Vegan Cheeseburger Soup

Are you into thick, savory, cheesy soups? Yah? Me too. That’s why I know you’re going to love this Vegan Cheeseburger Soup recipe. Who knew vegan could be so darn tasty.

While we’re on the topic of vegan cheesy recipes, check out my Vegan Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread or how about my Vegan One-Pot Mac and Cheese.

A bowl of vegan cheeseburger soup with vegan cheddar and crackers on top and a spoon behind it.

People have asked me, Why are you always creating vegan version of traditional foods?

Sometimes I answer, Because I can.

Oh, to be honest, that’s probably a little too smart-aleck response from me. I’d save that kind of response for people I really know well. And like. I’m only that snarky with people I really care about. 🙂

So, another response might be…because I love it!

The Best Vegan Cheeseburger Soup

We love savory soups. In fact, we’re to the point now that we buy big bags of carrots at Costco. They’re so perfect to add to our winter soup recipes.

This vegan cheeseburger soup is creamy, savory, and full of good-for-you ingredients, like carrots. I’ve also added some chopped potatoes to make each bite even tastier.

Also, this recipe is not too complicated to make. It does help if you’ve got some soaked cashews on hand, but if you forget the soaking, you can do a quick soak too. (see instructions below).

We love making soups because we know that means we’ll have some leftovers for the week. This is perfect to pack in lunches, reheat for a quick weeknight meal, or even serve for guests as well.

A bowl of vegan cheeseburger soup with vegan cheddar shreds and crackers on top.

Be sure to serve this soup with crackers or croutons. I also think it would go perfectly with a slice of this Artisan Fig and Pecan Bread. How perfect!

I’ve also been known to dish out some of this soup and serve it over a baked potato. It’s so creamy, it tastes delicious!

If you love vegan soup recipes, be sure to check out this Vegan Butternut Squash Soup. It’s not only great on its own, but it makes a nice broth base to use in other recipes too.

Expert Tips

Use these tips and tricks to make this vegan cheeseburger soup recipe perfect every time:

  • To speed up the cooking time, place the chopped carrots in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 – 2 minutes, until tender. Add the carrots and any liquid in the bowl to the pot.
  • Repeat this with the potatoes.
  • Add some chopped (fresh or dried) dill as a garnish (I love dill)
  • Sprinkle the top with some Vegan Bacon Almond Slivers
  • Add a cup of frozen peas while simmering for an pop (literally) of color and taste
  • Do you have any croutons? Crumble those over the top
  • For an extra cheesy soup, double the vegan cheddar shreds

Is that enough for you to work with? Hopefully you get where I’m going with all of this. Vegan Cheeseburger Soup? It’s best when it’s got you written all over it.

Looking for more creamy vegan soup recipes? Be sure to try this delicious Vegan Broccoli Soup. Or this Vegan Cauliflower Soup recipe is another thick and creamy soup!

Here’s over 70 Vegan Soups you’ll want to try today!

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Vegan Cheeseburger Soup

Sit yourself down to a bowl of this creamy, cheesy, savory Vegan Cheeseburger Soup, including quick-cook instructions for busy weeknight meals.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 386kcal
Author: Marly


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots*
  • 4 cups chopped potatoes*
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup cashews raw or roasted
  • ½ cup plant-based milk not vanilla or sweetened, original
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package veggie crumbles
  • 1 – 1 cup vegan cheddar cheese


  • Heat the olive oil and the chopped onion in a large pot over medium heat. Cook until the onions are tender. Add the chopped carrots and chopped potatoes. Stir to coat, and simmer about 10 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and bay leaf and bring back to a simmer.
  • In the meantime, place the cashews in a small saucepan and add a cup of water. Simmer over medium to medium low heat about 5 minutes, until cashews are tender, and most of the water is gone.. Remove from heat.
  • Pour the tender cashews and remaining liquid from boiling in a food processor along with the plant-based milk, nutritional yeast flakes, and garlic powder. Pulse until completely smooth. You may need to push down contents from the side of the bowl several times.
  • Use a fork to test the tenderness of the potatoes and carrots. They should be tender before moving to the next step.
  • Once carrots and potatoes are tender, remove the bay leaf and add the cashew cream to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Add the veggie crumbles. If these are frozen, take a minute or so to stir them throughout the pot.
  • Add the vegan cheddar shreds and stir to combine.
  • Serve hot. This makes a very thick soup. Feel free to add a little water if you prefer a thinner soup.

