Cheeseburger Soup

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cheeseburger soup recipe

I laughed.

Let me tell you this dish isn't for her.

This dish is for people who can have fun with food. It is not for the embittered. It is not for the haughty. It is not for those on a diet. It is not for an adult version of an annoyingly fussy child that turns up their nose at everything that is served to them. It is however for the slightly crazy. Ahem, guilty as charged.

cheeseburger soup recipe

I first read about this on the gorgeous Caterina's site called Good Food Gourmet. She mentioned that this soup actually does taste like cheeseburger in a soup form and suitably intrigued I knew that I had to try it. It originally came from a diner called Grover's Bar & Grill and she first saw it on Guy Fieri's show "Diners, Drive ins and Dives" where he traverses America looking for interesting eats. Americans do burgers better than anyone and I figured that if the recipe came from there it had to be a keeper and it was simple to make with the whole thing cooked and ready to serve in less than half an hour.

I took a sip. By George, it did taste like a cheeseburger! It had the crunchy lettuce, tomato, cheese and the cheeseburger patty with pickles and onions-it was just sans the sesame seed bun. I realise that I might be verging into bacon jam territory here but if you love cheeseburgers, then this recipe is for you (try it with an open mind ;) ).

So tell me Dear Reader, where is the best burger you've ever had?

cheeseburger soup recipe

Cheeseburger Soup

Adapted from Good Food Gourmet

Serves 4 as a main

  • 1 medium onion

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • 500g/1 pound good quality minced beef

  • Salt and pepper

  • 4 tablespoons hamburger relish (I used the Beerenberg one)

  • 4 tomatoes

  • 1 cup finely shredded iceberg lettuce

For the soup

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1 cup milk, warm

  • 1 cup cream, warm

  • 2 cups good quality beef stock, warm or hot

  • 3 cups cheese or cheese sauce (they use Velveeta but we don't get that here) reserving some cheese to top the soup.

cheeseburger soup recipe

Step 1 - Heat up a frypan with the oil. Saute the onion for a few minutes and then add the mince. Brown the mince and cook it through. Season with salt and pepper and add the hamburger relish. Set aside.

cheeseburger soup recipe

Step 2 - Meanwhile make the soup (and by all means start this while the onion and beef is frying as that only requires the occasional amount of stirring). Start with a roux. In a medium sized pot add the butter and melt, then add the flour and cook on a low heat for 3-4 minutes. Gradually add milk and stir constantly in between additions so that you get a smooth mixture. Add the cream and stir and then add the stock. Lastly add the cheese reserving a little to sprinkle on top.

Step 3 - Ladle the soup into a bowl and top with lettuce, then beef mixture and then tomatoes and finish with a little sprinkling of cheese. Serve with fries, just because ;)

cheeseburger soup recipe