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Cheeseburger Soup with Hamburger Bun Croutons

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Cheeseburger Soup is creamy, cheesy, and a comforting weeknight dinner! Top with pickle relish, diced tomato, and easy hamburger bun croutons to round out all the cheeseburger flavors.


Bowl of cheeseburger soup topped with croutons, diced tomatoes and pickle relish

I go in serious phases with cheeseburgers. Some months I crave them constantly and then I won’t consume one for ages.

While I love a juicy homemade burger on the grill, your girl also loves a Whopper with cheese from Burger King with a side of onion rings. It’s a fast food guilty pleasure of mine that’s right up there with a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish and fries.

I’ve been on a bit of burger kick, but also a soup kick, so I thought why not combine both of those into a delicious Cheeseburger Soup recipe complete with hamburger bun croutons!


Cheeseburger soup ingredients on a gray counter

MY FAVORITE CHEESEBURGER SOUP RECIPE

I’ve seen and made a number of cheeseburger soup recipes, but I didn’t love any of them. So I took matters into my own hands and came up with my own.

Like most of the recipes out there, my version still has potatoes and carrots in the base, along with the ground beef.


Cooked ground beef, onions and garlic in a cast iron dutch oven

To up the cheeseburger factor, I added some seasoned salt while cooking the beef, which is something I often do when making burgers. I also added some cooked bacon (who doesn’t love a bacon cheeseburger?) and dill for some of that pickle flavor.

Another thing I didn’t love about most of the versions I’ve seen is that they require you to make a separate cheese sauce that you stir into the soup at the end. 


Wooden spoon stirring cheeseburger soup base in a dutch oven

If I’m going to make soup, I want to make it all in one pot. So I tweaked the method so you can make it all in one pot, no separate cheese sauce needed!

The final version of my Cheeseburger Soup is thick and creamy, super cheesy, and when topped with pickle relish, diced tomatoes (if you like them), and hamburger bun croutons, is a fun take on a cheeseburger.


Wooden spoon stirring cheeseburger soup before it has thickened

HOW TO MAKE CHEESEBURGER SOUP

To make this soup, start by browning ground beef with the seasonings in a large dutch oven, adding diced onion and garlic halfway through cooking. If your beef has a high fat content, you may need to strain off the fat after cooking.

Sprinkle in the flour and stir to combine. This in place of making a traditional roux like you’d make for making baked macaroni and cheese. Whisk in ½ cup of milk and whisk until thickened. 

To make this soup super creamy, like my broccoli and cheese soup and loaded baked potato soup recipes, I like to use Velveeta. Add the Velveeta now and stir until melted and combined.


Overhead view of cheeseburger soup in a cast iron dutch oven next to a bowl of hamburger bun croutons

Whisk in beef or chicken stock – whichever you prefer or have on hand – and bring the soup to a simmer. Add the carrots and potato and cook until the vegetables are softened but still hold their shape.

Tip: If you want to skip peeling and dicing or grating the vegetables, you can purchase grated carrots and use a few cups of diced or shredded hash brown potatoes. 

A few minutes before serving, stir in the bacon and dill. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes before serving.


Ladle holding up a spoonful of cheeseburger soup

HOW TO MAKE HAMBURGER BUN CROUTONS

If you ask me, the hamburger bun croutons are what really make this soup. It’s delicious without them, but it’s REALLY good with them.

You’ll only need 3 things to make these croutons:

  • Cubed sesame-topped hamburger buns
  • Olive oil or melted butter
  • Seasoned salt

Drizzling olive oil over cubed hamburger buns in a glass bowl

I like to use the seasoned salt on the croutons because it’s what we used in the soup itself. Toss the cubed buns with the oil or butter and a heavy pinch of the salt.

Spread the buns into an even layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, stirring them halfway through.

The croutons are done when they’re nice and golden. As they cool, they’ll get even more crisp. 

If you love pickles on your burgers, make sure to pair the croutons with sweet or dill pickle relish on top of the soup. You can also top it with some diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, or additional crumbled bacon.


Overhead view of cheeseburger soup topped with croutons and pickles in a white bowl

CAN YOU FREEZE THIS SOUP?

Soups that have a lot of milk in them don’t always freeze well because they can separate after thawing.

Because I tweaked this recipe to use mostly stock as the liquid and it uses Velveeta as the cheese, it should freeze pretty well. Make sure to put the cooled soup in an airtight freezer-safe container and thaw in the fridge before reheating.


White bowl filled with cheeseburger soup topped with relish, tomatoes and croutons

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced or grated
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 16 ounces Velveeta, cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 (32-ounce) carton beef or chicken stock
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 ounces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced dill or 2 tablespoons dried dill

For the croutons:

  • 2 sesame-topped hamburger buns, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or melted butter
  • Heavy pinch of seasoned salt

For garnish:

  • Hamburger bun croutons
  • Sweet or dill pickle relish
  • Fresh diced tomatoes
  • Shredded cheese
  • Cooked and crumbled bacon

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown ground beef with the seasoned salt and black pepper. Add onion and garlic to beef halfway through cooking. 
  2. If needed, strain fat from the meat. Return meat to the pot, then sprinkle in flour and stir to combine.
  3. Whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until thickened.
  4. Add the Velveeta in batches and whisk into meat, milk and flour mixture until melted and combined. 
  5. Once all the cheese is melted and combined, add the beef or chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add the carrots and potato and simmer until the vegetables are soft but still hold their shape, about 15-20 minutes. 
  6. 5-10 minutes before serving, add the bacon and fresh or dried dill. Stir to combine and continue to let simmer.
  7. To make the hamburger bun croutons: Preheat oven to 375℉. Toss cubed hamburger buns with the olive oil or melted butter and a heavy pinch of seasoned salt. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through, until croutons are golden brown.
  8. Serve the soup with hamburger bun croutons, relish, and diced tomato as desired.
Nutrition Information

Yield 10

Amount Per Serving

Calories 494Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 100mgSodium 1231mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 2gSugar 7gProtein 30g


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