Keto Cheeseburger Soup

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Thick, creamy and delicious. This keto cheeseburger soup has all the components of a cheeseburger, but in a soup!

Low Carb Cheeseburger Soup Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup diced Daikon radish
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 3 cups chicken broth or beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 slices cooked crumbled bacon
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced

Keto Cheeseburger Soup Directions

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a couple bowls of cheeseburger soup with all the fixings

If you’re not American, you may not have heard of cheeseburger soup. It is a very popular type of soup made with ground beef, grated cheddar and other ingredients which are typically put on a burger. As the name suggests, this keto cheeseburger soup is like having a cheese burger in a bowl of creamy broth. This is the perfect meal to have on a cold Winter day as it is both warm and comforting. This recipe makes for a creamy, rich, low carb cheeseburger soup which is super family friendly and an American comfort food classic! Kids will love this recipe and beg you to make the keto bacon cheeseburger soup recipe more often, because who doesn’t love the taste of a cheeseburger? Especially if you top it with bacon!

spooning a bite of cheeseburger soup

Keto cheeseburger soup is hearty, delicious and easy to throw together. This recipe delivers all the flavors of a juicy burger, but without all of the unnecessary carbs. It can be served either as a starter if you’re having friends over or as a meal for a filling weeknight dinner. If you wish to serve a side with this hearty soup for a nice presentation, we suggest a refreshing garden salad as the soup is quite filling. If you have extra soup leftover, you can easily reheat it and have it for flavorful and filling lunch the next day. It makes the best leftovers!

For this keto cheeseburger soup, ground beef and grated cheese are the key ingredients. However, you can easily top it with your favorite burger toppings, such as, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles, bacon and even more cheese! In this recipe we use cheddar as it melts really well and makes the soup even creamier. However, you can use other keto friendly cheeses for different flavors. Try fontina, cream cheese or gouda cheese. We also use chicken broth as it is lighter in color and makes the taste of ground beef stand out more but you can easily use beef stock if you prefer the taste.

two bowls of creamy soup with bacon on top

How Can I Thicken Soup Without Flour?

This soup is thickened by arrowroot powder, heavy cream and the cheese. Arrowroot powder is a type of starch which can be used instead of flour. It is either used in baking or as we are using it in this recipe, to thicken liquids. Arrowroot powder is a good low carb thickener as it thickens 7 times more than flour does, so you only need a little bit to get a thick soup. Arrowroot powder has no taste and leaves your broth looking clear. Thus, your other main ingredients, such as the tender ground beef, smoky bacon and cheese can stand out so you get more of these flavors with every bite! The heavy cream and the cheese add to the richness of the keto bacon cheeseburger soup and make it even creamier! For the creamiest soup, add another type of cheese, like cream cheese.

How to Make Cheeseburger Soup Keto

To make this soup keto friendly, in this recipe, we remove the traditional potatoes and Velveeta cheese that is found in most cheeseburger soup recipes. Cheeseburger soup is keto approved if we omit these foods as most of the other typical ingredients are low in carbs already. We use daikon radish in place of potatoes and grated cheddar cheese instead of the Velveeta cheese. Our version of this creamy low carb soup is high in fats due to the bacon, ground beef and cheese and low in carbs, making it the perfect satisfying keto meal! The best part of this recipe is that if you didn’t know that this cheeseburger soup was low in carbs, you would never be able to guess! This recipe is proof that you can still enjoy tasty comfort food on a keto diet.

Tips for Making a Cheeseburger in a Soup Bowl

  • Broth – As we mentioned before, you can use either beef broth or chicken broth depending on your preference or what you have on hand.
  • Toppings – Add toppings just as you would on a regular burger to complete the cheeseburger experience. You can add bacon, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onion slices, pickles and even more cheddar cheese!
  • Bacon – To get more of a smoky, crispy bacon taste, brown the bacon bits over medium heat for a few minutes, until the texture is crispy to your liking.
  • Melted Cheese – The best way for the cheese to melt just right is to keep the heat low and stir the cheese in slowly.
  • Slow Cooker – This soup can be made in a slow cooker. All you need to do is add all the ingredients, except the cream and the cheese and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Stir in the cream and cheese right before serving. Pretty simple right?

a bowl of creamy, cheese soup

Topping Ideas

We would recommend using tomatoes, dill pickle, shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, onions, ranch dressing, sour cream or even bacon as toppings. You can also add a can of Rotel, diced tomatoes or tomato paste for more of a tomato base soup. The addition of tomatoes gives a more traditional cheeseburger taste as there’s always ketchup or sliced tomato on a burger! Any keto friendly toppings that you would typically have in a cheeseburger can be added to this soup recipe. Even jalapenos or a fried egg on top! You could even add in cauliflower if you didn’t want to add in daikon radish.

Is Velveeta keto friendly?

Velveeta is fairly low in carbs so you can use it in moderation while following a keto diet. Other cheeses might be lower in carbohydrates than Velveeta, so it depends on how many carbs you have left to spare in the day. Velveeta is highly processed cheese, so if you are trying to eat clean, whole foods, we wouldn’t recommend using it. In this recipe, we prefer to use cheddar cheese instead of Velveeta.

Slow Cooker Instructions

To make this keto soup recipe in the slow cooker, add all of the ingredients except the cream and cheese. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Then stir in cheese and heavy cream before serving.

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