Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
This Bacon Cheeseburger soup is inspired by a soup I tried (and adored) many years ago when I worked for a fantastic catering company. The chef has long retired and my memory of exactly what was in it had faded, save him telling me that everything that was part of the perfect burger meal was in it. With that hint of a recipe I set out to make my own version. The end result is better than its inspiration and includes everything a good Bacon Cheeseburger meal should.
Mama's Bacon Cheeseburger SoupPrint Recipe
- 3.5 lbs ground beef
- 2 yellow onions
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 3 tomatoes
- 5 dill pickle spears
- 1/3 cup banana pepper rings
- 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 6 cups beef stock
- 4 cups ham stock
- 2 bottles beer (I used Bud Light Lime)
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup yellow mustard
- 1/3 cup relish
- 1 lb bacon
- 1 32 ounce block meltable cheddar cheese (Velveeta or any brand)
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 bag seasoned frozen french fries
- 2 tablespoons Black Peppercorns (rough chopped)
- 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
Fry the bacon until crisp. Chop bacon and set aside. Pour the rendered bacon fat into a large stock pot.
Dice onion, tomatoes, pickles, peppers and lettuce. Set aside in separate dishes.
Add the ground beef to the stock pot and brown on medium high heat.
Once meat is almost completely browned add onion and garlic. Finish browning while stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
Add one bottle of beer and mushrooms, stir and allow to cook for 5 minutes
Add second bottle of beer, pickles, peppers, and tomatoes. Stir and allow to cook for 5 minutes
Add both types of stock. Stir and reduce heat to medium. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes
Add ketchup, mustard, relish, salt and pepper. Allow to simmer 30 minutes.
Cube cheese and add slowly to soup, stirring as added to melt without sticking.
Add lettuce and pour in uncooked french fries.
Allow to simmer at least 30 minutes, can cook longer.
Serve with chopped bacon sprinkled on top as a garnish!
This Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is a meal in a bowl. Serve with some fresh baked bread for dipping or without, either way it is satisfying and filling. I love making hearty soups like this for my family to enjoy on colder days. You can freeze this soup with no issue, which I do often so I can pull some out in a pinch! Though I rarely get to freeze any because Tucker and Bacon Beer Hubby eat half the pot the first day! If you love a good Bacon Cheeseburger give this soup a try; it might sound odd but it tastes amazing!