Cheeseburger Chowder from "Cooking Live"

"This thick and hearty chowder comes from Sara Moulton's old Food Network show "Cooking Live." Perfect fare for a cold winter night!"
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  • In a saute pan brown the ground beef.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In same saute pan saute onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender.
  • Add garlic, carrots, basil and parsley.
  • Saute about 3 minutes.
  • Add broth and beef and potatoes.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and cover, simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until carrots and potatoes are tender.
  • Meanwhile melt remaining butter in a small skillet.
  • Add flour and cook, stirring for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Gradually add evaporated milk, stirring constantly, cooking and stirring for 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Gradually stir the sauce into the soup.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Add cheese, salt and pepper.
  • Continue to stir until cheese melts.
  • Remove from heat and blend in sour cream.
  • Garnish each serving with chopped fresh tomatoes and dill pickle slices.

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  1. Delicious, thick and creamy soup. I used 1 lb of ground beef and the cheese I used was New Zealands Chesdale brand (approx 250gram packet) Will definitely make this again, thanks for posting.
  2. We love this soup! I always double it. I use regular milk instead of evaporated because evaporated made it a little sweet. I use Velveeta and Tostito's brand Queso Cheese dip which melts very creamy! My kids like to sprinkle on a spoonful of dill pickle relish which makes it taste even more like a cheeseburger. This soup is great for lunch or supper on a cold winter day!
  3. This is actually my mom's recipe, Jackie Brown from central NY, she was featured on this episode! I made it for dinner tonight, so glad it's getting shared!!
  4. it was pretty good the first time. the second time I made this I excluded the sour cream, added more onions, garlic, pepper, salt, and more beef. I was quite happy with the results along with the others in the house~!
  5. Outstanding Chowder. The whole family loved it. Super easy to make. Very filling and a good compliment to the chowder was a fresh baked loaf of bread. We are looking forward to leftovers for lunch tommorow and will definetly be making this chowder again. Thank you for posting this recipe.


  1. I can't believe I have never rated this soup because I have probably made it 10 times. This is such a GREAT soup! I modify it a bit for my family's taste by using onion powder instead of onions, no carrots and half-and-half instead of evaporated milk because that's what I keep on hand. In the winter, someone in my family requests this at least twice a month. It makes great leftovers too for lunches. I also add a few dashes of hot sauce and use shredded cheese instead of pickles for garnish. If we are Low(er) Carbing I leave out the potatoes and the flour. This is an easy, delicious, versatile recipe that I REALLY recommend trying!


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