The Starving Chef Recipe: Cheeseburger Soup

Hamburger Soup Recipe
Hold the lettuce.

By Felicia Vargo, The Starving Chef

I live for cold weather.

This deconstructed soup version of an American cheeseburger only requires one pot to make, which means I can spend more time curled up on the couch.

For step-by-step instructions with photos, click here.

Cheeseburger Soup

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Makes: 6 servings


• 1 lb. ground beef hamburger meat
• 1 Russet potato
• 1/2 white onion, chopped
• 2 C beef broth
• 1/2 C heavy cream
• 1/4 C flour
• 1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped
• 8-10 slices cheddar cheese + more for garnish, as desired
• 1 T Worcestershire sauce
• 5-7 pickle slices + more for garnish, as desired
• 3-4 cherry tomatoes, sliced for garnish, as desired
• 1 hamburger bun, toasted, for garnish
• Spicy ketchup, for topping, as desired
• Salt and pepper, to taste

Here’s How
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cut the hamburger bun into cubes. Spritz with olive oil then place on a baking sheet. Cook until crunchy and browned, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. In a large pot over high heat, cook and crumble the hamburger meat until browned. Dump the ground meat into a colander to rinse when cooked, and wipe any remaining hamburger from the pot, leaving some grease.
  3. Heat the pot with grease over medium-high heat. Wash and chop the potato and cut into slices about one inch long and a half-inch thick (about the thickness of a typical French fry). Cook until golden brown on all sides, about 20 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped onion to the pan, along with chopped pickles as desired. Add the cooked hamburger meat back into the pot. Stir everything together. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in the Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Sift the flour over the top of the meat and stir until all ingredients are covered in flour. Pour in the beef broth and add the parsley.
  6. Bring the soup to a boil. Add the cubed cheese into the pot and, as it melts, pour in the heavy cream. Stir until the cheese has melted then remove from heat.
  7. Serve the soup immediately, garnished with pickles, a squirt of spicy ketchup, extra slices of cheese, parsley and, of course, the hamburger bun croutons. Enjoy!

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