How could you not love the smell of a smoky campfire and the tasty, woodsy flavor of a meal cooked over an open flame? Especially when capping off a long day of hiking and exploring nature.
Campfire dinners are a staple of camping trips that offer a fun, relaxed way to end the day, bond with friends and family, or simply enjoy unique flavors while listening to the fire crackling.
We’ve put together a collection of delicious campfire dinner recipes that’ll surely get your taste buds dancing. There’s something for everyone, from easy-to-make foil packets to casseroles and skewers.
So pack your camp kitchen equipment and get ready for some campfire cooking!
20 mouth-watering camping dinner ideas
- 1. Sizzling steaks on the grill
- 2. Skewer sensations
- 3. Campfire-baked stuffed potatoes
- 4. Smoky sweet potatoes
- 5. Fire-roasted fish filets
- 6. Foil-pack chicken and veggies
- 7. Juicy campfire burgers
- 8. Gourmet campfire hot dogs
- 9. Charred corn on the cob
- 10. Paella party by the fire
- 11. Jambalaya
- 12. Grilled garden veggies
- 13. Pizza on the campfire
- 14. Casserole campfire comfort
- 15. Quesadilla cravings
- 16. Roasted pork chops with herbs
- 17. Flame-broiled chicken thighs
- 18. Hearty campfire stew
- 19. Stir-fry by the flames
- 20. Shrimp and grits on the grill
- Before you go: Some useful campfire tips
- More camping recipes
20 mouth-watering camping dinner ideas
Heads up: you can adjust each recipe below to your taste and diet. Use gluten-free or lactose-free ingredients if need be, or take a vegetarian approach and choose beans, lentils, or chickpeas instead of meat.
After all, it’s for you, the outdoor chef, to adjust and experiment, and our goal is to give you some mouth-watering ideas to get that creativity flowing.
1. Sizzling steaks on the grill
Grilled steaks are a classic camping staple that never fails to satisfy. You’ll need a few quality steaks, a good seasoning blend, and a hot grill to get started. Choose steaks at least an inch thick for best results, and season them generously with your favorite spice blend.
Mix together salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried thyme for a simple, all-purpose seasoning. Rub the seasoning into the steaks, then let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour before grilling.
When the campfire grill is hot and ready, place the steaks over the fire and cook on each side until they reach your desired level of doneness.
For a crispy crust and juicy, tender center, let the steaks rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Serve with grilled veggies or a baked potato for a complete, mouth-watering meal.
Whether you prefer rare, medium-rare, or well-done steaks, grilling them over an open flame is the perfect way to end your day and enjoy a delicious, sizzling meal under the stars.
2. Skewer sensations
Campfire skewers are a versatile and fun recipe perfect for a campfire dinner. With a variety of options for ingredients, you can customize this dish to suit your tastes. This recipe’s main ingredient is your choice of protein – whether it’s ground beef, chicken, or veggies.
Cut the ingredients into chunks, then thread them onto skewers, alternating the different components for a colorful and visually appealing dish.
Mix together your favorite herbs, spices, and liquids for the marinade to create a flavorful coating for your skewers. Try a classic BBQ sauce, a tangy lemon and herb blend, or a spicy chili sauce, depending on your preference. Let the skewers marinate for at least 30 minutes or even overnight for extra flavor.
When it’s time to cook, place the skewers over the campfire, occasionally turning them until they’re evenly browned and cooked through. Depending on the size and thickness of your skewers, this should take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.
Serve with rice, bread, or roasted vegetables for a well-rounded and satisfying meal.
3. Campfire-baked stuffed potatoes
If you’re up for some traditional potatoes with an extra pinch of flavor, try to stuff them on your next trip.
You’ll need a few large baking potatoes, some butter, and your choice of fillings. Some classic options include shredded cheese, cooked bacon, sour cream, and chopped chives.
To prepare the potatoes, wash and dry them, then wrap them in aluminum foil. Place them directly on the hot coals or embers of the campfire, and let them bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until they’re soft and tender.
While baking, prepare your fillings and keep them warm until the potatoes are done.
When they’re cooked, carefully unwrap them, and slice them open lengthwise. Use a fork to mash the insides a bit, then add in your fillings, starting with the butter and then layering in the cheese, bacon, and other toppings.
Place the stuffed potatoes back on the foil, wrap them up, and return them to the fire for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese melts and gets bubbly.
Serve them hot, garnished with chopped chives and a dollop of sour cream, if desired. These delicious, cheesy, comforting potatoes are the perfect end to a long day of camping and outdoor adventures.
Foil packet cooking is a simple, mess-free technique that can be used for almost any recipe. Check out these delicious campfire foil meals on our blog post!
4. Smoky sweet potatoes
This recipe is an excellent alternative to classic baked potatoes, and it’s easy to prepare over a campfire. You’ll need a few large sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a bit of salt.
To prepare the sweet potatoes, wash and dry them, then wrap them in aluminum foil. Place them directly on the hot coals or embers of the campfire, and let them bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until they’re soft and tender.
