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Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup is everything you love in a burger—bacon, beef, cheese, onions, tomatoes, all in a creamy, luscious, EASY soup!

Closeup photo of a bowl of bacon cheeseburger soup with toppings.

I don’t know about you, but I adore soups in the winter. I think I could eat soup for lunch and supper every day. But sometimes, you just want a burger, right?

A thick, juicy burger topped with crispy bacon and melted Cheddar cheese? Yes, please!

So how about cheeseburger soup instead of a burger? I combined bacon with ground beef, onions, cheese, and diced tomatoes to create a hot, cheesy burger in a pot.

This soup has everything the perfect cheeseburger has except the bun!

Because if you leave off the bun then a burger is healthy, right? No carbs?

Y’all know I’m kidding. We do love carbs around here: banana bread, chocolate cake, pasta salad, biscuits—in moderation, of course.

And this Cheeseburger Soup. This soup is amazing and so easy that you can make it after you get home from work. And it’s all made in the same pot!

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How to make cheeseburger soup

Cook’s Tip: If you want to make the cheeseburger soup healthier, you can use canola oil instead of butter and either ground chicken or ground turkey.

Just fry up some bacon ’til crispy, then add some onion and ground beef, then a little milk to make it creamy and add some grated cheese.

Toss in a can of diced tomatoes and some beef broth and that’s it. Let the bacon cheeseburger soup simmer for a few minutes until thickened and then serve with cheeseburger toppings like dill pickle, crunchy fried onions, and lettuce.

And trust me on the dill pickles!

But hey, if you’re not into soup (then why are you reading this post?) you could try this Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole from Karly over at Buns in My Oven. It’s one of our favorite weeknight meals!

A pot of cheeseburger soup ready to serve.

Garnish your cheeseburger soup with crunchy fried onions, grated Cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, dill pickles, ketchup, and mustard. 

Tips

Storage

The soup will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Just place in an airtight container and reheat as needed.

Can you freeze cheeseburger soup?

Absolutely! Just allow the soup to cool and then portion into freezer containers like these. The soup will keep up to 6 months.

Cook’s Tip: You may need to add a little broth if it’s too thick.

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A bowl of cheeseburger soup with cheese and pickles toppings.

Cheeseburger Soup

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Cheeseburger Soup is everything you love in a cheeseburger—bacon, beef, cheese, onions, tomatoes, all in a creamy, luscious, easy soup!

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped in 1-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 cups chopped onion
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk or half-and-half
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • ½ lb. American cheese, cubed
  • 2 cans undrained diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef broth

Instructions

  1. Have ready a large paper-towel lined bowl.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, fry six slices of bacon until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in the bowl. Drain all but 1 tablespoon bacon grease and add 2 tablespoons butter. When butter is melted, add onion and cook on medium-high until translucent and tender, about 5 minutes. Remove to the bowl and add ground beef to the Dutch oven. Cook beef until browned and removed to the bowl. Drain any excess grease from the pot.
  3. Add 4 tablespoons butter and when melted, whisk in flour. Cook 3-4 minutes until blended then slowly whisk in milk. Cook about 5 minutes then add meat, onions, and bacon back to the pot. Add tomatoes and beef broth. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer and cook until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Garnish with crunchy fried onions, grated Cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, dill pickles, ketchup, and mustard. 

Notes

Tips for the Best Cheeseburger Soup:

  • You can substitute canola oil instead of butter and chicken or turkey instead of beef.
  • To freeze the soup, allow to cool and then place in freezer containers up to 6 months. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 724Saturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 1545mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 41g

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Update Notes: This post was originally published January 24, 2017, and on January 21, 2019, was updated with one or more of the following: step-by-step photos, video, updated recipe, new tips.

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