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* To speed up the total cooking time of this recipe. Place the chopped carrots in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the resulting tender carrots and any resulting liquid into the pot. Repeat this process with the potatoes, microwaving them until fork tender and then pouring them into the pot.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Cheeseburger Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 769mg32%
Potassium 1379mg39%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 5785IU116%
Vitamin C 27.9mg34%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 9.6mg53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

National Soup Day

Also, did you know it’s National Soup Day? I know, how cool is that! Wait. It’s not cool. It’s hot. Super hot and good.

Anyway, I partnered with some of my favorite food blog friends to share with you a variety of soups to celebrate National Soup Day.

A collage of photos showing soup with the text, "Celebrate National Soup Day with these 27 (and then some) comforting soup and chili and chowder recipes!"

Some of these recipes are vegan, others are vegetarian, others are not. If you need help with veganizing any of these recipes, don’t hesitate to reach out. Here they are:

Fall Vegan Detox Soup by the Healthy Maven
Broccoli Cheese Soup by Yellow Bliss Road
Vegan Jambalaya is amazing!
Creamy Tortellini Soup by Baking with Blondie
Vegan Persimmon Butternut Squash Soup by Cotter Crunch
Easy Vegan Lentil Soup by Jessica in the Kitchen
Easy Vegan One Pot Taco Quinoa Soup by Namely Marly
Slow Cooker Chili with Pinto Beans by 365 Days of Crockpot
Easy Vegan Chili by Namely Marly
Italian Spinach and Orzo Soup by Real Mom Kitchen
Raw 5-Minute Lemon Zucchini Soup by The Blender Girl
Vegan Corn and Rice Chowder by Hummusapien
Meatball Pho by Foodie With Family
Vegan Sweet Potato Chowder by The Kitchn
Creamy Vegan Arugula Soup by Detoxinista
Vegan Minstrone by Namely Marly
Clam Chowder by The Baker Upstairs
Curried Asparagus Soup by Oh My Veggies
Vegan Beef Stew by Namely Marly
Loaded Baked Potato Soup by Ashlee Marie
Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup by Cookie + Kate
Easy Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup by your truly
Brunswick Stew by Hey Grill Hey
Cheesy Lasagna Soup by Gather for Bread
Vegan Clam Chowder by Fork and Beans

Whatever bowl of soup you’re warming up to, enjoy!

18 Responses to Vegan Cheeseburger Soup

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAlicia Reply

    This soup looks so creamy and delicious! I love your ideas for adaptations, too.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Alice. Recipes are made to be changed…at least in my mind. Happy soup eating!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRebecca Lindamood Reply

    That is a seriously beautiful bowl of soup. I love all the lovely garnishes!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks! Garnishes are what makes a soup special.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMaria @ kitchenathoskins Reply

    I’m not a vegan, but this soup looks really good. I think it’s just a good excuse for me to use up all the cashews I pick up from Costco. Creamy and yummy!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I have lots of good excuses to use up all the cashews…including this soup. 🙂 Hope you love it!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAshlee Marie Reply

    this sounds amazing – and love all the suggestions for making a recipe personal – that’s the best part of cooking from scratch – is making it fit what you like!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Ashlee! I’m so with you – make the recipe your own!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKara Reply

    I love a good hearty creamy soup during the winter, especially when it has so many yummy toppings!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I know, Kara. The creamier the better. And the more potatoes the better too. Just sayin’!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyEpicurean Vegan Reply

    Oh my goodness…that looks and sounds amazing! This is going on my list for next week. Thank you!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks. Hope you love it as much as we do!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLynn Reply

    I am SO HAPPY you made this soup. I’m married to a vegetarian and he will love it.

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyShannon Dulinsky Reply

    Soup looks amazing but I have a question. The first step mentions Celery, but there’s no amount listed in the ingredients. How much do you recommend including?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Shannon, for your comment. I think in version one I tested it using celery. It was fine, but I preferred it without. The fact that Shawn doesn’t like celery might have added to the decision. If you’d like to include celery, try adding 1/2 cup chopped. Let me know how it goes!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRobert Reply

    Just made this today and it went over very well with my girlfriend and roommates! I did tweak the recipe slightly to adjust for more servings, however I didn’t have enough cashews so I added more nutritional yeast and used cashew milk as my plant based milk (not sure if it made a difference), but the end result was fantastic. I also added green chiles and a can of diced tomatoes with chipotle for a little southern kick. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCC Reply

    I made this for my vegetarian son, and he absolutely LOVES it!!! He even asked for the recipe! Thank you!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi CC! So glad to hear your son loved this veggie soup recipe! He obviously has good taste. 🙂

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