Keto Cheeseburger Soup Recipe {Comforting & Delicious}

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You’ll love this delicious, Easy Keto Cheeseburger Soup. With riced cauliflower, a cheesy broth, seasonings, and flavorful ground beef, this healthy cheeseburger soup hits the spot without potatoes, Velveta cheese, or flour. This low-carb, gluten-free soup is hearty, comforting, and a great weeknight meal.

hero shot of keto cheeseburger soup garnished with cheese and bacon

Keto Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

It is finally starting to cool down here in Tennessee, and I am so excited for soups and stews. Yesterday, I couldn’t stop thinking about making soup. As I was perusing Pinterest, I found several delicious soup recipes, but none were keto-friendly.

I started thinking about how I could change up a Cheeseburger Soup recipe that I used to enjoy to be low-carb. I added riced cauliflower instead of potatoes, which was better than I expected. Usually, I’m not a huge fan of cauliflower. However, when you saute it in butter and add it to soup with a yummy ground beef/cheesy base, the flavors merge, and the result is delicious. This easy stovetop recipe makes a hearty and delicious soup. I think it tastes even better rewarmed to cover lunch for a few days.

If you love cheeseburgers, try my bunless burger or keto big mac salad recipe!

Is Cheeseburger Soup Keto Friendly?

Traditionally, cheeseburger soup contains potatoes, four,  and Velveeta cheese. This keto-friendly version of Cheeseburger Soup has cauliflower rice and shredded cheese instead. With only two net carbs per serving, this keto version is high in fat and low in carbs.

I’ve included step-by-step pictures below, but scroll to the post’s bottom for the recipe card with the complete list of ingredients and instructions.

Ingredients for Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Soup:

Ground beef – I prefer a ground beef with moderate fat, such as 80/20. The fat adds additional flavor for big cheeseburger taste. 

Onion diced/garlic cloves – onion and garlic is a must for just about every soup.

Butter – Used for the fat to saute the riced cauliflower for flavor

Riced cauliflower – adds bulk and body to the soup. I prefer riced cauliflower as it cuts down on the “strong cauliflower” flavor. I’ve found if you can saute it in butter and seasonings, it helps change the taste completely. 

Chicken broth – provides the base for this hearty soup 

Heavy whipping cream / Cream Cheese – Adds additional flavor, fat, and helps thickens the base of the soup. 

Shredded cheddar cheese – make sure to shred the cheese yourself as preshredded cheese doesn’t melt as smoothly 

basil, parsley, nutmeg, salt & pepper – don’t be afraid of seasonings! 

cooking riced cauliflower in a dutch oven

Step 1: `Start with a large dutch oven. Often, cauliflower is bland and mushy. Frying it in butter first adds delicious texture and flavor to this keto cheeseburger soup with cream cheese.

adding spices to the keto cheeseburger soup

Step 2: Brown ground beef until it is no longer pink, then stir in the spices and other ingredients in a large pot. Simmering the ingredients together creates a depth of bold flavors. I always keep browned ground beef on hand in the freezer. This saves so much time when making any recipe for ground beef. Add the spices, broth, and heavy cream to the ground beef mixture.

Variation Tip: I used chicken broth in my recipe, but you could substitute beef broth.

Stirring cheese into the low carb cheeseburger soup

Step 3: Make sure to shred the cheese yourself to avoid fillers that can make it clump instead of melting smoothly. Add a bit at a time, stirring gently between each addition.

Variations to this Recipe:

  • Sub ground chicken or ground turkey for the protein
  • Use beef broth instead of chicken broth
  • Sub larger chunks of cauliflower instead of riced cauliflower
  • Use various types of cheese
  • Add green peppers for additional flavor.
  • Use ground chicken or turkey in place of the ground beef
  • Saute other veggies with the riced cauliflower, such as carrots or celery
  • Use bacon grease instead of butter to saute the rice cauliflower

How to Thicken Low-Carb Cheeseburger Soup:

  • Simmer on low with the lid off until thickened
  • Add more cream cheese.
  • Use 1/2 tsp xanthan gum to thicken. To use xanthan gum, sprinkle it on top of the soup, then let it sit for approx 10min to thicken. It will seem like it is not working, but after a few minutes, the soup will begin to reduce. Adding too much will cause a slimy texture.
  • Remove about a cup of the soup from the pot and use an immersion blender. Then pour the mixture back into the soup.

How to Store Low-Carb Cheeseburger Soup?

Low Carb Cheeseburger Soup can be refrigerated for 3-4 days. You may need to add extra broth to the soup as it tends to thicken in the fridge. Since dairy products such as heavy whipping cream and cream cheese often break down when frozen, this soup may not freeze well.

Spoonful of keto cheeseburger soup with bacon on top

Serve in a large bowl and garnish with cheese, bacon, or another favorite topping.

This soup is so delicious! My family loved it, and it made me one happy mamma to know my family enjoyed such a healthy meal. Plus, it was easy to clean up, leaving more time to spend with my family, which is always a bonus!

