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Keto Cheeseburger Soup

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Thick, creamy, cheesy, and loaded with tender beef, Keto Cheeseburger Soup is one of those recipes that just puts a smile on your face. This soup is low in net carbs, and it’s an easy fix that’s perfect for lunch or dinner. On the table in about 30 minutes, this keto soup recipe is too good to pass up!

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Loaded with flavor but low in net carbs, this hearty and satisfying soup has all the flavors of a cheeseburger, minus the bun! It’s a thick and chunky soup, and it’s well-balanced so it’s not just melted cheese in a bowl (not that there’s anything wrong with melted cheese but this is soup!) I’m a big fan of soup (have you seen my Keto Soup Cookbook available on Amazon?) and this is one of my favorites! It’s also perfect for meal prep, and it’s one of my easier keto recipes to make!

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How To Make Cheeseburger Soup Keto

Certain common soup ingredients are very high in carbs, making them not-so-great choices when following a keto lifestyle. The culprits are: wheat flour (used for thickening creamy soups), potatoes, lots of onions, lots of carrots, and pasta.

To make this soup keto, we’re doing away with the flour and thickening the soup instead with cheese. There are two kinds of cheese in this recipe, and they’re well-balanced and not too salty.

In addition, I’ve limited the garlic and onions (higher in carb veggies) and eliminated the carrots. The result is a creamy and delish soup that’s low in net carbs and perfect on a keto diet.

What You Need To Make Keto Cheeseburger Soup

  • A heavy bottomed soup pot or Dutch oven
  • Ground beef – I use 80/20 in this recipe
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Garlic – fresh is best
  • Spices: dried oregano, dried parsley, dried basil
  • Beef broth or beef stock – look for low or no-sodium added beef broth (you can use chicken broth for a milder flavor)
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sour cream

There’s no xanthan gum in this soup recipe!

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What Kind of cheese Should I use In Cheeseburger Soup?

There are two kinds of cheese in this keto soup recipe: cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese. The cream cheese gives the soup a lovely, thick, and velvety texture while the sharp cheddar gives it a bit of a cheesy edge.

You could use either white or yellow sharp cheddar, or for a milder cheese flavor, try marble cheese, Monterey jack, or muenster. To spice it up, add some pepper jack, and feel free to mix and match with the cheese to personalize this soup just how you like it. Whatever you pick, save some extra cheese to garnish the soup.

How To Make Keto Cheeseburger Soup

This soup only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, so it’s a hearty meal that you can enjoy even on the busiest weeknights. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Brown the ground beef in the bottom of a Dutch oven, skillet, or soup pot. If there’s not enough fat in your ground beef, add a tablespoon or two of avocado oil
  2. Add the finely diced onions, celery, and garlic. Cook until the onions are softened and translucent.
  3. Add the spices and cook an additional minute until they’re fragrant.
  4. Spoon out any excess fat, then add the beef broth and heat the soup to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes with a lid on.
  5. Turn the heat off and add the cream cheese, breaking it up so that it melts into the hot broth. Stir well. Turn the heat up for a minute or two if your cream cheese isn’t melting.
  6. Add the shredded cheddar cheese and stir until melted.
  7. Add the heavy cream and heat the soup over low heat until it is heated through.
  8. Turn the heat off and whisk in the sour cream. Top with your favorite cheeseburger garnishes and enjoy this low carb cheeseburger soup!

How to Garnish This Keto Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

What do you like on your cheeseburgers? Most of those toppings will also go on this lush, easy low carb soup recipe, minus the mustard! Here are my suggestions:

  • A pinch of shredded sharp cheddar
  • Thinly sliced green onions
  • Diced or sliced pickle – yes, pickle! Go for dill pickles and add a blast of flavor and crunch!
  • Crispy bacon – make it bacon cheeseburger soup with crumbled bacon on top
  • Red pepper flakes – add a touch of spice with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes
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Stir in sour cream, garnish, and serve!

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • 80/20 ground beef is my pick for this recipe, but you could switch things up by using ground chicken, ground turkey, or even pork. Or, go exotic with ground buffalo, ostrich, or venison.
  • Cheese is inherently salty. Control the sodium in this soup by using low or no-sodium added beef broth, and check for seasoning before adding any salt.
  • The sour cream adds a bit of acidity which helps to balance out the cheese, but you can skip this if you don’t have any on hand.

What To Have With Cheeseburger Keto Soup

This thick, hearty, and satisfying soup is a meal in a bowl, but sometimes I like to pair it with other dishes for a bigger meal. This keto beef soup will pair nicely with this chopped Caprese Salad, Greek Salad, or just a side dish of tasty veggies like Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan & Herbs.

Can I Freeze Keto Cheeseburger Soup?

Yes, you sure can! It’s even better in the fridge the next day, but if you want to freeze it, here’s how I do it:

My favorite way to freeze saucy and soupy recipes is by using Souper Cubes! These amazing freezer-safe cubes are perfect for freezing portions of all my favorite soups, stews, and other saucy meals. I freeze them then pop them out and put the rectangular frozen blocks into a zipper-top freezer bag. It makes storing them SOOOO much easier!

Where can you find these Soup Cubes? You can order them from Souper Cubes – how cool is this?

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Souper Cubes make freezing easy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this cheeseburger soup with pickles?

Yes! Love pickles? Add half a cup of diced and drained pickles to the broth before simmering the soup, to give it a lovely bit of crunch and extra flavor.

Can I eat cheeseburger soup on keto?

When you make it like this, yes, yes you can! It’s low in net carbs and with keto-friendly ingredients, it’s a great pick for any keto lifestyle.

Is cheeseburger soup keto?

Yes! With just 3 net carbs, you can enjoy bowlfuls of this delicious and hearty soup while on a keto diet.

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5 from 16 votes

Keto Cheeseburger Soup

Thick, creamy, beefy and loaded with cheesy flavors, this keto Cheeseburger Soup is a hearty meal that's perfect for lunch or dinner!
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine American
Keyword beef soup, cheeseburger soup, easy soup recipe, keto soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 474kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tabelspoons sour cream

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef in the bottom of a Dutch oven, skillet, or soup pot. If there's not enough fat in your ground beef, add a tablespoon or two of avocado oil.
  • Add the finely diced onions, celery, and garlic. Cook until the onions are softened and translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the spices and cook an additional minute until they're fragrant.
  • Spoon out any excess fat, then add the beef broth and heat the soup to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes with a lid on.
  • Turn the heat off and add the cream cheese, breaking it up so that it melts into the hot broth. Stir well. Turn the heat up for a minute or two if your cream cheese isn't melting.
  • Add the shredded cheddar cheese and stir until melted.
  • Add the heavy cream and turn the heat on to medium and heat the soup, stirring until it has barely started to simmer. Turn off the heat.
  • Whisk in the sour cream. Top with your favorite cheeseburger garnishes and enjoy this low carb cheeseburger soup!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1262IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 340mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbohydrates: 3g

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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6 thoughts on “Keto Cheeseburger Soup”

  1. 5 stars
    This soup was amazing!! And thank you for the amazing Keto Soup Cookbook, Chef Jennifer!! I love all the wonderful recipes!

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