Cheeseburger Soup (a la Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives)!

9 11 2009

“Hello. My name is Amanda, and I’m addicted to The Food Network” BWAHAHA….

But, really, let’s get serious. I could have Food Network on 24/7 and love every minute of it.Β  The worst part? Seeing something AMAZING and knowing that you either need to take a cross-country trip to eat it, or come up with your own recipe πŸ˜‰Β  This happened, YESTERDAY.Β  I know—it didn’t take long for me to give in to the craving—-it was THAT intense!

Yesterday, while the hubs was taking a mid-afternoon cat nap during the football game, I sneakily switched the channel to 231–The Food Network, and what was on?Β  Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.Β  I came in on the last part of the show, as he was headed into a place called “Grovers” in East Amherst, NY.Β  They are known for their burgers, but even moreso for their Cheeseburger Soup.Β  As I heard this, my eyes grew big and I started to salivate—-yes, I know, I have a REAL PROBLEM!Β  The lady went through the recipe and I just knew that was going to be delicious—Guy Fieri (the host) said it was amazing, and couldn’t stop eating it.Β  I knew I had to have it!Β  This was Sunday afternoon.Β  Fast forward to 7am on Monday.Β  I wake up wanting Cheeseburger Soup.Β  I told you–A REAL PROBLEM!

So, after shoving the hubs out the door for work, I get dressed and haul my butt to the grocery to get the all important ingredients that I don’t keep in the house for this recipe—Velveeta or Cheese Sauce, Half&Half, and lean ground beef.Β  I was SO READY for this!

This first attempt, I’ve made pretty close to what “Grovers” did, but when I make this again (and I WILL make this again–it is THAT good), I’m going to work a little more at getting the same taste with a few different ingredients to cut down the calories and fat.Β  Today I could not handle a failure, so I stayed with the somewhat original ingredients πŸ˜‰

Here’s my recipe from this first attempt:

Cheeseburger Soup


2 lb 96% lean ground beef

Hamburger seasoning or salt/pepper

1 large onion, diced

1 Tb light butter

1 box (32 oz) Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth

~1/2-3/4 of a 2 lb log (so, approx 1-1.5 lb) of 2% Velveeta Cheese (On the show, she used Cheese sauce from a can, but all I found was Cheese Wiz, and thought Velveeta would work better)

1-1.5 pint Fat Free Half & Half

1 Tb flour

1 Tb cold water (may take a bit more)

3 medium tomatoes, diced

1/2 head of lettuce, shredded


In a skillet sprayed with cooking spray, brown the ground beef.Β  Season with your choice of hamburger seasonings—I used McCormick Hamburger seasoning.Β  Drain and set aside.

In a large soup pot, add 1 Tb light butter, and diced onion.Β  Allow the onion to sweat over medium heat.Β  When the onions become translucent, you are ready to continue.

Add the chicken broth (she used a chicken base–like bouillon + water–but I think it is just easier to use broth), the diced Velveeta and the half & half.Β  Allow the velveeta to melt into the mixture.

In a small bowl or ramekin, mix the flour and water to make a slurry.Β  You may need a bit more of water–just add enough to make a smooth mixture, somewhat thin, but not watery (if that makes sense).Β  Once mixed well, add to the cheesey mixture. Stir to combine, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly (the cheese likes to stick).

Add the ground beef to the soup pot, turn down to medium low heat.

Dice tomatoes and shred lettuce and then add to the mixture.Β  Stir to combine and turn to low heat until ready to heat.

I NEVER would have thought that lettuce in a soup would be good, but it really, really is!

This is comfort food at its greatest, ladies! MMMMMMMMM

Now, what’s the damage you may ask?Β  Well, it’s not horrible, really!

Nutritional Information:

Servings:Β  This makes about 14 cups of mixture—so 9 servings

Per serving (1.5 cups);

Calories: 359

Fat:Β  12 g

Fiber: .9 g

WW pt :Β  8




110 responses

13 11 2009

OMG Amanda! I also love Food Network but with a husband and 7 year old daughter in the house I either have to sneak away to another room or watch it when everyone is still asleep on Saturday mornings. I saw part of this episode and heard a comment made about the soup but I missed the recipe. Thinking that cheeseburger soup sounded awesome I made up my own recipe and cooked it last night. It was pretty yummy I think. I made mine with ground beef, beef broth, diced tomatoes, cheese dip (friotos brand -mild), ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper and shredded onion. Now that I know the real recipe I will have to make it but I gotta say I kinda like mine and will probably make it again. Thanks!

