Cheeseburger Soup Recipe
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Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

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A local restaurant serves a similar soup but wouldn't share its recipe with me. So I developed my own, modifying a recipe for potato soup. I was really pleased at the way this all-American soup turned out. —Joanie Shawhan, Madison, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 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
  • 1 package (16 ounces) Velveeta process cheese, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 450 calories, 27g fat (15g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 1421mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. 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 tender, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes, beef and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10-12 minutes.
  2. 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. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/4 quarts).

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Save on prep time by using frozen cubed hash brown potatoes in place of fresh.
  • To prevent soup from curdling, remove from the heat before adding sour cream.
  • Go all out! Serve in bread bowls with condiment skewers: Try cocktail onions and mini pickles.
  • Originally published as Cheeseburger Soup in Taste of Home October/November 1996, p29

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    niermal User ID: 3269887 265743
    Reviewed May. 8, 2017

    "Made this for supper tonight and it was delicious!! I plan on sharing this recipe with my grown daughters. I know my son-in-law will love it!!"

    Vickie User ID: 9101355 263129
    Reviewed Mar. 6, 2017

    "Can you make this cheeseburger soup in a crock

    pot ?"

    jtyler7 User ID: 8194513 261615
    Reviewed Feb. 20, 2017

    "A new family favorite!!"

    rusty1957 User ID: 7992290 261117
    Reviewed Feb. 10, 2017

    "My family and I love this recipe so much I have shared it with my older sister and her granddaughter said that it was from Heaven. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us."

    Brenda User ID: 8988683 260922
    Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

    "This is by far one of the most delicious soups I have made. I didn't have velvetta cheese so used cheese whiz. The sour cream makes the soup. Adds a nice finish to the already great soup. I will make this often. More of a meal than just a soup."

    ryanswife User ID: 2152282 260602
    Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

    "My husband and I loved this soup. I did make some adjustments though. I only put in 2 cups of potatoes instead of 4, and 8 oz. of cheese instead of 16. Excellent taste."

    Barbeann User ID: 7716168 260544
    Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

    "I made this the other day and my whole family loved it. Thank you for sharing it!"

    lmonroe433 User ID: 2107396 260537
    Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

    "I added bacon"

    Mechelle Maynes User ID: 723961 260535
    Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

    "Definite Keeper!!! My family loved this soup and it will be made again."

    asnunez User ID: 2408742 260514
    Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

    "I'm gonna make this again, but DEFINITELY with adjustments. No celery! It's extremely distracting. I'll also be adding chopped pickles. I've had another cheeseburger soup recipe that had them and it was DELICIOUS! Who knew, right?! Leave out the basil. It makes this taste like a spaghetti sauce gone wrong. Lastly, a whole pound of Velveeta? Really?! I'd cut that to about 1/4 of that! Garnish with Cheddar if ya want more cheese."

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