#29 Is Fine Cheeseburger Chowder

In our community, there is a coffee shop/café on the downtown square that has Cheeseburger Chowder on its menu daily.   It’s a popular place – for a latte, lunch meetings and for politicians, who spend a lot of time in Iowa every 4 years.   Last year, Vice President Biden's motorcade made an unscheduled stop here just for lunch.  I suspect that is why this recipe had 3 contributors to the Treasured Recipes Cookbook.
I don’t know why it’s called "# 29 is fine", but it is.  It’s not too cheesy, it's not "gloppy", it’s quick and easy, it’s just as good at home with this recipe as it is at Smokey Row.                    
#29 Is Fine Cheeseburger Chowder
  1           pound  Ground Beef
  3           cups  Chicken Broth
  1           Bag  Hash Browns, Frozen -- O'Brian style (3 cups)
     ¾       cup  Onion -- chopped
     ¾       cup  Celery -- diced
  1           teaspoon  Basil
  1           teaspoon  Italian Seasoning
     ¼       cup  Flour
  1 ½       cups  Milk
     ¾       teaspoon  Pepper
  8           ounces  Velveeta -- Cubed
     ¾       teaspoon  Salt and Pepper
     ¼       cup  Sour Cream
Brown beef.  Season with salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste.  Add broth, hash browns, onion, celery, basil and Italian seasoning.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer 12 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Combine 1/2 cup of the milk with the flour.  Reduce heat, add remaining milk, and milk/flour mixture, cook 2-3 minutes until thickened. Add cheese, salt and pepper.  Heat until cheese melts.  Blend in sour cream and enjoy.
5-6 Servings
Contributed by my former coworker Verna Conry and 2 others
  "Treasured Recipes"


  1. Sounds wonderful and will try very soon as the weather cools down. Thanks for sharing. dkc

  2. Actually I made this for Friday nights supper excluding the salt as my husbands blood pressure had jumped. It was still full flavored and delicious. I featured you, this recipe, and your blog in my blog today including a link back here. Hope you don't mind! Thank you for all of the recipes, photos, and good cheer you pass along. Diane from The Hidden Pantry

    1. Thanks, Diane...
      Glad you liked it as much as we did.

  3. I just googled a recipe for a Cheeseburger Chowder and your post was near the top. And as I was reading your description, I just knew you were talking about Smokey Row! We have one too. :)

    1. Fun place to go, isn’t it?
      The C. wouldn't be for Carla?

  4. I believe I worked at a college in your town a while ago. I definitely remember Smokey Row, however I'm not sure if there is more than one... I was just searching Pinterest for a recipe to make cheeseburger chowder. I'm so happy I stumbled on your site!

    1. Well, there are Smokey Row shops in Pella, Oskaloosa, the Sherman Hill neighborhood in Des Moines and the original in Pleasantville. We have enjoyed them all, they are very popular places. They have all the bases covered, coffee and desserts, nice lunches and an ice cream bar/soda fountain.


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