13 11 2009

I’m so glad that you were able to get some inspiration from mine πŸ™‚ I absolutely loved it, but it definitely took some work figuring out the ratios since she made what looked like about 50 portions on the show, and the recipe isn’t anywhere to be found online (BOO!). So, it took quite some time to figure out how the heck to make this just for me and the Mr. I am thinking the next time I make it, I’m going to use a little cream cheese instead of the half&half to make a creamier consistency. We shall see how that works…I will update after I’ve tried it πŸ™‚

18 08 2010

I saw this and I thought they put mustard in it??

28 08 2010

Lorrie—I don’t believe so. I could be wrong, but I watched it several times and tried to stay as close to the original recipe as possible. I don’t believe there was mustard in their version, but have since seen another cheeseburger soup that DOES call for mustard.

Can anyone else provide any info on this? I haven’t seen the episode in awhile….

21 12 2010

I just watched this episode yesterday and got online as soon as I could to try to find out how to make it (or atleast something close). I am soooo glad to know that I am not the only food channel junkie out there lol. I saw someone ask about mustard, there is NO mustard in the soup she made on the show. Guy made the comment that he thought the cheese sauce was mustard and he was afraid of the thought of that much mustard going into the soup, but that was his mistake. It was not mustard!!! I hope that helps. I haven’t made the soup yet, but I will soon. I’ll be back with results!!!

21 12 2010

Shannon–Thank you so much for visiting my blog and clarifying this mustard business. I was certain there was no mustard in it, as I’ve watched the episode multiple times, but was really starting to second guess myself after the few comments regarding it! Thanks again…

21 12 2010

I have a question. The soup looks pretty hearty but I was wondering if you served something with it or just let the soup be it’s own meal. Also I was wondering what you thought about adding some bacon with the onions???

21 12 2010

The soup is very hearty, and although we haven’t had this in awhile, I don’t believe I served anything with it (although I’m sure you could). I think a piece of crusty bread would be DELISH dunked in the cheesy soup…yummmmm

21 12 2010

Oh…and I don’t think bacon could do anything except make it even yummier! I say, go for it!

2 12 2009

When you say a log of velveeta, do you mean a 1lb log or 2lb? Other than that it sounds like it should be pretty close to what Grover’s makes. I live in the town next to Amherst and I can say personally that Grover’s has some of the most amazing food..

2 12 2009

Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention–much appreciated! You are the first to even say anything about that–I’m hoping people aren’t thinking I’m crazy if they used the small log….thinking, “THIS is suppose to be cheesey?!” YIKES! Thanks to our oh-so-wonderful grocery (please note sarcasm here!) here in Indianapolis, we only have 1 option…..2 lb. Believe it or not, I didn’t even know 1 lb logs existed until I visited my parents in their tiny town this past weekend! Shocker, I know!

Thanks to your comment I have made note of the log size in the recipe!!!! I don’t know if you saw on my other comment, but I think the next time I try this I will possibly try some cream cheese or a little heavy cream instead of half-and-half. It definitely tastes very much like a Cheeseburger…very delicious! I loved the wilted lettuce in the soup, but Mr. Amanda said he may like it just as well added when served. Soooo…also take that into consideration. I don’t know if that would make it easier, or more of a pain in the butt! πŸ™‚

One of these day we will make it to NY, and believe me, Grover’s will definitely me on my list of places to go while there…..their food looks FANTASTIC!!!!

6 12 2009
Mrs. Davison

Amanda- I googled “Cheeseburger Soup” after watching the fabulous Food Network and ran across your website. I am having guests from Italy over tomorrow (12/07/09) night who are use to the best food on the planet! I am debating on making the Cheeseburger soup for them! I also considered a roast. Do you have an amazing roast recipe? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your website- it is real and I love how you “tweak” recipes. CIAO-

6 12 2009

Mrs. Davison-
I’m so glad that you enjoy my site and recipes! I love the challenge of taking a yummy recipe and making it “available” for those of us looking to watch our waist-line πŸ™‚ I almost consider it a game
As for a roast…I did make a delicious roast just the other day, but I haven’t added it to the blog just yet and haven’t quite figured out all of the calories just yet (promise that is coming soon, it’s just been ridiculously busy around here lately!). So, here’s a special run down for you πŸ˜‰ It’s a crockpot recipe, so makes it an easy recipe when you have other things to accomplish…

2 lb of some type of roast (butt, chuck , etc), cut into 1 inch cubes
~ 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tb rosemary
1 Tb garlic powder
2 tsp Lawry’s seasoning salt
1 Tb extra virgin olive oil
5-6 carrots (just eyeball it…based on the size of your crockpot)
4 Yukon Gold potatoes
1 large onion or 2 smaller onions
Cooking spray
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1/2 packet of dry onion soup mix
1 Tb Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c red wine
1 cup beef broth (low sodium if possible)

Trim the fat off of your beef, and then cut into cubes (or just small pieces..makes it easier to dish out at the end). Season all sides with salt and black pepper.

