Cheeseburger Soup

filed under: Food + Drink on May 3, 2018

Cheeseburger Soup is a delicious bowl of comfort food that is easy to make in 30 minutes! A delicious, rich, broth loaded with beef then topped with bacon and cheese for amazing cheeseburger flavor. I know you are going to love this soup but would love for you to check out my Lasagna Soup next!

Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger soup is an amazing option when you are really craving some comfort food and you want it quickly! This is one of my favorite soup recipes because it uses everyday pantry staples that I almost always have on hand.

Just like any other great soup, you will want to start out with a rich, flavor-packed base. I prefer to use chicken stock over broth.  Stock tends to have a fuller mouth feel and richer flavor, due to the gelatin released by the long-simmering process.

Easy Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

For this cheeseburger soup recipe, I like to use regular ground beef, the highest in fat.  Most of the fat cooks off and is drained at the end.  By using a higher fat content, you will retain much of the juicy, meaty flavor that you love in a normal cheeseburger.

This cheeseburger soup recipe is also a favorite of mine because all of the ingredients cook together in one pot! No need to cook your potatoes separate. They will simmer together with the cooked beef, seasonings, and diced tomatoes with green chilies, resulting in the most amazing rich flavor!

How to Make Cheeseburger Soup

I like to add a little bacon to this cheeseburger soup recipe to make it Bacon Cheeseburger Soup!   I typically cook up about 6 slices of bacon in the same pot that I will cook the soup in.  Then, I remove it to a towel-lined plate while I make the soup.  Just crumble it on top and then end and enjoy it!

Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup

Because my cheeseburger soup recipe is so easy to make, I typically just like to whip it up on the stovetop.  But, if you prefer to make this in your slow cooker I’m happy to say that you can and it’s just as simple!

Just a few quick notes on how the recipe will differ slightly if you make it in your crockpot instead of on the stovetop.

  • You will cook your beef with onion and seasonings as directed above.
  • Drain your beef and add it to the slow cooker along with your cubed potatoes as well as the tomatoes and green chilis.
  • Then, add just enough chicken stock to cover the mixture.
  • The milk, cheese, and cornstarch mixture should all be added to the slow cooker about 20 minutes before serving.

Cheeseburger Soup with Homemade Croutons

Don’t forget to make my homemade crouton recipe for this soup.  You will never buy store-bought croutons again!

Looking for other soup ideas? Check out Roasted Broccoli Cheese Soup and The Best Tomato Soup.

4.84 from 6 votes
Cheeseburger Soup
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Cheeseburger Soup is a delicious bowl of comfort food that is easy to make in 30 minutes! A delicious, rich, broth loaded with beef then topped with bacon and cheese for amazing cheeseburger flavor.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheeseburger soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 697 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 Large Onion Diced
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp ground mustard
  • 3 medium sized potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 Can Diced Tomato and Green Chili's
  • 32 oz Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 6 Slices Bacon, Cooked and Crumbled
  • 2 tbsp. Cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. Water
  • Sesame Bun Croutons (optional garnish)
  • finely diced pickles (optional garnish)
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat cook the ground beef along with the onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and ground mustard until beef is no longer pink.

  2. Drain any grease if necessary.
  3. Add the cubed potatoes, diced tomatoes and green chili's, chicken broth, and milk to the pot.
  4. Simmer over medium heat until the potatoes are fork tender.
  5. Stir in one cup of the shredded cheese until melted.
  6. In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and cold water. Then, whisk into the soup and simmer gently for 3-5 minutes until soup is thickened.
  7. Serve the soup topped with the remaining cheese, bacon, onions, and chopped pickles if desired. (If you want to garnish with Sesame bun; rough chop the top of one bun and toast it in a 350°F oven for about 5-10 minutes.)

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  • Barbara says:

    Really hearty tasty easy to make recipe I didn’t use thicking agents and liked it without and more love kebab soup will make Again thank you

  • Joann says:

    Hi Amanda! This looks delicious. I know a few people have this question with NO Response. How long do you cook it in the crock pot and what temp? Thanks for any help you can give me. Have a wonderful and blessed day.

  • Karen says:

    What size is the can of tomatoes?

  • Anne A. says:

    Joann…. recipe states “simmer until potatoes are fork tender”. Hope this helps.

  • Kelly Smith says:

    The soup itself is delicious but the directions are somewhat confusing and none of the questions have been answered. Alternately, it is titled “Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup” and “Cheeseburger Soup”. There are no crockpot directions. I used a 10 oz. can of chilies, and cooked the potatoes 40 minutes. A more realistic time for this soup would be around an hour + total (allowing for prep and cooking the meat).

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Hi Kelly! The direction for making it in a crockpot are listed directly beneath the “Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup”. The recipe in the post is for Cheeseburger Soup, I just added Crockpot directions as a fun bonus. 🙂