Easy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup with Burger Bun Croutons
All the flavors of a loaded Bacon Cheeseburger in a creamy, comforting soup! This easy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup recipe is topped with Burger Bun Croutons for a fun twist on the classic American sandwich. Hearty beef swimming in a cheesy, creamy broth then topped with ALL the best burger toppings you can imagine. Kids LOVE this one!
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
Happy FriYAY! This was seriously the LONGEST week ever…..Tuesday felt like Thursday, Wednesday was never ending. So we finally made it to Friday and I couldn’t be happier. I’m going to finally decorate the house for Halloween with the little guy and dig into some of my favorite meals like this Easy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup!
If you like a loaded cheeseburger you’re going to absolutely flip over this Bacon Cheeseburger Soup recipe. There’s a place near us that serves up the biggest, best Cheeseburgers on the planet and they load them up with anything you want.
I love to get a big stack of thick, crispy bacon with extra cheddar cheese. It’s the most decadent thing you’ll ever eat. I wanted this Cheeseburger Soup to taste JUST like that epic cheeseburger but in a creamy comforting bowl of heaven. And it’s a great way to use up leftover bacon!
What ingredients are in easy Cheeseburger Soup?
This Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is made with easy to find ingredients and can be customized to your taste. I like to make my Cheeseburger Soup with pickles and pour a bit of the pickle juice in the broth to add a punch of flavor.
The base of the soup is bacon, hamburger, onions, celery and carrots. You can, also, add potatoes but sometimes I like my Cheeseburger Soup without potatoes. You won’t miss them if you skip them.
A lot of Cheeseburger Soup recipes calls for heavy cream but I lightened it up just a bit with half and half. It keeps the fat in check without thinning out the soup.
And I love to make crispy croutons with hamburger buns to add to the soup at the end for serving. It adds another layer of buttery goodness and they’re seriously so fun!
How To Make It
This easy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is super simple to make. You can even make this a Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup by tossing everything except the cream and cheese into the crock pot. Simmer on low all day long, then whisk in the cream and cheese before serving.
- Add the bacon to a large pot or dutch oven and cook until crisp.
- Transfer the bacon to a plate and pour off all but two tablespoons fat.
- Add the ground beef to the pot and break up into small pieces with a fork. Brown the beef until cooked through and no longer pink.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a bowl and drain off all but two tablespoons fat.
- Add the onion, celery, garlic and carrot to the pot. Cook until softened.
- Stir in the seasonings. If using, add the potatoes.
- Pour the stock and pickle juice into the pot. Return the beef and stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and cook until potatoes are tender.
- Whisk in the Worcestershire sauce, mustard and canned diced tomatoes. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in the cream and cheese.
- Serve topped with the reserved bacon, chopped green onions, croutons and shredded cheese.
So, sooooo easy and this Cheeseburger Soup is freezer friendly, too!
Can you freeze it?
YES! You can totally freeze your Cheeseburger Soup by allowing it to come to room temperature and then sealing in an airtight container. Don’t add the toppings to the soup before freezing. Save them for use right before serving.
What can you serve with Bacon Cheeseburger Soup?
I like to serve my Bacon Cheeseburger Soup as a main course since it’s so hearty. So, these are my favorite recipes to share with my Bacon Cheeseburger Chowder recipe.
- If you don’t want to make the Burger Bun Croutons, try these easy Parmesan Crisps (Frico)
- Have the tomatoes on the side with these Fried Green Tomatoes
- Want fries with that? These Easy Zucchini Fries are AMAZING
- An Iceberg Wedge Salad is always easy and perfect.
You can totally make this a Crock Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Soup if you’d like by following the suggestions above. So easy and waiting for you when you get home from work.
Looking for more super easy soup recipes? Try these family favorites:
- Easy Italian Sausage Soup
- Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- This Cheesecake Factory Creamy Chicken and Artichoke is a favorite of our’s
- The BEST EVER Stuffed Cabbage Soup
- Creamy Tuscan Chicken Tortellini Soup is ready in minutes
- Soooo easy BEST Vegetable Soup ever.
So, who’s ready for fall…..and soup season…..and boots and sweaters and puffer coats and sooooo many layers that you can hardly move like that kid in The Christmas Story. I’m definitely not but I’m totally getting there. One day closer to summer….right?
Get the Recipe: Easy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup with Burger Bun Croutons
For the Cheeseburger Soup
- 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 cups diced onions
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1/2 cup minced carrots
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 cups peeled and diced potatoes, optional
- 4 cups beef stock
- 14.5 ounces canned diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1 tbsp italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup dill pickle juice
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
For the Burger Bun Croutons
- 4 hamburger buns, cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 tbsp olive oil
For the Cheeseburger Soup
- Add the bacon to a large pot over medium heat. Cook until crisp, approximately 5 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate and reserve. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons fat and return the pot to the heat.
- Add the ground beef to pot and bread up into small pieces with a fork. Cook the beef until browned and no longer pink, approximately 7-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a bowl and set aside.
- Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of fat and return the pot to the heat. Add the onions, celery and carrots to the pot. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally, approximately 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the onion mixture and stir to combine.
- Add the potatoes and stock to the pot stirring to combine. Return the beef the pot and bring the soup to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. (If skipping the potatoes, return the beef and stock to the pot then move to the next step.)
- Stir in the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, Italian seasoning and pickle juice. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the half and half and 1 cup of cheese to the soup stirring until the cheese is melted.
For the Burger Bun Croutons
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Toss the cut up burger buns with the olive oil and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
- Bake the croutons for 5 minutes.
- Toss the croutons and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
- Serve the soup topped with the reserved bacon, cheese, croutons and green onions, if desired.