When that inevitable cheeseburger craving sneaks up on you, you needn’t hop in your car and head to your favorite fast food chain. In fact, you don’t have to opt for a sandwich at all. Instead, indulge in this Test Kitchen-approved Cheeseburger Soup — our highest rated recipe of all time. (Still insistent on a classic stack? Try one of these copycat restaurant burgers.)
With 586 reviews and an impressive 4.76 rating, it’s no surprise that this recipe, which was first published in the print Taste of Home magazine in 1996, was a contest-winner when originally submitted more than two decades ago. The home cook and mastermind behind this oh-so-creamy goodness, Joanie Shawhan, was inspired to stir up the soup, which she calls an “all-American treat,” when a local restaurant wouldn’t give her its recipe that she and her family enjoyed so much.
Now, with not too much effort, you can enjoy it, too. Using only two pieces of cookware — a saucepan and a skillet (find recommendations about either here) — this recipe is both simple to prepare and clean up. Each bowl is brimming with quintessential cheeseburger ingredients, including onions, ground beef and process cheese. But it also has some unexpected add-ins to give it that extra flair, like carrots and celery. If you like, try some personal touches to take it to the next level, like incorporating relish or sprinkling bacon over top. (Look here for more soup topper ideas.) And don’t forget — once you’ve tasted it yourself, head to our website and give it a review of your own.