Bacon Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup Recipe + Video

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Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is loaded with thick cut bacon, seasoned ground beef, and a beer cheese broth that is outrageously delicious! Make this simple hamburger cheese soup in just 30 minutes – perfect for a game day meal!! Make yourself a warm bowl of soup! 

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This easy cheeseburger soup is 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!!

This is my favorite soup and a great way to get that good cheeseburger flavor in every single bite.

I also love having this on hand for busy weeknights as this hearty soup recipe really is the perfect soup. 

You can make a big pot of soup to share a great meal with family and friends, or create a smaller batch of this flavorful soup for just yourself.

And yes, I always add a tons more shredded cheese to my own bowl of soup because I can’t get enough of that cheesy flavor. 


Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

The combination of ground beef, crispy bacon, and gooey cheese makes this bacon cheeseburger soup recipe a favorite!

When you are craving soup, consider my Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup, it’s so simple!

Or, when you are in the mood for takeout but don’t want to leave the house, try this Zuppa Toscana Soup


Easy Cheeseburger Soup 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, green onion, yellow onion, more bacon, bell peppers, or even sliced red onion.

    If you like heat, try a dash of hot sauce or jalapenos! Don’t forget that spices like garlic powder and extra cheese are never a bad idea.

    You can also dice up and add brown potatoes as part of the flavor. Add whatever you want for your own personal consumption. 

To see this bacon cheeseburger soup recipe step by step, watch the video! Look for it in the recipe card, at the bottom of this post.

Beer cheese soup in a pot

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 with some other game day foods, like Buffalo wings or cornbread.

Bowl of beer cheese soup

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup FAQ

What’s the best way to reheat beer cheese soup? 

Heat the leftover hamburger cheese soup 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 beer cheese 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 of this easy cheeseburger soup.

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.

Can I swap out the ground beef for ground turkey?

You bet. This comforting soup is a great recipe because it’s really versatile. I like to use lean ground beef because the entire family likes it, but you can also use turkey meat or any other ground meat for this dish.

It’s a great idea to mix and match flavors on some of your favorite recipes so that you can try out other easy ways to make a decadent soup.


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Bacon Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup Recipe + Video

Donna Elick
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is a scrumptious, creamy hamburger soup with beer, bacon and ground beef. This recipe makes a 30 minute meal!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 8


  • 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

Optional Toppings

  • croutons
  • 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.
  • Enjoy!


Donna’s Notes

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 heavy cream, which would make the soup much more rich.
10/14/15 This recipe was edited to reduce the Montreal Steak Seasoning to 1 tablespoon. It was originally published with 2 tablespoons of seasoning.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 605cal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 947mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 0.3g | Calcium: 484mg | Iron: 2mg

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.

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

Originally published October 2013, updated and republished February 2024

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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.

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

  2. 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?

    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!

    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!

    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.

    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!

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

    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.

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

    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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

    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.

    2. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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 !

  11. 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.

    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!

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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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