Keto Cheeseburger Soup

Keto Cheeseburger Soup is so Tasty and Low Carb – the perfect “belly warmer” for a cold winter night! Yes, I did say “cold” here in the Valley of the Sun. But, “cold” is relative. We do not see snow, but a hot and delicious soup is definitely comforting when the temperature drops in the winter. What could be better than a cheeseburger in a bowl? Our recipe is Low Carb, and so easy to make. You have to try this one!

Joanie surprised me with this soup, last night. We were headed to a planetarium show and to enjoy the eclipse of the moon, called the “Super Blood Wolf Moon.” She made it even more special by filling the kitchen with the smell of onion, cheese, beef and well, cheeseburger! My camera was ready to capture the result and we both enjoyed the eclipse even more after devouring a hot bowl of Keto Cheeseburger Soup!


Ground beef is the feature ingredient for the soup. In addition, a lot of cheese is necessary to make the soup Keto Cheeseburger Soup. Joanie started with an 80-20 blend of ground beef since it has more flavor than leaner versions. The excess fat is drained, but the flavor will remain. For cheese, she used primarily shredded cheddar and cream cheese. We do use Colby Jack and Parmesan for other soups like our Broccoli Bacon Cheese Soup. You can substitute other cheese for different flavor, but cheddar melts so well and added the creaminess she was after.

Many cheeseburger recipes use a beef stock, but Joanie chose chicken broth instead. It is lighter in color and is less dominant than beef broth. Her vegetables were grated in her Breville Food Processor. Joanie likes this soup to have small and uniform pieces of vegetable. Onion, carrot, and celery are the trio of vegetables. Cheeseburger soup recipes generally use potato to thicken. For her Keto version Joanie used cauliflower. The hidden ingredient is tomato paste; after all, who doesn’t like a tomato on a burger.

Joanie did not use a lot of spices for this creation. She does love creole seasoning and not only used a teaspoon in the soup, but also sprinkled a little on top of the finished soup. Of course, salt and pepper should be according to your taste. The ingredients are readily available and the whole soup is easy and so tasty!

Preparation Tips

Normally for browning ground beef in soups you would use a wooden spoon and stir and mash until crumbles are formed. We use this technique for our Low Carb Texas Chili. However, Joanie wanted an almost small meatball consistency for her Keto Cheeseburger Soup. Crumbles are not for this soup. Leave your beef somewhat chunky. She did drain the fat since we always like an 80-20 blend for our ground beef.

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I mentioned she was looking for a uniform size for the vegetables. Normally she would use her ancient food processor to pulse them to consistency. She really enjoys her new Breville Food Processor for tasks like this. Often you will see bloggers use an emersion blender to smooth their creamy soups after cooking. It is a great tool and we do use it, as well. I think she was looking more for vegetables that could be seen and enjoyed for their texture, while still cooking evenly and consistently for this soup. So no emersion blender.

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Low Carb Cheeseburger Soup – A Cheeseburger in a Bowl!

Top this unique and delicious winter “belly warmer” with some shredded cheese and a little creole seasoning and serve piping hot! It is a hearty, rich, chunky, and delicious soup – perfect for a cold winter’s night! You will be as surprised as I was to enjoy Joanie’s delicious Keto Cheeseburger Soup – a Tasty Low Carb winner!

Keto Cheeseburger Soup

Recipe by Joanie and Chris
4.8 from 190 votes
Course: SoupsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Keto Cheeseburger Soup is more than just a low-carb delight! Our recipe is so easy, so cheesy, so delicious – it's a cheeseburger in a bowl!

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  • 1 pound 450 g Ground beef 80-20 blend

  • 3/4 cup 120 g Onion grated

  • 3/4 cup 96 g Carrots grated

  • 3/4 cup 75 g Celery grated

  • 3/4 cup 75 g Cauliflower grated

  • 3 cups 710 ml Chicken broth organic

  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon Tomato paste

  • 1 cup 226 g Cream cheese softened

  • 2 cups 226 g Cheddar cheese shredded

  • 1 1/2 cups 350 ml Heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon Sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon Pepper

  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning


  • In a large skillet or stock pot, brown the ground beef until chunks are formed and meat is no longer pink in color – about 5 minutes. Drain the excess grease.
  • Add onions, celery, carrots, cauliflower and cook until softened (5 minutes). Add in cheeses and stir until melted.
  • Stir in tomato paste, chicken broth, cream, and seasonings and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with shredded cheese and sprinkle of creole seasoning on top.


Chef’s Notes

  • Ground beef is best chunky and not fully crumbled. Once the beef has been cooked you could add it to all of the other ingredients and make a crock pot version – cooking on low for 4-6 hours.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 532.9kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 7.8g
  • Protein: 20.5g
  • Fat: 47.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 25.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 149.4mg
  • Sodium: 976.7mg
  • Potassium: 410.5mg
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Sugar: 4.6g
  • Vitamin A: 2945IU
  • Vitamin C: 11.4mg
  • Calcium: 285.5mg
  • Iron: 1.7mg
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  1. Found this recipe on a Google search while in the grocery store and clicked on it because of the picture. I have never had Cheeseburger soup before……. DANG this stuff is good!!! I am already having my second bowl. Thank you for sharing it!!!

  2. Loved loved loved this! We added chopped pickles as a topping and the cool crunch was a nice added touch!

  3. My hubby HATES veggies. Will this work if I almost purée them to hide putting them in? Girls gotta be sneaky 😂😂

    • Joanie and Chris

      Absolutely! Flavor should be the same. Sneaky is good as long as it is good for you! Thanks for the comment . . . Joanie.

  4. I was looking for a way to use up some ground venison, this recipe worked great. I didn’t follow it exactly, half and half instead of cream, extra cauliflower, but it was really good. I’ll do it again

  5. Dwayne R Courchesne

    I didn’t add carrots and added some dried minced Carolina reaper and was a spicy but absolutely awesome !! Great Keto recipe

    • Joanie and Chris

      So pleased you enjoyed my recipe! As for the “Carolina reaper,” you must have a strong constitution. I hope you used a small amount . . . whew! Thanks for the comment . . . Joanie.

  6. Can I use milk instead of cream

    • Joanie and Chris

      Milk will produce a thinner soup, not the creamy soup produced by the cream. Plus, milk contains lactose which is a milk sugar. This will adversely effect blood glucose and would not be Keto. I do hope you enjoy my recipe . . . Joanie.

  7. LearningWordPress

    Hi, is the one cup cream cheese equivalent to 8 ounces (1 brick)? Thanks!

  8. Can you freeze what’s left over?

    • Joanie and Chris

      Some folks worry about freezing cream soups (they worry about separation). However, if you thaw slowly, and reheat on the stove, with a steady stir until smooth, you will be fine. I freeze cream soups a lot without issue. I hope you enjoy my recipe – it is one of our favorites. Thanks for the question . . . Joanie.

  9. I made this this afternoon for Dinner tonight, and, of course, I tasted it: it was wonderful (delicious and very satisfying). I just KNOW that my family is going to absolutely LOVE it. Mine came out a tad bit too “soupy’ for my liking, so I’ll be adding a bit of Xanthan Gum (to thicken it) when I re-heat it later this evening. I am SO looking forward to makin your “Southwestern Shrimp Bisque” at some point next week. That, too, looks incredible!

    • Joanie and Chris

      My guess is the cream in the soup will thicken as it cools, as well. I make this one often and it is one of our favorites. You will love my shrimp bisque. The little bit of sherry in the recipe males all the difference. Thank you so much for your comment and I hope you enjoy many more of my recipes . . . Joanie.

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