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Cheeseburger Soup

A local restaurant serves a similar cheeseburger soup but wouldn't share its recipe with me. So I developed my own, modifying a recipe for potato soup. I was really pleased with the way this all-American treat turned out. —Joanie Shawhan, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1-3/4 pounds (about 4 cups) cubed peeled potatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 4 cups shredded Velveeta
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook and crumble beef until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In same saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Saute onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes, ground beef and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10-12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining butter. Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly, 3-5 minutes. Add to soup; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cheese, milk, salt and pepper; cook until cheese melts. Remove from heat; blend in sour cream.

Cheeseburger Soup Tips

What can I substitute for the Velveeta and ground beef?

Any low melting-point cheeses, such as Swiss and cheddar, can be substituted for the Velveeta. Or for a kick, use pepper jack. If you’re looking to cut some fat from this soup, replace the ground beef with ground sirloin, round or turkey.

How do you store cheeseburger soup? Can I freeze it?

You can store soup by letting it cool completely and placing it in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Soups with starches and dairy (like cheeseburger soup) are not ideal for freezing. But these soups are!

Can I add bacon?

Yes, you can always add bacon. Top bowls with crumbled cooked bacon for a bacon-cheeseburger twist. Be sure to check out these other cheeseburger-inspired recipes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 450 calories, 27g fat (15g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 1421mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.


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  • Sharon
    Oct 20, 2020

    Made this twice now. Used one pound of ground beef, 2% milk, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese the second time and I think this made the flavor better.

  • smreeve
    Oct 10, 2020

    This is like the BEST soup. My family will request it every time they get. One year my son was having a pot luck day at school and insisted that he bring this soup. It was a BIG hit. I have added bacon for a change and added pepper jack cheese.

  • lynni350
    Oct 10, 2020

    Why do people rate something one star be ause they don't like the ingredients?

  • Melissa
    Sep 25, 2020

    Everyone in my family raves about this recipe. Even when I double the recipe, I rarely have many leftovers.

  • Casey
    Sep 22, 2020

    Absolutely delicious! I did tweak it a bit by adding 2 tsp ground mustard and 1/4 tsp cayenne, and since we don't eat Velveeta I substituted sharp cheddar. I will definitely make it again. Thanks!

  • Robert
    Sep 20, 2020

    First time I made this, I found the Velveeta made it a little thicker than I was expecting, so I made two adjustments kicking the beef up to a full pound and using 8 ounces of apple wood smoked gruyere cheese instead of the Velveeta. The end result was a submission to the food service at work's annual soup and chili contest with a first place win in the soup category and a rotating place on their menu for the past winter season. It was so popular that it has become a fixture on the menu every third Friday and almost a year later still always sells out!!

  • michelembarber
    Sep 15, 2020

    Yum!! Mmm good!! I have been making this for about 8 years and it is always a winner when I make this. My friend you doesn’t eat cheese looks forward to when I make it. Have never had anyone turn this away. It is a very hearty soup and fills you up. If you have any left it freezes well.

  • Lisalynettewagner
    Sep 12, 2020

    We love cheeseburger soup! The potatoes and cheese make this very good.

  • cookb4
    Sep 8, 2020

    Delicious!! I use 1 lb. ground beef, and make it a day before I plan to serve it as we think it's better the second day.

  • tayearl
    Sep 4, 2020

    Definitely not a keeper for our house. Made exactly according to directions and our 2 year old pushed her bowl away saying “No, thank you! Yuck!”, the teenager tried two bites and decided on a sandwich, and the two adults ate it but said never again. Will stick to a traditional potato soup.