Healthy Cheeseburger soup is filled with your favorite burger ingredients! Seasoned beef, caramelized onions, peppers, rich chopped tomatoes and beef broth, plus potatoes and pickles all combine to make a flavorful, hearty and simple soup. Make on the stove top or crockpot, plus it’s gluten free and low carb!
Well seasoned, packed with flavor, and includes pickles, tomatoes and yes even potatoes (think french fries, in cube form!) and of course topped with as much or little cheese as you like!
The resulting soup is lighter, freezer friendly and oh so delicious.
There are some amazing Cheeseburger soup recipes out there, but I developed this recipe like my hamburgers; simple, flavorful, chock full of good stuff.
Best Cheeseburger Soup
I loosely based this soup off of my sister-in-laws recipe for Solianka Russian Beef Soup, which I will post someday because it’s AMAZING.
I made this Cheeseburger soup recipe when I was feeling under the weather, you know “feed a cold, starve a fever” and all, it just sounded good and boy did it taste great, plus it is delicious leftover.
Easy hamburger soup
Make a big ol’ pot of this soup, it lasts for days in the fridge and is easy to reheat and enjoy a big warm bowl.
Cheeseburger Soup in the Crockpot
Simple answer is YES! Here are the TFC tips for making it taste great.
- Take a few extra minutes to brown your onions, carrots, garlic and peppers including the ground beef in a pan before transferring to crockpot.
- Then add the rest of the soup ingredients, cover and set to low for 6-8 hours.
- Serve with fresh grated cheese, warm pretzel rolls and some pickles.
- Butter & olive oil | For sauteing veggies
- Onion | adds incredible flavor, white or yellow onion works great
- Carrots | Color, fiber, flavor! optional
- Red bell pepper | optional
- Garlic cloves | garlic is a flavor blaster!
- Ground beef |I used 85/15, organic
- Lawry’s seasoning Salt | no MSG you know!
- Onion powder | I used Trader Joe’s Onion Salt
- Garlic powder & Dry mustard
- Worcestershire sauce (make sure Gluten Free) | adds zing and flavor
- Russet potatoes | I used small russets, but any potato would work, omit for Keto
- Diced tomatoes | I used Pomi finely chopped tomatoes 26.46 oz
- Beef broth| I used organic beef broth
- Dill Pickle spears & Juice | the secret ingredient
- Shredded Cheddar | Cheese (or favorite burger cheese) garnish
How to Make Cheeseburger Soup
- Heat a large soup pot over medium heat, add butter and oil. Reduce heat to low and sauté onions, carrots, peppers for about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until nicely caramelized.
- Add garlic and stir until fragrant, another 1-2 minutes. Scoot veggies to the side to make room for the ground beef, increase heat to medium and brown the beef, leaving some larger chunks.
- Once browned, add seasoning salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dry mustard and Worcestershire sauce, stir to season for a minute or so.
- Add chopped potatoes, sauteing for a minute. Increase heat to medium high and pour in beef broth, scraping any brown bits from the bottom.
- May be added to slow cooker at this point if desired. Add chopped tomatoes and pickles and pickle juice, stirring to combine.
- Bring to simmer over medium-high heat, cover, reduce to low and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until potatoes are soft when pierced. Or in slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low.
- Taste and adjust seasonings if needed (salt, pepper). Serve with shredded cheddar cheese on top, a butter toasted hamburger bun if desired with a pickle spear.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Because this soup is not loaded with cheese in the soup base, this freezes beautifully.
COOL COMPLETELY before freezing in your favorite container or freezer baggie.
I like to portion into 2 serving portions in separate baggies for my husband and I to enjoy during the week.
You bet it is! All you have to do is omit the potatoes, if desired, replace with similar amount of cauliflower florets and simmer until tender.
If you are inching up on your carb allotment, you may want to omit the carrots completely. Try substituting with celery.
Always, when freezing anything, you should cool it completely before freezing.
Freezing hot soups will produce condensation, which can create freezer burn or mystery foods. We don’t want that!
Place soup in freezer safe container or baggie. I like to portion it out for lunches during the week, then I can easily microwave or throw in a pot to heat for a quick lunch.
Yes, adjust your seasonings accordingly, turkey and chicken are more bland and might need more seasonings.
You could even swap the beef broth for chicken or veggie broth if you prefer, it would change the flavor, but not necessarily in a bad way!
Gluten Free Cheeseburger Soup
This healthy cheeseburger soup is gluten free! Of course omitting the suggested serving with a bun suggestion or replacing with Gluten free bread roll.
Double check your Worcestershire sauce, Lee & Perrin’s is gluten free, otherwise you are golden!
Winter Soup Serving Suggestions
- I served this soup with a toasted pretzel bun and Pickle spears, yum! Or go crazy and make your own pretzels.
- Delicious served with Buttermilk Cornbread
- Try a crisp green salad, or sliced carrots, celery and cucumbers
- Omit the potatoes and serve with some crispy french fries
More great beef recipes
- The Best Sloppy Joe’s | easy, thick with bacon!
- Firecracker Chili | my favorite, unique chili recipe
- Homemade Cheesesteak Sandwiches | 30 minutes to gooey, perfection
This recipe is perfect for a cold winter day, Super Bowl game day, or anytime you want a hearty, easy soup!
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- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1-2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped small
- 2-3 carrots, chopped small
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped small (optional)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1-1 ½ lbs ground beef (I used 85/15, organic)
- 1- 1 ½ teaspoons Lawry's seasoning
- 1 teaspoon onion powder (or Onion Salt - I used Trader Joe's Onion Salt)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 4 shakes (about 2 teaspoons) Worcestershire sauce (make sure Gluten Free)
- 2-3 small potatoes, washed & chopped (I used small russets, omit for Keto)
- 1 28 oz canned diced tomatoes (I used Pomi finely chopped tomatoes 26.46 oz)
- 8 cups (2 qts) beef broth | I used organic beef broth
- 4-6 Dill Pickle spears, chopped
- 2-4 tablespoons dill pickle juice, from jar
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese (or favorite burger cheese) garnish
- Heat a large soup pot over medium heat, add butter and oil. Reduce heat to low and sauté onions, carrots, peppers for about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until nicely caramelized. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, another 1-2 minutes.
- Scoot veggies to the side to make room for the ground beef, increase heat to medium and brown the beef, leaving some larger chunks. Once browned add seasoning salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dry mustard and Worcestershire sauce, stir to season for a minute or so.
- Add chopped potatoes, sauteing for a minute. Increase heat to medium high and pour in beef broth, scraping any brown bits from the bottom. May be added to slow cooker at this point if desired.
- Add chopped tomatoes and pickles and pickle juice, stirring to combine.
- Bring to simmer over medium-high heat, cover, reduce to low and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until potatoes are soft when pierced. Or in slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed (salt, pepper).
- Serve with shredded cheddar cheese on top, a butter toasted hamburger bun if desired with a pickle spear.
LOW CARB or KETO Cheeseburger Soup
- Omit Potatoes, replace with cauliflower if desired
- Watch carrots and Worcestershire, while both are allowed there is a small amount of carbs in them.
- Replace carrots with celery if desired.
FREEZE | Cool soup completely and freeze in sturdy freezer bags, laid flat. Will last up to 6 months in freezer, 1 week in fridge. Simply thaw and reheat.
Can I use Turkey, Bison or Other Ground Meat
Yes, adjust your seasonings accordingly, turkey and chicken are more bland and might need more seasonings. You could also use chicken broth or vegetable broth, it will change the flavors, but not in a bad way!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 702mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 17g
The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.