Award Winning Cheeseburger Soup

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Award Winning Cheeseburger Soup is a thick and hearty soup with lean, tender ground beef, shredded carrots, diced celery and potatoes in a warm and creamy cheese soup. This is an award winning soup and it is excellent!
This is my most popular soup for good reason! If you love soup as much as I do try more of a classic soup like this Literally the BEST Chicken Noodle Soup, Tomato Basil Soup or The BEST Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe.
Cheeseburger soup in a bowl with shredded cheese on top.

Award Winning Cheeseburger Soup

This award winning cheeseburger soup is just what you need this winter season. It is thick, rich and full of flavor! You can’t go wrong with something SO good. I knew I wanted something warm, comforting and just creamy good.
This cheeseburger soup is so delicious! I am impressed by it and blown away at all the reviews. It has now become one of my most popular soups and for good reason!I loved the cheesy flavor and I loved that it was different than other soups that we had tried. It became an instant favorite and it made a lot so I am excited to have leftovers! Try this cheeseburger soup recipe and you will soon realize how great it really is!!

What you Need to Make the Ultimate Cheeseburger Soup:

This soup is insanely delicious! Made with fresh ingredients and topped with shredded cheese, you will make it again and again! Each vegetable is coated in the cheesy goodness and tastes SO good. You will love this cheeseburger soup recipe!

Cheesy, thick chunks of vegetables and delicious buttery soup base. All of this in one bowl is pure joy and happiness! Simple to make and there will even be a little left over with how much soup there is!

  • Ground beef: use one pound
  • Onion: chopped
  • Carrots: shredded
  • Celery: diced
  • Basil: dried
  • Parsley flakes: added seasoning and flavor.
  • Butter: used for sautéing and thickening the soup.
  • Chicken broth: adds flavor and volume
  • Potatoes: peeled and diced
  • Flour: thickens the soup up.
  • Velveeta: this a processed cheese that will be cubed or use 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Milk: creamy and smooth.
  • Salt and pepper: just a pinch!
  • Sour cream: thickens and adds flavoring to the soup.

How to Make The Best Cheeseburger Soup:

It is an award winning soup and it is excellent! This cheeseburger soup comes together quickly and easily. There are a few steps with simple ingredients ending in the perfect creamy soup with chunks of vegetables and tender beef.

It all comes together so well and blends perfectly. Cheeseburger soup is ranked one of my top recipes and people cannot get enough of it. My family included! They ask for this recipe often and I can never say no! I love it just as much as they do!!

  • Cook the beef: Brown the ground beef in 3 quart saucepan. Drain and set aside.
  • Sauté vegetables: In the same saucepan add 1 T butter and add onion, shredded carrots, parsley flakes, basil and celery. Saute until tender.
  • Add in beef and potatoes then simmer: Add the broth, potatoes and beef and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Make a roux: In a small skillet melt remaining butter (3 T) and add the flour. Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly. Add to the soup and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
  • Add in remaining ingredients and cook: Stir in the cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat and blend in sour cream.
Ground beef being cooked

Cooking in the Slow Cooker?

The great thing about this cheeseburger soup is I even have a Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup recipe that is just as good as this one! If you are needing to make in the morning and let the slow cooker do the work, then this is the recipe for you! It tastes just the same as over the stovetop and has just as AMAZING flavoring. Either recipe will be just that good!

vegetable being sautéed together in a pot over the stovetop.

Tips for The Best Soup:

This simple to make cheeseburger soup is one of the BEST! You can’t go wrong with the ingredients as well as how good it tastes overall. It is delicious from start to finish! Every bite will leave you wanting more of that creamy soup with thick chunks with every spoonful. Here are some tips that will help make this cheeseburger soup easier to make.

  • Ground beef: The leaner the ground beef the better. Be sure to drain off any excess of grease before adding it back into the soup.
  • Potatoes: Russet potatoes are thick and strong. They usually don’t go mushy in soups. Yellow and red potatoes will work too but try not to over cook them.
  • Cheese: Velveeta is a favorite for this soup. It will leave it thick and creamy. If you are not a fan of velveeta try shredded cheeses. The texture and thickness will be altered and have a thinner soup base.
  • Thickener: Cream cheese is a great way to substitute the sour cream. It will keep it rich and creamy and still have the thick texture you need.
  • Remove from heat: Before you add in your sour cream, remove the soup from heat. This will help prevent the sour cream from curdling when being stirred in.
  • Make bun croutons: cube a sesame seeded bun and cook them on a baking sheet in the oven for a few minutes. Watching them so they don’t burn. Using the stove top with a skillet will also work until they are golden brown.
Potatoes, ground beef and vegetable in a pot with chicken broth being poured over it.

