Best Cheeseburger Soup [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Cheeseburger Soup is incredibly creamy, flavorful, and perfect comfort soup. 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.

Cheeseburger 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.

Best Homemade Cheeseburger Soup

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.

WHAT ARE GOOD TOPPINGS FOR Cheeseburger soup?

The soup is 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

Cheesy Cheeseburger Soup

HOW TO FREEZE CHEESEBURGER SOUP?

  • Before freezing, make sure it is completely cooled.
  • Use quart bags, or freezer-proof containers to freeze the soup.
  • 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.

HOW TO THAW FROZEN INSTANT POT CHEESEBURGER SOUP

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.

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 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 from the heat before adding sour cream.

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Best Cheeseburger Soup
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. In same saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add diced onion, stir and cook for about 1 minute.
  3. 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.
  4. Add cubed potatoes, cooked ground beef and chicken broth. Add enough broth to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, until potatoes are tender, 10-12 minutes.

Cheese Sauce:

  1. Meanwhile, place a medium skillet over medium heat. Add butter and melt.
  2. Add flour and cook stirring continuously until bubbly and fully combined, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the cream, little by little and stir to combine.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Remove from heat and blend in sour cream.
  7. If the soup is too thick, add more cream/milk or broth, little by little.
  8. Serve topped with extra cheddar cheese and preferred toppings.
Calories: 653 Carbohydrates: 30 Protein: 33 Fat: 55 Saturated Fat: 26 Cholesterol: 156 Sodium: 1670 Potassium: 1100 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 6 Vitamin A: 4775 Vitamin C: 21.9 Calcium: 574 Iron: 5.8
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robin rue

I've never had anything like this, but I totally NEED to try it. It sounds amazing.

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Shannon Gauger

Oh my goodness! This looks and sounds amazing. I have actually never had this but this sounds perfect on a cold night!

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Amy

This recipe truly makes my mouth water! I need to find a way to lessen the carbs a tad bit so I can enjoy some! Totally delish!!

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Stacie

I can't wait to try this! My family loves dip like this. It's our go-to dip for any occasion.

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Marcie W.

What a unique soup idea. I totally love it! The fact that it involves the slow cooker is an added bonus!

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Rachel Newlon

This looks so tasty! It's so simple too! I could totally see eating this out of a bread bowl!!!!

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Krystel | Travel on a Budget

Ok, so can I have this and still consider that eating healthy? If so, I'm making this ASAP lol

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Dawn Nieves

Oh you had me at cheeseburger! I never had cheeseburger in a soup, but this looks AMAZING and I can't wait to try this recipe.

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Kerrie Mendoza

I am in love with this recipe, and I haven't even made it yet! I can't wait to make it. Most definitely a delicious comfort food!

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Brianne Tursi Manz

We love cheeseburger soup! The variations we've had were pretty good, and I'm sure the family will be excited to try this one.

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reesa

Cold weather is on its way! This is PERFECT! 

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Kathy

That soup looks amazing. I've never tried cheeseburger soup before, but always wanted to. I'll have to save this recipe so I can make it later.

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Rachel

Cheeseburger soup is a household favorite. It is what my son asks for every year for his birthday dinner.

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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!

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