How to Make Homemade Cheeseburger Soup

Updated on January 6, 2018
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

Cheeseburger soup is like the classic cheeseburger, but in a bowl. All the rich, luscious flavors you want, but simpler and easier to make!
Cheeseburger soup is like the classic cheeseburger, but in a bowl. All the rich, luscious flavors you want, but simpler and easier to make!

I adore soup—it's the easiest way to feed my family, especially on weeknights when it seems almost impossible to get everyone around the table at the same time. It's so easy to let a big pot of soup simmer on the back of the stove and serve everyone as they find time between various after-school activities and after-school jobs.

This is one of my favorites because every last one of the kids love it. It's rich and hearty, filled with potatoes and veggies, ground beef and cheese, so it seriously will fill you up. And it's perfect for the cold winter nights we're having right now. Wrapping your hands around a warm bowl of soup is a sure-fire way to shake off the winter chill.

This homemade cheeseburger soup is also simple and made primarily with pantry staples, so it's easy to throw together (in less than half an hour!) with no extra trips to the store. I always have ground beef in the freezer, and carrots, onions, celery, potatoes, and cheese are always in my fridge.

Use homemade chicken or beef broth if you have it, but you can most certainly use boxed or canned broth. That's exactly what I do myself. If I have homemade broth - great! If I don't - I just grab the blue box off the shelf. It's still incredibly delicious, and no one will care one bit.

A couple of notes for success and they're minor since this soup is so forgiving. Make sure you mix the slurry well - if it is free of lumps before you add it to the soup, your soup will thicken beautifully. Also, cut the potatoes into rather small pieces - think a bite that will fit on a soup spoon. This also makes sure they cook more quickly. Finally, don't let the soup boil once you add the sour cream, otherwise, it could break and curdle. It would still be edible but would look rather unappetizing. That's it!

Now go make a pot of soup and warm up!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 8-10 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 4 cups potatoes, diced
  • 2 quarts chicken broth, divided
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. In a medium to large soup pot over medium heat, brown ground beef, stirring to crumble. Cook until no pink shows and drain off excess grease.
  2. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic to the pot and stir, cooking for about 5-10 minutes or until onions are fragrant and beginning to soften.
  3. Add potatoes and stir. Divide the chicken broth, reserving 1 cup of the broth. Add the remainder of the broth to the pot. Stir in salt, garlic powder, thyme, onion powder, pay leaf and black pepper. Add diced tomatoes.
  4. Bring pot to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  5. Make a slurry - stir flour into reserved 1 cup of chicken broth, whisking well until fully incorporated. Stir slurry into soup and stir well to fully incorporate. Bring pot back to a simmer, and simmer just at 1 minute.
  6. Drop shredded cheese into soup pot in handfuls, stirring between handfuls, until all the cheese is added. Stir in sour cream and remove soup from the heat. Don't let it boil after adding the sour cream. Serve immediately, garnished with another dollop of sour cream if desired.

Brown the Ground Beef

Cook the ground beef over medium heat, stirring frequently to crumble into small pieces. Cook until no more pink is visible, about 7-10 minutes. Drain excess grease and it's ready for the vegetables.
Cook the ground beef over medium heat, stirring frequently to crumble into small pieces. Cook until no more pink is visible, about 7-10 minutes. Drain excess grease and it's ready for the vegetables.

Pile on the Veggies

Add the vegetables - carrot, onion garlic and celery to the pot and stir well. Cook just a few minutes until the onion is fragrant and the vegetables are beginning to soften.This takes only about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the vegetables - carrot, onion garlic and celery to the pot and stir well. Cook just a few minutes until the onion is fragrant and the vegetables are beginning to soften.This takes only about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mince Garlic Finely

You can use a garlic press - that makes minced garlic super easy to do. Or use a chef's knife and mince by rocking the knife back and forth over the garlic several times - in one direction then back in the other.
You can use a garlic press - that makes minced garlic super easy to do. Or use a chef's knife and mince by rocking the knife back and forth over the garlic several times - in one direction then back in the other.

Cut the Potatoes into Bite Sized Pieces

I used red potatoes in this photo because that's what I had - it's no big deal. You can use those or use Yukon Golds, or Russets if you like. It's whatever you happen to have and what you like most!
I used red potatoes in this photo because that's what I had - it's no big deal. You can use those or use Yukon Golds, or Russets if you like. It's whatever you happen to have and what you like most!