Variations of Warm Cheeseburger Soup:

I love mixing and matching recipes, especially after I have made a recipe a few times it is fun to experiment and try it in different ways.

This cheeseburger soup is one of those recipes. This is definitely a family favorite in our home and made often. I knew I wanted to try somethings a little different. To start with I made this Bacon Cheeseburger Soup recipe. This is a great variation but also kept with the cheeseburger soup recipe I already had, just added some bacon.

Here are a few other ways to enhance, substitute or simply leave out to make this cheeseburger soup recipe your own.

  • Meat: switch up your meat by using chicken, ground turkey or even Italian sausage.
  • Vegetables: add in more vegetables or substitute the vegetables in the soup. We have tried mushrooms, bell peppers and even canned tomatoes.
  • Seasoning:  your favorite seasonings can always be added. Simply start with a pinch or ¼ teaspoon and taste as you go. We have added red pepper flakes or paprika for a more spicy soup or add in season salt for a different taste and blend of soup.
  • Cheese: instead of Velveeta try 2 cups of cheddar cheese or Colby jack cheese. For a spicier cheeseburger soup try it with pepper jack cheese.
  • Cream: don’t leave out the cream but use heavy cream or yogurt or whole milk to keep it creamy but also thick.
  • Broth: beef broth or vegetable broth are great substitutes as well.
Adding in the roux to the soup.

Add Your Toppings!

Topping are the fun part to add to this cheeseburger soup recipe! There are already so many great ingredients in this recipe that it all blends together. With every bite you are guaranteed a cheesy spoonful with a vegetable and topping. These toppings are versatile and can be made quickly. I love how simple they are and bring this cheeseburger soup even more flavor!

  • Bacon pieces: for a quick way of making bacon, I use the microwaveable bacon and cut into chunks. Left over bacon is great too.
  • Sour cream: a dollop of sour cream on top just adds to the taste with onions and chives.
  • Onion: chopped and added to the top for a more crunchy texture.
  • Pickles: dill is my favorite. This is fun to have chunks of pickles on top. It adds a sweeter taste to the soup.
  • Crackers: you can never go wrong with crackers. Oyster crackers are fun and little to throw on top or just saltine crackers with a salty taste.
  • Croutons: these will soak up all the cheesy broth and add and extra soft, crunch to your bite.
  • Chips: salty chips are fun to use or pita chips. Dip them like salsa or crumble them up.
  • Bun croutons: dice up a sesame seed bun and toast it or sauté it over the oven until they are golden brown and add to the top.
Cheeseburger soup

Storing cheeseburger soup

This cheeseburger soup is known for being delicious and everything good. I love the simplicity of this cheeseburger recipe and how delicious it is. It is a tried and true recipe that our family will continue to make over and over again. Another great thing about this cheeseburger soup recipe is that it makes a large amount of soup. Perfect for reheating, freezing or even sharing with others. Again, it is just that good!

When freezing this cheeseburger soup there are a few adjusts that need to be made. It is best to leave out potatoes because after being frozen they do become mushy. Also, it does have sour cream, cheese and a milk base. This kind of soup does not freeze well. It is best to enjoy your cheeseburger soup fresh! There are ways to freeze this cheeseburger soup recipe though and I am here to help with that.

  • Storing cheeseburger soup: once your cheeseburger soup is completely cooled place your cheeseburger soup in an airtight container or ziplock bag. This will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days long. When ready to reheat you may need to add a little chicken broth if it is too thick.
  • Can you freeze your cheeseburger soup? Yes, kind of. It is best fresh and made to serve. If you are needing to freeze this soup and are planning it from the beginning, I recommend leaving out the potatoes until you are warming it back up. Potatoes tend to go mushy when they are frozen in a soup. Once your soup is completely cooled, add your soup to a ziplock bag with excess air removed. Lay flat in your freeze. This will last about 1 month. Freezing too long can separate the soup leaving it hard to reheat and combine back together.
  • How to reheat cheeseburger soup: It is best to reheat your soup on the stove top or in a slow cooker. No need to thaw your soup. Simply add the frozen soup to your pot and reheat on low stirring often. They will keep the soup from separating.
Cheeseburger soup with a spoon.

Cheeseburger Soup

4.95 from 34 votes
Award Winning Cheeseburger Soup is a thick and hearty soup with lean, tender ground beef, shredded carrots, diced celery and potatoes in a warm and creamy cheese soup. This is an award winning soup and it is excellent! 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 people


  • 1/2 pound ground beef use 1 pound
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups peeled and diced potatoes
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of Velveeta processed cheese cubed I used 16 ounce or- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  • Brown the ground beef in 3 quart saucepan. Drain and set aside.
  • In the same saucepan add 1 T butter and add onion, shredded carrots, parsley flakes, basil and celery. Saute until tender.
  • Add the broth, potatoes and beef and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • In small skillet melt remaining butter (3 T) and add the flour. Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly. Add to the soup and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
  • Stir in the cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat and blend in sour cream.



