Ground Beef Camping Recipes: 13+ Easy Hamburger Meals

These simple ground beef camping recipes are perfect for cooking in the great outdoors. Try these easy meal ideas on your next camping trip.

Ground Beef Camping Recipes by CampingForFoodies features a collage of meals that use hamburger as the main ingredient including a black cast iron Dutch oven filled with Chili Mac, a blue camping plate holding a Tex-Mex Diablo Sandwich, a towering 3-layer Big Mac Sloppy Joe sandwich and a bowl filled with chili topped with creamy white sour cream, shredded yellow cheddar cheese and diced jalapeno peppers.

1. Dutch Oven Chili Mac

Camping Chili Mac by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron pot set on a campfire cooking grate, filled with a one pot Dutch oven chili mac recipe with ground meat, red and brown beans, tomatoes and macaroni. A single serving is set aside in a blue camping bowl with yellow shredded cheddar cheese on top.

You need only 5 minutes of prep time before this easy recipe is cooking over the hot coals of a campfire or over a propane camp stove. I love this easy ground beef pasta recipe because the pasta cooks right in the sauce, no extra pot required for boiling the pasta in water. Check out all of my yummy one pot camping meals.

2. Big Mac Sloppy Joes

Big Mac Sloppy Joes by CampingForFoodies features a double decker sandwich on a sesame seeded bun filled with sloppy joe meat and a copycat version of McDonald’s secret sauce, American cheese, pickles and shredded lettuce. The meal is ready to be served for dinner at the campsite. A cast iron Dutch oven and propane fuel canister on a camp stove are in the background.

Cooking burgers is simple but these sloppy joes are even easier! This loose meat sandwich tastes even better than the fast food version because I have the absolute best copycat secret sauce recipe. This is also a great dinner option when you can’t cook over an open flame because of campfire restrictions. Check out all of my delicious camp stove recipes.

3. Dutch Oven Shepherd’s Pie

Dutch Oven Shepherd's Pie by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron Dutch oven filled with a layered casserole containing browned ground beef, mixed vegetables, a layer of mashed potatoes and melted cheddar cheese. A spatula sits in the pot ready to scoop out the next serving.

This hearty dish is an ultimate comfort food my whole family enjoys. It’s a yummy meat and potatoes meal that I make it with instant mashed potatoes to keep it really simple at the campsite. For a more traditional dish, just boil and mash some potatoes and use the real thing.

4. Camping Tacos

Dutch Oven Camping Tacos by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with ground beef hamburger tacos in hard shells topped with shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream with a background of a forest with green trees and a campfire wood pile and text over the image that reads Dutch oven camping tacos.

The best part of this dinner is the fast cooking time. I like cooking this meat in a cast iron Dutch oven over a campfire, but, if I’m cooking in our RV I just use a non-stick skillet. I typically use lean ground beef but have also used another ground meat like pork or ground turkey. Sprinkle your favorite toppings on these tacos for serving. Some of mine include adding a dollop of sour cream, fresh cilantro, salsa and diced avocados or guacamole.

5. Dutch Oven Meatloaf

Dutch Oven Meatloaf by CampingForFoodies features a bacon and glazed-topped meat loaf nestled in a Dutch oven parchment paper liner that is set inside a cast iron camp Dutch oven ready to be sliced and served at the campsite.

This is one of my husband’s favorite camping dinners, the meat mixture combines ground beef and Italian sausage then the loaf is topped with strips of bacon. Leftovers make an easy lunch when you slice it thin and serve it cold between two slices of bread and a little mayo or mustard. To keep this delicious meal really simple, I serve it with instant mashed potatoes and frozen veggies that have a mixture of peas, carrots, corn and green beans.

6. Hobo Casserole

Camping Dutch Oven Hobo Casserole Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron Dutch oven filled with a hot, golden brown Hobo Casserole topped with melted cheese and French fried onions with text over the image that reads Dutch Oven Hobo Casserole.

This casserole is sort of like making a juicy burger in hobo dinner foil packets but instead of making individual servings, you do everything in one big pot that serves 6 people. It combines cream of mushroom soup, sliced potatoes, cheddar cheese and the whole dish is topped with French-fried onions and baked to perfection.

7. Dutch Oven Spaghetti And Meatballs

Dutch Oven Drunken Meatballs Over Spaghetti by CampingForFoodies features a big bowl of pasta topped with meatballs in a red wine and tomato sauce, ready to be served famiily-style at the campsite with text over the image that reads Dutch Oven Drunken Meatballs Over Spaghetti.

