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Cheeseburger Soup

Did it snow where you live this week? It did overnight here a few days ago and I woke up and actually had to bust out my ice scraper! I know it’s November and I live in Buffalo and I shouldn’t be shocked, but the cold weather still caught me off guard this week and for the past few days I’ve felt chilly from the inside out. Tonight I feel warm again, despite the outside temperature, and I’m going to give almost all the credit to this warm, filling, delicious soup. These fluffy, soft pink socks I have on get a little credit, but mostly I think it’s the soup.

I like soup a lot, but for me to consider it a meal it needs to be thick and hearty and filling. This Cheeseburger Soup offers real cheeseburger flavor served in a hot, creamy bowl of comfort. It also doesn’t take long to make at all (perfect for weeknights) and the hamburger bun croutons I made with it added a nice crunch and rounded out the authentic cheeseburger flavor. Whatever your weather, warm up from the inside out with this meaty, cheesy, hearty Cheeseburger Soup!

Looking for other hearty soup ideas to get you through the winter? Try Spaghetti & Meatball Soup, Butternut Squash Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, White Chicken Chili, Herbed Chicken & Dumplings, Buffalo Chicken Chili or Roasted Tomato Basil Soup


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Cheeseburger Soup

Yield: 5 (1 cup + croutons) servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ tablespoons light butter, divided
  • 1 hamburger bun with sesame seeds
  • A pinch of garlic powder and salt
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ lb of 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 ½ - 2 teaspoons McCormick Hamburger Seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups fat free, low sodium beef broth
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can of Campbell’s Healthy Request Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • ½ cup fat free half and half
  • ½ cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup shredded 2% sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Using kitchen shears, cut the hamburger bun into bite sized cubes (about 25). Melt a tablespoon of the butter and toss the cubes in it until coated. Sprinkle a pinch of garlic powder and another of salt over the bread cubes. Lay the cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until they have a crouton texture. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, bring the remaining ½ tablespoon of light butter over medium heat. Add the celery and onions and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute until vegetables are softened. Remove vegetables to a side plate.
  3. Keep the pot over medium heat and add the ground beef, breaking it up with a spoon or spatula. Sprinkle the meat with the hamburger seasoning and continue cooking until browned.
  4. Add the vegetables to the meat in the pot along with the broth, cheese soup, half and half, yogurt, and about 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese. Stir the mixture together until well combined and increase the heat to high. Once the mixture starts to bubble, reduce the heat to a simmer (low) and let simmer for 20 minutes. Serve topped with remaining cheese and reserved croutons.

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
7 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
259 calories, 16 g carbs, 10 g fat, 25 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

adapted from food.com

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22 Responses to “Cheeseburger Soup”

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    Jess — November 15, 2013 @ 12:30 am

    Emily – can you share what’s in the hamburger seasoning? Not sure I want to buy a whole bottle, but I could probably make my own if I know what’s in it. Thanks!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — November 15th, 2013 @ 12:35 am

      Hi Jess, according to the McCormick site the ingredients are: Salt, Spices (Including Black Pepper And Chili Pepper), Onion, Red Bell Peppers, Sugar, Garlic, And Natural Flavors.

      I also found this copycat recipe (though I’ve never tried it so I can’t speak to whether it tastes the same): http://www.holistichomemaking.org/2012/07/mccormick-grillmates-hamburger.html

      I use the hamburger seasoning in several other recipes and I just finished the bottle on this one! It’s delicious :) Hope this helps!

    • Jess replied: — November 15th, 2013 @ 12:36 am

      Thanks! I’ll check it out!

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    Alexis {Diva on a Diet} — November 15, 2013 @ 1:09 am

    Aww, man, now that is some comfort food! Or I guess I should say, aww, woman! My mom makes a low carb version of this (sans the bread)… she’s low carb to control her diabetes, but this version works me me! Thanks for sharing it!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — November 15th, 2013 @ 1:44 am

      Haha @ aww woman – love it. The croutons are only 1/5 of a hamburger roll anyway, so it doesn’t even add that many carbs! Hope it’s a hit – let me know!

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    Miranda Perkins — November 15, 2013 @ 2:09 am

    Can’t wait to try! Thanks emily for another great sounding recipe!

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    Kimberly Rendino — November 15, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    Sounds great! I’ll be trying this soon. I’m in Syracuse, and our dusting of snow surprised me too (not sure why…..like you said we shouldn’t be shocked, lol!)

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    Anonymous — November 15, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    If I can’t find mccormick hamburg seasoning what spices are in it so I can substitute?

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — November 15th, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

      Hi, I listed them all out and provided a link to the first commenter on this post – I would copy & paste them here but I’m responding from my phone. If you just scroll up a little bit you’ll find your answer! thanks :)

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    RandomLove — November 17, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    Thanks for posting another great recipe :)

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    Anne — November 17, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    Okay, this is already a favorite! I cooked the soup early afternoon and transferred it to a crock pot to keep warm and to let all the flavors marry one another. Every time if go into the kitchen, I take a taste ;)

    I added a small amount of crushed red pepper ONLY because we like things a little on the hot side! This is a fabulous winter dish!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — December 3rd, 2013 @ 4:07 am

      I’m so glad it was an instant hit! Crushed red pepper sounds like a yummy addition :)

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    kristyn — November 19, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    thanks for this recipe. i have been looking for a lighter version. <3

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    Jenn — November 27, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    I made this last night for dinner and everyone loved it! I have made many of your recipes and what I always love is that my entire family enjoys the meal. Thank you for all your great recipes!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — December 3rd, 2013 @ 4:08 am

      Aw, thanks for the nice comment :). I’m thrilled to hear that everyone loved the soup!

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    Anonymous — December 4, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    Fantastic! I made this soup to take for lunches and it exceeded my expectations! It’s very filling and tastes wonderful. I didn’t have any hamburger seasoning, so I used McCormick’s Spicy Montreal Seasoning. Added just the right amount of kick! Thanks for this recipe!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

      Mmm, I love the Montreal seasoning, I’m sure that was just as delicious. So happy this recipe was a big hit! :)

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    Lauren Salerno — January 7, 2014 @ 12:41 am

    Made this tonight and we LOVED it. It was the perfect combination of creamy and cheesy. I took the suggestion of someone else and added a little crushed red pepper, which gave it the right amount of spice!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

      So happy to hear you loved it! :)

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    Tiffany P — January 15, 2014 @ 12:38 am

    I love all the recipes of yours I have tried so far. This one, I didn’t care for though :( I think it was the hamburger seasoning. I ended up dressing it up with some canned tomatoes and 2/3 cup of ketchup and I’m sure I’ll finish the pot I made. I’m wondering… could you use the same creamy soup concept with chicken instead? I think this recipe is awesome, I just might prefer it chickeny.

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