These campfire burgers are a quick outdoor meal featuring grilled avocado and the toppings of your choice! Make them with meat, vegetarian, or vegan patties.
On our recent camping trip to Colorado, I decided to go back to basics in the cooking department.
After all, what's more classic than grilling burgers or hot dogs over a cozy campfire?
Whether you're a fan of turkey burgers, vegan burgers, or red meat, this grilling recipe is incredibly easy and fast.
Plus, there's no need to sacrifice your favorite toppings just because you're camping! Many burger toppings travel and store quite well, including one of my favorites: avocados.
What Kind of Patties Should I Use For These Campfire Burgers?
If you prefer a vegan diet, I recommend the Impossible brand burgers.
Actually, even if you don't eat exclusively vegan, the Impossible burgers are really tasty and not quite as heavy on the stomach as meat patties.
We also like turkey burgers. (Trader Joe's makes some good ones!)
But, really, the answer to this question is: whatever kind of patties you prefer.
Can I Make This Gluten-Free?
Sure! There's nothing wrong with skipping the bun and eating this meal with a fork.
Or you could search out some gluten-free hamburger buns if you'd prefer everything to be neatly contained in bread.
What Size of Avocados Should I Use?
In this recipe, I call for "tiny avocados," which may show up in grocery stores after a less-than-ideal growing season.
Trader Joe's and Aldi's sell bags of these small avocados. Each one is an ideal single-serving size. This is especially handy on a camping trip where you don't want to have to store leftovers.
If all you can find is a regular sized avocado, that's okay too!
Can I Double This Recipe (Or More)?
Absolutely! You're limited only by the size of the pan you use, so you may have to work in batches.
Or bring along a second pan.
What Kind of Equipment Will I Need?
For campfire cooking, you'll need a cast-iron pan or grill basket.
You'll also need a pot holder, or something like this grilling glove.
Lastly, bring a metal spatula.
Need more ideas for your camping kitchen setup? See my guide to the best camping kitchen gear.
How to Make Campfire Burgers
Add burger patties and avocado halves (with the cut-side down) to an oiled pan, and set it on the campfire grate.
Cook the avocados for about five minutes, or until the green fleshy side begins to blacken.
(Some avocado halves may take a little longer than others, depending on the heat level at various spots in the pan.)
Remove avocados from the pan as they reach the desired level of doneness.
Leave the patties cooking until they begin to brown on the bottom.
Then, flip the patties and let them finish cooking.
If you want cheese, go ahead and top the patties with it as they near the end of their cook time.
While the patties are still cooking, add the buns to the pan (cut-side down) and let them toast for a couple of minutes.
You could also toast them on the grate itself, as long as they're only getting indirect heat.
Take the cooked patties and toasted buns out of the pan.
Now it's time to assemble the burgers! Scoop out the cooked avocado from the skin, and mash it onto the bases of the buns.
Add the burger patty and whatever toppings you want, and serve right away!
Campfire Burgers with Grilled Avocado
- Heat-resistant glove or a pot holder
- metal spatula
- plates and napkins for serving
- 1 tablespoon oil (use a high-smoke point oil such as avocado or coconut)
- 2 burger patties (we love turkey burgers or Impossible burger)
- 2 tiny avocados (or 1 regular avocado), halved, pit removed
- 2 cheese slices (optional) I prefer pepper Jack or cheddar
- 2 hamburger buns
- Sliced red onion, sliced tomatoes, lettuce (or shredded cabbage/dry coleslaw mix), mustard, ketchup, hot sauce
- Add oil to cast iron pan, or brush grill pan with oil. Place pan on a hot campfire grate.Add the burger patties to the pan. Add the avocado halves cut-side down.
- Cook avocados about 5 minutes total, or until the fleshy side begins to blacken. (The campfire may cook unevenly, so it’s likely that not all of the avocados will be ready at the same time.)
- Cook the burgers until the bottoms begin to brown and crisp. Flip the burgers and cook to desired doneness, If using, top with cheese as the burgers finish cooking.Remove from pan when done cooking.
- Add burger buns cut-side down to the pan (using the space where the avocados were), and cook 1-2 minutes until toasted. Alternatively, place buns on a clean campfire grate over indirect heat until toasted.
- Scoop the cooked avocado from the skin.Add to the toasted buns and mash avocado with a fork.Add the burger and desired toppings.Serve immediately.