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All-American Works Burger

All-American Works Burger

All-American Works Burger

grill-seasoned ground beef with the works (tomato, cheddar cheese, sliced onions) & classic condiments

We don’t know about you, but the number one food that we crave after a long trip in the backcountry is a good-ole hamburger.

With that in mind, we designed a ¼-lb seasoned burger wrap that's lightweight, uses less than ¼-cup of water to rehydrate and tastes great!  

Wrapped in a BYO-tortilla and topped off with “The Works!” [cheddar cheese, ripe red tomatoes and sweet white onions]; slathered in packets of ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and pickle relish – you won't have to wait to savor the flavor of a "burger." 

3.65 fork rating
(from 747 fork ratings)


  • 1 Serving Meal
  • Dietary Considerations: meat dish (ground beef); gluten-conscious; dairy-optional (cheese packaged separately)
    • 500 calories
    • 41 g protein
  • Meal Net Weight:  4.4 oz | 126 g  
  • Meal Includes:  seasoned burger mix; burger "works" mix (cheese, tomatoes, onions);  burger condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, sweet pickle relish)
  • Required:  hot water to mix
  • Recommended:  long-handled spoon;  2-3 tortillas;  Cook-in-Cozy
  • Insider Tip:  Cool water works just fine in a bind for this meal.  Allow to steep-cook for 30 minutes before adding condiments. When burger is tender – it's ready!
Cooking method
just add water
Water required
2 ounces
hot water recommended
Cook time
15 minutes
8 ounces
Bring your own
tortillas or hearty crackers

Cooking instructions

interior packets and natural clay desiccants (2 total) from Works packet and main meal pouch.
2 oz (59 ml) of hot water to the main meal pouch and stir.

air from pouch; seal and pat flat in Cook-in-Cozy™.


in Cook-in-Cozy™ for 15 minutes - flipping over occasionally.

Works packet into the burger mix.

your burger into BYO-tortillas and top with your favorite condiments!

Ingredients & Nutrition

Ground Beef (beef, flavoring, salt), Cheddar Cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes, annatto seed), Sauteed White Onions (onion, safflower oil, natural onion flavor [gum arabic, natural flavors, rice concentrate, maltodextrin], caramel coloring), Potato Starch, Diced Tomatoes (tomatoes, citric acid, calcium chloride), Blackened Spice (spices, salt, onion, garlic), Beef Stock, Beef Base (salt, sugar, hydrolyzed soy protein, beef fat, hydrogenated soybean, cottonseed oil, dextrose, corn maltodextrin, natural flavor, yeast extract, onion, monosodium glutamate, caramel color, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate), Sliced Onion, Black Pepper
Special Notes:

Mayonnaise Packet, Ketchup Packet, Mustard Packet, Pickle Relish Packet



Customer Reviews

3.65 fork rating
(from 747 fork ratings)

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by Jesse Johnson
The All-American Works Burger really hit the spot after a long day of hiking. I was skeptical about a burger with your BYO tortilla, but it really was good. Of all the meals I purchased, this one was the best.

by Stefanie Thompson
This is my son and eyes all time favorite meal while backpacking! Super easy to make. Cannot describe the flavors in enough words. It's a little early like eating a Burger off of the grill. We just bought more for an upcoming section hike. And it's very tempting to not eat it between now and then.

by Jennifer Carlson
Tastes great and is easy to make. A backpacking food staple.

by Brian P.
Love this meal! Packet Gourmet has taken trial food to a whole new level. It's not just something you eat because you have to. You actually look forward to eating this meal!

by Heather Baiman
Really good! I was impressed with the flavor and texture of the freeze dried beef. The condiments are fun although I skipped the mustard. Ate this with three small flour tortillas; a fine dinner to have in your backpacking rotation.

by John Menzik
This was really very good. Easy prep and very filling. I was very pleased, then looked at the Sodium content. OMG! Almost 60% of your daily intake in one meal. Heart Attack in a bag. Why do people need to enhance the taste of food with so much salt. I like the taste but not the health risk. I won't buy this again.

by Opus
Surprisingly very good! I had my doubts and didn't actually order this one, it was mis-shipped in place of the soup and they let me keep it while sending a replacement meal. Tasted a lot like a hamburger!

by Bob S.
Made one good sized serving that I used to fill 2 tortillas I brought along. I ate this for lunch while I stopped midday. The directions say you can use hot or cold water. I opted to fire up my little alcohol stove and heat up some water. I had a cup of tea to go with it.

