The Best Cheeseburger Soup

This hearty cheeseburger soup tasts just like your favorite burger, minus the bun! I topped mine with pickles and garlic croutons to add extra oompf.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword cheeseburger soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 765 kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef I used 85% lean
  • 2-3 cloves garlic pressed or minced
  • 1 small onion chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 stalks celery chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3 small russet potatoes peeled and cubed into bite size pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce*
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese plus more for garnish

For the Toppings

  • 2 tablespoons Italian flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 3-4 tablespoons butter
  • garlic salt


  1. Brown the ground beef over medium high heat in a large dutch oven until it's no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the pressed garlic, stir and cook for about 1 minute until the garlic becomes fragrant. Add the onion, celery and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes until the onions become soft.

  3. Season with kosher salt and pepper then sprinkle the beef mixture with the flour. Stir and cook for 2 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste.

  4. Add the milk, potatoes and drained tomatoes and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover the pot then cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring often, until the potatoes are soft.
  5. Meanwhile, slice the sourdough bread and butter one side of each slice. Sprinkle with garlic salt and broil for 5 minutes or until lightly browned and toasty. Cut into bite size pieces.
  6. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the hot sauce and cheddar cheese. Adjust seasoning and garnish with parsley and the garlic butter croutons, plus more cheese and hot sauce if desired. I like mine topped with spicy bread and butter pickles.

Recipe Notes

*I prefer Chohula, but use your own favorite brand if you prefer. If you use Tabasco, decrease the amount to 1 teaspoon.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Cheeseburger Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 765 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 822mg36%
Potassium 1264mg36%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 7808IU156%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 547mg55%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.