This cheeseburger soup recipe has all your favorite burger flavors in one comforting, warming, and flavorful soup! It's cheesy, easy, and totally delicious.
You may also like my Easy Hamburger Soup for a less cheesy option, or try my One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni for a pasta version of this dish.
Why you'll crave it
I love a good cheeseburger, but it's also very fun to put a creative twist on it and make this cozy soup. This bacon cheeseburger soup is rich and hearty and everything you'd expect from a soup inspired by cheeseburgers.
In every single bite you get crispy bacon, juicy beef, and melty cheese, so all the makings of a wonderful burger. That means that it's kid friendly, which is a win on busy weeknights, especially when it's a little chilly outside.
Ingredients you will need
- Bacon - we're cutting it up into small pieces, which is simple to do with kitchen shears
- Ground beef - generally we like 90% lean for soups
- Butter - for sautéing
- Onion, celery, garlic - our aromatic base for the soup. Any onion will do, but we like Vidalia best
- Flour - a thickening agent
- Chicken broth - to make measuring easy, we're just using an entire 32 oz container
- Heavy cream - it adds that rich quality to the broth
- Worcestershire sauce - I always keep a bottle around to punch up the savory flavor in soups and sauces
- Potatoes - Russets are the ideal variety for this soup since they release starch and make it even creamier
- Cheddar - it's best to grate your own cheese for maximum freshness, taste, and so that it melts better. This cheese grater lets me grate the cheddar quickly. I like a good quality old/sharp cheddar.
- Pickles - chopped finely and added at the end
Wait, pickles? Really?
- That's correct. They're completely optional, but hear me out! I think they're integral to the cheeseburger experience, and we're not re-inventing the wheel by adding pickles to soup. Try my Dill Pickle Soup and see what I mean! Spoiler alert: it's really good.
- One pound of Russet potatoes is approximately 2 medium-to-large potatoes (not the huge ones). I like to cut them quite small so they cook fast and the soup doesn't get too thick while they cook.
How to make cheeseburger soup
This is an overview, and full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
- In a soup pot, cook the bacon until crispy, then transfer it to a plate. Brown the beef, and then drain the fat and transfer the beef to a plate.
- Add in the butter, then sauté the onions and celery. Stir in the garlic and flour to make a roux, then whisk in the chicken broth until smooth. Add in the cream, Worcestershire sauce, potatoes, and beef. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer until potatoes are tender.
- Stir in the cheddar, then add the bacon back to the pot, reserving some to top the bowls. Serve with extra bacon on top and chopped pickles if desired!
Substitutions and variations
- I've only tested this as written, so sub any ingredients at your own discretion. Switching out the cream for milk may not work as well as it's likely to be less rich and flavorful and could even curdle.
- If you're not a cheese kinda person, you could always leave the cheddar out and make it a creamy hamburger soup instead.
- Want to give it a little kick? Add in some red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce.
What to serve with it
- This soup is pretty rich, so a side salad would go well to lighten it up. I recommend this homemade Easy Italian Dressing.
- A slice of crusty bread would go well too. Just dip it in the soup! If you want to go all out, try some Garlic Bread.
Leftovers and storage
- Leftovers will keep in a covered container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Keep in mind that it'll get thicker over time as the potatoes release more starch, though!
- Reheat it over a low heat in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally. Add a splash of cream or broth to revive it if needed.
- Creamy soups generally don't freeze well, and the potatoes may go a bit soft.
More delicious soup recipes
Questions about this easy cheeseburger soup recipe? Talk to me in the comments below!
- 5 strips bacon cut into small pieces
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
- 1/2 medium onion chopped small
- 2 sticks celery chopped small
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pound Russet potatoes peeled & diced small
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup pickles chopped (optional)
- Cut the bacon into small pieces (I do this quickly with kitchen shears) and add it to a soup pot over medium-high heat. Cook until crispy (about 10 minutes). Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Leave the fat in the pot.
- Add the ground beef to the pot and cook until browned, breaking it up with your spoon and stirring it periodically. Drain the fat and transfer the beef to another paper towel lined plate.
- Add the butter to the pot and once it's melted, add the onion and celery and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic and flour. Cook for about 2 minutes, breaking it up with your spoon/stirring it as you go along. This step is important because it cooks the raw flour flavor out.
- Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until all the flour has dissolved and there's no lumps.
- Stir in the cream, Worcestershire sauce, potatoes, and add the beef back to the pot. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat so it's bubbling but not furiously boiling (medium-low heat is what works with my cast iron pot and gas stove). Cover the pot with the lid slightly ajar.
- Let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened up to your liking. I like to stir it a few times to ensure nothing is sticking and that the stove's temperature is still correct.
- Turn the burner off, and then stir in the cheddar gradually. If the soup seems too thick for your liking, add in a splash more chicken broth (or milk or cream will work too).
- Stir in most of the cooked bacon (I keep some for topping the bowls), and taste and season with salt & pepper if needed. Stir in the optional chopped pickles or top the bowls with them.
- Be sure to cut the potatoes into a small dice so that they cook fast.
