Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup

Soup skeptics who think they can’t make a meal out of a soup haven’t yet met the cheeseburger soup. This soup eats like a meal and has all the flavours of a well-constructed burger including bacon, cheese, pickles and sesame seed bun croutons. With cubed potatoes cooked right into the soup, I even thought of your French fries. OK, they’re not fried but they’re potatoes and that creamy soup base makes them pretty damn awesome. Sorry fries.

Cheeseburger Soup

This isn't your average soup. Every element you love of a burger including bacon, cheese, pickles and, of course, the meat is packed into this soup. There is even potatoes so you won't miss the fries. Who said you can't make a whole meal out of soup? Rookie!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 2 strip bacon cut in half
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 sticks celery diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large Russet potato peeled and diced
  • 1 cup shaved white cheddar cheese a bit extra for garnish
  • 1 cup shaved Monterey Jack cheese a bit extra for garnish
  • 1 pickle finely chopped
  • 1 sesame seed bun cut in half then cubed

Instructions
 

  • In a Dutch oven or medium heavy bottomed pot over medium heat, add bacon halves and cook until crispy, about 7 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Leave fat in pot.
  • Add the ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon and season with salt and pepper. Cook beef until browned, stirring occasionally. Drain half the fat and transfer beef to another paper towel lined plate.
  • Melt the butter in the pot then add the onion and celery and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add flour and stir to coat vegetables and cook for about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in chicken broth until flour dissolves and there are no lumps.
  • Stir in the cream, potatoes, and add the beef back to the pot. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 15 minutes, with cover ajar, until the potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened.
  • Meanwhile, slice bun and slather in butter on each half. Toast in the oven and then cut into cubes.
  • Remove pot from heat and stir in cheeses. Add half the bacon and stir. Add soup to bowls and garnish with extra cheese, bacon, pickle bits and bun croutons.

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