For many campers, Memorial Day Weekend will include at least one potluck or barbeque – especially if you’re celebrating at an RV park! And I’m sure we can all guess what dishes will be served. So this year, let’s change it up a bit! Instead of grilling up a traditional hamburger, why not bring one of these 5 unique takes on the classic to your party? Your friends, family, and fellow campers will be equally impressed as delighted by these delicious recipes!


The Ultimate Burger Dog – courteous of Buzzfeed

This fun recipe combines the two staples of American barbeques – hotdogs and hamburgers! Can it get any tastier?


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 package of cheddar string cheese sticks
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hotdog buns
  • Condiments


  • Season meat with salt and pepper then split into 5-6 palm-sized balls.
  • Flatten each ball out into a rectangle and place a cheese stick toward the bottom.
  • Roll the meat (into the shape of a hotdog) to completely conceal the stick of cheese.
  • Grill for 6-10 minutes, turning the dogs frequently for even cooking. It should be fully cooked when the cheese begins to ooze out of the ends of the hamburger.
  • Serve on hotdog buns topped with your favorite condiments.


Cheeseburger Egg Rolls – courteous of The 36th Avenue

The ultimate potluck finger-food!


Egg Rolls:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil for cooking
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 slices of American cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced pickles
  • 13-14 egg roll wrappers
  • 1 egg white
  • Oil for frying


  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat a medium cooking pan over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and minced onion. Sauté until onion is translucent.
  2. Add ground beef to the pan and break it up as much as possible. Season with some salt and pepper, cover and cook until meat starts to brown. Stir well and make sure to keep breaking up all the meat clumps as it cooks. Drain off all the juices and place cooked meat into a mixing bowl.
  3. Break up cheese and add it to the bowl. Mix until all the cheese is melted and evenly incorporated. Stir in pickles.
  4. Heat up oil to about 350 degrees.
  5. Gently whisk egg white.
  6. To roll the egg rolls: place egg roll wrapper on a plate in a diamond shape. Spread about 2 tablespoons of cheeseburger filling in a line, leaving about an inch on each side. Gently and carefully, fold the corner that’s closest to you over the cheeseburger mixture, and tuck under the filling. Fold both side corners toward the center of the wrapper (it will start to look like an open envelope). Dip your fingers in egg white and run it along the edges of the wrapper to seal better. Carefully roll up the egg roll.
  7. Fry egg rolls in batches until golden brown, turning once the bottom side turns golden.
  8. Whisk all ingredients for the sauce until completely incorporated. Serve with egg rolls.


Hamburger Casserole – courteous of Baking with Mom

This is a great, simple dish for feeding the masses – adults and children alike are sure to go for seconds!


  • 1 lb box medium shells
  • 1 lb ground hamburger, cooked with garlic, onion, salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese


  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain.
  2. After browning hamburger, add 2 cans tomato soup to the frying pan (with the hamburger).
  3. Add ½ can water.
  4. Stir and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  5. Pour noodles into a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  6. Pour hamburger mixture over noodles and stir.
  7. Sprinkle cheese over casserole and cover with foil.
  8. Bake in a 375° oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and bake for 10 minutes longer.


Doritos Taco Salad – courtesy of Life in the Lofthouse

A unique twist on a traditional salad that even the children will love!


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 packet (1.25 oz) taco seasoning
  • 2 Romaine lettuce hearts, rinsed then chopped
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 1 large tomato, seeded then chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup nacho cheese Doritos, broken into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup Catalina dressing or salsa


  1. Brown and crumble ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain grease.
  2. Add taco seasoning and water called for on packet. Stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let meat cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl add chopped lettuce, black beans, tomato and cheese. Add slightly cooled ground beef and gently toss to combine everything. Serve now, or chill in refrigerator until ready to eat.
  4. When ready to serve, add Doritos chips and dressing or salsa to salad. Toss to coat.


Mini Burger Cookies – courtesy of Tablespoon

If you’re in charge of bringing a desert, these fun bite-sized cookies are easy to whip up; they look adorable and taste delicious! Your friends and family will be wowed by your creativity!


  • 20 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 10 grasshopper fudge or thin mint cookies
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 (4.25 ounce) container of red frosting
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) container of yellow frosting


  1. Place coconut in a small Ziploc bag and add some green food coloring. Shake until food coloring has absorbed and turned the coconut green.
  2. Place a small dot of frosting on one wafer cookie, the bottom bun, and then place your grasshopper or thin mint cookie on top to look like a hamburger patty.
  3. Make a circle of red frosting on top of the grasshopper or thin mint cookie to look like the tomato or ketchup. Drizzle a little yellow frosting for mustard. Top generously with your green coconut to look like lettuce.
  4. Finish by placing second vanilla wafer on top as the top burger bun.


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