- Serves 4-6 depending on how much people eat.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Was wonderful we all loved it and so easy too
Fantastic!! Thanks, Deb!
Sarah Smith says
I made a half recipe for my husband and myself using two leftover grilled burgers. The soup was very tasty and nicely creamy. We also liked the addition of the chopped pickles as a garnish. Kudos to the author of this recipe!
Excellent! I'm so glad you two enjoyed it, Sarah! 🙂 Thanks for your 5-star review!
Could this be made in the crockpot? If so, how would you recommend?
Hi! I haven't tested in the slow cooker. Recipes with a roux can be a bit tricky, so it's not just a straight translation unfortunately. You'd still need to do the searing steps in a skillet, so you'd end up with fewer dishes if you just made it in the one pot.
Excellent soup a good practice would be ti add maybe 2 teaspoons of corn starch along with the flour . Other than that it’s great .
We made this tonight, absolutely delicious. We added an extra teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, spicy mustard and jalapeño peppers. This is the perfect cold winter day soup. We will definitely be making this again. Thank you. Yummy!!!!!!
Unfortunately, I found this soup to be terribly bland. In fact it’s the most bland soup I’ve ever had. Maybe it’s a regional thing? I’m from Texas and we like a lot of seasoning. I added lots of black pepper, doubled the garlic it called for, extra cheese, extra Worcestershire, hatch Chile black pepper, and onion powder and got it to a more palatable state. Once we added all of that in it was pretty good!
Could well be, Stephanie! But that's what cooking is all about, right? Tweaking it to your own personal tastes since no one has the same tastebuds and a recipe creator definitely can't please everyone unfortunately. I too generally add a little kick to what I like to eat in my everyday life, but a lot of readers don't like things to be too spicy etc. And most people don't add enough salt to recipes either, but it's a slippery slope adding salt quantities to most recipes as some will find it too salty, and some not salty enough... thus the "to taste".
I doubled the recipe for lunches this week for 2. I added pickle juice and pickles, however I thought it lacked a bit in flavor. I added a can of drained, diced tomatoes and about a tablespoon each of ketchup and spicy mustard. I have leftover french bread that I will make into croutons to top the soup, as well as the bacon and extra cheese.
Jen V says
I don't really know how you do it. Your recipes seem pretty simple and reading through them I think, that will probably taste pretty good. And then I make the recipe and without fail, they are delicious! So yummy! I made this soup tonight to eat for lunch next week but I've already eaten 2 servings for dinner so I'm probably going to have to come up with something else for next week's lunches.
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
That's so nice to hear, Jen! What a sweet comment. 🙂
IN LOVE! I substituted the shredded cheese for fake Kraft cheese slices and it was still to die for!
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
That's awesome! Thanks Corleigh 🙂
Laura Kochajda says
Made this for the family and everyone loved it. I added about 3 cups of sharp cheddar and WOW! I used King Arthur's 1:1 flour and it came out great! Will definitely make this again.
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
So happy it was a hit, Laura! Thanks for giving it a go!
OMG just made this recipe, it is outstanding. I consider myself a decent cook and I felt this recipe was very straight forward and not much of a fuss to make. Thanks
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
That's awesome to hear, Dave!!
Lacey Scott says
OmG amazing!!!Put the pickles in but watch salt if you do. Yummy
Looks so good. I can’t wait to make it. I’ll be making it tomorrow! I appreciate that there is no velvetta in the recipe! I think I will try your pickle recommendation, but also add some toasted French fried onions on top! Yummy!
I hope you enjoy it, Kathy! Love the French fried onions idea!!
Jen V says
Oh! Toasted french onions!! I'm going to try that.
Can you use whole milk instead of cream?
Hi! I mention in the "recipe notes & tips" section that I don't recommend doing that. That's mainly because there's a chance it could curdle. It'll also be less rich. I'd hate for you to waste ingredients if it doesn't work out, but let me know if you give it a go.
I did use whole milk because I couldn't get any heavy cream and it worked out. No curdling.
Hoping to make this soup to freeze for lunches. Do you think it will freeze well, if so - any tips?
Hi Lindsay! So, creamy/cheesy soups can change texture a bit when you freeze them... I would say they're not ideal for freezing in general. However, you could give it a try since you never know. I'd say let it cool before freezing it and then re-warm it over a LOW heat so it doesn't separate. If warming in a microwave, use a lower power, and stir between 30 second (or so) intervals.
We added fresh chopped onion on top when dished up along with a small amount of ketchup and mustard (not stirred in)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Love that idea. Thanks for your review!
Made exactly as direct. Except reserved the bacon as topping only. I put too much bacon as I found it was over powering. Next day I had some for lunch. Skipped the bacon added salt and pepper and sweet relish with a side of sourdough spread with ketchup. YUMMY
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Thank very much. You re amazing creator! Greetings from Bulgaria.
Thank you!! And you're welcome!
Cheeseburger Soup is so yummy! Thanks for all your great recipes! Just got this one yesterday in my weekly newsletter. Its a hit with my eight year old son. 😋
Thank you!! I'm thrilled he enjoyed it! 🙂 And you're very welcome.