Cheeseburger in a Bowl: The Ultimate One Pot Soup Recipe

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hamburger soup recipe

What’s Up, Hungry People!

I live for cold weather. I’m meant to dress in sweatshirts and jeans, and expect to be in a semi-hibernation-state from about October until April. Therefore, one of my go to meals during the fall and winter is SOUP!

The Best Part? One Pot Magic!

One of the prime attractions of the one pot cheeseburger soup is the magic of using just ONE POT! Fewer dishes to wash means more time lounging and getting that warm, fuzzy feeling, especially when you’re next to a fireplace.

ingredients for cheeseburger soup

Here’s What You Need

  • Ground beef: Main protein source that gives a meaty flavor and texture to the soup.
  • Russet potato: Adds heartiness and a starchy thickness to the soup.
  • Onion: Provides depth, sweetness, and a mild bite.
  • Beef broth: Liquid base of the soup, enriches flavor and consistency.
  • Flour: Thickening agent to provide the soup with the right consistency.
  • Heavy cream: Adds creaminess, richness, and a smooth texture.
  • Fresh parsley: Offers a pop of color and a subtle herby taste.
  • Cheddar cheese: Brings in creamy, tangy richness and melts beautifully.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Enhances the meaty flavor with a touch of tang and sweetness.
  • Pickle slices: Adds tanginess and crunch, reminiscent of a cheeseburger topping.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Gives a fresh, slightly sweet, and juicy burst.
  • Hamburger bun: Transforms into crunchy croutons for a delightful texture contrast.
  • Spicy ketchup: For an added kick and to echo the classic burger condiment.
  • Salt & pepper: Essential seasonings to balance and enhance all flavors.
browning beef

Let’s Cook!

Browning the Meat: Begin by browning and crumbling the hamburger meat. Once it’s done, remove it from the pot and give it a quick rinse.

Prepping the Pot: Now, using a damp rag, clean the pot. You’ll want to ensure the larger chunks are out but keep a smidge of that burger grease. Trust me, it’s gold!

browning potatoes

Brown Those Potatoes

Now, for the potatoes. Brown them using the leftover hamburger grease. Aim for a texture similar to french fries – but remember, they shouldn’t be completely cooked through.

sauting onions and potatoes

Enter: Onions

Once your potatoes have that beautiful golden hue on all sides, toss in the chopped onions. Let them dance in the pot for a few minutes until they start getting that translucent look around the edges. And then, reunite them with the cooked hamburger!

flour with beef and potatoes

Flour Power.

Sprinkle in the flour and give everything a good stir, ensuring all the ingredients are well-coated. Give it a couple of minutes and you’ll see the flour blending in seamlessly.

pickles in pot

Pickles Alert! I couldn’t resist adding a few chopped dill pickles here. If you’re anything like me and adore pickles, particularly the spicy ones from Tony Packo’s, this is your moment to sneak them in.

toasting humburger bun croutons

Homemade Croutons:

As your soup’s prepping, grab a hamburger bun. Dice it into small cubes, give it a light mist of olive oil, and toss them into a preheated oven. Wait for them to turn crispy because guess what? These are your homemade ‘croutons’!

toasted hamburger croutons

Soup It Up:

Pour in the beef broth and sprinkle a generous handful of parsley. Let the mixture bubble up to a boil.

simmering hamburger soup

Let it sing for a bit, simmering away, and then it’s time for the cheese cubes and a splash of heavy cream. Give it a good stir and watch the cheese melt away, blending into the soup. Once that’s done, it’s time to pull it off the heat.

cheese in soup

Garnishing Glory

Dress up your bowl with those crispy croutons, a slice of cheese, maybe an extra pickle for that crunch, and some freshly sliced tomatoes.

cheeseburger soup recipe

Cheeseburger Soup Tips

  • Choosing beef: Opt for leaner cuts to minimize excess grease. The less fat, the healthier!
  • Potato prep: Uniform slicing ensures even cooking. Don’t let them turn too soft!
  • Cheese melting: Gradually add cheese to avoid clumping. Low heat is key!
  • Crouton creation: For extra flavor, consider seasoning buns with garlic or herbs before baking.
  • Soup consistency: If soup is too thick, add broth. Too thin? Simmer a bit longer.
  • Storing leftovers: Store in an airtight container. Reheat on low to maintain texture and flavor.
classic cheeseburger soup

After trying out the one pot cheeseburger soup, you’ll wonder how you ever braved the cold without it. This soup not only wraps you in warmth but brings together all the flavors we cherish in a classic cheeseburger. And the best part? It’s super easy, requires minimal dishes, and is bound to be a crowd-pleaser. Every spoonful screams comfort, and those hamburger croutons? A game-changer. I hope you and your loved ones find as much joy in this dish as I do. Stay warm, Hungry People!

hamburger soup recipe

One Pot Cheeseburger Soup

The Starving Chef
Dive into a bowl of rich, comforting cheeseburger flavors, all combined in a hearty, one-pot soup.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Soup
Cuisine American, Burgers, Soup
Servings 6


  • 16 oz ground beef
  • 1 russet potato
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 10 slices cheddar cheese + more for topping
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 7 pickle slices + more for topping
  • 4 cherry tomatoes sliced for topping
  • 1 hamburger bun toasted and sliced for topping
  • spicy ketchup for topping
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the hamburger bun into cubes. Lightly spritz with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. Bake until they're crunchy and browned, about 8-10 minutes.
  • In a large pot over high heat, cook and crumble the ground beef until browned. Once cooked, transfer the beef to a colander to rinse. Clean the pot, ensuring to leave a bit of the grease behind.
  • Using the remaining grease in the pot, heat it over medium-high heat. Wash, peel, and chop the russet potato into slices about one inch long and a half-inch thick (resembling the size of a typical french fry). Fry the slices until they turn golden brown on all sides.
  • Stir in the chopped onions and desired amount of chopped pickles. Return the cooked ground beef to the pot and mix everything together. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, then drizzle in the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir until all ingredients are well coated. Gradually pour in the beef broth followed by the fresh parsley.
  • Bring the soup to a boil. As it heats, add the cubed cheese slices. As the cheese begins to melt, gently pour in the heavy cream. Continue stirring until the cheese fully melts, then remove the pot from the heat.
  • Serve your soup immediately! Garnish with additional pickle slices, a swirl of spicy ketchup, extra cheese slices, parsley, and those crispy hamburger croutons. Enjoy!


Keyword burger, cheese, hamburger, soup
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