Cheeseburger Soup Recipe (2024)

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Cheeseburger Soup is over the top comfort food. Forget the drive-thru! Grab a spoon (and a fork!) for this hearty Cheeseburger Soup right at home. It’s an American classic reimagined in soup form and it is oh so easy to make. This is seriously easy soup making, y’all.

We sure do love making soup around here. Some people think soup isn’t really a meal. Some of those people may be my children. But I disagree. A good hearty soup, combined with a salad, baked potato and some great bread is one of my favorite meals.

Whether you are entertaining for the Super Bowl, serving a crowd of teenagers or just have a hankering for a cheeseburger, this Cheeseburger Soup is perfectly pleasing! This easy satisfying soup is made with ground beef, cheddar cheese, onions, garlic, tomatoes, a bit of mustard, plus a hint of pickles, because what cheeseburger is complete without pickles? Just be sure to make plenty because this cheesy bowl of goodness will have everyone going back for seconds!

This soup could not be easier to make. Begin by browning ground beef in a large stock pot. Once browned, transfer the beef to a bowl or plate to wait. Sauté the diced onion, then add the garlic, along with salt and pepper and sauté for a quick minute before adding the flour. To thicken up the soup, a bit of flour is sprinkled over the top, stirred in and cooked for a couple of minutes.

As mentioned, flour is used as a thickener. Cooking it for a couple of minutes before adding the liquid helps to remove that flour-y flavor. It may even become slightly browned, but that’s okay. BUT, if you are avoiding flour, heavy cream may be substituted (see recipe notes).

Next, add dried parsley, pickle juice, mustard, beef broth, diced tomato and the browned hamburger. Stir it all together and bring everything to a simmer. Cover and let the soup simmer for about 10 minutes. Lower the heat, then stir in half and half and the shredded cheddar cheese. Stir to combine and to melt the cheese. Cook on low for at least 10 more minutes and you’re done. All that’s left to do is to grab a spoon and dig in!

This Cheeseburger Soup reheats very well. It could be made ahead by a day or two, covered and refrigerated until ready to rewarm before serving. Serve warm with a variety of garnishes like more shredded cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, diced pickles, croutons or jalapenos.

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Cheeseburger Soup

Yield: 8-10

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

A hearty soup that tastes just like a cheeseburger.


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated/minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour* (see notes for substitutions)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 24 ounces beef broth
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, add ground beef. Break apart beef and cook until browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer ground beef to a bowl or plate; cover and set aside.
  2. Add butter to pan. Once butter has melted, add the diced onion; cook stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, salt and pepper; continue to cook stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  3. Sprinkle flour* over and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Mixture will be dry and flour may become slightly browned.
  4. Stir in parsley, pickle juice, mustard, beef broth, diced tomatoes and browned hamburger; stir to combine well. Bring to a simmer. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Lower heat, add half and half and shredded cheese; stir until melted. Continue cooking on low heat for another 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm until ready to serve.


*If needed, substitute a gluten-free thickener or substitute heavy cream. If substituting heavy cream, stir in the heavy cream and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally until slightly thickened.

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Originally published February 2, 2017.

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56 comments on “Cheeseburger Soup Recipe”

  1. LybertyReply

    This came out fantastic! I had to substitute tomato paste for the diced tomatoes, which gave it a fun color and the flavor was still great! Thank you for sharing!

  2. marciaReply

    my goodness! is this ever good.. with a good slice of american processed cheese it taste like mcdonalds!! lol no joke so good. thank you

  3. TracyReply

    OMG this soup is SO DELICIOUS!!!! I would rate it 10/5 … is that possible? (I’m a dill pickle lover so this soup really gets me! LOL) Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Amy Johnson

      I’m so happy you like it as much as we do, Tracy! 😊

  4. EvanReply

    As Jessica F suggested, we thought it tasted just like Krystals. Next time, we’ll garnish it with bacon for some bacon cheeseburger soup!

  5. KathyReply

    Omg! Just made this soup today, is so delicious! I did add bacon crumbled but that’s all I did. This is the best tasting cheeseburger soup I have ever had. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • Amy Johnson

      I am getting ready to make a big pot of it in a few minutes and I’m totally going to add bacon. What a great idea!

  6. JanetReply

    Do yourself a favour and make this soup. It is delicious. I add bacon cause hey why not! and save some bacon pieces to sprinkle on top along with fresh tomatoes diced and some shredded lettuce. Serve with a nice crusty bread.. Mmmmm

  7. SharonFromMichiganReply

    W.O.W. is this soup awesome! Couldn’t eat just one bowl, had to go back for seconds! My husband and my son loved it too. I made the whole recipe as listed and we only have enough left for one bowl each for lunch tomorrow (LOL)! I will definitely be making this again – thank you for such a great recipe!

  8. JillReply

    This is my new fav. Super tasty and filling. Whole family loved it and asked when I’m making it again.

  9. JaimeReply

    Has anyone tried freezing this soup? If so did you freeze it with the cream?

  10. janet pooleReply

    This soup is so good, my husband is not a soup lover and he loved it,thanks for the recipe

  11. Kristen McNamaraReply

    This has become a staple in my house and I have now made my friend become addicted. I am so obsessed with this recipe that I usually have some in my fridge most days. Normally anything supposed to be cheeseburger like is too tomato based. I always add extra pickle juice and diced pickles in the soup itself. Love this soup so much!

  12. Colleen OliverReply

    I just made the cheeseburger soup but I also cut up pickles and put them in there . Amazing ! Thank you also my question is can I freeze it individually for myself ?

  13. Tammy GruebbelReply

    Excellent! On our soup rotation. 5 stars all the way!

  14. JillReply

    Can I use chicken broth if I don’t have beef broth?

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