This family favorite consistently gets a 5 star review because the meatballs are so tender and flavorful. I use a mixture of ground beef, Italian sausage, breadcrumbs, spices and parmesan cheese. I add a splash of red wine to the homemade sauce which adds a nice depth of flavor. For sides I like serving a tossed green salad and garlic bread. If you like pasta dishes, check out all of my camping pasta recipes.

8. Cowboy Soup Recipe

Cowboy Soup Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping bowl filled with a serving of hamburger Tex-Mex soup in a red tomato sauce broth. Green beans, yellow corn kernels, green peas, orange cubed carrots and white potato chunks in the soup are topped with crushed corn tortilla chips. The handle of a spoon rests on the side of the bowl that is set on a campfire wood log.

Soups make wonderful one-pot meals during cold weather trips. This is such a hearty soup made with simple ingredients. It’s a relatively healthy recipe that will tantalize your taste buds with Tex-Mex flavors. I like to garnish it with tortilla chips to give it a little extra crunch.

9. Diablo Sandwich

Diablo Sandwich Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a hot sandwich on a blue camping plate. The red and brown color hamburger is mixed with yellow corn, bright green cilantro and avocado slices. The plate is set on a firewood log with blue sky in the background.

This is my favorite way to make a sandwich that is sort of like sloppy joes because I don’t really like sloppy joes but my husband loves them. The Tex-Mex flavors in this sandwich make both of us happy.

10. Creamy Skillet Taco Recipe

Creamy Taco Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with a serving of creamy beef tacos. Corn tortilla chips are covered with browned ground beef and black beans in a thick brownish-orange cheesy sauce that’s topped with bright red diced tomatoes, sliced green onions and bright green cilantro.

When you’re looking for easy ground beef recipes, don’t skip this one. It is one of my favorite easy camping meals that can be served as a appetizer or as a main dish.

11. Dutch Oven Campfire Chili Recipe

Campfire Chili by CampingForFoodies features a bowl of chili topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, diced onions and jalapeno peppers with a spoon and slice of crusty bread ready to be served at the campsite.

Even picky eaters give this hearty meal a ​5 star rating. The combination of ground beef and ground Italian sausage provide extra flavor.

  • If you have leftover chili, store in an airtight container and refrigerate it or freeze it. You can reheat it or reinvent it and use it to make these Campfire Chili Cheese Fries. Just top frozen French fries with chili and cheddar cheese and wrap in aluminum foil. You gotta love hobo packets because of their easy cleanup and are great when you don’t want to carry a lot of camping gear. Check out all of my campfire meals in foil packs.

12. Dutch Oven Chili Secret Family Recipe

Dutch Oven Chili Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camp bowl filled with beef chili topped with freshly made cornbread. In the background are two camp Dutch ovens, one filled with campfire chili, another filled with jalapeno cornbread.

This is one Dutch oven recipe that was reserved for private family gatherings until my brother-in-law finally shared his secret delicious recipe! He uses ground beef, Italian sausage and bacon. For recipes that simmer a long time, I like to cook over an open fire so I can just add a little firewood as needed to maintain the perfect cooking temperature. This hearty chili is a great one-pot meal to feed a large crowd, just adjust the number of servings in the recipe card and make sure you use a large Dutch oven that will handle the increased portions

13. Smoked Ground Beef Chili

Smoked Ground Beef Chili by CampingForFoodies features an aluminum foil pan filled with smoked chili that has been smoked in a portable pellet grill and includes hamburger, bacon, onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, spices, three types of beans, tomatoes and sauce that is ready to be served at the campsite.

If you travel with a portable smoker, you can change the cooking process for your chili dinners. You place a 13×9-inch aluminum foil pan in the smoker to cook this chili. A smoky flavor builds in the meat and veggies during the cooking process.

14. Dutch Oven Baked Beans

Dutch Oven Baked Beans Cast Iron 5-Bean Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron camp Dutch oven filled with five types of beans in a homemade sauce being stirred with wooden spoons as steam rises from the pot. This baked beans with hamburger and bacon recipe is ready to be served at the campsite.

This is a really significant side dish because it uses hamburger meat, bacon and five different types of canned beans including great northern, butter, pinto beans, lima and kidney beans. It is one of my favorite things to serve with basic hot dogs, hamburgers and grilled chicken breasts that get extra flavor from being cooked on a camp fire grill grate over hot campfire coals from burning mesquite firewood.

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  1. Sue Ellen says:

    Love these ground beef recipe ideas! So much more exciting than regular old burgers!

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Hi Sue Ellen! Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you like these ideas. It’s nice to have a good burger, but it’s also nice to have other options for this affordable protein. Let me know if you have any other ideas, I’d like to try them too! Happy Camping, Kim