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Cheeseburger Chowder

10 April 2022 By Aleksandra

Cheeseburger chowder is a delicious soup made with ground beef and cheesy broth. It’s easy and quick to make, comforting, and really tastes like a cheeseburger. It’s not overly heavy and makes a delicious dinner that the whole family will love!

You may also like our Salmon Chowder!

Cheeseburger chowder topped with bacon in a white soup bowl.

What is cheeseburger chowder?

Chowder is a dairy-based chunky and thick soup made most commonly with fish or seafood. This recipe is inspired by a cheeseburger so it’s made with ground beef, cheese, dill pickles, and bacon. I’ve heard about this soup on a tv-show ‘Blacklist’ and I had to try it! I’m very glad I did. It’s similar to a cheeseburger soup. My version is just a little bit lighter but still very very tasty!

Ingredients

Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to prepare the recipe. For the measurements and detailed instructions scroll down to the printable recipe card.

Here’s what you need to make this delicious soup:

Labeled ingredients for cheeseburger chowder.
  • ground beef – preferably lean
  • onion, celery, fresh garlic
  • dried parsley and oregano
  • good-quality beef broth or chicken broth
  • full-fat milk (you can sub 1 cup of milk for broth and add 1/4 cup of heavy cream)
  • toppings: crumbled cooked bacon (you can cook it quickly on the stovetop or cook a larger batch in the oven) and thinly sliced green onions
  • flour – thickens the soup – you can add more for a thicker soup but I prefer it moderately thick
  • potatoes
  • cheese – I used sharp cheddar and just 1 1/2 cups in order to not make this soup overly heavy, but if you’d like it creamier you can add Velveeta cheese (yellow processed cheese that dissolves more easily than cheddar and makes the soup more creamy)
  • dill pickles and dill pickle juice – I really like them in this soup, they contribute to the ‘cheeseburger flavor’, I sometimes like to add more dill pickles than written in the recipe which turns this soup into meaty and cheesy dill pickle soup

How to make it step by step

Chopped ingredients for soup on a chopping board. Bacon is being cooked in a pot.

STEP 1: Prepare the ingredients: Dice the onion and bacon, cut celery into thin slices, finely chop the garlic. Cut the potatoes into 3/4-inch (2 cm) cubes. Cut the dill pickle into small cubes. Shred the cheese on the large holes of a box grater.

STEP 2: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring, until browned and crispy. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon.

Ground beef is being browned in a pot. Sauteed vegetables in a pot.

STEP 3: Increase the heat to high. Add the beef in an even layer, don’t stir for the first 1-2 minutes letting it brown, then cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes, until it’s no longer pink. Break up any clumps of beef. Transfer it with a slotted spoon or spider strainer to a plate.

STEP 4: Add another tablespoon of oil, onions, and celery. Cook for a couple of minutes until softened. Add the garlic, basil, and parsley, cook for 30 seconds.

Stir in flour and cook until incorporated.

Milk is being added to a pot with soup. Ground beef, potatoes, broth, and milk in a pot.

STEP 5: Add the beef back to the pot. Add the broth, milk, and potatoes.

STEP 6: Bring to a simmer and cook over the lowest heat for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Make sure the soup is not boiling rapidly.

Cheese is being added to a soup. Dill pickles are being added to a soup.

STEP 7: Add the cheese in 3 additions, stirring after each portion added until it’s melted.

STEP 8: Add the chopped pickles and pickle juice, if using.

Season the soup with salt and pepper, to taste.

Garnish with cooked crumbled bacon and thinly sliced green onions.

Enjoy!

Cheeseburger chowder in a white Dutch oven is being spooned with a ladle.

Serving suggestions

  • garlic bread
  • garlic parmesan knots
  • green salad with vinaigrette

Storage

Store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Gently warm up the soup but don’t boil it rapidly.

This soup doesn’t freeze well, I mean you can freeze it, but the soup will be just a little bit curdled. It actually still tastes really good but looks a little bit split. You can freeze it for up to 3-4 months.

Cheeseburger chowder topped with bacon in a white soup bowl.

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Cheeseburger Chowder

Cheeseburger chowder is a delicious soup made with ground beef and cheesy broth. It’s easy and quick to make, comforting, and really tastes like a cheeseburger. It’s not overly heavy and makes a delicious dinner that the whole family will love!
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Cheeseburger chowder in a white soup bowl topped with bacon.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 520kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

for the soup:

  • 2 tablespoons frying oil
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 lb (450g) ground lean beef
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk 480g
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth or good quality beef broth
  • 1 lb (450g) potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium/large dill pickle
  • 1 teaspoon pickle juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

garnish:

  • green onions

Instructions

  • Prepare the ingredients: Dice the onion and bacon, cut celery into thin slices, finely chop the garlic. Cut the potatoes into 3/4-inch (2 cm) cubes. Cut the dill pickle into small cubes. Shred the cheese on the large holes of a box grater.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring, until browned and crispy. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon.
  • Increase the heat to high. Add the beef in an even layer, don’t stir for the first 1-2 minutes letting it brown, then cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes, until it’s no longer pink. Break up any clumps of beef. Transfer it with a slotted spoon or spider strainer to a plate.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil, onions, and celery. Cook for a couple of minutes until softened. Add the garlic, basil, and parsley, cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in flour and cook until incorporated.
  • Add the beef back to the pot. Add the broth, milk, and potatoes. Bring to a simmer and cook over the lowest heat for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Make sure the soup is not boiling rapidly.
  • Add the cheese in 3 additions, stirring after each portion added until it’s melted.
  • Add the chopped pickles and pickle juice, if using.
  • Season the soup with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Garnish with cooked crumbled bacon and thinly sliced green onions.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can sub 1 cup of milk for broth and add 1/4 cup of heavy cream.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/6 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
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