Hamburger Pizza on a Campfire

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How to make the best homemade hamburger pizza on a campfire. Easy campfire pizza with ketchup, mustard, and pickles, cooked in a cast iron skillet.

sliced hamburger pizza on a wooden cutting board

We used to love visiting a local pizzeria that served the best cheeseburger pizza with pickles. It was pretty much our standing order when we'd go downtown to see a show or play at the theatre right next door.

Since we've moved and can't really get our favorite pizza anymore, we decided to make our own hamburger pizza recipe, only with a slight tweak… We made it into a campfire pizza.

Let me tell you, there's nothing quite as delicious as pizza on a campfire. And when you've been outdoors all day and come in to the campsite all ravenous, it really does a good job of filling you up.

Making pizza over a campfire isn't as hard as you think either. In fact, it's pretty easy. I've even got you covered with an easy pizza dough you can make in a plastic baggie.

cooking hamburger pizza on a campfire in a cast iron skillet, using a tripod grill

Important Note: This recipe makes enough for 2 10-inch pizzas.

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If you’d rather skip all of my tips for making campfire pizza, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the pizza recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE A CHEESEBURGER PIZZA

Before you add all the layers on your pizza, you'll need to cook the ground beef with the onion and garlic powder.

When we're at home, we really prefer to use minced garlic; but when we're out on the road, we'll usually just carry along a bottle of garlic powder.

  • Start by chopping or mincing the onion.
  • In a cast iron skillet, sauté the onion in the olive oil.
  • Then add the ground beef and garlic powder to the skillet, and cook until the beef is cooked thru.
chopping onion, sautéing onion, and cooking ground beef in cast iron skillet over campfire for cheeseburger pizza

We cook the meat over the fire, using a tripod grill. You'll want to watch it closely, as you may need to adjust the height of the grill over the fire, so the skillet doesn't get so hot that it burns the meat.

HOW TO LAYER A HAMBURGER PIZZA

Next comes the fun part, layering all the layers onto your partially cooked pizza crust.

  1. Begin with a layer of ketchup and mustard in place of pizza sauce. (This may seem a little weird, but I promise, it's going to be delicious.)
  2. Add a layer of the cooked ground beef mixture.
  3. Next add a layer of both shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Finally, finish it off with a layer of dill pickle slices to really complete the entire masterpiece.
making cast iron pizza by layering ketchup, mustard, cooked ground beef, cheese, and dill pickles onto pizza crust in cast iron skillet

TIPS FOR HOW TO COOK CAMPFIRE PIZZA

Now comes the part where you finish cooking your pizza. Don't worry, cooking pizza on a campfire is really easy to do.

All you need are a cast iron skillet (or two) and a cast iron lid to go with it.

For all my fellow cast iron fans out there, this is just one of the cast iron pizza recipes we're working on. We love cooking with cast iron, especially when we're camping.

Once your pizza is in place on the grill, I'd recommend heating the lid over the coals and then placing it on top of the cast iron pan. This creates an oven like effect, which in turn, will bake your pizza.

placing heated cast iron lid on cast iron pan for baking cast iron pizza on a campfire

Again, be sure that your rack is not too close to the fire because if not careful, you can burn the bottom of your pizza crust.

Cook the pizza for about 8-10 minutes or so, until the crust begins to turn slightly golden on the edges and the cheese completely melts.

cooked or grilled cheeseburger pizza with pickles in cast iron skillet on wooden cutting board

Once the pizza is fully cooked, you can remove it from the fire, slice it up, and serve it.

sliced hamburger pizza with pickles and melted cheese on a wooden cutting board

Everything on this pizza melds together in such a way that it provides a hearty, delicious meal even your kids will enjoy.

hand holding slice of homemade grilled cheeseburger pizza

MORE CAMPFIRE PIZZA RECIPES:

SHOP KITCHEN TOOLS AND CAMPING GEAR FOR THIS RECIPE:

10.25-Inch Cast Iron Skillet x’s 2 – You can also find 14-inch cast iron pizza pans.

Lid for Cast Iron Skillet

Tripod Grill – While we rigged up our own tripod grill, you can also buy them. They come with slightly smaller grates, but still usable over the fire.

Cutting Board and Outdoor Knife Set

Pizza Cutter Wheel

Check out our Camping Kitchen Guide for all the outdoor cooking essentials you'll need.

sliced cheeseburger pizza with one slice missing on wooden cutting board

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Yield: 6 servings

Hamburger Pizza on a Campfire

Hamburger Pizza on a Campfire

How to make the best homemade hamburger pizza on a campfire. Easy campfire pizza with ketchup, mustard, and pickles, cooked in a cast iron skillet.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prep the pizza crust by partially cooking it, per individual recipe instructions.
  2. In a separate cast iron skillet, sauté the onion in the olive oil.
  3. Then add the ground beef and garlic powder to the skillet with the onion, and cook until the beef is cooked thru.**
  4. Once the meat is cooked, drain any grease off the meat. 
  5. Mix the ketchup and mustard together in a small bowl.
  6. Begin layering each pizza crust with a layer of ketchup and mustard.***
  7. Add a layer of the cooked ground beef mixture.
  8. Next add a layer of both shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
  9. Finally, finish it off with a layer of dill pickle slices on each pizza.
  10. Once your pizza is in place on the grill, I’d recommend heating the cast iron lid over the coals and then placing it on top of the cast iron pan. This creates an oven like effect, which in turn, will bake your pizza (see notes about rack placement over the fire).
  11. Cook the pizza for about 8-10 minutes or so, until the crust begins to turn slightly golden on the edges and the cheese completely melts.
  12. When it's fully cooked, remove the pizza from the fire, slice it up, and serve.

Notes

*You can use dill pickle slices, or you can even chop up the pickles, to suit your taste.

**Be sure that your tripod rack is not too close to the fire because if not careful, you can burn either the meat or the bottom of your pizza crust when you go to cook the pizza. Your campfire should have a little flame but be mostly burning coals. 

***It's important to note that the layered ingredients need to be split between 2 10-inch pizza crusts.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 881 Total Fat: 39g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 22g Cholesterol: 101mg Sodium: 1505mg Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 6g Protein: 27g

4 thoughts on “Hamburger Pizza on a Campfire”

  1. I know I commented on G+ but wanted to comment here, too. We LOVE cheeseburger pizza and a few places in NWA make a great one. I wasn’t able to click on the link on my phone so just now seeing this on my computer. I literally laughed out loud because we have some leftover mozz and cheddar cheeses that I thought “we need to get rid of this weekend. I need to find a recipe that has both.” Then I found your blog!

    One thing I will do different is, put the pickles ON the pizza. Or does that turn out weird with the grill?

    Reply
    • Jamie, I haven’t tried that yet, but I would think it’d add even more flavor to the pizza.:) You’ll have to let me know how it turns out. And now I’m wanting another slice; I may have to make another one. lol

      Reply

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