Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Ultimate Beefy Beer Cheese Soup + Video

Beer cheese soup is loaded with thick cut bacon and seasoned ground beef for a delicious meal. Make this one-pot recipe in just 30 minutes!

Title text (shown in a red bowl): Ultimate Beefy Beer Cheese Soup
The combination of ground beef, crispy bacon, and gooey cheese makes this bacon cheeseburger soup taste just like the real thing!

Cheesy soups are the perfect dinner option for cold winter nights because the rich flavors are so comforting.

My Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe is another quick and easy meal that’s made all in the same pot. Plus, the addition of jasmine rice makes it extra filling.

Crockpots are also a great way to skip a pile of dishes and have dinner waiting for you at the end of a long day.

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup spends all day cooking to get that rich caramelized flavor throughout. Just pop your bowls under the broiler at the end to toast the bread and melt the cheese on top!

Ingredients in bowls

How To Make Beer Cheese Soup

First, crisp the bacon and brown the ground beef in your pot. Then, season and deglaze with the beer.

Simmer with the half and half and stir in the cheese until melted. It’s that simple!

Enjoy as is or top with whatever you normally like on your burger.

Pot full of ground beef and seasoning

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
  • Ground beef - You could easily replace this with your favorite sausage, or I have another version of bacon beer cheese soup with chicken that’s just as delicious!
  • Montreal steak seasoning - This blend is fantastic on just about anything. It includes garlic, coriander, dill seed, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Any major store should carry it, or you can find recipes online for a homemade substitute.
  • Beer - I like Blue Moon in this recipe, but any Hefeweizen or pale ale would work nicely.
  • Half and half - A popular US product made from equal parts heavy cream and milk. Make your own as needed, or substitute one or the other. All cream will make the soup richer, while all milk will tone it down a bit.
  • Toppings - Try croutons, pickles, more bacon, or even sliced red onion. If you like heat, try a dash of hot sauce or jalapenos!

Beer cheese soup in a pot

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Dutch Oven or Stock Pot - I typically use my 8-quart pot for this recipe, but something smaller is fine as long as there’s room for everything.
  • Kitchen Shears or a Sharp Knife makes quick work of the bacon slices.
  • Wooden Spoon - Use this to break up the ground beef and stir everything together. It’s much better at scraping the tasty bits off the bottom of the pan than plastic utensils.
  • Box Grater - As much as I love buying shredded cheese because I'm lazy, freshly grated cheese melts down so much better and creates a smoother recipe.

Bowl of beer cheese soup

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

What’s the best way to reheat this soup? Heat in bursts in the microwave or on the stove over low heat until warmed through.

Stir frequently so it heats evenly and doesn’t separate, and add a splash of broth to thin it out if needed.

Can I freeze bacon cheeseburger soup? Because so much of the soup is half and half and cheese, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Dairy is notorious for separating when once thawed and reheated, so the texture of this soup would probably become unpleasant.

bacon cheeseburger soup

Is there a beer free alternative? The beer lends a flavor that you will not get with other liquids, and the alcohol cooks off either way.

However, feel free to replace it with beef or chicken stock for an alcohol free version.

Can I make bacon beer cheese soup in the crockpot? I don’t see why not! I would recommend making the bacon and ground beef on the stove as directed and still deglaze the pan with the beer.

Then, combine the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until the cheese is fully melted.

Enjoy!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Soup in a Bowl



Bacon Beer Cheese Soup Recipe Video

To see us make the recipe from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.


Yield: 8
Author: Donna Elick
Ultimate Beefy Beer Cheese Soup

Ultimate Beefy Beer Cheese Soup

Beer cheese soup is loaded with thick cut bacon and seasoned ground beef for a delicious meal. Make this one-pot recipe in just 30 minutes!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 30 Min

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces thick cut bacon, uncooked
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 (12 ounce) beer (I used Blue Moon)
  • 4 cups half and half
  • 16 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • croutons, pickles, bacon bits (optional garnishes)

Instructions

  1. Warm an 8 quart pot over high heat. Using clean scissors; cut bacon into pot. Cook bacon until lightly crisp, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add beef into pot. Break beef up with a wooden spoon. Cook until cooked through, stirring occasionally. Drain bacon/beef drippings as necessary; only leave about 2 tablespoons of drippings in the pan. Tip for checking drippings: Scrape all meat to one side, tip pan. Drippings will pool on the side. Use a spoon to remove drippings as necessary.
  3. Stir in flour, seasoning and paprika. Stir until flour is coated. Add beer and scrape the bottom of the pot with a spoon to deglaze the pan, allow to cook for 3 minutes. Add half & half. Stir to combine and bring to a bubble. Add cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Allow to simmer until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.
  4. Garnish with croutons, bacon, pickles, whatever you like on your burger.
  5. Enjoy!
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. Half and half is a US dairy product made up of half cream and half milk. Feel free to substitute accordingly. You may also use all cream, which would make the soup more rich. All milk would tone down the soup.
  2. 10/14/15 This recipe was edited to reduce the Montreal Steak Seasoning to 1 tablespoon. It was originally published with 2.

