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When you crave cozy comfort food, this bacon cheeseburger soup recipe is the perfect choice! With a rich, cheesy broth and big burger flavor, this soup satisfies far better than anything from the drive-through. It’s a lot like my traditional hamburger soup, but with an added creamy, cheesy element and extra comfort food factor.
Many cheeseburger soup recipes use potatoes for the bulk of the soup, but this lightened up (but still hearty) version uses cauliflower instead.
Why You’ll Love This Easy Cheeseburger Soup Recipe
- Rich bacon, burger, and cheese flavor
- Creamy, cheesy texture
- Only 20 minutes cook time
- No slow cooker needed
- A healthy cheeseburger soup without potatoes, flour, or velveeta cheese
- Includes hidden veggies
- Satisfies cheeseburger cravings fast!
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for cheese hamburger soup, what each one does in the recipe, and some substitution options (with more in the Variations section below). For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Ground Beef – Any ground meat will work here, but I typically use 85/15 ground beef, which has just the right amount of flavor without being too greasy.
- Bacon Bits – Using pre-cooked bacon bits saves a lot of time with this recipe, but if you do have extra time you can prepare bacon in the oven or a skillet and crumble it yourself.
- Cauliflower – Adds body and comfort to the soup. Chop it into bite-sized florets. If you prefer a more carb-y soup, you can substitute russet potatoes (or really any potato you like), but they will take longer to cook than cauliflower does.
- Chicken Broth – I used a reduced sodium chicken broth because of the added salt from the bacon and cheese. You can also use beef broth or make homemade bone broth instead.
- Unsweetened Almond Milk – If your lifestyle allows, you can also use conventional milk or a different non-dairy milk if you don’t mind a slight change in flavor.
- Dried Parsley – You can also use a tablespoon of fresh parsley instead, or use other dried herbs, such as basil.
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese – Use pre-shredded or shred it yourself. Freshly shredded cheese melts more easily, but also clumps more easily. You can also toss the cheese with a cornstarch swap like arrowroot powder to help it thicken the broth.
- Heavy Cream – Acts as an additional cornstarch alternative to help thicken the broth and provide richness, along with the cheese.
How To Make Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
This section shows how to make hamburger cheese soup, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Heat bacon. In a large pot or large Dutch oven, cook bacon bits over medium heat, until crisp.
- Brown. Raise stove to medium-high heat and add ground beef. Cook, breaking apart with a spoon, until browned.
- Simmer. Add in all remaining ingredients except cream and cheese. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer until cauliflower is tender.
- Melt and thicken. Lower heat. Stir in heavy cream and cheese until soup is smooth and cheese is melted.
Tips For The Best Cheeseburger Soup
- No need to drain the bacon grease. Pre-cooked bacon bits do not render a lot of fat, but the small amount of fat they leave behind adds so much flavor. Leave it all in the pot! If you cook raw bacon instead, though, you may want to drain.
- Add the cheese slowly and stir constantly. To avoid clumping, add a small amount of cheese at a time and don’t stop stirring until fully melted before adding more.
- Or melt the cheese separately instead. Alternatively, ladle 2 cups of broth from the soup into a separate bowl and fully whisk in the cheese before returning to the pot.
- Swap the meats – Use ground turkey, ground chicken, or even ground pork instead of beef.
- Change cheeses – Try other hard melting cheeses such as Swiss for a whole new taste, or swap in pepper jack for a slightly spicy cheeseburger soup.
- Add more toppings – Garnish with chopped dill pickles, caramelized onions, sour cream, jalapeno slices, or even croutons if you miss the bun.
- Add other vegetables – As with any soup, almost any veggie you like can be added, but carrots are a particularly good pairing with the other flavors here. You can also saute onion and garlic after cooking the bacon.
- Make thicker, more creamy cheeseburger soup – Remove some of the liquid together with the cauliflower, puree in a blender, and return to the soup. You can also thicken it by adding cream cheese and letting it melt. (That’s one of the tricks I use in my broccoli cheese soup recipe without requiring a thickener.)
- Store: Cool soup completely and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week in the fridge.
- Meal prep: Brown bacon and beef, then cool and store until ready to cook. You can also chop cauliflower ahead of time and store separately.
- Reheat: Warm soup on the stove, stirring frequently to avoid separation.
- Freeze: Cool soup, then store leftovers in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating, or reheat directly in a saucepan or pot.
What To Serve With Cheeseburger Soup
This is easily my favorite cheeseburger soup recipe because it satisfies all on its own, but you can include these sides to make it a big meal:
- Salads – Spinach bacon salad, cucumber tomato avocado salad, or 7 layer salad would all pair nicely with this recipe for cheeseburger soup.
- Chips or crackers – Add crunch with almond flour crackers, air fryer zucchini chips, or flax seed crackers.
- Veggie fries – For a burger and fries experience with a healthy spin, serve this soup with rutabaga fries, jicama fries, or baked zucchini fries.
More Healthy Soup Recipes
If you liked this dish, try these delicious soup recipes next — full of rich, creamy taste and hearty meats:
- Large Soup Pot – This 4 qt soup pot has extra tall sides, so no soup splashes on the stove!
