Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is loaded with thick cut bacon, seasoned ground beef and a beer cheese broth that is outrageously delicious! Make this simple comfort food soup in just 30 minutes – perfect for a game day meal!!
Cheesy soups are the perfect dinner option for cold winter nights because the rich flavors are so comforting. Add a bit of beer to the broth, and you’ll have a whole new flavor to appreciate!!
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
The combination of ground beef, crispy bacon, and gooey cheese makes this bacon cheeseburger soup a favorite!
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Ground beef – You could easily substitute 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!
To see this recipe step by step, watch the video! Look for it in the recipe card, at the bottom of this post.
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!
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup FAQ
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.
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.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Great Game Day Foods
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup + Video
- 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
- 12 ounce beer, (I used Blue Moon)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups half and half
- 16 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
- bacon bits
- shredded cheddar cheese
- dill pickle chips
- Warm an 8 quart pot over medium-high heat. Using clean scissors, cut bacon into pot. Cook bacon until lightly crisp, stirring occasionally.
- Add ground beef to the pot and use a wooden spoon to break up any large pieces. Cook until browned, about 8 minutes, stirring and draining excess grease as necessary. After meat is cooked, you only need about 2 tablespoons of drippings in the pan. Tip for removing drippings: Scrape all meat to one side, then tilt the pan. Drippings will pool on the side. Use a large spoon to remove drippings as necessary.
- Add in flour, seasoning and paprika and stir until meat is coated with flour. Add beer and scrape the bottom of the pot with a spoon to deglaze the pan. Add chicken broth allow soup to cook for 3 minutes. Stir in half & half to combine. Increase burner heat slightly to bring contents to a bubble, then reduce heat to low. Add cheese and stir continuously until cheese is melted. Allow to cook on low until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.
- Garnish with croutons, bacon, shredded cheese, pickles, or other favorite burger toppings of your choice.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published October 2013, updated and republished January 2021
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