10 Camping Grill Recipes

When I camp with my family our days are usually pretty action-packed, which means that we build a big appetite. As someone who does not enjoy cooking even with the modern conveniences I have in my house, the idea of feeding those big appetites can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, I have some recipes that taste great, are simple to make and will fill hungry bellies.

The first four recipes I will share are made in tin foil packets. This is my favorite way to make meals when camping. Each packet includes an individual meal and can be made to that person’s specific taste. These are perfect for picky eaters and family members with a variety of taste preferences. When making tin foil packets, remember to bring along heavy duty tin foil for best results. I will then share other recipes that my family has enjoyed during our outdoor adventures.

Recipe #1: Meat and Potatoes

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This simple recipe is nutritious and satisfying. I appreciate that it can be made to each individual’s taste; a version can even be made without the meat for those who are vegetarians.

Here is what you will need:

One and a half pounds of ground beef

4 large carrots (chopped)

4 large potatoes (diced)

1 large onion (chopped)

1 clove of garlic (minced)

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: mushrooms, bell peppers, spinach, zucchini, squash

To start:

Lay out four pieces of tin foil (approximately 12 square inches) and divide the meat evenly among the four pieces of foil

Each camper can choose to add any other ingredients that they choose and season with salt and pepper. Then each camper will wrap their packet up. It is important that the packets be well-sealed and possibly even wrapped twice to not only make sure that the packet is well-sealed but that the meal won’t burn.

You can then lay each packet either directly on the coals or on the grill itself. The cook time is around ten minutes; flip the packet over at five minutes.

Recipe #2: Chicken Fajitas in Foil

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A simple, tasty version of a favorite meal. These can be made with beef or with vegetables only.

Here is what you will need:

1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips)

1-2 bell peppers (cut into strips)

1 large onion (cut into strips)

Salt, pepper and cumin to taste

1 cup of salsa

1 package of flour tortillas

Optional: any other vegetables, cheddar cheese

To start:

Lay out four pieces of tin foil; divide the chicken, peppers and onions evenly among each piece of foil. Have each camper season their packet as preferred, mixing the seasonings among the contents of the packet. Add any additional vegetables as desired.

Fold each packet completely and place on the coals or the grill. Cook for approximately 30 minutes, flipping the packet over halfway. Cook time may vary due to the temperature of the coals.

Once the chicken is cooked thoroughly, serve with tortillas and salsa, as well as shredded cheddar if preferred.

Recipe #3: Simple Salmon

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I love salmon and there is no reason I cannot enjoy it when camping. This takes very little effort to make and can be made to your preferences.

Here is what you will need:

Four 6-8 ounce pieces of salmon

Ingredients for the seasoning of your choice. This may include butter, garlic, salt and pepper, lemon juice, etc.

To start:

Lay out four pieces of tin foil and place a piece of salmon on each piece. Season to your preference and wrap up the foil packets completely.Place the packets on the coals or directly on the grill and begin cooking. Cook for approximately 20-25 minutes turning the packet over halfway through. Check to make sure that the fish is cooked thoroughly.

Recipe #4: Tin Foil Breakfast

This is an easy way to make a hearty breakfast that can be made to anyone’s tastes. This is a great option to get the day started or to fill up after an active day outdoors.

Here is what you will need:

8-12 sausage links or ham

4-8 eggs

Frozen hash browns

Salt, pepper to taste

Optional: shredded cheddar cheese, diced green pepper, diced onion

To start:

Lay out four pieces of tin foil; place two or three sausages onto each piece of foil. On top of the sausages add frozen hash browns, one or two eggs and any additional ingredients desired.

Fold each packet completely and place on the coals or the grill. Cook for approximately 15-20 minutes, flipping the packet over halfway. Cook time may vary due to the temperature of the coals.

Make sure that the sausage is cooked thoroughly (if using precooked sausage this is not an issue).

Recipe #5: Burritos

Burritos are a very satisfying meal, whether at home or on the road. This is an easy favorite for our family and can be made as simply or elaborately as one desires. While this is not made into a tin foil packet, foil will still be needed to facilitate cooking these burritos.

Here is what you will need:

1 can of black beans

12 ounces of chicken (cooked)

1 onion (chopped)

1 bell pepper (chopped)

1 tomato (chopped)

1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)

4 medium or large flour tortillas

1 cup salsa

Optional: any other vegetables preferred

To start:

Lay out four pieces of tin foil and place a tortilla on top; divide the beans and chicken among each tortilla. Each camper can add other ingredients as desired, roll up their burrito and wrap it in foil.

Place each burrito on the coals or the grill and cook until ingredients are hot and cheese is melted. Serve with salsa.

Recipe #6: Campfire Pizza

I would never have thought that I could make pizza while camping. But it is not only possible, it tastes great.

Here is what you will need:

Pre-prepared pizza dough

8 ounces of mozzarella cheese

1 Jar of pizza sauce

Black pepper


Optional: any additional toppings you would like (mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, pepperoni, etc.)

