Thursday, June 2, 2011

Camp Food - Grilling: Vegetarian Style - Portobello Burgers

When you think grilling, you think meat, right? Us Veggies don't want to be left out of the whole summery tradition of backyard cooking. Grilling something up for your vegetarian friends doesn't necessarily mean a veggie burger (because seriously, we burn out on those after a while).

My favorite grilling item is the portobello mushroom. It is similar in size to a burger, and it has a delicious "meaty" texture and subtle flavor. It is also really adaptable and complements a lot of different marinades and sauces. 

You can marinate these for about an hour before grilling (clean first, and trim the stems), or you can just do what I do when camping, which is just to rub the mushroom with a little safflower oil and your favorite herbs and salt (I use krazy salt for simplicity - and deliciousness). Grill the mushrooms until cooked thoroughly, about 5-8 minutes on a side. They don't change color like meat, so just look for a slight darkening.

Rocky Mountain NP

Our favorite way to serve them is with basil pesto and pepperjack cheese on a hamburger bun. We also improvised some grilled pineapple for a side dish by skewering chunks on our marshmallow roasting prongs.


Other great options for portobello burgers:
  • Balsamic vinaigrette marinade
  • Roasted red peppers and mozzarella
  • Tomatoes and Onions
  • Grilled pineapple rings and teriyaki bbq sauce
  • Whatever you like to have on your burger 


  1. They were DELICIOUS. Cooking them over the fire was much better than using the stove and the skillet.

  2. Another delicious option? Sprinkle a vidalia onion with salt, pepper, and garlic. Wrap onion in tin foil and throw in a pat of butter. After tin foil is tightly crinkled around the onion toss it right into the fire or onto the coals. Leave it for 45 minutes. Unwrap it and eat it like an apple! Sweet and savory. So good!

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