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 80 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 pound ground beef
  • 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
    Made this last night. Followed recipe almost exactly, with the exception of substituting half and half for the milk. Made a double batch. Enough to feed an army. It was absolutely delicious and very filling. Served with a spinach salad and crusty toasted/buttered French bread.

  2. 5 stars
    Wanted to try a soup to use up some ground beef, this was wonderful !
    Nice to have a different soup to enjoy this winter.

  3. 5 stars
    This is a favorite at tailgate parties and travels well in a crackpot! I thicken with instant potato flakes and add crumbled bacon into the pot for Bacon Cheeseburger Soup! So yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    We loved it! I used 3tbs arrowroot starch for gluten-free, and actually added the milk and cheese to the rue and made a cheese sauce, then added it to the soup. It was epic! Even my “I hate soup” 9-year old loved it!

    Can I freeze the leftovers? Will it reheat well with a cheese sauce?

  5. 5 stars
    Make this twice and both times everyone enjoyed it. I follow the recipe as far as ingredients but I measure with my heart ♥️ I used a sharp aged cheddar because I could never bring myself to use velveeta in any dish.

  6. 5 stars
    Thought this was delicious and very rich. Only added sour cream to my bowl as my husband doesn’t like sour cream and was also concerned about reheating the soup. Garnished it with garlic kosher Dill chopped pickles, was great as it cut the richness and tasted more like a cheeseburger. Served with garlic toasted baguette. Will definitely put this into my soup rotation.

  7. 5 stars
    I made crockpot version and loved this recipe. I put galic croutons on top. Followed recipe as is and thought it was delicious. One of my favorite recipes now.

  8. 5 stars
    This soup was delicious. I made this last night and had all the ingredients I needed. I did adjust the recipe a little. I added 4 cups of broth and 2 cups of milk. I just wanted it to have a little more liquid. It really is fantastic,!!

  9. 5 stars
    Just made this. Only thing I added was a can of diced tomatoes. Ketchup on my cheeseburger.
    Really great recipe. Love the basil. Processed cheese product does have a place in our lives. Dont let food police getcha down.

  10. 5 stars
    Great soup recipe😃
    It did need all the 1 lb of beef👍🏻
    but I only used 1/2 cup of milk👍🏻
    I didn’t have basil or parsley, so
    1tsp.dried Italian seasoning worked great,
    oh and a couple of dashes of
    Worcester sauce 👍🏻
    Yes definitely a winner 👍🏻

  11. 5 stars
    Where has this recipe been all my life? I’m 75yo and love to cook, no eating out. I followed this recipe exactly. I chopped, diced & measured all ingredients & lined up on counter and everything came together so I easy. This will definitely be on my soup rotation menu, and be great this winter. Had my 1st bowl, now I know why it’s an award winner. You won’t be disappointed if you try this. Thank you for this recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    Made this recipe for the first time after looking for recipes I could use ground beef for. My boyfriend and I loved it! Some recipes I’ve find online I had to adjust the seasoning but not for this one. It was the right amount of everything. I used canned diced potatoes to save time and added a can of corn just because I had it. Didn’t need any toppings. I usually prefer soup once it cools off more here but it was great on a warm Houston day. Thank you!

  13. 5 stars
    Truly an excellent cheeseburger soup. I’ve tried several recipes, but not gave me the results I wanted. This has the comforting thickness — it’s almost like a cheeseburger stew — and the ingredients blend so nicely. I’ll be adding this to the regular rotation. Thanks for a great recipe!

  14. 5 stars
    This felt like the ultimate comfort food to me – and we made it right before a big monsoon rainstorm here in Nevada. Thank you so much!

  15. 4 stars
    Forget the roux. Instead use an immersion blender to break down about half of the potatoes. They will release their starch and naturally thicken the soup. Carrots in big chunks will also release starch and thicken any kind of soup.

      1. I have a toddler who doesn’t like texture, actually thinking of using instant potatoes as thickener..wish me luck 🤞

  16. 5 stars
    I’ve made this a couple of times and it’s sooo good. I cannot bring myself to use Velveeta but use a nice sharp cheddar…I add the dairy once the heat is off. Often times soups and stews are better the next day. This is delicious immediately after making and is no exception to be even tastier the next day. I’ve shared this recipe.

  17. 5 stars
    update!! I made a double batch today at my husband’s request to feed the other refs at his work today (the paintball field). I hoped for his sake that they would all like it. my husband has been talking up our food to them for quite some time and they’ve liked our desserts so there was a high expectation from them on this one. as I watched my husband walk with the big pot of soup from our trailer back to the paintball field, he reminded me of a little boy heading off to school with a plate of his mom’s brownies. she made them, but those brownies represent the boy to his classmates, so they’d better be good- so yeah I hoped so much that this first entree shared would wow them, for HIS sake more than mine!! anyway he just walked back here to grab his blowhorn he’d left behind, and he joked that no one liked the soup. that’s our sense of humor,… so apparently everyone LOVED it and is filling up on it. no one dislikes it at all. a real crowd-pleaser. thanks so much for making that first served lunch a raving success. we are planning on selling food here in the future to the paintball customers, so today was a test on that. I’m so happy that it went so well. thanks again for a great recipe it was a special part of our journey moving out here to live, and you played a part in that.

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