Title text (shown in a red bowl): Ultimate Beefy Beer Cheese Soup

Originally published October 2013, updated and republished January 2021

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65 comments:

  1. This is amazing! I made it and we finished it in one meal. YUM!!

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    1. Thanks for the review! When reviewers simply say a recipe looks good, it doesn't really help! I love reading from those who have actually tried a recipe.

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  2. All these soups look scrumptious. I will give most of them a try, I shared the site with co-workers.

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  3. The bacon cheeseburger soup came out tasting pretty salty - I dealt with it, but it was too salty for my husband. I wonder if I should back off on the seasonings?

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    1. If your steak seasoning is really salty, then yes I would cut the seasoning down. Also check the sodium content in your bacon, that could contribute as well. Enjoy!

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    2. Mine was too salty as well

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    3. Cheddar cheese has alot of salt too, look for a lower soduim version.

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  4. Is there a beer free alternative?

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    1. You could substitute beef or chicken broth. The beer lends a flavor that you will not get with other liquids and the alcohol cooks off so you are left with a palate pleasing flavor. Let us know how it goes, enjoy!

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    2. I would say, Beer is extremely good in food as is wine, all you have is a flavor, there is no alcohol if thats your concern.

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  5. Can you do this in a crock pot?

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    1. I have never made it in a crock pot. But I am sure it can be done. Give it a shot and let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

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    2. I was wondering the same thing, I'll give it a shot with the other soups as well. I'll post my findings!

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    3. Made it in the crock pot tonight. Cooked bacon and beef in frying pan first, Cooked for three hours on medium. Turned out GREAT!!

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  6. Sorry but what is half & half I'm from aus and don't know some of the things you use

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    1. Half and half is essentially half milk, half cream. So, creamier than milk but not as thick as plain cream. You could easily make it.

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  7. It's ok I found what it is now thank you will try it look great

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  8. Bout to make it I'll get back and tell ya how it went

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  9. This was AMAZING! My son and I BOTH loved it, it was warm, filling, and plenty for the next day for lunch too! Next time, I think I am gonna add some blue cheese!!

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  10. Now this is what I had envisioned when I ordered Cheeseburger soup in a small cafe last week! I was so disappointed when the soup arrived as although it had ground beef in a cheese sauce, it lacked this visual appeal.. we really do eat with our eyes!!

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  11. This was simple to make, and delicious! I added minced garlic and Old Bay seasoning to taste and OMG ahhhh-mazing!!! I will share this recipe!

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  12. Very good soup, but mine came out a bit salty as well. I will cut back on the Montreal Steak seasoning next time, or make my own and try to lower the salt content! If it is too salty for me, it has to be salty!

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    1. If it's too salty, you may want to add a cut up potato to absorb the salt and then remove it before serving

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  13. Any way to just list individual spice amounts instead of listing an off the shelf steak seasoning? It's much more cost effective long term to just measure and use the spices you have on hand than to buy a seasoning.

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    1. http://www.chow.com/recipes/10590-montreal-steak-seasoning, I do use this spice in the summer, but here are the ingredients

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  14. WOW! So delicious! And, amazing flavor! Keeping this one for sure!

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  15. As usual, this blog never fails to amaze me. It's like...you think up the idea for recipes that I would love to think up...but you think them up before I realize that I needed them. This summer my in-laws are visiting and I'm planning to make this recipe (I'll make it for the first time tomorrow as a test run with MYO Montreal Steak Seasoning using the link kennedy provided in the comments above) and the Margarita Grilled Chicken (my personal fave!). Happy New Year!

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  16. The calorie count is ridiculous. Not a healthy soup at all

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    1. That was my first thought, but I didn't see the numbers. Sounds great, but to be safe, where it says serves 8, I'd try and make it serve twice or thrice as many.

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    2. Um, it's a bacon double cheeseburger soup. It does not say it's a health food. And it is delicious.

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    3. This response is a few years late, but why comment on the calorie and fat gram count for a recipe that makes no claim to be diet friendly (which is tough these days as there are so many different eating lifestyles)? I can see doing that if the dish claims to be "light" or "low fat" or whatever, but otherwise it just amounts to food-diet policing. If a recipe isn't on your diet, either move on or figure out a way to substitute ingredients so you CAN eat it. Thank you.

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  17. Anytime your soup comes out to salty, drop half of a (scrubbed clean) potato in and leave for a few more minutes. The starch soaks up the salt. Works like a charm.

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  18. I'm going to make this next week for our adults & kids march break off, and serve it outside ( temp will be around 5 degrees) to them in tortilla bowls. We have a restaurant in town that serves it with shredded lettuce, diced tomato's & I'm going to add chopped avocado. Will let you know how it goes, thanks for the recipie !

