3 super easy campfire recipes for families

Guest Author, written by Anna Griffiths

Whatever you get up to on your camping trips, there is something that all campers have in common – we are always starving by the end of the day, and welcome any quick, easy, but delicious meal with open arms.

Campers who are planning on moving camp a few times during their trip have a unique problem though, as they have to strike the balance between eating a good variety of nutrient-dense food and having enough space in their packs to carry everything they need. Sure, it can be a bit of a logistical nightmare, but having a few good, uncomplicated recipes at hand at all times is a lifesaver when you and your campmates get back to camp not wanting to do anything but eat and get some much-needed sleep.

To help, we’ve compiled our favourite tried and tested campfire recipes that are an absolute winner for campers on the move.

foil packs cooking over a campfire

3 favourite Quick Campfire Recipes

Foil-packets: meat (or seafood) and vegetables

If you’re a frequent camper and you aren’t making at least one foil packet meal per trip, this recipe might change your life. Foil packet meals are very simple, yet filling, warm, and super tasty, making them perfect for staying warm when camping in the winter or fall. All you have to do is wrap your chosen meat, veggies, and seasonings in foil and throw it on the grill. It’s messy & fuss free, and each camper can customise their packet however they want.

The possibilities for foil packet meals are endless, but this is one of our go-to combinations.

Basic Foil Packet Recipe


  • Peeled, de-veined shrimp
  • Chopped smoked sausages, or smokie
  • Minced garlic
  • Potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • Cooking oil
  • Seasonings – we recommend some Old Bay, salt, pepper, parsley, and a good squeeze of lemon

Cooking instructions

  1. Cut 4 pieces of foil (prep these at home for convenience), these should be around 12 inches long each.
  2. Place equal amounts of shrimp, sausage, potato, and garlic on each sheet. Put some oil on each and then sprinkle seasoning
  3. Fold the foil into packets, sealing the edges by rolling them over
  4. Cook on top of your grill for 15 – 20 minutes
an opened foil pack on a camping dish

Breakfast burritos

These are the perfect meal for the start of an action-packed day, or to warm you up at night. This one requires a pan (or pot) and some burrito wrapping skills, but it’s relatively uncomplicated and is another recipe that can be switched up to accommodate the ingredients that you have available.

Breakfast Burrito Recipe


  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Sliced mushroom
  • Cooking oil
  • Eggs
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Flour tortillas

Cooking instructions

  1. Dice your bacon and sausage and slice your mushrooms thinly. Throw them into your pan with a bit of oil until the sausage is cooked and the bacon is crispy. Set aside. (You can make this step easier by pre-cooking these meats at home.)
  2. Use the same pan to scramble eggs until they are set, remove from the heat, and mix eggs with the sausage mixture.
  3. Place a tortilla on a large square of foil. Spoon on your egg mixture, generously sprinkle cheese over it, and wrap it up burrito-style
  4. Wrap the foil around your burrito and place on the grill (not in direct flame) for a minute or two to melt the cheese

Stuffed Peppers

This is an ideal recipe for when your body is craving carbs, but you need to get some vegetables in. The peppers are stuffed, wrapped in strong foil, and put on the grill to heat up slowly. It’s a great autumn recipe that will fill you up without leaving you feeling bloated.

Campfire Stuffed Peppers Recipe


  • Ground beef or sausage meat
  • Large bell peppers, cored and halved (lengthways)
  • Packet of instant rice
  • Diced vegetables of your choice, some ideas are:
    • Zucchini
    • Mushroom
    • Onion
    • Tomato
  • Dried Italian seasoning
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Cheese – shredded mozzarella gives a good melt

Cooking instructions

  • Heat a skillet over your grill and toss in your meat and vegetables, breaking your meat up and moving it around until it has browned off. Drain the fat off once done.
  • Cook the instant rice in a saucepan until done. Drain, and stir in the rest of the ingredients (apart from the cheese)
  • Take large pieces of foil for each pepper half, place them on the foil and fill with your mixture. Repeat until all the pepper halves are done, and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Create a ‘bowl’ shape with the foil for each pepper. Spoon a splash of water into the bottom of each bowl to help the peppers cook. Fold the top of the foil across to seal the pepper in. 
  • Place the foil packets directly on hot coals and cook for 25 – 30 minutes.

Enjoy these easy campfire recipes on your next trip!

Now we’ve filled you in with three of our best quick and easy campfire recipes, we hope that you enjoy them on your next trip. Camp cooking doesn’t have to be overcomplicated!

Written by Anna Griffiths

Camper and Writer for the Sloan & Sons Fire Bowls blog.

As well as being the companies marketing & office manager, Anna has adored camping since she was young, having years of experience that she shares through her articles. She especially loves campfire cooking.

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