Preparation: Just add water and mix up right in the cook-in-bag meals. It's super easy and there are no dishes to clean. The burger took the full 15 minutes to get soft. Comes with ketchup, mustard, sweat relish and mayo packets that I just squeezed over the top of the burger laid down the center of the tortilla. The directions recommend mixing them with the burger but this was easier. For me two medium sized burritos was a satisfying lunch.

Taste: They did taste like a spicy, crumbly, burger, burrito thing. The condiments actually made it feel more like a burger. Next time I will bring some cheese and let it melt on top of the hot burger.

Originally posted on BackpackGearTest

by Carol C.
This came in a one-serving package so there was no need to repackage it. I ate it for a late dinner at the Chevelon Creek trail head. The burger can be rehydrated with cool or hot water, or cooked in a pot over low heat for 3-5 minutes. I opted for the last option since it was late, and I was hungry. The burger and additives rehydrated nicely using a quarter ounce of fuel in a Caldera Cone/AntiGravityGear stove system fitted for an 1100 ml (37 oz) titanium pot. There were a just a few bits of crunch here and there, but this did not affect the taste. The taste was spicier than I like for a burger - a peppery (black pepper) taste I believe. I like spicy food, but wanted something blander in a burger. With that said, the flavor was full and rich. I used the prep mat that I'd requested since adding the condiments to the burger got messy. I added all the condiments (mustard, mayo, ketchup, and pickle relish) and burger to a tortilla. It truly was a satisfying meal. Although the directions specify there are two wraps worth, I was able to stuff almost all of it into one 8 in (20 cm) tortilla. Two tortillas would have made the meal even more filling. I don't think the burger would have been substantial enough for me if I'd eaten it without the tortilla.

Originally posted on BackpackGearTest

by Denise Stevens
This is one of my favs. I like it as a lunch, rehydrating with cool water in the morning in a small container. By lunchtime, it's ready to go! I just eat it out of the cup with ketchup, mustard & mayo. I like the way it is spiced...otherwise it might be boring. It's good with or without the cheese onion packet. I do swap out my condiment packets for a brand that does not have high fructose corn syrup when I find some at Panera or other restaurants.

by Cezanne
This was dinner for my first night on my week long section hike of the LT. This was just dinner for me so I made one med tortilla wrap with the condiments, but ate the rest right out of the bag. Quick to make with minimal water, very flavorful (lots of black pepper in that mix, which I like, but good for others to be aware of). I'd definitely eat this again, probably not bother with the tortilla.

by Will F
I think this is probably my favorite trail meal and really look forward to this at the end of the day. Such a morale booster on trips when I am by myself since it gives you a feeling that you really have the backcountry hiking thing figured out with being lightweight with your food/pack and yet very delicious. I ate this every 3rd day on 17 days on the mountain last year and never got tired of it. This tastes just like a real juicy cheeseburger at a restaurant. Putting in a big order for my upcoming trip.

by Gabino
I really enjoy this wrap; lots of good juicy meat to scarf down with tortillas. However, I recommend that you add additional condiment packets to include some hot sauce.

by Denise Chervenak
Bought a few items to try prior to my first big backpack trip and was really surprised when the "burger" was done, how DARN TASTY it was. I can just imagine heating it up again around a fire with friends. CAN'T WAIT!!

by Jared D
This is one yummy meal. My brother and I enjoyed the All American Burger Wrap (actually, we had two) after a long day hiking in the Ochoco Mountains in Central Oregon. We were pretty hungry after a long day hiking on and off trail, and this meal really hit the spot. We both had "the works" to go along with the burger, and it all tasted like a real hamburger. This meal will definitely be a regular in my pack from now on. Oh, and one other thing for multi day backpackers who might end up having to (planned or otherwise) spend the night at a dry camp, this meal only takes 1.5 oz of water. Helpful if water is at a premium.

