Overhead shot of Bacon Cheeseburger Soup in a stainless steel pot.
Easy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup with Burger Bun Croutons
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

The ultimate loaded Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is quick, easy, hearty and CHEESY!

Course: Dinner, lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheeseburger soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 643 kcal
Author: Kellie
Ingredients
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
Instructions
For the Cheeseburger Soup
  1. Add the bacon to a large pot over medium heat. Cook until crisp, approximately 5 minutes.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the onion mixture and stir to combine.

  6. 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.)

  7. Stir in the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, Italian seasoning and pickle juice. Simmer for 5 minutes.

  8. Add the half and half and 1 cup of cheese to the soup stirring until the cheese is melted. 

For the Burger Bun Croutons
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. Toss the cut up burger buns with the olive oil and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment.

  3. Bake the croutons for 5 minutes. 

  4. Toss the croutons and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

  5. Serve the soup topped with the reserved bacon, cheese, croutons and green onions, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Cheeseburger Soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Cheeseburger Soup can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Store the toppings and croutons in a separate container to ensure freshness.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup with Burger Bun Croutons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 643 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 118mg39%
Sodium 1189mg52%
Potassium 1341mg38%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 2500IU50%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 484mg48%
Iron 7.3mg41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.