Cheeseburger Soup: A cheesy, beefy, soup that is reminiscent of your favorite unhealthy meals–cheeseburgers. This tasty soup, complete with dill pickles and tomatoes is cooked in the slow cooker.
If the winter blues have you longing for the warm days of summer, I have the perfect solution for you. It is this Cheeseburger soup recipe. It has all the flavors to satisfy your craving for a summer cookout but it’s wrapped up in a warm comforting bowl of soup. If you make it in the crockpot even better. Crockpot cheeseburger soup. just what you need on a blustery winter day.
While I love that this soup is a twist on a classic cheeseburger, another thing about this cheeseburger soup is that it’s low carb and high in protein. So you get the good parts of a cheeseburger, but without those extra carbs from the bun, so go ahead and eat a second bowl. And because you make it in the crockpot, you not only cut out the calories but cut out the effort. Low brain power, low carb, high in flavor it’s guaranteed to hit the spot.
How do I make cheeseburger soup?
Two words: Super. Easy. Think vegetable beef soup but great cheeseburger flavor. Because it cooks in the slow cooker, you really only have to brown your ground beef, then add everything to the crock pot. Save the dairy (cheese and sour cream) until the end so it doesn’t curdle.
For the crock pot there’s only a few steps! The only hard part is to remember to turn on the crockpot.
- You’ll cook it on low for six hours
- Browned the ground beef and saute the onions and garlic.
- Drain the meat mixture.
- Dump it all in the crock pot
By dinner time once again deliciousness.
If you want to make cheeseburger soup stove top, try this method:
- First brown your ground beef.
- Saute the onions and garlic in the ground beef.
- Add the stock tomatoes and seasonings, and let it simmer to develop the flavor.
- Once the flavor is nice and developed add the cheese and cream, and let it simmer till it’s thickened.
And Bada Bing you’ve created deliciousness.
A quick side note: If you’re feeling fancy you could add bacon and turn this soup into bacon cheeseburger soup. This is a fun change, and great for those on keto who need to add a little extra fat.
One thing to take note about this recipe is that there are no potatoes. A lot of other cheeseburger soup recipes have potatoes. I chose to leave them out to cut a few carbs, and make it keto diet friendly. You could add turnips if you want to keep it low carb but want the texture with potatoes.
How do you make hamburger soup?
One of the things I love about this cheeseburger soup is it is easy to adapt. You could make it dairy free, and make it hamburger soup instead of cheeseburger soup. Think of the difference between hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Hamburger soup doesn’t have the cream and cheese but is just as hearty.
- Brown your ground beef. You could add carrots and celery along with the onions and garlic at this point.
- Once it’s all browned and sautéed add the broth, tomatoes and seasonings.
- Let it simmer
- Towards the end thrown in some frozen green beans.
Cutting out the cheese and cream makes it a lighter soup for sure. With this cheeseburger soup the cream and the cheese help you stay full longer, fat does that. Although it might seem counterintuitive to add some fat to the soup, it for sure adds great flavor, and it makes it keto-friendly. I’ll talk about that in a bit.
What soups are healthy?
Just like some salads are healthier than others, the same holds true for soup. Depending on what you add, what you top it with, and how large of servings you have. To keep soups healthy, use nutrient and vitamin rich ingredients. Don’t add a lot of extra sugars and fats (unless you are looking to increase fat for things like keto).
Some some examples of healthy soups are:
For more great soup ideas check out these 10 soup recipes
Can you make soup with ground beef?
Absolutely! It‘s a great inexpensive way to add protein. Why? Because:
- It’s easy to use
- It’s inexpensive
- And is tasty
Just keep in mind to drain the fat from the ground beef to prevent things from being too greasy. No one wants a layer of grease on top of their soup, even if they are looking to add fat.
One of the nice things about ground beef in soup is ground beef does have fat, which means it will stay moist and add flavor to your soup. A nice perk.
Is soup healthy for weight loss?
Of course it can be, emphasis on the can. Your chowders, potato soups, and bisques aren’t the best choice for weight loss, especially with all the carbs from potatoes. But when you:
- Pick broth based soups
- Add lots of fiber dense veggies
- And make it homemade. Soups are simple and easy and when homemade, you can avoid the high sodium, high preservatives that are found in canned soup.
So yes, soups can be a good food to eat when looking to lose weight, if you choose good soups. This particular soup, cheeseburger soup, is great for those looking to lose weight on the keto diet, as it is low carb, and offers a good fat content and protein.
What is keto?
You may have heard about the Keto diet, or seen testimonials about how it’s worked for a friend, but what exactly is Keto? Here’s a quick guide:
- It’s a low carb diet that puts the body into a state of ketosis, which burns fat instead of carbs for energy.
- It focuses on low carbs, moderate proteins, and high intake of natural fats. For example:
- Natural fats like butter, olive oil, milk, and cream.
- And veggies that grow above ground (no veggies like russet potatoes, yams, beets, carrots, turnips, and the like)
- By eatings the right foods you change your body’s fuel from insulin to the fat burning ketones.
- The foods to avoid are:
- Sodas and juice
- And breads.
You could name this soup Keto Cheeseburger soup because it’s totally Keto. It does have a bit of onion, but a half cup of onion only has about 5 grams of carbs, so although it’s a higher sugar vegetable, when used sparingly it’s low enough carb it’s fine to eat, and adds tons of flavor. It’s a great healthy winter comfort food.
Tools Needed for Cheeseburger Soup:
Slow Cooker: You absolutely need a good slow cooker for this recipe and for so many others. This one will do the job well.
Soup Ladle: A good soup scooper is a must to get all the goodness from the slow cooker to your bowl.
- 4 cups beef stock
- 14.5 ounce diced tomatoes canned
- 1/3 cup dill pickles chopped
- 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
- 1 teaspoon sea salt more to taste
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 1 small onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 cup heavy cream
SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS:
- Set slow cooker on low setting.
- Add the beef stock, tomato, pickles, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, sea salt, and black pepper to the crock pot.
- In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, onions, and garlic until the ground beef is browned and cooked all the way through.
- Drain the excess grease, then add the ground beef to the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook for 6 hours.
- Mix in cheddar cheese and heavy cream and and cook 1 additional hour.
- Heat a large dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat.
- Add the ground beef, onions, and garlic, and cook until the ground beef is browned and cooked through.
- Add the beef stock, tomato, pickles, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, sea salt, and black pepper to the dutch oven.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Once 30 minutes is up, stir in the cheddar cheese and heavy cream, then reduce to low and simmer another 15 minutes.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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