by CoreyR
I tried this after two days of paddling the south fork of the Shenandoah. I have a hietal hernia and spicey, "texmex" is off my menu. That said, this is exactly what I found this "burger" to be. While the quality was good the taste was much more akin to a spicey taco than to a burger or cheese burger.
The idea is sound but the execution left a bit to be desired I am afraid.

by Willie
Made it per instructions and had to add another 2 tablespoons of water. After that we filled 2 burrito wraps, added some sharp cheddar with condiments and really enjoyed it. I just ordered more for an upcoming trip. Very superior to anything that I've found in the "all in one" bag meals.

by Melissa
I just skied around Crater Lake for 3 days. I had the All American Burger wrap on the first day. It was so tasty and quite large. It was the first time coming out of the backcountry that I didn't crave a burger!"

by SeaWriter
Made the first one to specs - too peppery/salty but ate it. Made the 2nd one this way; hydrated with extra water, poured it off at end of hydration, did not add cheese bag, added sliced shelf-stable swiss and the mustard-mayo-ketchup. Much less salty-spicy and smelled great - best breakfast I've had so far. Next time I think I'll add a Minimus A-1 packet.

I think this would make a great taco, and I was thinking of using the hot Queso to mix in, then putting it in corn taco shells. Also adding reconstituted sour cream powder, and maybe some reconstituted pico de gallo .. Yum!

by Nathalie
Easy to prepare, tasted good and it was very filling. Ate it with tortillas (medium) burrito style and was able to make 3 out of the 2 person meal. For ease, we threw in the works while it was re-hydrating and ended up with a yummy quick meal.

by Megan
I wanted so badly to like this meal. I was very excited about eating it while on the trail. Unfortunately I was disappointed. Maybe mine was a fluke, but it had TONS of black pepper and other spices (already mixed in the beef). Way way wayyyy too much seasoning. It was so strong I couldn't eat it. Maybe include that in a separate packet & I would purchase it again.

by VAP
A nice tasty trail lunch and will be a regular addition to my food bag. Does need a little more water than what is stated in the directions.

by Troy
I have had this a few times now and it has become a staple for my wife and I. We usually skip the fixings, add taco seasoning (about a quarter package), cheese and hot sauce to have some great soft tacos! If you haven't tried this yet, you need to!

by Chuckd76
This was really good although the name is misleading. The meat is more akin to taco meat, with pieces of onion and a spicy sauce. Instead of having them as burgers, I opted to mix up some cheese sauce powder and added green chili salsa(both also from packit gourmet). I ended up with two good sized burritos that tasted great.

by Animated_Hiker
Made two big tortillas full of burger and extras...I had some extra avocado to add to mine. Very satisfying.

by Abbie
Pleasantly surprised at how much burger flavor this had. I’m from the Deep South and good food makes everything better, definitely hit the spot after a long day. Wish it would’ve came with two or more of each of the condiments but I will be sure to pack more next time. Kids even made me share mine

by mike robb
These are my fav dinner meal, very filling with tortilla. Makes 3 good size burger tortillas.

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Press articles

Why wait until after the trip to get that burger you're craving? "This actually tastes like it came off the grill," says one tester. The meat is a little crumbly but not dry; wrap it in a tortilla (BYO) with ketchup, mayo, mustard and relish (included in separate packets, so yes, you can have it your way). Testers also really liked this company's deli-style Roast Beef Wrap.

— Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice/Gear Guide, Spring 2011

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Gluten Conscious?
Gluten Conscious is a term we use to describe a product that is prepared with gluten free ingredients; however, it is not prepared in a gluten-free environment. While we are careful to avoid cross-contamination, it is possible that trace amounts of gluten may be present due to the use of gluten in our facility.
Why is a Cook–in–Cozy™ recommended?

We recommend that all of our hot meals spend time "steep-cooking" while snuggled in a Cook-in-Cozy. We find this method promotes a more consistent temperature and steady cook time for Cook-in-Bag preparation; and results in a better serving temperature for your meal. When not in use, our Cook-in-Cozy folds away nicely in your pack for storage and weighs in at only 1.4oz.

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