Mix the flour, rosemary, garlic powder and seasoning salt.

Toss the beef cubes in the flour mixture–not to get a heavy coat, but to merely lightly dust the beef with flour.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.

Brown the meat, on all sides—not too cook it, but to merely sear the sides (to keep the juice in the meat–makes for a more moist roast). Once seared, set meat aside.

Prepare the veggies–peel the carrots, and cut into 3 or 4 big chunks (depending on how big the carrots are–you don’t want the pieces too small or they will disintegrate in the crock pot). For the onions, just peel and quarter or large chunks. And for the potatoes–I quartered them.

Spray the crockpot with nonfat cooking spray, and then put the veggies in.

Top with the meat.

Then, in a mixing bowl, mix the soup, onion soup mix, worcestershire sauce, red wine, and beef broth.

Pour the mixture over the meat and veggies.

Now, for cooking–you have two options. I was low on time, so I cooked for 2 hours on high, and then reduced to low and cooked for another 4 hours. It was fabulous. The next time, though, in order to make it easier for me, I am going to just cook it on low for about 8 hours…..I think that might be even better—cooking roasts on low makes them oh so tender!

Ok, so that’s my new fab roast recipe. Like I said, I don’t have the calorie count ready for this one yet. But, I would generally say that for 2 lbs, you would generally be talking about 4 servings, when it comes for roast. So you may need to add ingredients as necessary. Also, I’m sure you could still do the same recipe in a Dutch oven, electric skillet (that’s how my grandmother taught me to make roast), in the oven, or a stockpot—using the same ingredients, and just cooking it LOW and SLOW—and ALWAYS searing the meat first!

I hope that’s helpful. I’m going to work on the calories for this today and add it to the blog either tonight or tomorrow!

Thanks for the compliments! I hope you enjoy the Cheeseburger Soup and/or roast and your guests from out of town! Hope you continue to stop by…….

Thanks again,

30 01 2010


You are my hero! My wife and I saw this episode a few months ago and decided to try the soup and it was incredible! The only problem, we forgot to write down the recipe. Yesterday we thought about it what a good idea it would be to make it for our superbowl party next week but we couldn’t remember how to do it. You have made our party! The only question I have is in the preperation, my wife is certain and I can’t remember for sure that the flour was added to the sweated onions to make a roux and then adding the broth. Do you think doing it this way would be an issue? Thanks again!


30 01 2010

Thank you so much for reading! This will definitely be a fabulous Super Bowl soup….and perfect because I’m from Indianapolis (GOOO COLTS πŸ™‚ ).
The original recipe, that the lady from “Grover’s” showed on “D, D, & D” calls for a slurry (either flour & water or cornstarch & water) to thicken the soup. But, honestly, I don’t think it would make much of a difference adding the flour to the onions/butter. I would just be sure to add the flour early enough to be able to absorb some of the butter (you may need to add a bit more extra 1/2-1 Tablespoon). You could always add a flour/water or cornstarch/water slurry at the end if it’s still too thin for your liking! It really is a delicious, homey, and comforting soup! The more I talk about it, the more I think I might need to make some this weekend..LOL!
I also did a second try at the Cheeseburger soup (to make it a little lighter), that you may want to check out too:

Thanks for reading!

17 02 2010

Thank you so much. I did not write the recipe down and like you the next morning I got up wanting this soup! I will be making this soon.

17 02 2010

Thanks, Vickie! I hope you enjoy the soup. That Triple D episode makes your mouth water looking at that soup, doesn’t it?! Yummmm….enjoy!

20 02 2010

Thanks so much for this recipe. I remembered seeing this soup on Triple D but couldn’t remember exactly what the lady put in it. I did a google search and found your recipe. πŸ˜€ Much appreciated! Hope to make this for tomorrow’s supper.

20 02 2010

Rita—Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you enjoy the Cheeseburger Soup…such a yummy and comforting dinner πŸ˜‰


8 03 2010

Also saw the Cheeseburger Soup recipe but dont like videos unless they give amounts. Thanks for breaking this down. I’ll be making it soon.
Please sign me up for your recipes. Thanks.

