Chef Meg’s Makeover: Cheeseburger Soup

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Cheeseburger soup was not one of the recipes that I prepared in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. I took one look at the ingredient list (1/2 pound processed cheese!) and the nutrition info (almost 1/2 day's worth of salt in every serving), and I knew I had to make this over. You could eat a McDonald's cheeseburger and small fries for just about the same amount of calories! 

Minutes to Prepare: 5
Minutes to Cook: 25
Number of Servings: 4
Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving: 1 cup
  • Calories: 196.6
  • Total Fat: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 30.0 mg
  • Sodium: 72.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 19.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 14.4 g


8 ounces extra lean ground beef (95/5) 
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 large onion, diced 
3 large carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
pinch cayenne pepper
tablespoon whole wheat flour
4 cups homemade chicken stock (or no-sodium stock)
1 Russet potato, peeled and diced 
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup reduced-fat evaporated milk
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
Roma tomatoes, diced


Brown ground beef and set aside. 
Place a medium saucepan over moderate heat. 
Add the oil, then add the onions, carrots and celery. Cook the vegetables over moderate low heat for 10 minutes, then add the spices and cook another two minutes, stirring often. Slowly add the stock, stir and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove the soup from heat and puree using an immersion blender or a food processor. Return the soup to the saucepan, add the potato, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cheese, beef, and evaporated milk; cook another 2 minutes. 

Ladle one heaping cup into bowls, and top with the lettuce and tomato. 

Get the full recipe here:
Chef Meg’s Makeover: Cheeseburger Soup
Serving Size: 4 one cup servings
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MJ7DM33 8/2/2019
Thanks Chef Meg! Report
FISHGUT3 1/25/2019
thanks Report
MUSICNUT 11/25/2018
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
Thanks Report
Sounds really yummy Report
We've made the regular cheeseburger soup and it's a family favorite so we had to try this one out-got thumbs up all around and we all thought it was tastier than the original. Report
This sounds really good. I think I'm going to try it this week. Thanks for sharing. Report
its on the meal plan for this week but will skip the milk Report
This sounds like it will be good. Will give it a try. Thanks Chef Meg! Report
I love recipe makeovers! It's a goal of mine in the kitchen! Thanks, Chef Meg! I wanna be like you when I grow up! :D Report
The recipe sounds yummy on a cold day, but I'd probably leave out the evaporated milk.

My favorite soup is French Onion..... but I don't ever want it "made over." The crispy bubbling cheese and bread is a MUST! Report
This sounds good for a cold winter night meal! Report
A 200 calorie portion of soup reminiscent of a cheeseburger is not gross. There is no good reason not to have great flavor in a healthy way. A lean hamburger, with cheese on a light bun is fine. A Whopper with Extra mayo is obviously bad. This recipe looks good and I am going to try it. My teenage son may like it too. Report
I love Italian wedding soup. Report
this is yummy...substituted cut up chicken because we don't eat red meat Report
I love white bean turkey chili.... I like chili/soup that isn't tomato sauce based. Report
This isn't as bad as it sounds. I may try it one day but I've so many really good soups, thanks to my Southeast Asian friends and, not to mention my wife's sterling efforts...... Report
This sounds like a good one to try on my boys. . .thank you for sharing. Report