Cheeseburger in Paradise Skinny Soup

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Okay, so this is a soup not the burger Jimmy Buffett was singing about but it has all the fabulous flavors of a dreamy cheeseburger!  And, you don’t even need to fire up the grill. Get ready to slurp up every last drop.  My family did! It’s a very skinny main course soup since I’m using extra lean ground beef and draining the fat after browning, adding a variety of vegetables, reduced-fat milk and topping with just a small amount of reduced-fat cheese.  The skinny for 1 serving, 207 calories, 3.8 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. It’s such a fun soup with a whole lot of flavor. Don’t be surprised if it becomes your most requested soup!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients for Soup:

1 pound extra lean ground beef  (I used Trader Joe’s 96/4) or ground turkey, see healthy benefits

1½ cups onion, chopped

¾ cup celery, diced

½ cup carrots, diced

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1½ teaspoons dried basil

½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 (14.5 oz) cans Swanson’s reduced sodium chicken broth (4 cups)

1 cup reduced-fat milk (1%)

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, not drained

2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced

Ingredients for Topping:

6 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese


Yellow mustard

1 dill pickle, chopped, see shopping tip


1. In a large nonstick pot or deep pan, brown the ground beef. Stir to break up into a crumble. Remove from heat, pour into a colander to drain the fat. Set aside.

2. In the same pot, add the onions, celery, carrots, garlic and basil. Saute for about 5 minutes until vegetable are soft.  Stir in the browned beef and flour, stirring to coat the meat. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in the broth, milk, tomatoes and potatoes. Bring to boil, turn heat to simmer, cover and cook for about 30 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

3. To serve: Ladle soup into individual bowls. Top each with 1 tablespoon cheese and a little ketchup, mustard and chopped pickle. These toppings really add to the cheeseburger flavor!

Makes 6 main course servings (1½ cups each)

Healthy Benefit

Trader Joe’s extra lean ground beef is a terrific, healthy choice. It has 130 calories and 4 grams of fat for 4 ounces. Draining the fat after browning the beef cuts the fat and calories down even further to 110 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. This quick step is so easy and worth the savings.

Shopping Tip

I think Bubbies kosher dill pickles are the best tasting pickles sold in jars. Look for them in the refrigerated deli section of many supermarkets. I bought them at Food 4 Less and Vons/ Safeway. Bubbies are sold outside California in many natural food stores like Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Organic Food Depot and Co-op stores.

Serving Tip

It’s fun to serve this soup with my recipe for Skinny Fries and a side salad.



Weight Watchers
(old points) 4

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1½ cups), includes cheese (not including ketchup, mustard or pickle)
207 calories, 3.8g fat, 2g chol, 22g protein, 22g carbs, 3g fiber, 587mg sodium, 5g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 serving with full fat ingredients and undrained beef
440 calories, 24g fat, 31g protein, 26g carbs, 2g fiber, 1,196mg sodium, 5g sugar

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25 Responses to “Cheeseburger in Paradise Skinny Soup”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Made this for supper, it was delicious and filling. The pickles, ketchup and mustard at the end really made the soup.

  2. admin Says:

    I love to hear it Michelle. Thanks!

  3. admin Says:

    Michelle, My husband really liked the addition of the pickles, ketchup and mustard too!

  4. Tina Says:

    Just made this for lunch and my kids loved it! It’s a perfect meal for such a cold day.

  5. admin Says:

    Wonderful Tina…Thank so much for the terrific feedback!

  6. Deloris Says:

    I am definitely trying this one. Thanks you! I found a Big Mac Casserole I love, so now I have a soup form for the burger fix on a cold night.

  7. admin Says:

    My pleasure Deloris…Enjoy!

  8. Meg Baum Says:

    This soup is simmering now. Smells delish; perfect for a night after playing in the snow! I subbed low-fat beef broth because that’s what I had on hand. Dinner can’t get here soon enough! So glad I just found your site!

  9. admin Says:

    I’m so glad you found my site too, Meg! I hope you all enjoy your dinner. Sounds perfect after a fun day in the snow.

  10. Linda Roy - elleroy was here Says:

    This sounds so delicious! Great way to have your burger without the bun and it’s the perfect cold weather comfort food.

  11. admin Says:

    Thanks Linda!

  12. Kimba Says:

    Thx for this recipe – can’t wait to try it!!

  13. Michelle Liew Says:

    Delicious! Anything for a good burger!

  14. admin Says:

    Thanks Michelle…Enjoy!

  15. admin Says:

    My pleasure. I hope you enjoy it Kimba!

  16. Joy Says:

    This looks SO GOOD. Totally pinning and re-writing my grocery list!

  17. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for pinning it Joy!

  18. rachel Says:

    Ketchup and Mustard and Pickles on soup…

    You’ve definitely piqued my interest! I’m going to have to save this and try it one day! I’m glad you linked this up to mouthwatering mondays!

  19. admin Says:

    You’re so funny Rachel…Thanks so much for hosting you link party!
    All the best,

  20. Helene Cohen Bludman Says:

    Another fabulous sounding recipe. Yum, can’t wait to try it.

  21. admin Says:

    Thanks Helene. Enjoy!

  22. Bjoe Says:

    I discovered this recipe recently and would recommend it to everyone. I wasn’t so sure about mustard, ketchup and pickles in my soup, however they are key to making this recipe excellent. Awesome, it’s a definite do over. Love it!!!!

  23. admin Says:

    That’s great Bjoe. Thanks for the terrific feedback!
    All the best,

  24. Ellen Hampton Says:

    I agree with the others , the mustard, catsup and pickles make this soup delicious.

  25. admin Says:

    Agreed Ellen. Thank you! :)

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