Bacon-Cheeseburger Chowder Recipe
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Bacon-Cheeseburger Chowder Recipe

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The taste of a good bacon cheeseburger is hard to beat until you try this chowder! It's hearty, convenient and family friendly. —Kristin Stone, Little Elm, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 pound potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 12 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed (about 2-1/4 cups)
  • 3 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 473 calories, 27g fat (14g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 1047mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook beef, onion and pepper over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Add garlic to beef mixture; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended.
  2. Gradually stir in milk. Add potatoes, water and bouillon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Add cheese; stir until melted. Sprinkle servings with bacon. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Bacon-Cheeseburger Chowder in Taste of Home November 2014, p88

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Kelly User ID: 8980527 258979
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2017

"Absolutely loved it!!"

teryn69 User ID: 6818421 255992
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2016

"I cooked up half a pound of bacon, drained part of the grease, then saut?ed my onions and peppers and added 6 minced garlic cloves (it's not a recipe if it has only 1 garlic clove!) right before I added the hamburger. I also changed the cheese, instead of processed Velveeta. I used a combination of Gruyere, Gouda and cheddar cheeses. I didn't use the bullion, don't cook with it. The soup was delicious, however something I wouldn't make regularly because of the calories."

Moedogcush User ID: 6698968 239180
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"Thanks for a flavorful and hearty recipe. Will definitely make again. I added worchershire, salt & pepper, extra garlic powder, banana pepper and onion flakes. Next time I will par-cook the potatoes and finish them in the chowder to speed up the process."

gloriangel User ID: 8550953 239140
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2015

"Excellent meal for a cool damp foggy evening at home!"

annecooks User ID: 8360491 238541
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"I made this last night for my husband. I don't really know what I was expecting, but was a little disappointed with the outcome. The main reason I made it was because I had all the ingredients. I only had a taste, but to me it tasted like Hamburger Helper. Probably won't make it again."

braund6101 User ID: 1588974 226026
Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"Very Good! Very Tasty! I couldn't believe how much it tasted like a cheeseburger. Will definitely be making this again."

SLadd1 User ID: 8274530 221590
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"looks really good, have not tried it yet., making it tonight!"

kathyteski User ID: 8088087 219643
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"Won first place at Souper Bowl on 2/1/2015 !"

markapool User ID: 4318209 217019
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"One word describes this dish: FANTASTIC!!!!!"

ChrisGardinier User ID: 8078135 215545
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"I just tried this chowder and it was just what we wanted on this cold winter day. I added a little bit more potato and some cracked pepper. This has just become one of our favorite soups for the cold winter months."

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