11 03 2010

Watched the DD&D’s on your restaurant. My friends, 10-18 adults, go on a cheeseburger hunt each Sunday during winter. I have forwarded the DD&D video + the cheeseburger soup recipe. Will be making the soup this weekend!!!
Their road trips only visit about 50 miles around the Greater N. Kentucky/Cincinnati area.
Wish you were closer.
Keep up the good food & work.
Jim in NKY.

11 03 2010

Thanks for the comment, but I have to say that I am not the owner of Grover’s restaurant…just a home cook who takes recipes and makes them her own πŸ˜‰ And…I am in no way affiliated with the Food Network (I WISH! LOL). I do hope ya’ll enjoy the Cheeseburger Soup recipe, though. I absolutely love it, and is a great soup to comfort you when it’s cold outside, you’re not feeling well, or you’re just a little down in the dumps.

I do hope you enjoy it..let me know. I’m not sure that Grover’s, the restaurant in Amherst, NY, has a website, but you can find the location information on the Food Network website!

Thanks again,

27 07 2010
Jessica B

I’ve been to Grover’s and have had the cheeseburger soup and let me just tell you it is AMAZING. If you ever have a chance to visit, it is well worth the trip!!!

21 08 2010
Jane Devine

Thank you so much for the Cheeseburger Soup Recipe from Grover’s. I am going to try your recipe and hope it turns out just as well.

2 11 2010

you rock! thanks for sharing this recipe…..

8 11 2010

Hi there I was wondering how much ingredients I would need to feed 30 people? I want to make this for my sons birthday party. Thank you.

11 11 2010

I would probably triple the recipe since the original recipe makes 9- 1.5 c servings. 1.5 cups is quite a bit, but if you triple the recipe, that will only make 27 1.5 c servings, which I think will be more than enough, as some will not eat as much as the serving size!


8 01 2011

My husband and I saw this particular show last evening and with a “date night” tonight decided to make your recipe. It is fabulous!!

Originally I looked online for recipes for Cheeseburger soup and I was disappointed in how many recipes called for potatoes. Don’t get me wrong, I love potatoes, but I was looking for the recipe on DD&D – which didn’t call for them. I was very excited to find yours! In fact, my husband asked tonight– “aren’t we supposed to put mustard in this?” and I was quickly able to tell him that debate had already been made – and although he could add it if he would like, it was not on the recipe for Grover’s. LOL!

I have a friend who is a chef and has always said lettuce is a key ingredient in a great soup. Up until now, I didn’t believe him. It REALLY does make a difference.

Thanks for going to the effort to put together the recipe for those of us who need one! It’s always a disappointment when we see someplace on DD&D and know we won’t likely be that direction anytime soon.

So from a couple of folks on a “date night” in Kansas……thanks for making evening fun in our own kitchen!

8 01 2011

Rachelle- thank you so much for the kind words! I’m so glad I was able to contribute to a fun and delicious date night πŸ™‚

13 01 2011

Speaking of lettuce in something hot – you wouldn’t BELIEVE how adding shredded cabbage adds a little crunch and “juice” to hot chili πŸ˜‰ We add it fresh at serving time – so not limp – AMAZING and I would have NEVER thought it – not even that big a cabbage fan πŸ™‚

17 01 2011

YUM…..will definitely have to try that sometime, Malinda! I love cabbage in soup, but hadn’t thought about it in chili. Thanks for the idea!

9 01 2011
Pam Brown

Hi, Wow I JUST turned on the DDD show and didn’t even make it through the intro for the show before I had to hop on Google to see if I could find a recipe for the Cheeseburger Soup! I didn’t even see the segment yet and it made my mouth water! Unreal! I will definitely make the soup sometime very soon. Very, VERY soon! Oh—maybe even tonight!
This is one of my fav shows. I’m also in Indianapolis. Shout out to a fellow Hoosier! Our Colts just lost last night so I’m having a Pity Party now! I think Cheeseburger Soup would make me feel better!!
Thanks for the recipe!

9 01 2011

Hello, Pam! I hear ya on the pity party. It was a rough game and definitely calls for some comfort food today πŸ˜‰ I’m curling up with a bowl of corn chowder as we speak!!! Hope you enjoy it….

9 01 2011

I just saw this episode on DDD and went scurrying to find the recipe. Like others have mentioned, yours was the closest I could find, thanks so much for all the effort to get it out there for us. I’ve marked your blog as I can tell this is someplace I would like to come back.

9 01 2011

Thank you so much….I hope to continue to see you around!

9 01 2011
Erin Scott

OH MY GOSH! i just watched this episode and i was DYING for the recipe! thank you thank you THANK YOU! (:

9 01 2011

You are more than welcome! I hope you enjoy it!

