Lightened Up Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 45 mins
Servings 6

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A lighter version of an old favorite! The slow cooker makes this Cheeseburger Soup so easy — and you can prep everything the night before so there’s no work to do in the morning.

slow cooker cheeseburger soup in white bowl topped with cheddar cheese and green onions

So…. carrying on with my cheeseburger phase.

I am a BIG soup lover, especially in the winter. But I am one of those weird people who can eat a thick bowl of soup even in the middle of summer with no air conditioning in the house.

One of the reasons I love soup is the amount of veggies I can sneak in without anyone (okay, me) even noticing. All of the flavors cook together and create such an incredible depth of flavor, but you often can’t really pick out any one veggie from the mix (unless it’s broccoli — I can ALWAYS pick out broccoli).

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This Cheeseburger soup, although it sounds kind of ridiculously indulgent, is actually full of healthy things. Lean ground beef, creamer potatoes (I used a 1.5lb bag of Baby Boomers from The Little Potato Company, but I think any of the Little Potato varietals would work just as well!), carrots, celery, onions, chicken broth, and it’s made creamy with lot fat milk and just a tiny bit of flour.

If you’re wanting to make the soup gluten-free, try replacing the flour with half the amount (⅛ cup) of corn starch and whisking it into the milk.

This is one of those times when I threw a bunch of things into a pot, and was blown away by how good it was! It really is the perfect hearty and healthy soup for those chilly days.

white bowl with cheeseburger soup and potatoes and celery in the background

Want to mix things up? Try adding some of these veggies for an extra nutritional boost:

  • chopped fresh spinach or kale
  • diced peppers (I recommend cooking with the ground beef)
  • mushrooms

Or throw in some cooked bacon for Bacon Cheeseburger Soup! The options are endless 🙂

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Lightened Up Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

4.80 from 5 votes
A lighter version of an old favorite! The slow cooker makes this Cheeseburger Soup so easy — and you can prep everything the night before.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 45 mins
Cuisine American
Course Soup
Servings 6
Calories 424cal


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1.5 pound bag Little Potatoes quartered
  • 1 heaping cup matchstick cut carrots or finely dice one large carrot
  • 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a medium skillet over medium high heat, cook ground beef and onion until beef is browned. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Place beef in the slow cooker.
  • Add potatoes, carrots, celery, chicken broth and salt and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours, until potatoes and carrots are tender.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and flour. Stir into the slow cooker, cover, and cook for another 30 minutes until soup has thickened slightly (it will continue to thicken as it cools). Stir in the shredded cheese and serve.


You can prep the soup ahead by adding the cooked ground beef and onions, along with potatoes, carrots and celery to the slow cooker the night before and storing in the fridge. In the morning, simple add the broth and start the slow cooker!
*Nutrition information is estimated and will vary depending on exact serving size, types and brands of products used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 424cal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g

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  1. Denise says

    I added 2 teaspoons of Siracha to give it a little kick. I used my CrockPot Express to steam the broth, potatoes, carrots, garlic & onion. Then just dumped my hamburger and cheese in after I added the thickening on the brown/sauté setting. It is actually good for a lightened up version!! Thank you for the recipe!

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