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  19. This soup was very salty because the Montreal Steak Seasoning has a lot of salt. It was also too "soupy". 12 oz of beer and 32 oz of half and half was too much liquid so my pound of ground beef and 12 oz bacon got lost in the liquid.

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    1. One pound of cheese would not make it soupy, I don't think.did you add it? .Yes, 2 T of Montreal seasoning is excessive!! fresh oregano and other herbs from the garden would be better, then adjust salt before serving. But who follows a recipe to the T!

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    2. Yes, I did ad the full amount of cheese. The flavor was definitely there so I would try it again but maybe use the spices in Montreal and less salt then either reduce the liquid or increase the meat.

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  20. Could you add potatoes and onion to it do you think?

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  21. Yes , potatoes will absorb any extra salt. Also, to prevent over salting, you could use a no salt added spice mix like Mrs. Dash and then salt to taste.

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  22. I actually thought mine came out soupy too however after allowing it to simmer for a bit after all ingredients were combined it was perfect. This is a recipe I will take time with to allow all of the rich flavors to develop and come together rather than trying to rush through & get it on the table fast

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  23. First time trying a SRI recipe. Made this one to get rid of stuff in fridge. It came out great. I added chopped mushrooms to the beef & bacon before the flour. Also garnished with chopped raw red onion aND raw jalepeno. They added the perfect amount of crunchy fresh texture and bite! Can't wait to try more recipes. Thanks!

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  24. Making this right now. I will be adding diced tomatoes to mine. Fingers crossed...

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  25. My daughter and I make this soup all the time. We changed some stuff though. So instead of Smoked Paprika we put 1/4 cup of liquid smoke, 1 small chopped onion and 1 12 oz. Blue Moon White Belgian Beer. This soup. Never makes it to a leftovers stage.

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  26. Really good soup I added onion and also added oven roasted potatoes. It was like cheeseburger and fries in a bowl!

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  27. Got the stuff to make this for supper this week. Super excited! May go back to the store to get stuff for bread bowls. I will be cooking this salt free as I do have to be very careful. Will follow up with results

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    1. Not sure you need the Montreal steak spice as mainly salt, just make your own, I have seen low salt bacon.. I cook with low salt so find some recipes are too salty..

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  28. We have a family member who is a recovering alcoholic and will. not eat any foods prepared with alcohol. Is there a substitute for the beer? (Please don't just say that the alcohol cooks away. I know that, but that isn't my question.) Thank you.

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    1. I don't think anyone really cooked with alcohol years ago, I grew up with no alcohol added to food. Recipes like Beef Bourguignon have wine, but I figure it was one way to use up wine if you had a winery! LOl For this recipe for the beer, I would just use water and maybe some lemon juice, just taste it and adjust..

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    2. You could use chicken stock instead, it would add flavor while still adding that needed liquid ingredient?

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    3. Not a chicken stock fan! Unless, I make the stock myself and know what goes into it!

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  29. I make this quite a bit. My family loves it. Even my 85 year old mother likes it (and she hates beer!). I always use Michelobe Amber Boch. Last time I made it with Velveeta Sharp Cheddar. It made it really creamy, but needed more beer. I also use more Montreal seasoning and paprika than it calls for. I think that it is because I use a dark beer instead.

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  30. This recipe is the best cheese soup recipe I've ever had. I made it for a group of culinary students and they thought it was liquid gold. We could just drink it!

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianSeptember 29, 2017 at 8:13 AM

      Thanks so much Carissa! We are so happy everyone enjoyed it!

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  31. could this be turned into a freezer soup? cook it all and let cool and freeze?

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    1. Perhaps if you let it defrost and come to room temperature and slowly reheat it with some cream you may be able to reheat it successfully. I don't prefer the texture of reheated cheese based soups. But, give it a try and let us know how it goes! Enjoy.

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    2. I will try your recipe and I will use a Canadian made half and half.

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    3. I will try this recipe but I will use Canadian made half and half cream.

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  32. Do you taste the beer? I'm not concerned with the alcohol, I just really don't like beer, but don't want to substitute if it adds something to the soup.

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  33. Delicious!
    The only thing I done different was cut back on the salt content and I added 1 can of well-drained Ro-Tel. Yummy good for sure

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  34. This is my question as well... I hate the taste and smell of beer, I hope they come back and say it has NO beer taste lol

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  35. Just made it....cut up half an onion and threw it in about half way thru the bacon cooking, garnished with French fries. Amazing!

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  36. Donna,I'll have to give this soup a try! It sounds delicious! And talking about delicious your baked potato soup is a 10 !!!
    The best I ever tasted!! I did add some celery and carrots and half the sour cream. It was a home run.......

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  37. This was super delicious! I did add a sauted onion and red bell pepper, garlic, and a bit of Worcestershire. I don't like montreal steak seasoning so i used my own burger/steak blend. The texture and flavor were amazing. I will have to make a salad to go with it for next time though! Lol.

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