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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

Trail Recipes: Portable Pub Grub

We'll show you how to adapt you favorite bar food for the trail: Mushroom-Asiago Veggie Burgers, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip, and Toasted Tortilla Chips.

by: Joann Winberg

(Photo by Justin Bailie)
(Photo by Justin Bailie)
(Photo by Justin Bailie)
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(Photo by Justin Bailie)



There's a good reason salt-depleted backpackers crave chips and burgers after a hard trip. But there's no need to wait until you hit the pub on the way home to replenish what you've lost through sweaty hiking. Here's how to dine from the bar menu before you've even left the backcountry.

Mushroom-Asiago Veggie Burgers

1 cup Nature's Burger veggie burger mix (6 oz.)
1 cup boiling water
2 large cremini mushrooms
1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
Olive oil (optional)
4 large burger buns
Condiments, such as mayo, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, onion, and tomato

At Home
Pack buns in your cook pot or a smash-proof plastic container. Do not dice or wash mushrooms, as this can accelerate spoilage.

In Camp
Place burger mix in a heat-safe bowl. Add boiling water, stir and let stand for 10-15 minutes or until mixture is cooled and set. Dice mushrooms and work into mix along with cheese. Form into four patties. Pan-fry in a non-stick skillet (with olive oil, if using). Fry each side until browned and burger is cooked through. Add bun and fixings. Serves 4.

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Jul 05, 2010

It's not only a dietary choice.

Perhaps you forgot that meat does not keep as well as vegetables?
One vegetarian meal will not kill you. Trust me.

Oct 25, 2009

I also agree.where is the meat.
Last I heard backpacking was not a veg. only thing

Oct 15, 2009

made this on a trip last summer and it was a HIT. so good, i made it again when i was at home in real kitchen, too. there's something to be said about gooey artichoke dip after a long hike. all that was missing was an ice cold beer.

Dec 29, 2008

Anyone tried the Bangers & Mash from Packit Gourmet? Delicious, easy to make and chock full of sausage! Now, thatís my idea of trail food!

Dec 08, 2008

I agree. Lets get some meat on the menu.

Oct 02, 2008

I have been a reading Packpacker Mag for years and consider it my camping bible. But what's up with you guys in the food department, are you all vegetarians? 90% of the receipies have no meat. Where's the beef (chicken, fish, etc.)?


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