Cheeseburger Rice Soup

I promise I will get to the Cheeseburger Rice Soup, but first I wanted to share something else with y’all.  We had our first snow in South Central Virginia.  Although it was only about 2 inches (and that might be stretching it), it was very picturesque.  Megan went out in her yard and captured some action around her bird feeder.  She has a pair of northern cardinals that are regulars at the feeder.  I love how stately the scarlet red male  looks sitting in the tree above.  Very fitting as the cardinal was designated as Virginia’s official state bird back in 1950.  When you look at the above picture notice there are three birds.  I easily spotted the cardinal and the tufted titmouse, but almost missed the little black-capped chickadee.  The little fella really blends in with the snow and the branch he’s perch next to.

Cheeseburger Rice Soup

Although not as colorful as the male, the female cardinal’s colors standout beautifully against the snowy background.  Here she is getting in her share of time at the feeder.

Cheeseburger Rice Soup

Here’s the male again.  This time he’s at the feeder with a downy woodpecker.  It was a little hard to determine if this was a hairy woodpecker, or a downy woodpecker.  They both are very close in appearance.  After zooming in and looking closely at it’s beak, I determined the little fella to be a female downy woodpecker.  The beaks of the downy woodpeckers are shorter than those of the hairy woodpeckers.  Also, a male would have some red color on the back of it’s head.   It’s comical the way the woodpeckers hang, instead of perching on the feeder the way the other birds do.

I’ve never considered birdwatching a hobby, although, I have always enjoyed seeing birds at the various feeders we have.  I’m especially fond of the little hummingbirds during the warmer months.  But, I must say – I have recently become more and more interested in determining, more specifically, what birds are at the feeders.  Much of this was inspired because of a Reader’s Digest: Book of North American Birds we acquired when my dear mother-in-law passed away.  Now, I find myself keeping this book close by, and referring to it rather often to see what “new visitors” we have each day.

Now, I know what y’all must be thinking.  Hello?  The soup?  So let’s get started – um, what kind of soup was it again?  Just kidding!  This cheeseburger rice soup was a perfect way to get warmed up on a cold snowy day.  It’s like a cheeseburger in a bowl.  It’s is very simple recipe to make and can easily work great as one of those last minute decisions for supper.

Cheeseburger Rice Soup

Cheeseburger Rice Soup

Cheeseburger Rice Soup {& A Snowy Day}

Serving Up Southern
5 from 1 vote


  • 2 pounds ground beef, browned
  • 2-3 cups rice, cooked
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups milk, plus more for reaching desired consistency
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 16 ounces shredded cheese
  • 1 8-ounce sour cream


  • In a large pot cook onion, carrots, and celery in a little butter, or oil until vegetables are tender and onion is translucent. Add browned ground beef, cooked rice, milk, and cheese, and heat through. Add additional milk at this time, if desired. Remove from burner, stir in sour cream, and salt & pepper to taste.


I used 3 cups of rice, and added 2 additional cups of milk.

Disclaimer: Nutritional values (per serving) are approximates only and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! I had a hard time finding a recipe for cheeseburger soup with rice instead of potatoes, and also one that had real cheese instead of Velveeta, etc. This is exactly what I wanted to make for dinner today.

    1. Kim at Serving Up Southern says:

      Thanks for stopping by Shelley. I hope you loved the recipe. I’m totally with you on the real cheese deal. So many recipes call for Velveeta.

  2. This recipe was very good and simple to make! I did not use as much milk since my hubby prefers less soup in his soup, if you know what I mean! Would definitely make again!

    1. Hi Krysta!
      Yep, I know just what you mean. ;) I’m so glad you liked the recipe! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know.

    2. Hi Krystal! I’m so glad you liked the soup. Yep, I do know what you mean. I’ve come across others who prefer a less soupy soup. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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