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Tips for Making and Cooking Homemade Hamburger Sausage in Camp

Suppose you get to camp and discover that you didn’t bring any meat for breakfast? You have steaks and chops, but those are reserved for camping dinners. You also have ground beef or hamburger, and hot dogs, but no bacon or sausage. As long as you’ve remembered to bring your camping spice box, you are still in good shape.

It is easy to make homemade hamburger sausage for that camping breakfast. Many people find that they like it better than pork sausage, in fact. It smells and tastes great, goes well with eggs and potatoes, and is great for hitting that empty spot in the belly in the morning.


1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together well, so they are blended. Next, make small patties out of the mixture, a half inch or so thick and a few inches in diameter.

These can then be cooked in a frying pan over low heat, to prevent burning. As with regular pork sausage, brown on that side, then flip the patties over and brown on the other side. They are then ready to serve with the potatoes and eggs.

If you wish spicier hamburger sausage, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder can be added, or more, depending on how hot you want it to be. Since this is such a tasty sausage, you don’t need to wait for the emergency in order to make it. Make the sausage patties at home, and then freeze them, with a piece of waxed paper between the patties so they are easy to separate.

You can also add maple flavoring to the mixture to give it a maple taste. In addition, if the hamburger is very lean, it is a great idea to add one or two eggs to the mixture prior to blending, to hold the meat together.

If there are leftovers, cooked or not, it isn’t a problem because this sausage can be used in so many other meals. For instance, it works great in camping sweet and sour sausage and egg noodles, spaghetti, and even camp sloppy Joes. This sausage is fantastic at home, and better in camp (personal opinion). It can be made in advance, or it can be an emergency substitute for something forgotten.

Homemade hamburger sausage is something that has come to the rescue for many campers. It is easy to make, and it is great tasting. It’s worthwhile to have the spice ingredients for it, in the camping spice box, just in case.