Photo Food Fight – Cheeseburger

by Chris Tecmire

Cheeseburger Soup


They say a picture is worth 1000 words.  I’m putting that statement to the test.

Photo Food Fights is a series designed to more effectively demonstrate how to make wise decisions when it comes to everyone’s favorite topic – food.  Two or three food items will square off in a battle to the death to determine which is the best deal.  Today’s battle…




Who doesn’t love a cheeseburger?!  Most Americans are raised on beef and cheese.  Why do you think McDonald’s alone had $27 BILLION in sales last year?  But, actually the U.S. is only a small part of the McDonald’s empire these days.  In fact, the U.S. accounted for only 32% of total sales, so the cheeseburger is truly global now.

We love cheeseburgers in a variety of settings, but most come fresh off your grill or out at your favorite restaurant.  But, there’s one option that you may not have tried yet.  What about Cheeseburger Soup?

Let me tell you…it’s fantastic.  It really does taste like a cheeseburger – especially with a little diced tomato and pickle.

So, let’s see how they compare…Cheeseburger vs. Cheeseburger Soup.  May the best cheese and beef concoction win.


How much Cheeseburger can you get for $4.00?


Cheeseburger Comparison


And the runaway winner is…Cheeseburger Soup!!

You can ALMOST buy a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese for $4.00.  With tax, my purchase came to $4.44, so I had to take about 10% of the burger away.

On the other hand, you can make 6 bowls of soup, each filled with more than a cup of goodness, for $4.00.  Give it a shot.  If you like it, maybe you can make this simple substitution every now and then.


Here’s the recipe.


Cheeseburger Soup


Price Per Serving:  $0.67

Serving Size:  1 cup

Recipe Yield:  6 servings (often a little more)



3 1/2 cups Water

3 Chicken Bouillon Cubes (or the substitute listed below)

16 oz. Potatoes (diced)

1/2 lb. Ground Beef

1 small Onion

1 Carrot (shredded)

1 tsp Dried Basil

1 tsp Dried Parsley

1/4 cup Margarine or Butter

1/4 cup Flour

1  1/2 cups Milk

8 oz. American Cheese

1/4 cup Ketchup

3/4 tsp Salt

dash Pepper

1/4 cup Sour Cream



1.  In a large pot, heat the water, cubes, and potatoes on medium heat.

2.  Meanwhile, saute the beef, onions, carrot, basil, and parsley until the beef has been browned and the onions are soft.  Add to the pot.

3.  Bring the soup to a boil on high heat.  Reduce the heat to medium/low and simmer for 15 minutes, until the taters are done.

4.  Meanwhile, in a skillet, melt the margarine on low heat.  Mix in the flour and brown lightly.

5.  Add the milk, cheese, ketchup, salt, and pepper to the skillet and stir until the cheese is melted.  Add to the pot.

6.  Blend well.  Then, remove from the heat and mix in the sour cream right before serving.

7.  Enjoy!


By the way, this soup is great with normal soup sides like bread and crackers, but if you’re having cheeseburger soup, why not serve it with some french fries instead?  Make your own or grab some in the freezer section of your market.


* If you’d rather not use bouillon cubes, try this simple substitution:  For 3 cubes, substitute 3/4 tsp onion powder, 3/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1  1/8 tsp salt.  It’s even cheaper than using cubes and, though it doesn’t have quite the punch that the bouillon cubes have, it’s an excellent substitution that Trisha and I use all the time.

Obviously, you could also use 3 cups of chicken stock instead, but, unless you make your own, it will cost you more.


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Laurel May 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

If you like dill pickle on your burger, you MUST try it on your soup!! It is sooo good!


Sarai August 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

Great recipe!! I made this last night for my family. It’s not often that I find a recipe that EVERYone loves, and this will definitely be a regular at our house. Thank you!!


Chris Tecmire August 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Thanks Sarai! I’m thrilled that your family enjoys it.


Rachel August 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Wow! Interesting – I’ve never heard of cheeseburger soup before! Will have to try!


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