12 01 2011

It’s sooo nice to see other people going nuts to get this recipe & to know I’m not alone here in East Texas. There’s a lot of freezing East Texans right now who are SAINTS FANS that aren’t too happy about the Play-Offs this weekend either!! I’ve been a TRUE Saints Fan for over 26 years, even though I’m born & raised in TX. NOLA has the BEST FANS & LOVE their Team win, lose or draw, baby!!

Thanks so much for the Recipe & I love your website!

13 01 2011

HI! Thanks so much for posting this recipe. I made it tonight for dinner and it was amazing! My husband was confused when I told him about cheeseburger soup but I made a believer of him. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

17 01 2011

Brandi—I’m so glad you enjoyed the Cheeseburger Soup. I have to believe that, if I just heard it, and hadn’t seen the show, it would seem a bit radical or unappetizing, but that is far from the reality. YUMMMM….I think I’m going to be making a batch again VERY SOON!!! Mr. Amanda has been pestering me about it..LOL

17 01 2011
Denise Richardson

Thanks sooo much for this delish copycat recipe. My mother used to eat at Grovers for many years. I was very happy to find this recipe. Made it today and I cannot believe how much it tastes like a very high end cheeseburger. I even used fat free half and half but couldn’t find light velveeta, but it is sooo worth the calories. Continue with your blog and give us more deliocious recipes. Thanks again.

19 01 2011

Thanks for writing, Denise! So glad to hear that you enjoyed it as much as I did (and do!). There are definitely ways to lower the calories and still make it taste delish, but you are very right in saying that it is definitely worth the calories πŸ™‚

Thanks again…and hope to keep you around as a reader!

18 01 2011

Hi, Amanda! I saw that episode of “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” and had to make that cheeseburger soup! When I googled it, I found your blog. Woohoo! I am going to the grocery store to buy the ingredients today. Can’t wait to try it! Thank you for the info and I truly appreciate the service you are providing to us other Food Network fans. Also, have you seen “Bizarre Foods” on the Travel Channel? I have tried making many of the things the host has eaten. Some work, some don’t! LOL! Take care and thanks again.

19 01 2011

Thanks John! I really hope you enjoy it…it’s so delicious and comforting. Not sure where you’re from, but here in ole Indianapolis, we’re definitely in need of some warm, comfort food about now (as the snow makes its way in..grrr). I hope that no matter where you are, you find the soup delicious and comforting for you πŸ™‚

And I have seen ‘Bizarre foods’, and absolutely love it…..I also really like ‘The best thing I ever ate’ (on Food Network). I will be adding new stuff soon (not cooking a lot during the week right now with Mr. Amanda’s work schedule and my school schedule)……so, in the next week look for new, delish food!!!!

Thanks again..and I hope to keep you around as a reader!

24 01 2011

Well Amanda you have my attention! I too am a foodie. As much as I enjoy your blog I do have to say that all your followers are not women. I made your first version of cheeseburger soup and it was the hit of the Packer victory party over the Bears. I appreciate all the time and effort you put in to make us happy and impressive to others. What is better than brining the joy of food to others?!?!?! Thanks and do look forward to sharing more of the wonderful world of food with you and everyone else.

12 02 2011

Hey Amanda ! Thanks for the putting a practical twist on the Cheeseburger Soup recipe. I really apreciate your attempt to make the the recipe more healthy(if Cheesburger Soup could ever be could ever considered healthy). Using Fat Free half and half , light butter, and reduced sodium chicken broth really knock some of the calories off this already heavy soup. Oh, and you get extra brownie points for racking up the nutrition facts. As a Health Nut in training, I’m always looking for the facts. Thanks alot and Keep up the good work !

12 04 2011

OMG!! I just watched this episode while ironing and immediatly I had to google cheeseburger soup and I found your site and was so exctied you had the same idea as me, I am going to be trying your recipe ASAP!!!
Thanks for being as obsessed with food as I am.

18 04 2011

Thanks Lindsay! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

14 04 2011

This looks good, I have to try it. Do anyone know if it freezes well?

18 04 2011

To be honest, I have no idea about the freezing-I have never tried it before. Maybe someone else will chime in with an answer here? I hope you enjoy it either way!!!!

19 08 2011

If you want to freeze it, you should probably put in the lettuce/tomatoes only in the part you are going to use and use fresh when you defrost the unused portion. Also, not quite sure how velveeta would stand up to the froze and re-heated test, but if you use the canned nacho/cheese sauce it should be okay.

