Cheeseburger Soup

A local restaurant serves a similar cheeseburger soup but wouldn’t share its recipe with me. I developed my own, modifying a recipe I already had for potato soup. I was really pleased with the way this all-American dish turned out. —Joanie Shawhan, Madison, Wisconsin


Table of Contents

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1-3/4 pounds (about 4 cups) cubed peeled potatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 4 cups shredded Velveeta
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


Cook and crumble beef in a large saucepan over medium heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes; drain and put aside. 1 tablespoon butter, melted over medium heat in the same saucepan Saute onion, carrots, celery, basil, and parsley for approximately 10 minutes, or until veggies are soft. Bring the potatoes, ground meat, and broth to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 10-12 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining butter in a small pan. Cook, stirring constantly, until the flour is bubbling, about 3-5 minutes. Bring to a boil, then add to the soup. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to a low setting. Stir in the cheese, milk, salt, and pepper, and continue to simmer until the cheese has melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream.


What can I substitute for the Velveeta and ground beef?

Velveeta may be replaced with any low melting-point cheese, such as Swiss or cheddar. Use pepper jack for a kick. If you want to make this soup leaner, use ground sirloin, round, or turkey instead of ground beef.

What’s the best way to keep cheeseburger soup fresh? Is it possible to freeze it?

Allow the soup to cool fully before storing it in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Soups with carbs and dairy (such as cheeseburger soup) do not freeze well. But these soups are delicious!

Can I add bacon?

Yes, bacon is always an option. For a bacon-cheeseburger variation, top bowls with crumbled cooked bacon. Also, have a look at these other cheeseburger-inspired dishes.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 450 calories, 27g fat (15g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 1421mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.

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