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Cheeseburger Soup

This cheeseburger soup is thick and hearty made with ground beef, carrots, celery, tender potatoes and plenty of cheese. It’s a family favorite and perfect for weeknight dinners.

Cheeseburger soup in white bowl with cheese on top.
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The Best Cheeseburger Soup

Craving a hamburger but don’t want to fire up the grill this winter? Try this cheeseburger soup recipe! It’s a fun take on the classic burger and fries and is the perfect comfort dish for colder weather.

I had a big bag of potatoes to use up last month and was trying to get creative with them, so I decided to make this cheeseburger soup. This recipe is a fun twist on the traditional potato soup and has so many delicious flavors. I even snuck in extra veggies and my kids gobbled it right up. That’s a win in my book!

I should say this definitely isn’t the prettiest soup, but it is the perfect comfort food on a cold winter day. It’s hearty, creamy and very filling similar to broccoli cheese soup. We love to serve it with fresh dinner rolls or french bread. So delicious!

Reasons to Love It

  • 30-minutes. Only 30 minutes from start to finish! Now that’s a meal I can get behind.
  • Made in one pot. Hardly any clean up required. Everything is cooked in just one pot!
  • Sneak in extra veggies. Perfect for using up those extra veggies sitting in the fridge.
  • Family-friendly. My husband and all of my kids loved this recipe (even the picky eaters!).
  • Comfort dish. This is the ultimate comfort food to enjoy during winter. It’s perfectly creamy and hearty!

Recipe Ingredients

Chopped vegetables on cutting board.
  • Hamburger: I always use lean ground hamburger.
  • Butter and flour: Used for sauteing and thickening.
  • Vegetables: Shredded carrots, diced celery and onion.
  • Chicken broth: To flavor and thin the soup.
  • Yukon potatoes: I love the soft buttery taste of Yukon Gold potatoes, but peeled and chopped Russet potatoes work, too.
  • Seasonings: Dried parsley, minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cheese: I used shredded cheddar cheese but you can use Velveeta if you would like.
  • Sour cream: While optional, this adds extra creaminess to the soup that is delicious.

How to Make Cheeseburger Soup

Making cheeseburger soup in a blue pot.
  • Cook hamburger. Brown the beef over medium heat in a large skillet. Drain the grease, then set meat in a bowl.
  • Add in veggies. Add butter, onions, carrots and celery to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Then add garlic and sprinkle flour on top. Cook for 1 more minute.
  • Let simmer. Add the broth, diced potatoes and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes (until potatoes are tender).
  • Serve and enjoy! Stir in the cooked hamburger and cheese until melted. Then add in sour cream if preferred and S&P to taste. Ladle into bowls and add your favorite toppings!

Cooking Tips

  • Buy pre-chopped veggies from the produce section for an even quicker soup!
  • For a fun addition, you could cut up some hamburger buns and toast the cubes to add to the top of the soup.
  • You could also add sliced pickles and crisp bacon to really up the soup. We like to keep it simple around here though. :)
  • To make it creamier, add in 1/4 –  1/2 cup sour cream or heavy cream before serving.
  • Garnish with more cheese and sliced green onions to add extra flavor like I do in my loaded baked potato soup!
Cheeseburger soup in white bowl.

More beefy hearty soups we love include this beef and noodle soup, stuffed pepper soup and beef stew.

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Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This cheeseburger soup is thick and hearty made with ground beef, carrots, celery, tender potatoes and plenty of cheese.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


  • ½ pound lean ground hamburger
  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt , more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper , more to taste
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 russet or yukon potatoes , peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream , optional

Optional: crisp bacon crumbles, sliced green onions or scallions, for garnish


    • Cook the hamburger in large skillet over medium heat. Once browned, drain grease and set meat in a bowl. I like to line the bowl with a paper towel to absorb any extra grease.
    • Add the butter, onions, carrots and celery to the pan. Allow to cook for 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and sprinkle the flour over top. Cook an additional minute.
    • Add in the chicken broth, potatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.
    • Next add back in the meat and cheese. Stir and allow to melt. Add in the sour cream if you'd like it a littler creamier. Salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and add extra cheese and green onions for garnish.


    For a more creamier soup, stir in 1/4 –  1/2 cup sour cream or heavy cream after the soup has been cooked. 


    Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 948mg | Potassium: 689mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4134IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 308mg | Iron: 2mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: American

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