14 04 2011

Wow….I saw the show for the cheeseburger pie for the first time yesterday….April 12,2011 I must say, it grabbed me too….it’s all I’ve been thinking of. I’m out of velvetta because we made mac/cheese yesterday…:)
Prefer pork, and have my own homemade turkey broth. Like the cream cheese idea, so will use that too.
Will let you know how it all turns out…..

22 04 2011

WOW Amanda, I could have written this entry! I felt the same way when I seen this episode the other night! I immediately went online looking for a recipe for the soup, came across your entry first and stopped looking! I cannot wait to try this! I have told a few people about the cheeseburger soup and have passed the recipe on! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU so much for taking the time to perfect it!

14 07 2011

Hi…Just watch the show and what looked like mustard was the cheese sauce. Will be making this soon. Beth

10 08 2011


11 08 2011

Good to see so many food fans! I just watched and wrote down everything I saw. One thing I noticed was that she used chicken base, not beef – so chicken broth would be a nice, lighter backdrop. Also, you can buy the canned cheese at your local store. It is nacho cheese sauce and is located near spaghetti and pizza sauces, and it is sold in small soup sized cans or large value cans. I think this would add a great flavor, and be much easier than melting velveeta. I also think it would be cool if after putting the soup in a serving bowl, you do a small drizzle of ketchup and mustard! Why not get crazy?!

19 08 2011
julie messner

you tube video of Groovers cheeseburger soup…enjoy!

20 08 2011
Teresa Van Keuren Hyde

Saw this show last night and it just made my mouth water…going to try it this week…..I am always trying to come up with something new, cooking the same thing every week gets old. I think I will try adding bacon and have a side of crispy french beard…yummmy!!!!

20 08 2011

I saw the show last night and can’t get cheeseburger soup out of my mind! So glad to find your blog! Thank you for taking the time to put this recipe together! I’ll be making this for sure!!! I’m located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and knew a trip to NY was not gonna happen!

23 08 2011
Katie Blevins

We just seen the epiosde of triple D last week and been dreaming Cheeseburger soup ever sense. We have family in East Amherst and were just there 3 weeks ago, I wish I would have know about this before so we could have went to Grover’s. Thank you for put this recipe on here!

28 08 2011

I saw this show when it first aired and forgot all about it, then the other day I DVR’d a whole bunch of the shows and to my surprise this show was on again and I did the same thing I did the first time……..kept saying I want this soup. I am so glad you put the recipe up, soup, it’s whats for supper tomorrow night lol
Thank you so much you are the best πŸ™‚

27 11 2011

Thank you! Thank you for the recipe. My husband and I watch the diners,drive ins, and dives all the time, and when we saw the cheeseburger soup we both looked at one another and starting to drool. Then I have been looking all over creation looking for the recipe so I can make it and try it out and OMG!! it is out of the world!!! My whole entire family loves it. I wasn’t sure the lettuce or the tomatos was going to taste right with it,but, I was amazed how it work so good together. Thanks a million for posting this recipe. We make it for the football weekends as much as we can. We live at Louisville, KY. Goooo Louisville Cardinals!! God Bless you and your family.

8 12 2011

Thank you for the kind words, Erica!

8 12 2011

Have you thought about adding a picture to this post? I would LOVE to post it on Pinterest!!!

8 12 2011

Thanks for visiting, Danialle! I have thought about it, and would like to–I just haven’t had a chance to! I will definitely work on it soon, though–thanks again for stopping by!

27 12 2011
Danni T

OMG!! sooo excited!! i live in texas right now, itz 1 in the morning and watching a triple D marathon when i saw this episode. i’m pregnant and most things don’t look or sound good these days or what does sound good is not safe to eat, but cheesburger soup is safe and seems mouthwatering!! i spent an hour looking for the recipe closest to the original and as soon as i saw yours i was in heaven!!! thank you thank you thank you!! hope my almost mother-in-law will buy the ingredients and help me make it!! can’t wait to try it!!!!!!!

27 12 2011

Nice to find an alternative post to the loads of fat, sodium and carbs in the recipe on DD & D. I always look for these types of ingredients. I think we’re beginning to wake up to additives we don’t need and look for more healthy choices. I’ll be using no sodium broth (can always add, but not taken away) and let each person decide their own salt content, but only if they ask. I don’t put salt on my table, but have it if someone wants it. By the way, Velveeta comes in 8 oz. packages too!

The only critique I have is your statement, β€œ[…] comfort food at its greatest, ladies!” I felt left out. I’m the man of the house and I’m also the chef of the house too. I cook better than my wife; she knows it and just wanted you to know guys like to cook too and would be visiting your page just like I am, in addition to the β€œladies”.