- Cooking Utensils – From stirring to browning, this set does it all.
- Storage Containers – Make a double batch of soup and freeze in these glass containers.
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup Recipe
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup Recipe (Quick & Easy!)
This easy bacon cheeseburger soup recipe is comfort in a bowl. It's surprisingly healthy, gluten-free, and ready in just 20 minutes!
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In a large pot, cook bacon bits for a couple of minutes over medium heat, until crispy.
Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the ground beef. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking apart with a spoon or spatula, until browned.
Add the cauliflower, chicken broth, almond milk, dried parsley, sea salt, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until cauliflower is tender.
Remove pot from heat. Stir in the cheddar cheese and heavy cream, until the soup is smooth and the cheese is melted.
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I added the following to take this recipe over the top:
1 tsp Cumin
1Tbs Chili powder
2Tbs dry Ranch seasoning
I made this but added a few things. I cooked and drained the bacon fat and then added onion and garlic before adding the hamburger and a little chili powder and garlic salt. I made rhe cheese sauce with heavy cream in a separate pan and then added it to the soup. It was amazing! For me the chili powder and garlic salt really made it eat like a bacon cheeseburger. It was great!!!
Can’t wait to try this recipe, I have used a similar one, but added broccoli as well. It was a fam fav!
This soup is so good. Easy to make even for a beginner like me. Made it in my instant pot
I eat a high fat diet, but found this unnecessarily fatty, even with half the cream and cheese. Next time I would omit the cream and halve the cheese. I added carrot, onion and celery, as well as mashed squash, and 1 t chili powder.
This soup is actually very tasty and very easy to make. My kids enjoyed it very much!
The flavors in this soup are SO good! Love that is uses cauliflower as the base!
My husband loved this so much! His favorite food made into soup!
I would like to cook this in our instant pot.
Do you put all ingredients except for cheese and heavy cream in it? Was meat uncooked and for how long do you cook it? Thank you so much for any help. I’m new at this and am overwhelmed. Thanks, A
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Hi Amy, You would want to saute the meat in the IP and then add the other ingredients.
Can you make this without cauliflower?
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Hi Michelle, You can omit the cauliflower from the soup if you wish.
Fast and delicious!
Wonder if anyone has tried using Parmesan instead of Cheddar? Would that work?
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Hi Lori, I’m not sure parmesan would work in place of cheddar because it does not melt as well as cheddar.
This soup is very delicious.
A perfect recipe to add to my rotation.
Sorry if this is already somewhere in the comments.. I did search first before asking…
If I were to use frozen riced cauliflower instead of fresh how much would I use?
Just a suggestion- it would be great if there was a search box for your comments to make it easier to find a question or comment previously posted! Thanks!
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Hi T, I have never tested the recipe using cauliflower rice but my suggestion would be to use one 10oz bag. If you think it needs more you could add in a second bag.
Thanks! Trying it tonight, I will let you know how it goes. I had planned to blend all the cauliflower anyway so I figured it would be fine.
Hi, So was the 10oz frozen cauliflower enough for the soup or did you add more? Thanks.
I have someone in my family that is allergic to nuts & can’t have almond milk. Would coconut milk work or all heavy cream?
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Hi Christen, You could use either coconut milk or heavy whipping cream as a substitute for almond milk.
I made this yesterday and it was yummy. The only thing I changed is I used chicken breast instead of hamburger meat !!!! It was delicious!!!
I can’t find a link to print the recipe. Is there one? Love your recipes!
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Hi Vicki, The print button for this recipe is right above the list of ingredients between the pin and review buttons.
I made this today and it’s very tasty. A few adjustment, I did not have any almond milk so I just left it out, and only used half the amount of heavy cream. I also cooked in the Instant pot. Will definitely make this again. 🙂
Hello, I saw you say you cooked this in the instant pot. I would like to also. Did you put all ingredients except for cheese and heavy cream in it? Was meat uncooked and for how long? Thank you so much for any help. I’m new at this and am overwhelmed. Thanks, A
Another winner for Maya! OMG. This soup is so tasty. I always prepare something from Wholesome Yum by the recipe. From there I make modifications. This soup is such a terrific base, you can add whatever you like to it. Peppers, mushrooms, garlic, onions. They’ll all shine through and add more texture and variety.
It was snowing hard and cold today. This soup did what every good soup should do — warm ya right to the bone! Kudos, Maya!
This was delicious. I substituted ground turkey and seasoned it with onions and garlic. I also roasted the cauliflower instead of just letting it soften in soup. This was so good and my picky boyfriend even loved it!
Very tasty soup! Will definitely make again!
I am not much of a soup fan. Never have been. But not only was this one super easy it was really tasty too! I added onion and a green bell pepper to it and that was amazing too. I love this recipe and I think it is now going to become one of my go to dishes for sure. Might try mixing it up and using chicken and broccoli in place of the cauliflower and ground beef. Even my picky eaters liked it.
Easy, quick and so yummy. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe.
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