Add the Potatoes

Stir in the potatoes once the onions have become fragrant and stir well. You're ready to add the broth!
Stir in the potatoes once the onions have become fragrant and stir well. You're ready to add the broth!

Choose Good Chicken or Beef Broth

You can use either chicken or beef broth - it's whatever you have or whatever you like best. I just happen to have chicken broth most of the time, but either one works equally well.
You can use either chicken or beef broth - it's whatever you have or whatever you like best. I just happen to have chicken broth most of the time, but either one works equally well.

Reserve One Cup of the Broth

Pour off a cup of the broth and set it aside before adding the remainder to the pot. You'll be using that reserved broth to make a slurry in order to thicken the soup later. Keep it cold or at room temperature.
Pour off a cup of the broth and set it aside before adding the remainder to the pot. You'll be using that reserved broth to make a slurry in order to thicken the soup later. Keep it cold or at room temperature.

Add the Broth

Add the broth to the pot and bring it up to a boil. Reduce it to a simmer, and simmer for just at 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. It helps if the potatoes are nice and bite sized, they'll cook more quickly.
Add the broth to the pot and bring it up to a boil. Reduce it to a simmer, and simmer for just at 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. It helps if the potatoes are nice and bite sized, they'll cook more quickly.

Cheeseburger Soup Seasonings

The seasonings are simple and meant to just enhance the beefiness of the soup. if you wish you could also add a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce or a teaspoon of soy sauce, but no more than that.
The seasonings are simple and meant to just enhance the beefiness of the soup. if you wish you could also add a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce or a teaspoon of soy sauce, but no more than that.

Toss in the Seasonings

Stir in the seasoning right after adding the broth, before you start to simmer. This will give the seasonings time to mingle and marry and make the entire pot of soup taste just amazing.
Stir in the seasoning right after adding the broth, before you start to simmer. This will give the seasonings time to mingle and marry and make the entire pot of soup taste just amazing.

Diced Tomatoes

I used these colorful miniature heritage tomatoes, but it doesn't matter what you use. Just grab whatever is available and dice them up. Throw them in right after the seasonings and let them simmer.
I used these colorful miniature heritage tomatoes, but it doesn't matter what you use. Just grab whatever is available and dice them up. Throw them in right after the seasonings and let them simmer.

Simmer Away

Bring the pot to a boil, reduce it to a simmer and simmer for just at 15-20 minutes. It really doesn't take long - just simmering until the potatoes and vegetables are tender is all that's needed.
Bring the pot to a boil, reduce it to a simmer and simmer for just at 15-20 minutes. It really doesn't take long - just simmering until the potatoes and vegetables are tender is all that's needed.

Check out the Quick Tutorial!

How to Brown Ground Beef

Make the Slurry

A slurry is just flour mixed into cold liquid - this lets you add it to the pot without getting lumps. Whisk it well first, to ensure the flour is fully incorporated.
A slurry is just flour mixed into cold liquid - this lets you add it to the pot without getting lumps. Whisk it well first, to ensure the flour is fully incorporated.

Add the Cheese

Stir in the slurry and stir well, bringing the pot back to a bare simmer. Drop the cheese in by the handful, stirring between additions, until all the cheese is added.
Stir in the slurry and stir well, bringing the pot back to a bare simmer. Drop the cheese in by the handful, stirring between additions, until all the cheese is added.

Stir in Sour Cream

Stir in the sour cream and mix it well to fully incorporate. The sour cream will only take a moment to melt into the soup. Keep the heat low now - don't boil it after adding the sour cream or it could break and curdle.
Stir in the sour cream and mix it well to fully incorporate. The sour cream will only take a moment to melt into the soup. Keep the heat low now - don't boil it after adding the sour cream or it could break and curdle.

Time to Eat!

This is one seriously comforting bowl of soup. It's rich and hearty and perfect for cold winter nights when you need to warm up!
This is one seriously comforting bowl of soup. It's rich and hearty and perfect for cold winter nights when you need to warm up!

How to Make Your Own Chicken Broth

© 2018 Jan Charles

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