Loaded with ground beef and vegetables in a cheesy broth, this Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup is an easy dinner the whole family will love.
This thick, hearty soup is perfect for cool weather when you need a "stick to your bones" chowder-like soup.
Ground meat—usually beef
Dairy—Butter, Milk, Sour cream, Cheese
Veggies—Potatoes, Carrots, Celery. Onion
Chicken broth—low sodium
Salt and Pepper
Optional dry parsley and dry basil
Featured Comment from Amy:
"5 stars. This was delicious!… My husband and I have enough for leftovers, but the soup seems to be disappearing fast. So good on a cold December night."
A hearty soup that is thick with creamy cheese, vegetables, potatoes, and meat. Yes, it is a cheeseburger in a bowl. It can also be called a chowder, a thick, meaty soup usually made of white sauce.
The model recipe was a Taste of Home recipe that was stovetop. It was converted to a crock pot with other adjustments to match an excellent restaurant version.
👨🍳How to Make Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup
Most of the ingredients are sitting in your kitchen now.
Peel and chop 3-4 medium potatoes into ½ inch cubes to make 3-4 cups. Peel and shred 2 medium carrots and chop one small onion and one stalk (rib) of celery.
Add veggies to a 5 quart or larger crock pot. Add 2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth. Optionally add 1 teaspoon of dry parsley and 1 teaspoon of basil. Cook on low for 4-5 hours until the potatoes are tender.
Brown 1 pound of ground beef. Drain the beef and add to the crock pot.
Wipe out the pan. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add 3 tablespoons of flour and whisk for several minutes until the color changes slightly. NOTE: to make it extra thick, double the butter and flour.
Add 2 ½ cup milk. Whisk continuously for a few minutes while adding ¼ cup of sour cream, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon of pepper.
When thickened, add to the crock pot and mix well. Add 1 pound of cheese of choice—Velvetta™ or cheddar recommended. Cook 30-45 minutes additional on HIGH until thick, and the cheese is all melted.
Top the way you would your cheeseburger. I love some bacon, tomato, and pickles.
For more details, keep reading. See the Recipe Card below for complete instructions and to print.
✔️Tips and options to make it right every time
- Usually, we use ground beef, but it could be other ground meat like ground turkey or ground chicken.
- Russet potatoes are best due to their high starch content. Peel and chop to about ½ inch cubes.
- Frozen diced potatoes will work fine here, also.
- Velveeta™ is recommended for at least part of the cheese since it melts well and is very creamy. Sharp cheddar cheese can be used for part of the cheese.
- The basil and parsley flakes are an option if you want.
- Top as you like. Use crumbles of bacon for the bacon cheeseburger taste or chopped-up dill pickles.
Serving Cheeseburger Soup
Serve with nice bread like Basic White Homemade Bread, Peasant Bread, or Lunch Lady Rolls. For other crock pot soup recipes, you may like Crock Pot French Onion Soup, Crock Pot Ham Bone and Bean Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, and Broccoli Cheese Soup.
This recipe is featured in Our Best Soup Recipes.
⬇️Making a half recipe to be more "for two" friendly
A full recipe requires a 5-quart or larger crock pot. A half recipe, which is 4 servings, will fit in a 2 ½ quart or larger slow cooker.
- Use the recipe card and adjust the number of servings from 8 to 4.
- Use the amount of ingredients in the ingredient list, not the instructions—those do not adjust.
- The half recipe will fit in a 2 ½ quart crock pot.
- Cook for the same amount of time.
❄️Storage of leftovers
This and most soups will be tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
The potatoes may lose some texture if frozen, and milk-based soups do not freeze the best. It is up to you, but for the best results, don't freeze.
No, crock pots can not brown raw hamburger or other ground meat. You would have clumps of meat and all the fatty drainage in your dish.
The ground meat should be browned and drained before adding it to the crock pot. Crock pots are great for many things, but cooking raw ground meat is not one of them.
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Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup
- 3-4 medium potatoes
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 rib celery
- 1 small onion
- 2 cups chicken broth low sodium
- 1 teaspoon dry parsley - optional
- 1 teaspoon dry basil - optional
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 ½ cups milk
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound Velveeta or sharp cheddar cheese
- Peel and chop 3-4 medium potatoes into ½ inch cubes to make 3-4 cups. Peel and shred 2 medium carrots and chop one small onion and one stalk (rib) of celery.
- Add veggies to a 5 quart or larger crock pot. Add 2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth. Optionally add 1 teaspoon of dry parsley and 1 teaspoon of basil. Cook on low for 4-5 hours until the potatoes are tender.
- Brown 1 pound of ground beef. Drain the beef and add to the crock pot.
- Wipe out the pan. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add 3 tablespoons of flour, and whisk for several minutes until changing color slightly. NOTE: to make it extra thick, double the butter and flour.
- Add 2 ½ cup milk. Whisk continuously for a few minutes while adding ¼ cup of sour cream, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon of pepper.
- When thickened, add to the crock pot and mix well. Add 1 pound of cheese of choice—Velvetta™ or cheddar recommended. Cook 30-45 minutes additional on HIGH until thick and the cheese is all melted.
- Top the way you would your cheeseburger. I love some bacon, tomato, and pickle.
Your Own Private Notes
- As written, this needs a larger crock pot of 5 qt. or larger. A half recipe would fit in a 2 ½ qt. crock pot.
- Cut the potato small (½ inch maximum), and be sure the potatoes are tender before stopping.
- This is good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days but will have texture issues if frozen.
- If you want a somewhat thinner, more soup-like result, cut the butter and flour in half. If you wish to have very thick soup, double them.
- I estimate a serving size of about 1 ½ cups each, but the exact amount of soup can vary a bit.
To adjust the recipe size:
You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.
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Originally Published January 7, 2018. Updated with expanded options, refreshed photos, and a table of contents to help navigation.