Easy creamy cheeseburger soup with hamburger, chunks of potatoes, a smattering of simple vegetables, and a delicious ridiculously cheesy base (made with fan-favorite and super melty Velveeta cheese) is a hearty, filling and so so satisfying dinner dish that is made in under 45 minutes!
Course: Main Course
Keyword: cheeseburger soup, hamburger soup
Author: Salty Side Dish
3/4cupchopped onionwhite or yellow
1tbsp.cornstarchdisolved in 1 tbsp of cold water
bread slicesoptional for serving
Add ground beef, chopped celery, and chopped onions to a large stock pot.
Heat on medium-high heat, browning burger beef and cooking onions and celery. Drain any excess grease and return the beef mixture to the pan.
Add shredded carrots, cubed potatoes, dried basil, dried parsley, and salt and pepper.
Pour in beef broth and mix all ingredients together well. Cover soup and heat on medium high for about 8-12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
Reduce stove heat to low and add the cornstarch slurry. Stir to combine.
Add in cubes of Velveeta cheese and milk and mix until cheese is completely melted and smooth.
Serve creamy hamburger soup topped with fresh parsley and bread for dipping. Additional variations and toppings are listed below in recipe notes.
StoringAfter fully cooling, store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Because of the milk and cheese in the ingredients, which tend to separate in freezing, I wouldn’t recommend freezing it. Reheat the soup slowly, either on the stovetop on low or in the microwave, stirring often.Can you make Cheeseburger Soup in a slow cooker?I love using my slow cooker, and Cheeseburger Soup is another recipe that is perfect for it! Start by browning your ground beef and drain excess fat. Add celery, onions, carrots, potatoes, basil, and parsley to your slow cooker along with your beef broth. Set your crockpot to low and cook for 6 to 8 hours. Check the veggies periodically to ensure they don’t become overcooked. Once the vegetables are close to being tender, prepare your cornstarch slurry and add it to the slow cooker along with the milk and cubes of Velveeta cheese. Increase the heat to high and cook for another 20 minutes (or until cheese is fully melted) to allow the soup to thicken up.Can Cheeseburger Soup be made Keto-friendly?I believe that most things can fit into a lot of nutritional diet needs with a few changes. This Cheeseburger Soup can be made to fit into a Keto diet by eliminating the potatoes and carrots and using cream in place of the milk.What toppings should I put on top of Cheeseburger Soup?Crumbled cooked Bacon and freshly grated cheddar cheese are my go-to toppings for Cheeseburger Soup for extra flavor. You can also top this with sliced jalapenos, chopped green onions, or even sliced pickles for an authentic burger taste!It's super cheesy. Can the cheese be halved?Absolutely. It's fine to use half a block of Velveeta over a full block. Other Soup Variations:
Milk: Add sour cream along with the milk for a thicker broth. You can also substitute half the milk for heavy cream for a richer flavor. Or, ditch the milk altogether and instead add pureed cooked cauliflower for a creamy, healthier base.
Add bacon! Who doesn’t love bacon on their burger? Well, it tastes just as good mixed into hearty Cheeseburger Soup. I suggest using 1/2lb to 1lb bacon. Crumble and cook separately, draining excess fat. Stir into the soup with the cheese and mix well before serving.
Garlic: Everyone loves a bit of garlic powder or minced garlic, so if that is on your everyday cooking list, just add a bit into the step while the hamburger beef cooks.
For the most creamy of creamy soups, melt in a half a block of cream cheese.