Leftover Cheeseburger Soup

I am currently trying out a new diet that involves a serious amount of soup.  I’m actually ok with this, as I really do love soup.  And, it has forced me to try some different soups because they all need to be broth based and have a variety of vegetables. So…my yummy cheesy potato soup is gone for now.

But, I can replace this with this smoky grilled cheeseburger soup!

Cheeseburger Soup

I don’t consider many soups to be great for the summer time – this one I would.  It’s just like a cheeseburger.

You could use turkey burgers as well, we just happened to have a ton of leftover bbq’d hamburgers from a recent party.  (For another great way to use extra burgers check out this recipe for Leftover Hamburgers Sloppy Joes)

One of my favorite parts of this soup is the grill marks on the burgers – I just think that’s awesome.  My other favorite part?  My children have been ASKING me to make it again.  For some reason vegetables in soups don’t count as real vegetables in their book  – which is hilarious to me.

My suggestion to you, and this goes for almost all things grilled – make more than you think you need.  And plan ahead. It’s so fun to incorporate bbq into other meals.  It’s cost-effective, it’s makes life easier because some of the meal is already prepared for you, and above all else – it’s just plain delicious. (Check out our Leftover Bratwurst soup!)

Try this – I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  And tell your kids the vegetables aren’t real if they’re in soup! Maybe my kids will start a new trend! 🙂

Tips to Make Your Cheeseburger Soup Even Better!

If you can plan ahead then take the time to make these amazing grilled onions while you are cooking your burgers.  Substitute the grilling onions for the fresh onions in this recipe and it will be even better!

This recipe uses beef broth but you can also substitute this wonderful smoked chicken broth for an extra layer of smoke flavor.

You can use whatever type of potato you have on hand for this soup but if you are planning on shopping for ingredients then pick up some  Yukon Golds.

Lost of veggies in the soup

Leftover Cheeseburger Soup

A warm and tasty way of using up a pile of leftovers!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Calories 302 kcal


  • 2 - 3 leftover crumbled/cut up bbqed hamburgers
  • 3 tbn butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup peeled and diced potatoes
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsn salt
  • 1 tsn pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Sautee the onions, celery, carrots, and potatoes in a big pot with butter Let them sweat a little bit and get tender- for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the burger meat, and tomatoes - stir well.
  • Once it's bubbling, add in the beef broth. Let simmer on low until the potatoes are nice and soft-at least a half an hour.Stir in the cheddar cheese and serve.
Keyword Leftover Cheeseburger Soup


7 thoughts on “Leftover Cheeseburger Soup

    1. Great question and idea! I would think you’d be good either way…though I would probably sauté in some butter and olive oil first – that sounds great!

    1. We used a large can…whatever size that is in grocery store…like a double can. But really it’s your preference how tomato-y you like it.

  1. Making this now. It smells good and I’ve tasted a little as it’s cooking and has a good taste. Thanks for the great idea for using leftovers. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with different ideas for leftovers. Hopefully my family will like it 🙂

  2. the recipe you gave us on Bacon wrapped chicken breast you had grilled zucchini. Where can I find that recipe?

    1. Hi Bill! I’m sorry it took me a while to get back to you. Eventually, we’ll do a post on the zucchini, but it’s very simple. I tossed the zucchini slices in olive oil, chopped some fresh rosemary and added that into the bowl, and sprinkled some salt and pepper on it. It’s incredibly simple, yet SO good!!

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