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Hearty Cheeseburger Chowder Recipe

"This is a family favorite for cold blustery days," writes Rebecca McCabe from Ekalaka, Montana. "It's very filling and an easy meal when served with corn bread or biscuits."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 pound red potatoes, cubed (about 2 cups)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 3 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Add potatoes, water, celery, bouillon and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • 2. In a small bowl, mix flour and 1/2 cup milk until smooth. Stir into beef mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in remaining milk; heat through. Add cheese; cook and stir until melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 261 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 696 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Reviews for Hearty Cheeseburger Chowder

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Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"I have a house full of 4 boys and a husband that love hearty meals after a busy, and sometimes crazy, day...especially a cold one! This has become my boys' favorite chowder! It is easy to make and I've even thrown it together for my friends when I host Bunco. The ladies loved it! Match this chowder with garlic butter biscuits and you will be amazed! I did eliminate some of the milk and added a little more hamburger to thicken it up. It was great!"

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"Simply the best! Whenever I ask my family what they want me to make they always ask me to make this Cheeseburger Chowder. Before I tried this recipe, I had tried others, and none can even come close in flavor. Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe??"

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"Very good. I made a couple of changes and it came out well. No. 1, I do not keep bullion granules in the house, I used 1 1/2 cups of beef broth (from a carton). I am allergic to celery and put in 1/4 cup of small slices of water chestnuts and that added a very nice crunch to it. I also need to be gluten free and used a GF rice blend flour. Everything worked find and tastes great! I'll be making it again. : )"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"My boys love this soup. Once in awhile I use pepper jack cheese in place of the cheddar."

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"I used to make this all the time but misplaced the recipe. Glad to find it again. It is great just as written and give it 5 stars. My spin is to up the celery to a cup, added a half to a whole chopped green pepper and add a half cup of chopped carrots. It takes a little more time chopping, but worth it to include veggies. You can use whole or 2% milk. Since I am a cheese lover, I of course used more cheese. Be sure to give this constant attention once all of the milk and flour (or corn starch) is added. Stir almost continuously or it will burn on the bottom of the pan. It is good right after it is cooked, but even better the next day."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009


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