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When you’re craving comfort food, this Bacon Cheeseburger Soup Recipe is the perfect choice! With a rich cheesy broth and big burger flavors, this soup is more satisfying than anything drive-thru.It’s a lot like my tradition Burger Soupbut adds a creamy, cheesy element and an extra comfort food factor.
Many cheeseburger soup recipes use potatoes for most of the soup, but this lighter (but still hearty) version uses cauliflower instead.
Why You’ll Love This Easy Cheeseburger Soup Recipe
- Intense bacon, burger and cheese flavors
- creamy, cheesy texture
- Just 20 minutes of cooking time
- No need for a slow cooker
- Healthy cheeseburger soup without potatoes, flour or velveeta cheese
- Include hidden veggies
- Satisfy cheeseburger cravings fast!
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for your cheeseburger soup, what each ingredient does in the recipe, and some substitution options (more on that in the Variations section below). See recipe card below for measurements.
- Ground beef – Any ground meat will work here, but I usually use 85/15 ground beef, which has just the right amount of flavor and isn’t too greasy.
- bacon pieces – use Precooked Bacon Chunks This recipe saves a lot of time, but if you have extra time, you can prepare Bacon in the oven Or frying pan, crumble it yourself.
- cauliflower – Increases the texture and comfort of the soup. Cut it into bite-sized florets. You can substitute russet potatoes (or whatever you like) if you prefer a soup with more carbs, but they take longer to cook than cauliflower.
- chicken soup – I used one Low Sodium Chicken Broth Because bacon and cheese have added salt.You can also use beef broth or make Homemade Bone Broth instead.
- Unsweetened Almond Milk – If your lifestyle allows it, you can also use conventional or other non-dairy milk if you don’t mind a slight change in taste.
- dried parsley – You can also substitute a tablespoon of fresh parsley, or use other dried herbs such as basil.
- sharp cheddar cheese – Use pre-chopped or chop your own. Freshly shredded cheese is easier to melt, but also easier to clump.You can also swap the cheese for cornstarch, like arrowroot powder Help it thicken the broth.
- heavy cream – as an add-on cornstarch substitute Works with cheese to help thicken the broth and provide richness.
How to Make Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
This section shows how to make Burger Cheese Soup, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. See the recipe card below for full instructions.
- Heat the bacon. In a large pot or large Dutch oven, cook the bacon cubes over medium heat until crisp.
- Brown. Heat the stove to medium-high heat and add the ground beef. Cook, separating with a spoon, until browned.
- simmer. Add all remaining ingredients except cream and cheese. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer until cauliflower is tender.
- Melt and thicken. Lower the heat. Add heavy cream and cheese until soup is smooth and cheese is melted.
Tips for the Best Cheeseburger Soup
- No need to drain the bacon grease. Precooked bacon bits don’t produce a lot of fat, but the small amount of fat they leave behind adds a lot of flavor. Leave it all in the pot! However, if you cook raw bacon instead, you may need to drain it.
- Slowly add cheese and stir constantly. To avoid lumps, add cheese a little at a time, don’t stop stirring before adding more cheese, until fully melted.
- Or melt the cheese on its own. Alternatively, scoop 2 cups of the broth from the soup into a separate bowl and toss the cheese well before returning to the pot.
- change meat – Substitute ground turkey, ground chicken or even ground pork for beef.
- change cheese – Try other hard-to-melt cheeses like Swiss for a whole new flavor, or swap pepper jack for a slightly spicy cheeseburger soup.
- add more toppings – Garnish with chopped dill pickles, Caramelized Onionssour cream, jalapeño slices, or even croutons if you missed the buns.
- add other vegetables – As with any soup, you can add just about any vegetable you like, but carrots work especially well with the other flavors here. You can also sauté the onions and garlic after cooking the bacon.
- Make thicker, creamier cheeseburger soup – Take some of the liquid out with the cauliflower, puree it in a blender, and put it back into the soup. You can also thicken it by adding cream cheese and letting it melt. (this is me in my Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe No thickener required. )
- Shop: Cool the soup completely and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- Meal preparation: Brown bacon and beef, then cool and store until ready to cook. You can also chop the cauliflower ahead of time and store it separately.
- Reheat: Heat the soup on the stove, stirring frequently to avoid separation.
- freeze: Cool the soup, then store leftovers in a freezer bag or container for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating, or reheat directly in a pan or pot.
What to Serve with Cheeseburger Soup
This is easily my favorite cheeseburger soup recipe because it does everything on its own, but you can include these sides to make it a great meal:
Healthier Soup Recipes
If you like this dish, try these delicious soup recipes next—rich and creamy with hearty meats:
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup Recipe (Quick and Easy!)
This easy bacon cheeseburger soup recipe is comforting in a bowl. It’s super healthy, gluten free, and ready in just 20 minutes!
chef: 20 minute
All: 20 minute
Serving Size: 10 (Adjust the scale recipe)
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Tap the time in the instructions below to start the kitchen timer while cooking.
in a cauldronCook the bacon slices over medium heat for a few minutes until crisp.
Increase heat to medium-high. Add ground beef.Cook 8-10 minutesStir occasionally and separate with a spoon or spatula until browned.
Add cauliflower, chicken broth, almond milk, dried parsley, sea salt and black pepper.Bring to a boil, then turn to medium-low heat and simmer 10-15 minutesuntil the cauliflower is tender.
Remove the pot from the heat. Stir in the cheddar and heavy cream until the soup is smooth and the cheese is melted.
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount per serving. Serving Sizes in Recipe Instructions Above.
fat 25 grams
protein 24 grams
total carbohydrates 7 grams
net carbs 5 grams
fiber 2 grams
sugar 1 g
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