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Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger soup

A tasty recipe for Bacon Cheeseburger Soup – a soup filled with hearty cheeseburger flavor, crispy bacon, and plenty of sharp cheddar cheese with instructions to make it in the slow cooker or on the stove.

I am always a sucker for a good cheeseburger, and no matter the time of year, I love soup. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Lasagna Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup (two of my faves) or this delicious recipe for Cheeseburger Soup, I love me some soup!

The problem I’ve had with the cheeseburger soup recipes I’ve tried is that they include things like carrots and celery. I don’t know about you, but I have never had a burger with carrots and celery! It just did not seem to fit. When I saw the cheeseburger soup recipe that Paula Deen came up with that was in her magazine back in 2009, and it didn’t include celery and carrots, I knew I had to put my twist on it and give it a try!

This Cheeseburger Soup recipe is filled with hearty cheeseburger flavor, and I include instructions to make it in the slow cooker OR on the stove so that you can choose which method works best for your schedule.

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I included some smoky bacon because a burger, in my book, is ALWAYS better with bacon! Agree? I also love the crunchy buttery croutons I used for garnish, made with chopped hamburger buns of course! Paula’s recipe calls for a can of cheddar cheese soup which I decided against, just because I rarely have canned soups on hand. Instead I use half and half to give it that creaminess, and plenty of gooey fresh sharp cheddar cheese.

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An optional addition to this soup, if you’d like, is to add a little pickle relish. I only suggest adding this if you like the taste of sweet pickle relish. If you know you don’t, just leave it out and you’ll still be left with a delicious soup.

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So let me recap… this Bacon Cheeseburger Soup with lots of beefy cheeseburger flavor, includes crisp bacon and lots of shredded cheddar cheese with buttery hamburger bun croutons on top. Does it get any better? Enjoy!

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Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 30mn
Total Time: 35mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 potatoes, baked and shredded with a box grater
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish – *optional
  • 4 hamburger buns, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter
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STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large stock pot, sauté the onions and cook the ground beef, breaking it up into bite sized pieces with a large wood spoon. When the meat is cooked through and the onions are tender, remove the meat/onions from the pain and set it aside. Drain any excess fat.
  2. To the pot and in 4 cups chicken broth and a 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes. Return the beef and onions to the pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer.
  3. Add in shredded potatoes, cooked bacon, 1 teaspoon salt and one teaspoon black pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. 
  4. Stir in half and half, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese. Add in sweet pickle relish if you wish. Continue stirring until the cheese has melted.
  5. To make the croutons: Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add in the pieces of hamburger buns and cook until they are crunchy and lightly browned. Be sure to use tongs to rotate them so all sides are able to brown evenly.
  6. Garnish with additional cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles, and hamburger bun croutons.
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SLOW COOKER DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large stock pot, sauté the onions and cook the ground beef, breaking it up into bite sized pieces with a large wood spoon. When the meat is cooked through and the onions are tender, remove the meat/onions from the pain and set it aside. Drain any excess fat.
  2. To your crock pot, add in 4 cups chicken broth and a 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes. Add the cooked beef and onions. Cook on low for about two hours.
  3. 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, turn the heat on the slow cooker to high. Add in the cooked shredded potatoes, cooked bacon half and half and 1 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper. 
  4. Right before you’er ready to serve, stir in sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and pickle relish. Continue stirring until it has melted.
  5. To make the croutons: Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add in the pieces of hamburger buns and cook until they are crunchy and lightly browned. Be sure to use tongs to rotate them so all sides are able to brown evenly.
  6. Garnish with additional cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles, and hamburger bun croutons.
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