27 12 2011

Blake–Thank you so much for visiting!! I’m so sorry if I offended you with my “ladies” talk–I’ll be sure to keep you in mind when I post in the future!

As for the 8oz Velveeta–if you can believe it, I can’t find it anywhere around here! I’ve looked, as my parents can find it at their tiny grocery in my small hometown, but it doesn’t seem to be a priority in the groceries here in Indianapolis!

Thanks for visiting!

27 12 2011

I saw the DDD episode last night and immediately started searching for the recipe. So glad I found this site! I’m going to make this tonight! Thank you!

27 12 2011

OK, just an update! I just got done making this and WOW, it’s delicious! It really does taste JUST LIKE a cheeseburger!! I was amazed how the lettuce stayed crisp and I’m very curious as to how the leftovers will taste tomorrow. I followed the recipe exactly except I used regular half and half (not reduced fat) and regular sodium chicken broth. Thank you so much for this recipe, it’s comforting and tummy-warming on a cold December night!!

8 01 2012

I also made this soup after watching this episode. It was awesome and my family loved it! That’s good considering my kids are so picky. I also diced up some dill pickles to serve with it. It actually made it taste even better. This soup is addicting.

13 01 2012
Margaret Winney

I can no longer get the foodnetwork but I have wanted the recipe for the cheeseburger soup for some time. Now I can’t wait to try it.

13 01 2012

I was wandering if you could use the chedder cheese soup from the can instead of Velvetta. In the soup section of the store you can buy chedder cheese soup. I use it when I make scalloped potatoes and it is really good, so what do you think???

14 01 2012

Hey Lora!
I don’t see why you couldn’t use the soup. However, I do think it will change the ratio of liquid used. Since I haven’t used the soup (or a liquid version of the cheese) I don’t know the specific amounts (as I think the soup may have a more mild cheese taste, requiring a larger quantity). I am going to try this (possibly this weekend) to try it out! Let me know if you do as well and your results!!! Thanks for reading!!

26 01 2012


I am using the cheese soup and making it in the crock pot so I hopefully will have yummy soup tonight! I will let you know how the cheese soup works.

14 01 2012

I just watched the episode with this and I googled it immediately. I am so glad that there were others craving this recipe too. Thank you so much for sharing! I cannot wait to make this!

14 01 2012

Thanks for the recipe! Fixing it today for a bunch of hungry boys (after I get a bowl!) I saw this episode on Jan 13, 2012 —-sorry I missed the original episode but glad I’m finally able to enjoy!

14 01 2012

My husband and I just made this soup ~ love it!!!!

14 01 2012
vera owen


14 01 2012

My husband and I just saw this episode a couple of nights ago (1/11/2012) and we were both drooling. I’m a weight watcher and noticed you listed the points for this soup. Is the 8 point value for the program before points plus? If so, do you have the info for the protein and carbs?

Many thanks and love your blog!

14 01 2012

Thanks! Unfortunately, I haven’t updated (or re-calculated) the cheeseburger soup recipe for PointsPlus. Those recipes I do have listed for PointsPlus are listed with PP after them. I’m slowly but surely updating the blog for PP values πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!!

15 01 2012

I am making it today with the can soup, and someone mentioned what else a person could make with it as a side dish. Well I think since you are basically making a cheeseburger why not have french fries for your side dish, sounds yuumy to me, just dip the french fries in the soup. I will let you know how it turned out. I sure wished I knew what kind of cheese she put in her soup though. TTYL

15 01 2012

I think she used just a liquid cheese (like a nacho cheese sauce). Honestly, I don’t know that it would make much of a difference, as I think it’s simply a restaurant secret so they don’t have to keep cheese as a perishable (if that makes sense). One word of caution with the side of fries—the soup is very filling, rich, and heavy. You may want to have a little less soup for each serving if you have fries too–otherwise, you may feel like you want to explode before you’ve made much of a dent in your soup πŸ™‚ Just my two cents πŸ˜‰

Let me know how it turns out for you!

15 01 2012

Made Amanda’s Cheeseburger Soup (LOVED IT!!!) after seeing the episode on TV. Used wild hog (abundance here in southern OK) and it was FABULOUS! One of our fav. soups EVER!

15 01 2012

Thanks Susie!! So glad to hear you loved it as much as Mr. Amanda and myself!

15 01 2012

I hit “Reply” too quickly, Susie. Wild hog sounds A-MA-ZING!!! Unfortunately, we don’t have that here in ole Indiana :-/ Freeze one of those bad boys and send him my way πŸ˜‰ J/k

Thanks for stopping by!

15 01 2012

how long does the soup take??

