Creamy Cheeseburger Soup is a creamy, hearty soup that is loaded with seasoned beef, potatoes, and a pound of Velveeta cheese. Try my Beer Cheese Soup for another creamy, cheesy soup.
Creamy Cheeseburger Soup
When you are craving a cheeseburger, but do not want to fire up the grill, this recipe is your answer. This soup is filling enough to be the main dish and full of all the cheeseburger flavors you crave. Top a bowl of this easy creamy cheeseburger soup recipe with some bacon, pickles, and even sesame bun croutons! Oh, and did I mention you can make this all in one pot for an easy weeknight meal? Well, you can! I will also let you know how to make it ahead of time and store it.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Ground Beef: I used ground beef in this recipe, but you could try it with ground pork, ground turkey, or some ground bison.
Potatoes: Russett potatoes are perfect for this dish. Be sure to wash them well before peeling and cutting them into cubes.
Bacon: I recommend baking bacon for most recipes that call for cooked bacon. Set the temperature to 415°F and while it is preheating, lay out the individual slices of bacon on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. (Yes, right on the pan! No rack needed.) They are perfectly crispy in 18-20 minutes. No flipping and easy cleanup! Then, crumble the strips of bacon into little pieces. It is a perfect garnish for the soup, but you could leave it out if you don’t have any on hand.
Croutons: Here is a recipe for homemade croutons that would be a tasty garnish for the soup. If you want to make sesame bun croutons, simply break the top of a bun into pieces and toast the pieces in the oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes.
How to Thicken Soup
I prefer a cornstarch slurry to thicken the soup. Water and cornstarch make a slurry, which means it can be added at the end without being cooked. On the other hand, flour and butter is a roux, which needs to be cooked and added to dishes earlier in the cooking process. Using a slurry in this recipe means that the entire dish can be made in one pot.
Can I Make Cheeseburger Soup Ahead of Time?
Sure! First, get the soup made and let it cool completely. Next, store it in an airtight container for 3-4 days. When ready to enjoy, reheat it on the stovetop or even in a slow cooker on low.
Can I Freeze this Soup?
Sure! Although best served fresh, do not let any leftovers go to waste. Let the soup cool completely. Then, store it in freezer-safe containers or zipped plastic bags for up to a month. Be sure to leave a little room, or headspace, in the container to allow for expansion. When ready to enjoy, let the soup thaw in the refrigerator overnight or heat it up on the stovetop directly from frozen.
Creamy Cheeseburger Soup
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ⅛ teaspoon ground mustard
- 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilis
- 32 ounces chicken broth*
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pound (16 ounces) Velveeta processed cheese, cubed
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled for garnish
- finely diced pickles, optional garnish
- In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef with the onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and ground mustard until beef is no longer pink. Drain any grease if necessary.
- Add the cubed potatoes, diced tomatoes with green chilies, chicken broth, and milk to the pot.
- Simmer over medium heat until the potatoes are fork-tender (about 15 minutes).
- Reduce heat to low. Add Velveeta cheese and sour cream.
- In a small bowl, mix together the water and cornstarch. Pour this mixture into the pot and mix the soup until thickened (3-5 minutes).
- Serve topped with bacon, chopped pickles, and sesame croutons. (If you want to garnish with sesame bun croutons, rough chop the top of one bun and toast the pieces in a 350°F oven for about 5-10 minutes.)
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If I am making this for 15 what do you suggest I double? The whole recipe?
Cooking this afternoon…seems the skim milk has curdled, My attention was to add a little heavy cream if it needed more body,
all I had was skim…fresh.
This looks great, but how many servings does it make. I need to know if I need a double batch to feed the family. Lol
It says 8 servings.
This looks AMAZING!!
Made this, family loves it. In our house, if it has cheese, it’s a winner.
This sounds delicious but I have two questions. One can it be made in a slow cooker and two as a single person can this be frozen?
Good questions, I will update the post with this information.
1. Can I Make this in a Crockpot?
Just a note 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 in the recipe.
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 stock to cover the mixture.
2. To freeze cheeseburger soup, follow these steps:
Allow the soup to cool completely before freezing it.
Transfer the soup to a sealable container with a tight-fitting lid, or to a plastic freezer bag.
Squeeze out any excess air from the container or bag to prevent freezer burn.
Label the container or bag with the name and date, and place it in the freezer.
The soup will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To thaw and reheat the soup, remove it from the freezer and transfer it to the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Alternatively, you can thaw the soup in the microwave or in a pot on the stove over low heat. Once the soup is thawed, heat it up on the stove or in the microwave until it is hot and bubbly. Enjoy!
Have got to make this!!!! Sounds so yummy!!!!
I made this for the family. It was delicious and so easy to make.
I’m grossed out by Velveeta cheese…what would be a good substitute?
I don’t like Velveeta either. I substituted a cheddar mix (sharp and ex sharp). Came out great.
Could only find a 2 lb block of Velveeta for 12.00, so tryi g tostida nac
ho cheese dip with salsa instead. I believe this will be amazing.
I read your recipes and start drooling.
Great soup delicious will make often this winter thank you for sharing with us
Made this twice already. Soooo delicious.
Leftovers don’t last.
I make something like this but I use two cans of cream of mushroom and milk and bacon
Looking forward to trying out this recipe 👍💯😋. So far all your recipes I’ve tried have turned out fantastic.
could this be done in a slow cooker
Will try this
This looks DELISH! I have some beef broth that needs to be used………can I sub the chicken for beef broth? Thank you for your response!
Yes, you can. 🙂