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RV recipes: Grilled Chickpea, Rice & Bean Burger w/ Grilled Guacamole

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One thing I really look forward to on our constant camping, RVing and adventurous excursions is grilling. There is something so amazing about cooking and dining al fresco – the breeze, the sunshine, the smoke wafting up towards the sky… I absolutely love it and it puts me in the best mood! With summer lifestyle here to stay, you’re no doubt already BBQing too. We’re a plant-based family, so I’m sharing my favorite easy grillin’ vegan burger, the Chickpea, Brown Rice & Black Bean Burger + a smoky, rich and bright grilled guacamole!

This past week, we went on an awesome adventure down in Temecula, our home base not the tent this time, but the travel trailer. For those of you with RVs and travel trailers, you know that the kitchen space and equipment is limited. It is certainly luxurious in comparison to life in a tent with a campfire, but you can’t do much grilling. Another thing you might already know is that it is ridiculously easy to set off an RV’s smoke alarm.

I’ve done it boiling water, no lie.

So if you love to grill on the go, you know it is all about the outdoor kitchen. This grill of ours goes just about everywhere with us from tailgate to tent to trailer and usually is a burger grilling machine!

Before I even get to the vegan burger and my tips on cooking them, I want to talk about Grilled Guacamole. Nearly everyone loves guacamole but have you had it grilled before? This twist on a classic is next. level. Guac is already rich, tangy, spicy and bright, but add smokey to the mix and you might never want it the classic way again!

No, I’m not saying to pour prepared guacamole on the grill. The technique here is to grill all of the ingredients first, then make your guacamole. Surprisingly, all of the ingredients grill very well, making this an easy and smart twist. Try this at your next BBQ and your guests’ minds will be blown.

Serve the guacamole with chips or use it to top your grilled burgers like we do. We eat a lot of black bean-based vegan burgers and there really couldn’t be any better partner than a guacamole. Serve them on VIVA® Paper Towels because these burgers get messy!

As much as I love making and eating guacamole, mostly the eating part, it’s a messy food. It is especially messing when being used as a condiment like we did this trip. I was constantly getting what I lovingly-dubbed — GUAC FINGERS! Luckily, I had plenty of NEW Kleenex® Wet Wipes Gentle Clean in the trailer for messy hands and faces.

Our lives on the road and living outdoors are no doubt filled with moments that require Kleenex Wet Wipes Gentle Clean for kids and adults alike. I particularly like these wet wipes because they are thick and soft and contain no harsh chemicals. Leave the baby wipes to the babies. These are heavy duty wipes, perfect for all of your summer BBQs, picnics and outdoor adventures!

Let’s talk vegan burgers that you can grill. In my experience, the best combination is black beans, brown rice and either crispy chickpeas or nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds). This trio is pretty great at sticking together, even in the toughest situations like outdoor grilling. It is also super nutritious and great fuel for all kinds of outdoor adventures. I like to make my patties ahead of time since RV kitchen space is small, but you can also easily make it during your trip.

The easiest way to form the patties is to use an ice cream disher and plastic wrap. For my jumbo burgers, I used 3 scoops, but half of that would make a fine, thinner burger. This technique with the plastic wrap really helps you bind the ingredients together, which is realllllly important when grilling! It also helps you shape them without making too much of a mess… but don’t worry, we are plenty prepared for a mess!

Freezing before grilling is a big help for keeping these patties together, though I have grilled them right away as well. When it comes to the grill, I keep it at medium heat and I give it a light spray with oil. You don’t want too much oil, which is why the spray is best. Go ahead and grill your guac ingredients the same way with your burgers.

What will you be grillin’ up this summer, and where? Make sure you have a roll or two of VIVA® Paper Towels handy because adults make messes too – delicious messes!

Find Kleenex Wet Wipes Gentle Clean at Kroger (Ralphs here) in the facial tissue aisle with other Kleenex products. In the same aisle, you will find VIVA® Paper Towels!


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Grilled Guacamole

  • 3 avocados, halved, seeded
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 1 jalapeno, halved
  • 1 cup yellow grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, cut into thick slices
  • 2 Tbl cilantro, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt, pepper
  1. Heat the grill top to medium and spray with olive oil. Place avocados, lime, jalapeno, tomatoes and red onion on the grill and allow to cook for 3 minutes. Check doneness and grill marks. Take tomatoes, avocados and lime off, flip onion and jalapeno and cook for additional time.
  2. When all ingredients are grilled, prepare your guacamole by finely dicing the onion and jalapeno, adding to creamed avocados, chopped tomatoes, lime juice and the rest of the ingredients.

Grilled Chickpea, Rice & Bean Burger

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and mushed with hands
  • 2 cups pulverized crispy chickpeas (or any nuts)
  • 1 white onion, sauteed
  • 3 Tbl ground flax seed
  • 1 Tbl New Mexico chili powder
  • 1 Tbl smoked paprika
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • sprouts
  • sesame seed buns
  • grilled guacamole
  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Use an ice cream disher to scoop out desired amount of mixture onto a square of plastic wrap. Twist the plastic wrap above the mixture and begin to form your patties. Place on a lined baking sheet and flash freeze in the freezer. Store for later cooking or take to the grill.
  2. Heat grill to medium, spray with olive oil. Cook frozen burgers for 4 minutes per side or until done.
  3. Slide patties onto a bun topped with sprouts. Add grilled guacamole on top and enjoy!


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