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Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Looking for a dinner idea that’s a little different but still delicious? Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is made in 30 minutes, and will be devoured with enthusiasm by kids and adults!

For more kid-friendly soups, our readers love this Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe! Serve it up with some dinner rolls and you’ve got an easy meal.

Two bowls of cheeseburger soup topped with hamburger bun croutons.

Why this Recipe Works

Dinnertime can be hard. And crazy. And chaotic. I love cooking. I mean, I run a food blog. But even so, I’m almost embarrassed by the number of times I think, “Wait? The people in my house need to eat AGAIN?”

That’s why I can never have enough fast and easy dinner recipes that everyone in the family will eat without complaint. This Bacon Cheeseburger Soup one that’s always a hit!

Soup is a great option for our busy family because heating it up for the “late arrivals” is a cinch! With everyone’s schedules rarely lining up so we can eat a meal all at the same time during the week, reheatable dinners are a necessity.

I’ve seen Cheeseburger soup all over pinterest…but of all the recipes I see they have potatoes in them.

I’m sorry guys, but I don’t put potatoes on my burger. If you want “fries” whip up a batch of these baked french fries or sweet potato fries.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make bacon cheeseburger soup.

I keep things simple here and stick strictly to the “burger theme.” If I wanted a Baked Potato Soup, I’d make that instead. This recipe is all about that meaty bacon cheeseburger taste.

  • Ground Beef– swap it out for ground turkey if you prefer!
  • Bacon– cook and crumble and add it at the end if you want to keep it crunchy!
  • Burger Toppings– you’ll also need dill pickles, mustard, and tomatoes for this soup. Don’t worry if you don’t like those…they just add a delicious depth of flavor!
  • Beef Broth– use bone broth for a more intense flavor.
  • Shredded Cheese– can’t be a cheeseburger without it!
  • Hamburger Buns– I used sesame seed buns, cubed them, and toasted into soup croutons!

Step by Step Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make bacon cheeseburger soup.

Brown the bacon. Fry the bacon in a soup pot until crispy. It only takes a couple of minutes if your bacon is cut into bite sized pieces.

Remove the bacon and grease from the pot and place it on a paper towel lined plate to drain.

Cook the beef. Add your ground beef to the pot, cooking until it is no longer red. Drain meat and give the pot a quick rinse to remove excess grease. (You’ll thank me.)

Simmer. Over medium-low heat, add the bacon and beef back to the pot. Add the tomatoes, mustard, along with beef broth, milk, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Hamburger Bun Croutons. While the cheeseburger soup simmers, Tear your burger buns into large chunks. Bake in the oven for about 8 minutes until toasted and crunchy.

Finally, Add your cream and cheese to your soup and stir everything together until warm. Ladle into bowls, and top with the toasted buns. Add a little more cooked bacon on top of each bowl before serving, if you like.

This TRULY tastes like you are eating a bacon cheeseburger!

Bowl of cheeseburger soup topped with crispy bacon and hamburger bun croutons.

Variations

There are dozens of ways you can customize this based on your preferences–just like a cheeseburger!

  • For a spicier soup, swap out the tomatoes for a can of Rotel. A little extra red pepper goes a long way too!
  • Ground turkey works well as a substitute for the beef, as does ground pork.
  • For a vegetarian version, swap the bacon for a meatless bacon substitute and use plant based ground beef crumbles or cooked lentils in place of the beef.
  • Try shredded pepperjack cheese or another favorite sharp cheese in this soup instead of the colby-jack blend.
  • Swap the hamburger buns for brioche, kaiser or another favorite roll.
Bacon cheeseburger soup in a white bowl.

Recipe FAQs

Can cheeseburger soup be made ahead of time?

Like most soups, this cheeseburger soup tastes even better the next day. Store in an airtight container (without the burger buns). It reheats well both on the stovetop and the microwave. When ready to serve, add the toasted hamburger buns and top with crispy bacon bits.

Can you make Cheeseburger Soup in the Crockpot?

Yes! Brown the bacon and beef separately in a skillet on the stove. Add all the ingredients (except cheese and heave cream) to the crockpot. Cook on low for 4 – 6 hours. About 20 minutes before serving stir in the cream and cheese and let continue cooking until everything is warmed through.

Can I add potatoes to my cheeseburger soup?

To keep this soup quick and easy, add cooked potatoes to the soup.

More Soup Recipes

Yield: 6 servings

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Looking for a dinner idea that's a little different but still delicious? Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is made in 30 minutes, and will be devoured with enthusiasm by kids and adults!

Ingredients

  • 6 slices (½ pound) bacon, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 4 dill pickle spears, diced (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 ½ cup beef broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, cut into bite sized pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large soup pot over medium high heat, saute bacon pieces until browned (I like it crispy, it takes about 4-5 minutes). Remove bacon and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain. Drain grease out of pot.
  3. To the pot, add the ground beef and cook until browned. Drain and return beef and bacon to pot. (make sure all the grease is out of the pot).
  4. Add tomatoes (with juice from can), mustard, pickles, beef broth, milk, red pepper, salt and pepper. Simmer over medium-low heat for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally. While this is simmering, place hamburger bun pieces on a baking sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes.
  5. To the soup, add heavy cream and cheese. Heat for about 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve in soup bowls with hamburger bun croutons!

Notes

  • For a spicier soup, swap out the tomatoes for a can of Rotel. A little extra red pepper goes a long way too!
  • Ground turkey works well as a substitute for the beef, as does ground pork.
  • For a vegetarian version, swap the bacon for a meatless bacon substitute and use plant based ground beef crumbles or cooked lentils in place of the beef.
  • Try shredded pepperjack cheese or another favorite sharp cheese in this soup instead of the colby-jack blend.
  • Swap the hamburger buns for brioche, kaiser or another favorite roll.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 424Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 810mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 30g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on May 9, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made this last night and my house raved! It truly does taste like an actual cheeseburger, and the pickles in it are genius! This will be made frequently this winter! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. Oh man Aimee, I had a wicked cold last weekend and all I wanted was soup and I am pinning this masterpiece for future reference for sure! Since I will undoubtedly end up with another cold (or it will simply be chilly outside and I will be craving soup!) and this bacon cheeseburger soup looks like magic. 😀

  3. I’ve never had cheeseburger soup! I need to try this — this might be the recipe that gets my oldest son to like soup. Anything with cheeseburger in the title should do it — and of course, it looks amazing, too! 🙂

  4. Cheeseburger soup is one of my favorites! This looks sooo perfect for those busy weeknights when I’m craving something warm and cozy. Gorgeous photos too! Pinned. 🙂

  5. I’m in full soup mode right now! Hmm, you had me at bacon … and the rest of the family at cheeseburger. Gorgeous photos and genius idea Aimee!

  6. Aimee, I’m still dreaming of that time too. I think it may come when we have an empty nest, but then we’ll probably be wishing for kids in our house again. Maybe:) Thanks for sharing this easy soup; I’m sure my family’s going to love it!

  7. I’ve been meaning to make a cheeseburger soup for YEARS! Yours looks amazing!!! Definitely whipping some up soon with this chilly Fall weather we’ve been having!

  8. Free time? What’s that? My social schedule now revolves around my kids schedules. Not to mention trying to get dinner on the table. We are soup lovers -this is on the menu for next week!

  9. I absolutely agree – soup is great for busy weeknights! this cheeseburger soup needs to happen in our house soon! Pinned!

  10. This looks amazing. I have no doubt it would be a hit in our house. My burger craving just took a new form!

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