What to Serve with Keto Cheeseburger Soup?

An easy fresh garden salad would go perfectly with such a hearty soup to make a delicious, healthy meal.

Toppings Ideas for Keto Cheeseburger Soup:

  • add cooked bacon to make a bacon cheeseburger soup
  • extra shredded cheddar cheese
  • chives.
  • Chopped dill pickles

More Delicious Keto Soup Recipes to Try:

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Keto Cheeseburger Soup

You'll love this delicious, Easy Keto Cheeseburger Soup. With riced cauliflower, a cheesy broth, seasonings, and flavorful ground beef, this healthy cheeseburger soup hits the spot without potatoes, Velveta cheese, or flour. This low-carb, gluten-free soup is hearty, comforting, and a great weeknight meal. #keto #lowcarb #soup #easyrecipe
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 482kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 of a small onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 12 oz frozen riced cauliflower
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese freshly shredded (not prepackaged)
  • 3 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  • Cook riced cauliflower in the microwave according to package directions.
  • Brown ground beef drain and set aside. (I brown mine in advance and freeze it in 1 lb portions.)
  • In a large saucepan, saute onion and minced garlic in one tablespoon of butter until translucent.
  • Add the other 2 tablespoons of butter and the riced cauliflower to the onion/garlic mixture and saute for 5 minutes, stirring so that it doesn't stick.
  • Add ground beef, chicken broth, heavy whipping cream, and spices.
  • Bring soup mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add cheddar cheese a cup at a time, stirring with a whisk so that it melts evenly.
  • Once the cheese is melted, add the softened cream cheese, so the soup thickens.
  • I used an immersion blender in about 1 cup of soup to thicken it further. Simmer for 5 minutes to allow the soup to thicken.
  • Serve!

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Notes

What to Serve with Keto Cheeseburger Soup?

An easy fresh garden salad would go perfectly with such a hearty soup to make a delicious, healthy meal.

Toppings Ideas for Keto Cheeseburger Soup:

  • add cooked bacon to make a bacon cheeseburger soup
  • extra shredded cheddar cheese
  • chives
  • chopped pickles

Nutrition

Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 42g | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 1g
Tried this recipe?Mention @kaseytrenumblogger or tag #kaseytrenumblogger!

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61 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing! I have been looking for keto/low carb soup recipes using ground beef, and I keep coming across taco soups, but as yunmy as they are, my system doesn’t handle spice well!!! This will be perfect, and the kids may even deign to give it a try. 🙂

  2. I made this today, and I used cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese mixed. I also put 2lbs of hamburger because my hubby likes his soup to be like a stew and with no crackers I wanted it to be nice and thick. It was fabulous.

  3. I made this tonight and my family ate it right up! Made this along with Low carb Cheesy Breadsticks and was the perfect combination.
    I didn’t have the cauliflower but I did have a veggie California medley aka (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) it was soooo good.

  4. The soup is fabulous, I made it yesterday for dinner, had it today for lunch! YummmY Good. Today I put about a tablespoon of sour cream, and butter, along with my cheddar cheese sprinkle on top! WOW…thanks so much for your dedication to KETO cooking!

    1. I make a slightly different version of this Cheeseburger Soup and it is so so good. The original recipe calls for potatoes but to make it keto I sub radishes for the potatoes and you can’t even tell the diffrence. Such a hearty comfort food for sure.

  5. Kasey! Just made this and my family loved it!! Including my anti-cauliflower eating 15 year old! She suggested me add bacon bits – the natural ones from Oscar Mayer…. it was the bomb!!! Bacon Cheeseburger Soup!! And she added American cheese on the top! Thank you so much for the keto meal ideas. You are helping me so much in my keto journey!!! Happy New Year!!! God’s blessings to you and your family!!!

  6. This is excellent. My husband and i feel you could rename it Cheesy Hamburger “Rice” soup. I’ll be making this again and again!

  7. 5 stars
    Absolutely wonderful. I will decrease nutmeg a bit next time, but otherwise, LOVED it. Definitely comfort food!!!

    1. I’ve only made the recipe as is, so I’m not sure. Dairy products often break down in the crockpot so you’d have to add those last.

  8. Question. I’m making this tonight. I noticed someone made a comment about xanthum gum but I don’t see that being used in the recipe ingredients. Has the recipe been updated without using it?

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. The info is per serving. The number of servings is listed at the top of the recipe card. I simply divide the recipe by the number of servings listed.

  9. 5 stars
    I was Leary about the cauliflower rice and the nutmeg, but I made it exactly like the recipe. It was unbelievably good. I am a low carb person. Am wondering how many carbs in a 1 cup serving. My husband also loved it. Have made your chicken taco soup and it was a winner as well.

    1. Great! So glad you enjoyed both recipes. The number of servings is listed at the top of the recipe card. I divide it evenly into that number of servings but I don’t measure exactly.

  10. I just bought a large amount of Queso Fresco cheese from Costco. Do you think that would be an ok substitute for the cheddar?

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