It has all the flavors of a delicious cheeseburger. The only difference is that you have to use a spoon to indulge! Our other favorites are Slow Cooker Clam Chowder, Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, and Taco Soup.

Best Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup is filled with ground beef, lots of crunchy veggies, and cheddar cheese. We have tried many variations of this recipe, but this version is one of the best we know.

This meal is truly satisfying, with beefy and cheesy flavor, and tender potatoes in every bite. On top, it is very easy to make, and ready in less than one hour. Whether you are entertaining for the Super Bowl, serving a larger crowd, or simply craving for a cheeseburger, this soup is the perfect match.

For deeper and more pronounced flavor, we use cheddar cheese and Velveeta cheese. Also, to thicken it up, a bit of flour is used. If you prefer a thinner version, then use less flour and more broth. Once you try it, it will quickly become your favorite one!

Can I make Cheeseburger Soup in the Instant Pot?

Yes! This meal is also great and easily made in the Instant Pot. Making it in the Instant Pot will actually save you some time since the cooking time is reduced. We already have a great Instant Pot recipe for it. For detailed instructions click here.

Can you make Cheeseburger Soup in the Slow Cooker?

  1. To make this delicious recipe in the slow cooker follow the following steps:
  2. Brown the beef, add it to the slow cooker.
  3. Add veggies, seasoning, and broth. Cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours.
  4. Prepare the cheese sauce roux in the skillet as per the original recipe directions. Add it to the slow cooker. Next, add the sour cream. Stir until fully combined.
  5. Cook for another 30 minutes on high. Enjoy!

Can I make Cheeseburger soup with other meats?

The original recipe calls for ground beef, to mimic the flavors and taste of a real cheeseburger. However, if you want to go with a leaner or healthier option, you can substitute the ground beef with ground turkey or chicken. Both options work great and result in a tasty and delicious dish.


Thi dish is super delicious and hearty just as is. However, for additional flavor, try adding some of the below toppings:

  • Bacon crumbs or chopped bacon
  • Chopped green onion or parsley
  • Pickles
  • Oyster crackers
  • Croutons
  • Corn chips


  • Before freezing, make sure it is completely cooled
  • Use quart bags, or freezer-proof containers to freeze it
  • Then, transfer it from the pot into the bags.
  • Next, squeeze out excess air and seal the bags.
  • Once the soup has been packed, lay the bags flat in the freezer.
  • The bags can nicely be stored in the freezer for up to 3-4 months.


To thaw, remove it from the freezer the night before serving. To expedite the process, put the sealed soup bag in a large bowl filled with warm water. Similarly, you can heat it in a pan over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, or until warm.

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Recipe Tips

  • We love using a mix of cheddar cheese and Velveeta due to its rich and sharp taste. If you prefer to not use processed cheese, you can replace the Velveeta with more cheddar cheese, however, the texture of the soup will be thinner and less cheesy.
  • If you love bacon, add some to the dish.
  • Sour cream and heavy cream make the soup creamier. However, you can substitute it with plain whole milk yogurt or even cream cheese.
  • Similarly, the chicken broth can be substituted with beef broth or even vegetable broth.
  • To prevent it from curdling, remove it from the heat before adding sour cream.

Best Homemade Cheeseburger Soup

Best Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup is incredibly creamy, flavorful, and the perfect comfort soup. It is easily one of the tastiest homemade soups we have made and has always been a huge hit.
5 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 653kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion (finely diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (or smoked paprika for more flavor)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (more if needed)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)

Cheese Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups cream (or whole milk)
  • 1 pound Velveeta process cheese
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)


  • Place a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat, add oil and once its hot add ground beef. Use a wooden spoon to crumble and cook the beef until no longer pink. Transfer beef to a plate and drain grease from the saucepan.
  • In same saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add diced onion, stir and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add the rest of the veggies and seasoning: garlic, carrots, celery, basil, parsley, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir and sauté for about 8-10 minutes, until veggies are just tender.
  • Add cubed potatoes, cooked ground beef and chicken broth. Add enough broth to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer, until potatoes are tender, 10-12 minutes.

Cheese Sauce:

  • Meanwhile, place a medium skillet over medium heat. Add butter and melt.
  • Add flour and cook stirring continuously until bubbly and fully combined, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the cream, little by little and stir to combine.
  • Reduce heat to low, add the cubed Velveeta cheese, and stir to melt. Once melted, add the shredded cheddar cheese and stir until fully melted.
  • Add the mixture to the soup, stir and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  • Remove from heat and blend in sour cream.
  • If the soup is too thick, add more cream/milk or broth, little by little.
  • Serve topped with extra cheddar cheese and preferred toppings.


Calories: 653kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 1670mg | Potassium: 1100mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4775IU | Vitamin C: 21.9mg | Calcium: 574mg | Iron: 5.8mg
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Claudia Krusch

What a great soup idea! Love how creamy it is! The fact that it involves the slow cooker makes is my favorite as well!


Kristin Smits

Made this recipe and loved it (so much that I made it 2 weeks in a row!!! It was cheesy and delicious. I added bacon but honestly it was really good even without it.


Hi Kristin, thank you for your feedback! Glad you loved it! One of our favorite soups as well, especially now, during colder days!!


Dawn Drangmeister

I made this soup. It took me longer than stated to prep and cut all the veggies and measure out all ingredients. The soup however, was fantastic! My husband and I. both loved it! It's definitely a keeper!!!!


Joanne Snow

We made it...part of our ‘quarantine’ activities😷😷😷 It IS beyond delicious...very rich and flavorful... Maybe we are such took us longer than 20 min. Prep time....but since we have nothing else to do😂we did not mind The outcome is worth it🥰😋🥰😋🥰


Thanks Joanne! Glad you loved it!



I only have fat free milk available should I add less or do anything different ?


It will work, you may need to add more cheese.


Dale porter

Any suggestions for velveeta replacement? Living in Australia I’ve had to do without many American staples.


Just use more cheddar cheese, adjust as you need.



Yum! I topped it with shredded lettuce and diced tomato - I know it sounds so weird, but trust me, it is a delightful addition!


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