To start:

First wipe down the grill using a wet sponge or washcloth. Once your campfire is going, you will want to place your hand at rack level and be able to keep it there for 10 seconds. This will help you determine whether the temperature is good for cooking your pizza dough. If you are able to keep your hand there for longer than 10 seconds, extra wood or coals can be added.

You can then roll out your pizza dough on a flat surface. After rubbing some olive oil on the grill rack, lay your pizza dough on top. Cook the dough until the bottom is crispy (about five minutes). Then flip the crust over and add your pizza sauce, cheese and other items. Cover the pizza with foil or a metal camping plate. This will help the cheese to melt. Check under the plate or foil as the pizza cooks, removing it from the grill when cheese is melted.

Recipe #7: Hot Dog “Spiders”

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This is very easy and kids love the fun “spiders”.

Here is what you will need:

Hot dogs



To start:

Cut the ends of the hot dogs in quarters, leaving about 2 inches of hot dog in the middle that is uncut. Put a skewer through the middle of the hot dog and place it on the grill.

Once the hot dog is cooked, serve with mustard and/or ketchup. This is a quick solution to hunger that kids love. You can do the same thing with smoked sausage for a different taste.

Recipe #8: Kabobs from the Campfire

We make these at home on the grill and it is easy to make them while camping as well. As with most things that we choose to cook when camping, these can be made to meet the tastes of each individual camper.

Here is what you will need:

1 pound of sirloin tips or cut stew meat

8 oz of whole mushrooms

1 bell pepper (cut into squares)

1 large onion (cut into squares)

1 zucchini (cut into chunks)

Cherry tomatoes

Optional: seasoning as desired. This can include salt and peppers, lemon juice, garlic and butter, etc.

Four skewer sticks

To start:

If your meat is not precut, go ahead and cut it into cubes. You will want to do the same with the bell pepper, onion and zucchini. Remember you can add any other vegetables to your kabab, so be as creative as you would like.

You will then place each item onto the skewer stick. I let each camper make their own so that everyone has a personalized meal. My daughter’s will consist of meat and a few pieces of broccoli while my husband’s will have one of everything available. Everyone can season their kabob as they prefer; some don’t add any seasoning at all while others will use whatever is in the cooler to create a unique taste.

Once the kabob is seasoned, place it on the grill until it is cooked thoroughly. Serve with your choice of sauces and/or condiments. For additional carbohydrates, you can make a baked potato right on the campfire as well.

Recipe #9: Special Grilled Cheese

While no one in my family eats grilled cheese at home they are always happy to eat it while we are camping.

Here is what you will need:

8 slices of sandwich bread

12 ounces of the cheese of your choice, sliced

Sliced ham or sliced turkey

Pre-cooked bacon

Butter or margarine

Medium to large pan

Optional: sliced tomato, green chili, tomato soup

To start:

Place cheese on four pieces of bread. Allow each camper to add what they like to their sandwich; bacon and ham are popular in our household. Place a second piece of bread on top. Spread a pat of butter on both sides of the bread and place each sandwich in the pan on top of the grill and campfire. As the cheese begins to melt, flip the sandwich over and let the other side of the sandwich brown as desired.

Once the cheese has melted and both sides of the sandwich are browned to one’s liking, the sandwich is ready to serve. Heat up a bowl of tomato soup to add to the meal.

Recipe #10: Campfire Chili

This is a very easy meal that will warm you up as the night becomes cool. And it is tasty too.

Here is what you will need:

2 cans of black beans

2 cans of pinto beans

1 can of corn

1 cup of salsa (hot, medium or mild, depending on preference)

1 packet of taco seasoning mix

1 pot

Optional: You can add anything to this that you like; try some smoke sausage, tofu crumbles, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, etc.

To start:

Drain the beans and corn and place them in the pot. The pot can be placed on top of the grill with the campfire going. Add the corn and salsa, stirring as the chili warms. At this time you can add in any other items that you would like to include in your chili. Bring chili to a boil. Add in seasoning from the taco seasoning packet to meet your desired taste. Continue to cook, stirring often. As chili thickens, it is ready to eat.

A nice complement to the chili is cornbread, which you can bring from home.

Options for camping grill recipes are endless. With a little creativity, you will find that you can make nearly all of what you enjoy at home right there at your campsite. An additional bonus is that with a camping grill and a pot and pan from home, you can even avoid the additional expense of a camping stove, without sacrificing good food.

Please share your favorite camping grill recipes. What have you enjoyed during your adventures?


Ilyssa is a mother of four who is employed full-time as a grant writer and who enjoys writing freelance articles in her spare time. Ilyssa has a great love of adventure and the outdoors, which she hopes she is passing along to her children. Last summer Ilyssa and her family took a five week road trip, camping and exploring most of the western United States. The trip inspired Ilyssa to work towards achieving flexible employment and/or financial freedom, so that she and her family may continue to travel and explore all nature has to offer, and not just for a few weeks out of the year.