Slow-Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

by | Sep 18, 2013 | Dinner, For the Slow Cooker, Quick and Easy, Soups and Salads | 27 comments

Slow-Cooker Cheeseburger Soup. Not so easy on the eyes, but pretty darn good in the tummy.

It's a cheeseburger in a bowl! This slow cooker cheeseburger soup is sure to please the entire family! #recipe #soup

Earlier this week we finally had a fall-temperature day, and I used that as an excuse to make my first pot of soup of the season.  I look forward to soup weather all year long.  There’s just nothing like a hearty bowl of soup or stew on a drizzly, cool weather day!

I hadn’t planned to post this recipe…because let’s face it, it’s not very photogenic.  Or at least it isn’t for a novice food photographer like me.  But then I realized that today is National Cheeseburger Day, and I decided to share it with you after all. Who comes up with these food holidays, anyway?

Photos aside, this soup was a fun twist on our usual stews and chili.  I used chicken stock as the base, since that’s what I had on hand, but beef stock or veggie stock would work just as well.  I also used evaporated milk rather than regular milk, because evaporated milk is less likely to curdle in the slow cooker.

Add in some sauteed veggies, ground beef, spices–and cheese!–for an easy, family-friendly dinner any night of the week!

This soup was creamy and thick, and was especially good scooped up with tortilla chips. 😉

Slow-Cooker Cheeseburger Soup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups canned chicken broth, divided
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk (I used low-fat)
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1½ tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces cubed cheese (I used Velveeta)
  • additional cheese for topping, if desired
  1. Preheat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion and celery to skillet and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from skillet and place the vegetables in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. In the same pan, brown your hamburger meat. Drain, and add meat to your slow cooker.
  3. In a small cup, combine flour and ½ cup of broth. Whisk to combine, making sure it’s smooth and lump-free. Add the mixture to your skillet, and then slowly pour in the remaining 2 ½ cups of broth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and allow to cook until just thickened. Pour over meat in slow-cooker.
  4. Stir in your remaining ingredients, through the black pepper. Cook on low for 2 hours. Just before serving, add in your cheese and stir until it is melted. Top with additional shredded cheese, if desired.
recipe adapted from Weight Watchers

If you’re looking for some other soups, give one of these a try:

jalepeno chili

Jalapeno Popper Turkey Chili

baked potato soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup



  1. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Are you kidding? It looks gorgeous! And I’m sure I’ll love it in my belly too! Thank you for the recipe and I look forward to trying your chili and potato soup. YUM! 🙂 Pinning!
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  2. Kim

    I’m ready to try it, even if I missed cheeseburger day. Yum! Kim at Kim’s County Line

  3. Kristin

    Looks delicious! I was just thinking of using the slow cooker on Saturday. This soup will be perfect to try! Thanks!

  4. Sue

    The pic looks great Ashley! Perfect timing for soup recipes, I was looking for some and then got your post! Thanks so much!

  5. Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life

    Mmmm, your soups are the best Ashley!! I’d love to put up my feet, snuggle under a blanket, and just slurp this right on down!! 😉

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Sarah! You’re right – this would be FAB with tortilla chips. 🙂

  6. Jenn

    Great recipe! This is in my crock pot right now.

  7. Nichole

    I made this for a luncheon with my co-workers today and everyone loved it, I especially did! Perfect comfort food and discovered just in time for those long cold days! I’m going to have to make it again to try with chips as someone else suggested.

  8. Brenna@DomesticCharm

    This sounds so yummy! I am linking to it on my blog for this weeks menu. My family will love it!!

  9. Chelsea

    I made this tonight for my clients (I work in a home for adults with trautic brain injuries) I tried it, and it taste like a cheeseburger! I used ground turkey, and green onions because we are out of regular onions, I also added some mushrooms. I used tillamook cheddar cheese and it made the soup a little grainy. But it sure taste good. They are going to love it. The added mushrooms are really good

  10. Cheese with Noodles

    For Christmas I got a new slow cooker that has a metal pot instead of a ceramic crock, and you can put the pot on the stove top to cook ingredients before slow cooking. This looks like a great recipe to test the slow cooker with! It also looks very yummy. Tomorrow I’m already planning to make cauliflower soup, but I’ll try to make this recipe in a couple of weeks! Yum. I’ll probably be a weirdo and sprinkle my serving with chopped pickles, can’t have a cheeseburger without pickles 🙂
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  11. Marcie

    I just made the cheeseburger soup, the flavors are yummy, but its not that thick as in the picture. How do i make it thicker, I used 4 oz. of the velveeta (all i had left) with some cheddar any suggestions?

  12. Veronica

    Thanks for the recipe! I made a few alterations for my family: made it on the stove top, used 1/2 pound beef (which was enough), used vegetable broth (I will use more next time), and used 2 oz velveeta plus a Tbsp of spreadable feta (plenty cheesy for us). It turned out good.

  13. Linda Anderson

    I am serving this as a scrumptious intimate Valentine’s Supper on this cold, very snowy day along with homemade bread and a chocolate Tort. one can’t go wrong.

    Thanks for the recipie, I look forward to trying it. It seems to be the best!

  14. mrsblocko

    I made this soup and wrote about it here. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It’s my daughter’s new favorite soup! It really does taste like a cheeseburger in soup form!!

  15. gagnus

    will try cheese burger soup but will add diced potatoes great for cold weather

  16. Alessandra

    I made this soup this weekend and it was awesome! I added ketchup at the very end and more mustard and it really was liquid cheeseburger! Sooo awesome!

  17. Cori Girven

    Looks great! This is currently cooking to perfection right now in my new crockpot! So excited to try it and it was fun to prepare!

  18. Cat

    Looks and sounds great. Would be perfect for a chilly weekend lunch. I’ll most definitely try this



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