Cheeseburger Soup With Bacon

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Enjoy the flavors of a cheeseburger in a piping hot bowl of this delicious keto cheeseburger soup, with ground beef, bacon, onion, cauliflower, cream, and lots of delicious cheese.

» If you like this soup, you’ll love these 10 Homemade Keto and Low-Carb Soup Recipes.

Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

I was pretty skeptical before I made this soup for the first time. I love cheese burgers and I desperately miss them while I’m eating low-carb, but it just didn’t sound like it would make a very tasty soup.

I was so wrong.

This is now one of my favorite soups and it’s perfect for low-carb eaters, because the simple ingredients are all low- or no-carb stars. That makes it a great keto lunch.

Keto-friendly cheeseburger soup

You can even turn this into a bacon cheeseburger soup. With loads of cheese, bacon, hamburger, and onions, it’s as close to a cheeseburger as you can get in a soup. And it doesn’t take long to make, which is the best part. You can even make it in the Instant Pot, if you have one.

» If you are missing cheeseburgers also you might want to try these Air Fryer Hamburger Stuffed Mushrooms.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This soup is packed with hearty ingredients and it all comes together in a creamy delicious soup. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to put together:

cheeseburger soup ingredients
  • Ground beef – Use 1/2 – 3/4 pound, depending on how meaty you want it to be. You could also use ground chicken. I think it’s best to use a 95% lean ground beef so you don’t end up with a greasy soup.
  • Bacon – Cooked and crumbled. I add a little bit to the soup for flavor and a little bit to the top as a garnish.
  • Cauliflower – Cut into small bite-sized pieces. You want them to mimic potatoes.
  • Onion – Red or yellow onion will work. I actually prefer the taste of sweet onions. To cut the carbs slightly more, you can leave out the onion and garnish with green onions instead.
  • Beef broth – Use low-sodium beef broth or 3 cups of water and beef bouillon cubes.
  • Shredded cheese – I use a mixture of white and yellow cheddar. Whatever you have on hand is fine.
  • Cream cheese – This gives the soup a nice silky, creamy texture and adds some flavor.
  • Garlic – Add as much garlic as you like. I keep it to one clove so it doesn’t overwhelm the flavors.
  • Salt and pepper – To taste.

How to Make Low-Carb Cheeseburger Soup

This soup can be made any way you like – on the stove top, in the Instant Pot, or in the slow cooker. Adjustments only need to be made to how much time you cook it for, depending which method you choose.

Step One:

This soup can all be made in one pot. Use a 3-quart stock pot. Start by browning the ground beef and two of the strips of bacon, chopped into small pieces, and the chopped onion. The more browned, the better, because all those crisp brown edges lead to increased flavor.

You can cook the last strip of bacon and crumble it for garnish. This also adds some nice crunch to the soup.

cheeseburger soup prep

Step Two: 

Next add the cauliflower to the pot. Stir a few times so the beef doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan. Sauté for about 5 minutes. Then you can add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds.

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Step Three:

Now add the beef broth, salt and pepper to the pot and stir with a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Cook for around 10 minutes to build flavor.

Step Four: 

Turn the heat to low. The liquid cannot be boiling at this point, or the cream and cheese will curdle. Add the heavy cream, cream cheese and shredded cheese. Stir until the cheese is all melted.

If you’d like to thicken the soup, add the xanthan gum and stir well to incorporate. Simmer for 5 minutes to thicken.

Step Five:

Serve the soup with the bacon crumbles on top. You can also add extra shredded cheese, some green onions and chopped pickles, if you want it to taste even more like a burger.

cheeseburger soup

Can Keto Cheeseburger Soup Be Made in the Instant Pot?

Yes, you can absolutely make this soup in the Instant Pot. To do so, just brown the beef, bacon, and onions on sauté mode. Then add the garlic, cauliflower, broth, salt and pepper. Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 2 minutes. Allow for a 10 minute pressure release, then release the remaining pressure. Add the cream cheese and cheddar cheese and stir well.

Tips and Notes

  • This soup contains 4 net grams of carbs per serving.
  • You can add xanthan gum to thicken the soup, if you want, but it is optional.
  • Don’t skip the step of browning the ground beef. This is where all the flavor comes from and the soup won’t be as good without it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is This Soup Keto-Friendly?

Yes, absolutely keto friendly. Each serving of this soup contains just 4 net grams of carbs, yet it’s very hearty and filling which makes it perfect for a keto diet.

Can Leftovers Be Frozen?

Absolutely, you can freeze this soup. When you heat it back up, you want to do it gradually and while stirring, so the cream doesn’t break. Again, don’t bring it to a boil when reheating.

Is This Soup Thick or Thin?

You can make this soup as thick or thin as you like it, by using xanthan gum, which is a low-carb alternative to corn flour, which is also used to thicken soups. Add it in small amounts and stir in between to test how thick it becomes before adding more.


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Low Carb Cheeseburger Soup

Packed with all the flavors of a cheeseburger.
5 from 19 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 552kcal
Author :Laura Lynch


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 3 strips bacon 2 go in the soup, 1 is cooked separately for garnish
  • 1 cup cauliflower cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum optional thickener
  • Additional cheese and pickles for garnish


  • In a stockpot over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, two strips of bacon, and onion. When mostly done, add the cauliflower. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Pour the beef broth into the pot, along with the salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Add the cream cheese and heavy cream. Do not allow the liquid to boil. Add the shredded cheese. Stir until fully melted. Add the xanthan gum, if using. Stir until incorporated. Simmer for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Serve with crumbled bacon on top. Add extra shredded cheese and chopped pickle on top, if desired.


  • This soup contains 4 net grams of carbs per serving.
  • You can add xanthan gum to thicken the soup, if you want, but it is optional.


Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 1399mg | Potassium: 468mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1109IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 283mg | Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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13 thoughts on “Cheeseburger Soup With Bacon

  1. Elaine says:

    5 stars
    There is something about those cheeseburger flavors that make you want to dance lol! Fantastic way to enjoy your favorite flavors NOT in a bun! 🙂

  2. Marie-Charlotte Chatelain says:

    5 stars
    I would take the soup version over the burger for sure! Not a fan of burger buns at all so this one is for me! Thanks for sharing

  3. Kelli says:

    Cheeseburger soup?! What’s not to love in this recipe? So full of flavor and a delicious way to not miss the bun at all!

  4. Shadi Hasanzadenemati says:

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family

  5. Valerie says:

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite soups for a cold winter day. I haven’t tried topping it with pickles simply out of a case of closed mindedness LOL, now I’m curious.

  6. Sara Welch says:

    5 stars
    Love soup season for recipes just like this one! Warmed up with this for dinner last night and it did not disappoint! So delicious!

5 from 19 votes (11 ratings without comment)

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