Updated on December 3, 2019
Original Post on December 27, 2012


Serves: 6

Calories258kcal (13%)Carbohydrates19g (6%)Protein15g (30%)Fat14g (22%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Cholesterol46mg (15%)Sodium1067mg (44%)Potassium627mg (18%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar6g (7%)Vitamin A1948IU (39%)Vitamin C14mg (17%)Calcium304mg (30%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword cheeseburger soup recipe, slow cooker cheeseburger soup, slow cooker cheeseburger soup recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve never made Cheeseburger soup, but had half a block of Velveeta and some thawed ground beef I needed to use and figured I couldn’t be far from a cheeseburger soup, so I did an internet search for a recipe. Turned out I had everything I needed on hand for this and it was HUGE hit with my whole family. My husband had made his grandmother’s homemade chicken dumpling soup from scratch and had to admit this was soup was the winner of the day and he’d put in a LOT more effort. I made this again on Christmas and everyone raved about it again. This recipe is a keeper!

  2. 5 stars
    I loved loved this recipe! One of the Chef’s where I work has been making Cheeseburger Soup and I decided to find one. I let him look over it and he said it was “spot on” like his. Couple of things: You definitely want to use leaner meat…just makes it taste better and richer. My soup came out pretty thick so I didn’t add the sour cream…I don’t think it was missed. I will definitely add the bacon next time because…why not?

  3. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I will definitely be having this again. Thank you for share your wonderful food to the world.

  4. #therecipecritic @alyssa_therecipecritic

    I have made this recipe multiple times and it has been a huge hit! I always make this for my friends/family going through rough times as it is as comforting of food as you can get. It absolutely has never disappointed and brings joy to all who enjoy it. Thank you for the recipe!!

  5. 5 stars
    I love Alyssa’s recipes in general, and this is another big winner. It helped my young son break out of his 5 food rut, lol. Now he asks for it often, and has progressed to helping make it as he’s grown.
    Being the cook I am, or the personality, maybe, I kind if add my own flair to everything. I cook a half pound of bacon and add. I leave out celery. I use a few slices of Kraft cheese and the rest is sharp cheddar, freshly grated. The processed soup helps the good cheese melt and incorporate. Thanks again for a wonderful recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    This is delicious! I was looking for a recipe to use up the velveeta cheese and shredded potatoes I had so I made this. I only left out the sour cream. Yum😋

    1. Aww man. This is the second comment I’ve read with a great suggestion. I was sitting her contemplating leaving the potatoes out because I don’t feel like the peeling and cutting, but I realized I have frozen shredded hash browns! Thanks.

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious! Big hit with the family & will be saving. I made the recipe exactly as directed, used shredded cheddar instead of the Velveeta, only because I didn’t have Velveeta. So flavorful and creamy 😋

  8. Excited to make! I think I’m going to use shredded potatoes instead of diced so it’s more like a French fry? I think
    It would be 😋

  9. This is a wonderful soup, made as written, though I used beef broth and shredded cheddar, and just a handful of those tiny potatoes. Thank you for this recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    We make this all the time!! My SO loves it and he is not a cheesy person. Right now I am almost due with our second child and since it is a comfort food for us, I would like to make it ahead of time, freeze it and warm it up at a later date. If I leave out the sour cream, will this freeze well. Of course I will add the sour cream after reheating.

  11. 5 stars
    Found this recipe years ago but didn’t make it then. Thanks to a Facebook memory, I was able to find it again. My family loved it and requested it be added to our favorite recipes book.

  12. 5 stars
    I don’t usually take the time to rate recipes I find on Pinterest, but this one was fantastic! I’ve tried other CB soup recipes and they’ve always been too salty, but this one was perfect! My picky youngest has eaten it every night for dinner for the past 3 days and is already requesting it for the next time he’s at my house. I followed the process but wound up adding garlic powder and some paprika. Since I was trying to use up pantry items without going to the store, I subbed onion flakes for actual onions, beef bone broth for chicken broth, half and half for milk and went with the shredded cheddar option. This one will definitely be added to the regular rotation! Thank you!!

  13. 5 stars
    My son told me that this soup is the best he has ever had and get seconds! He is not a soup lover, so that was a high compliment from him. Score for Mom!

  14. 5 stars
    Love this soup, I am making it for dinner today. If you haven’t tried this before you need to try it. Very good.

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