This Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup is a family favorite cheesy soup filled with cooked ground beef, potatoes, shredded Velveeta cheese, chicken broth, veggies, and seasonings. All the flavors marinade together for a cheeseburger soup recipe that’s sure to be a huge hit.
If you’re looking for a less cheesy option, try my Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup.
Why this recipe works
Not only is this crockpot cheeseburger soup a delicious one-pot meal, but it’s also perfect to have any time of the year. You’ll notice that the soup is fairly thick, but I don’t add flour. Instead, I use a combination of chicken broth with Velveeta cheese and cream cheese added toward the end of cooking time.
The cheeseburger soup ingredients are kitchen staples and easy to find at your local grocery store. This is a great soup recipe when you’re looking for a delicious meal that can feed a large family and/or crowd.
- Ground Beef: If you want less grease when browning the beef, go for lean ground beef.
- Chicken Broth: Using a broth will help create a soupy texture and also gives the cheese a substance to help with melting.
- Ground Beef: If you want less grease when browning the beef, go for a lean ground beef.
- Vegetables: Russet potatoes, a carrot, a celery stalk, and an onion are chopped/diced to add additional flavor and heartiness to the cheeseburger soup.
- Cheese: I don’t recommend processed cheese that has been sliced and bagged as it doesn’t melt as great as the Velveeta cheese block. Cream cheese is also used as a thickening agent.
- Seasonings: Oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper are classic soup seasonings that add the perfect flavor.
Step One – Brown the ground beef over medium high heat until cooked and crumbled.
Step Two – Add the cooked beef, potatoes, carrots, diced celery, onion, salt, pepper, basil, and garlic powder into the slow cooker pot.
Step Three – Pour in the chicken broth.
Step Four – Stir the ingredients together. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours. (Do not open the lid during cooking time.)
Step Five – Cut the two kinds of cheese into cubes and add them to the soup mixture.
Step Six – Stir everything together.
Step Seven – Cover and cook for ONE more hour on LOW. Give the soup another good stir to blend the cheese. Serve and enjoy!
How to serve
- Since this is a “cheeseburger” soup, you can add burger-like toppings such as sliced dill pickle, crumbled bacon, coarsely chopped lettuce, and extra shredded cheddar cheese.
- Keep it in classic soup form by adding optional toppings like chopped green onions, bacon bits, and sour cream, and serving it with a side of garlic bread.
Yes. They are another type of potato that’s good for slow cooking.
You can use chicken stock, beef broth, veggie broth, or homemade broth (or stock).
Add any remaining soup to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop until warmed throughout.
I don’t recommend cooking it on high. The slow cooking time will give all of the ingredients to soften and the flavors to marry together.
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Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup
- 1 lb. ground beef browned and drained
- 2 russet potatoes diced
- 2 carrots peeled and diced
- 3 celery ribs peeled and diced
- 1 white onion diced
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 lb. Velveeta cheese (add towards the end of the cooking time)
- 8 oz. cream cheese (add towards the end of the cooking time)
- (note before starting this recipe, the total slow cooking time is 8 hours, the Velveeta cheese and cream cheese are added at the 7th hour and cooked for 1 more hour)
- Add the cooked beef, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt, pepper, basil, garlic powder and chicken broth. DO NOT add Velveeta cheese and cream cheese yet.
- Cover and cook and LOW for 7 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
- Cut the velveeta cheese and cream cheese into cubes, add to the soup in the slow cooker. Stir to get the cubes into the soup (they won’t melt straight away).
- Cover and cook for one more hour on low.
- Stir until the cheeses are blended into the soup. Serve and enjoy!
How to Video:
- Add any remaining soup to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop until warmed throughout.
- You can use chicken stock, beef broth, veggie broth, or homemade broth (or stock).
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.
I really enjoyed this recipe, but the cook time seems a bit off to me. I did actually check it twice while it was cooking, and I’m glad I did because the potatoes were plenty soft after 5 hours on low. also, I maybe halved the cheese, and it tastes very cheesy! other than that, it still tastes like a specific memory to me, so I’d call it a success!
Can I cook this on high for 4 hours?
Sarah Olson says
Yes, that would work fine.
Claudia Haviland says
Really good recipe. Got several thumbs-ups from son-in-law and grandchildren. Definite keeper.