15 01 2012

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to make it, but it probably takes 30 min- 1 hour, including browning the meat. That’s just an estimate….

23 01 2012

40 minutes just made it tonight.

19 01 2012

Thank you so much for posting this!!! I am a food network junkie as well, I was going to attempt to make up a recipe until I stumbled across yours!!! I am making it tonight and absolutely cannot wait to try it!!! Thanks again!!

23 01 2012
Matthew McLaughlin

Made the cheeseburger soup tonight because Its National Soup month, don’t you know. I saw the show over the weekend on the inertnet and just had to try it. I did one thing a little different though, I put a little cummin in while browning the meat, adds just a little zing, even my 2 licky teens said oh dad you have to make this again.

29 01 2012
Jim DeFio

Made the cheeseburger soup today, fabulous.. I made one addition, Yellow Mustard, it gave a small bite to the soup. I’m going to serve it, Super Bowl Sunday, with soft pretzels and beer. I have other ideas to tweak the soup, bacon crumbles, additional cheese (blue comes to mind), pickles or pickle juice.

5 02 2012
Jo Grassetti

I’ve been looking for this recipe and was happy to finally find it. The ww points is a bonus! I made mine with light velveeta, skim milk and 90% beef and it was just as good. I also sautee the onions in a non stick pan with a little beef broth instead of butter. A crumble of bacon bits (10 calories a T) to garnish and you have a wonderful healthier version.

19 02 2012
Bo Fisher

We live a mile from the restaurant and eat there often. Made your version of the soup and it was great. A very close copy. I made it for our family soup cook-off yesterday and I won. Thanks for the recipe. Never thought to make this at home befroe reading your blog.

25 02 2012
Yvonne Cunningham

Thank you so much for the recipe. We live in Alaska and it surely gets cold up here and that soup will be great.I have had it were i work but i didn’t know how to make it ,now that i do i will be making alot.I would really like to have your recipe for your corn chowder all the recipes i have ever had or seen are very it not suppose to be kinda thick?thanks a bunch in advance.


26 02 2012

Thank you so much for the kind words! As for my corn chowder–it is here on my blog “smack the sick out of ya’…..”. Mine isn’t extremely thick,
but not runny either. Yes, some are much thicker and more chowder-like, BUT most of those are also extremely high in fat and calories. Although mine is a little thinner, it could be thickened with a little cornstarch slurry.

28 02 2012

Found your recipe online.. and my picky eater asked for Cheeseburger Soup for dinner tonight. His comment on your recipe: YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

Wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

11 03 2012

Love Guy on Triple D!

3 04 2012

Just ate cheeseburger soup from Grover this past Saturday while traveling from Dallas with my son for U16 National Hockey tournament!!! All I can say is OMG YUMMY! I will have to give your recipe a try! Thanks!!

19 04 2012
Ron Pope

I’m going to my kids’ house for poker night and want to show off with this soup! Do you have any hints for “make ahead” time? Can you do the cheese mixture and beef separately and then add them together with the cheese just prior to serving. I’m afraid if I make it ahead of time and bring it over it will lose something.

19 06 2012

I made this but also added some diced hamburger dill slices – it really tasted like a cheeseburger then!

27 07 2012
Traci Kishbaugh

Bless you for posting this recipe. I saw this episode and really wanted to try it, but the recipe isn’t on the Food Network site. Just the video. I was so disappointed. Then I googled it and found your site.

28 07 2012

I personally do not like velveta cheese. If I use nacho cheese, how much would I use?


3 12 2012

Honestly, I’m not really sure…I would probably add maybe a jar, then taste and go from there. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!


26 10 2012

This was really great! I just made a big batch and it’s amazing. I added crispy bacon to mine, though (my boyfriend really loves bacon cheeseburgers).

3 12 2012

So glad you enjoyed it!

Thanks for writing, Laken

3 12 2012

Amanda, I’m making this tonight for the first time, have you tried serving the lettuce and tomato on the side, or right when it’s served? My hubby is incredibly picky and runs a burger joint…you get my question right : \

3 12 2012

Bethany–thanks for writing! I haven’t actually tried it that way, but I don’t know that it would be bad–just result In Crispier lettuce. Let me know if you try it and what you think with the lettuce and tomato omitted until serving πŸ™‚

14 03 2013

I am glad I found your page because my husband and I drove our motorcycle from boston(home) to Niagra falls and specifically made a pit stop at Grovers just to have the Cheeseburger soup!! It was awesome! We have been wanting to try to re-create it since! Thanks for the recipe!!!

18 08 2013
Mary-Lane Kamberg

The lettuce adds an interesting texture to the soup.

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