I have eaten more burgers while camping than I care to admit. A classic double-cheeseburger is my go-to meal after a big day driving, when I hardly have any time and really just want something hearty, quick and satisfying. But unfortunately, I have also eaten far too many dry, boring, tasteless and unimaginative burgers that could have been fixed by a few simple tweaks (and far less effort on the part of the cook).
The aim of this campfire double cheeseburger is to nourish the soul, not the body. Its beauty is in the simplicity and as soon as too many things get added, it gets ruined (keep those veggies out of here!).
This is an edited excerpt from, Fire To Fork: Adventure Cooking, by Harry Fisher, aka @firetofork.
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Campfire Double Cheeseburger Ingredients
2 brioche or potato buns
400g of high-fat beef mince (roughly 1lb)
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of rice bran oil
4 slices of American Burger Cheese
1/4 of a white onion, diced
10-12 burger pickle slices
Cooking A Cheeseburger Over Fire
These cook up quickly, so doing the prep work beforehand is a must. Start by dicing the onion and setting it aside. Have the pickles and sauces handy.
Shape four, thin patties using 80 to 100g of beef each and season with the salt and pepper on one side. Heat up your pan, add the oil and drop in the parries. As soon as they start to sizzle and brown, squash them down with a flat utensil – I use the back of a barbecue scraper – and keep doing this every minute until one side is nicely browned.
Once the first side is browned and caramelised, flip it and place the slice of cheese on each patty while it continues to cook on high heat until the other side has browned.
While the second side us browning, put the buns over the grill or in the pan with the burger fat, sliced side down, to quickly toast them. It should only take about 30 seconds.
Once everything is cooked, stack the burger in this order: bottom of bun, two patties with cheese, five or six sliced of the pickles, a squirt of mustard and another of ketchup, the diced, raw onion and finally, the top layer of the bun.
Is that not the best double cheeseburger you’ve ever had while camping! Check out the video below or get my campfire cookbook here, which has also got recipes for Big Mac and Whopper inspired burgers, alongside 60 other awesome camping recipes.