The Best Ever Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Cheeseburger soup may sound like an odd combination but it is in fact one of the most delicious meals you’ll ever enjoy. All of your favorite parts of a classic cheeseburger come together into this bowl of warm creamy goodness. A richly seasoned hamburger base with creamy cheese and tender potatoes create a bowl of warmth that everyone will ask for regularly.

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

My son generally isn’t a big soup fan. So, when trying to find a meal that is warm and comforting, soups are often a struggle. This cheeseburger soup is one that everyone in our house loves. The familiar creamy cheese flavors with tons of rich beef are perfect for a one-dish meal. In fact, my son often asks me to make this one because he enjoys it just that much.

Step-by-step recipe tutorial

One thing I love about making soup is that they often have a larger number of servings. That means I either have leftovers for our lunches or two nights of dinner made with one recipe. When you are a busy mom, that is priceless. Plus, this is one of those meals that really does satisfy all by itself. So, I don’t have to worry about making multiple dishes for one meal.

Can I Use Different Ground Meats?


I prefer using lean ground beef in this recipe since there is a lot of added fat from the cheese and cream. You can, however, use ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground pork.

Some people recommend using a good brand of sausage in place of traditional ground meats for some added flavor. I can see how a nice Italian sausage would work wonderfully with these flavors if you prefer.

What’s the Best Cheese for This Soup?

I have tried a number of different cheeses over the years but ultimately I always come back to cheddar. A nice mild cheddar cheese works perfectly for melting well and bring a nice mild flavor to pair with the ground beef and spices. If you want a little more flavor for this dish, you can substitute some sharp cheddar in this recipe.

Another option I really enjoy is a good pepper jack cheese. If you like to add extra spice to your burgers, you’ll enjoy this addition in place of half of the cheddar. Just enough heat while remaining creamy and cheese makes it ideal.

Can This be Made into Keto Cheeseburger Soup?

While this version is most definitely not keto friendly, a few adjustments can make it lower in carbs. You need to remove the potatoes and flour from the soup for it to be considered keto friendly.

If I am making it without potatoes, I would either not replace them at all, or add 2 cups of riced cauliflower instead. This thickens the soup and gives a bit more flavor and nutrients. If you use this method, there is no need to add the flour at all.

To substitute the flour, I would use a tapioca starch for thickening. However, it tends to be pretty thick on its own and isn’t necessary.

Variations of Cheeseburger Soup

While the base recipe is the same for this recipe, you can easily adapt for your family preferences. There are tons of fun ways to make it unique for your family. Below are a few we have enjoyed.

  • Add a 4 ounce can of green chilies.
  • Mix half cheddar and half American cheese.
  • Use sausage in place of ground meats.
  • Add taco seasoning in place of basil and oregano.
  • Top with sliced pickles or pickle relish.
  • Add diced jalapenos in place of bell pepper.
  • Serve in a bread bowl.
  • Add crumbled bacon to the garnish options.

What Should I Serve with This Soup?


Since this recipe is so rich, you need a lighter option to pair with the soup. I recommend a nice side salad or some steamed vegetables on the side. It’s also great served with a nice crusty bread or bread bowl for dipping. Always offer a few garnishes to top the soup or even a few croutons.


  • Ground beef
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Red bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Butter
  • Chicken broth
  • Potatoes
  • All purpose flour
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Heavy cream
  • Sour cream

To garnish:

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onions
  • Sesame seeds

How to Make Cheeseburger Soup

In a large dutch oven or stockpot, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat and then add the ground meat and cook until browned and no longer pink.

Stir in the onion and garlic and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes.

Add the bell pepper and celery to the pot and mix together then cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Stir in the basil, parsley, oregano, potatoes, and broth then stir.

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.

In a small bowl, mix together the flour and remaining butter until combined then add into the dutch oven.

Slowly pour the cream into the soup stirring constantly until it is well mixed then bring the mixture back to a boil and reduce the heat to low.

Simmer for another 5 minutes then add in the cheese.

Continue cooking over low heat until the cheese is melted, then pour in the sour cream, stir well, and heat through being careful not to bring to a boil.

Serve with your favorite garnishes.


What ingredients do I need for cheeseburger soup?

The key ingredients typically include ground beef, onions, carrots, celery, beef broth, potatoes, cheddar cheese, milk or cream, flour (for thickening), and seasonings like salt, pepper, and herbs. Some recipes also incorporate bacon or pickles for added flavor.

How do I thicken cheeseburger soup?

Most recipes thicken the soup using a combination of flour and butter (roux). Start by melting butter in a pot, adding flour to create a paste, and then slowly whisking in the broth and milk or cream. Simmer the soup until it reaches the desired thickness.

Can I make cheeseburger soup ahead of time?

Yes, cheeseburger soup can be made ahead of time. Prepare the soup as directed, excluding any ingredients that might not hold up well when reheated (like potatoes). Store it in the refrigerator and add fresh or cooked potatoes when you reheat the soup. It’s best consumed within 3-4 days when stored properly.

What kind of cheese works best for cheeseburger soup?

Cheddar cheese is the most commonly used cheese for this soup due to its flavor and melting properties. Sharp cheddar adds a robust taste, but you can experiment with other cheeses like American or a blend of different cheeses for a unique twist.

Can I customize the toppings for cheeseburger soup?

Absolutely! Toppings can enhance the soup’s flavor. Some popular choices include shredded cheese, crispy bacon bits, diced pickles, chopped green onions, or a dollop of sour cream. These toppings add texture and depth to each serving.

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