While the sweet potatoes are baking, prepare your seasoning by mixing the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
When the sweet potatoes are cooked, carefully unwrap them, and slice them open lengthwise. Use a fork to mash the insides, then add to your seasoning mixture. The sweetness of the brown sugar, combined with the smoky flavor from the campfire, creates a delicious and unique taste that is sure to please.
Serve them hot, garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a pat of butter, if desired.
These tasty and healthy sweet potatoes are the perfect addition to a camping trip, and they’re a great way to get in some essential nutrients after a long day of outdoor activities.
5. Fire-roasted fish filets
This recipe is a great way to enjoy fresh fish outdoors, and it’s easy to prepare over a campfire. You’ll need a few fish filets, some lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, and your choice of herbs and spices.
Start by washing and drying the filets and placing them on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the filets, then drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and your choice of herbs and spices, then wrap the filets tightly in the foil.
Place the foil packets directly on the hot coals or embers of the campfire, and let them bake for 10-15 minutes or until the fish is fully cooked.
The lemon, olive oil, and herbs create a delicious and flavorful coating that perfectly complements the fish’s natural taste.
Serve them hot, garnished with lemon wedges and additional herbs, if desired. These healthy and delicious fish filets are the perfect addition to a camping trip, and they are a great way to get in some vital protein after a long day of outdoor activities.
6. Foil-pack chicken and veggies
You’ll need some boneless, skinless chicken breasts, your choice of vegetables, such as bell peppers, onions, carrots, and a few simple seasonings.
Start by slicing the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and dicing the chicken into small cubes. Next, lay out a large sheet of aluminum foil, and place the chicken and vegetables in the center. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and your choice of herbs and spices.
Fold the foil into a tight packet, and seal the edges well. Place the foil packet directly on the hot coals or embers of the campfire, and let it bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked and the vegetables are tender. The result is a delicious and healthy meal that is packed with flavor and nutrition.
7. Juicy campfire burgers
Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a beginner, you’ll love this delicious and simple recipe. You’ll need fresh ground beef, favorite burger toppings, and a few basic seasonings.
To make the burgers, start by dividing the ground beef into equal portions and shaping them into patties. Next, heat a cast iron griddle or a heavy-duty pan over the campfire or on a portable camping stove.
Place the patties in the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until they reach your desired level of doneness.
While the burgers are cooking, it’s time to prepare your toppings. Choose your favorites, such as cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, and ketchup. When the burgers are fully cooked, place them on buns and top them with your desired toppings.
8. Gourmet campfire hot dogs
Hot dogs have always been a classic camping food, but why settle for ordinary when you can have “Gourmet Campfire Hot Dogs”? This recipe takes the traditional hot dog to the next level with added ingredients and delicious gourmet toppings.
You’ll need high-quality hot dogs, buns, and a few simple ingredients like ketchup, mustard, and your favorite toppings. Try adding ingredients like grilled onions, melted cheese, crispy bacon, or even avocado for a gourmet twist.
Once you have all of your ingredients ready, it’s time to start cooking. Heat a portable camping stove or place the hot dogs directly over the campfire until thoroughly heated. Then, place the hot dogs in buns and add your desired toppings.
It’s a fun and easy way to add variety to your camp menu. They are a great meal when you’re short on time or want a quick and delicious dinner after a long day of exploring.
9. Charred corn on the cob
Corn on the cob is a classic summer food that just screams “campfire dinner!” The sweet and juicy kernels are a staple at barbecues and campfires alike, and this recipe is a must-try for anyone looking to elevate their campfire cuisine.
To make this dish, you’ll need fresh corn, husks, and a few simple seasonings like butter, salt, and pepper. Start by soaking the corn in water for about 30 minutes to prevent it from drying out while cooking. Then, wrap the corn in husks and secure the ends with kitchen twine.
Place the corn directly over the campfire, occasionally turning, until the husks are charred and the corn is cooked through. This should take about 20-30 minutes, depending on the heat of the fire.
Once the corn is fully cooked, remove the husks and spread with melted butter, salt, and pepper. The char from the campfire will add a smoky flavor to the sweet and juicy kernels, making charred corn on the cob a standout dish for any campfire dinner.
10. Paella party by the fire
If you’re looking to add a touch of exotic flavor to your campfire dinner, look no further than this recipe. Paella is a classic Spanish dish made with rice, seafood, and a variety of meats and veggies, and this campfire version brings all the bold flavors to your outdoor cooking experience.
To make this dish, you’ll need a large, flat paella pan (a dutch oven will work just fine, too) and various ingredients like chicken, chorizo, shrimp, peas, bell peppers, and saffron. Start by browning the chicken and chorizo in the paella pan, add the rice, and cook until it’s lightly browned.
Next, add the rest of the ingredients to the pan and some chicken broth and saffron for flavor. Stir everything together and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked through.
The result is a flavorful and filling meal perfect for many campers. Serve it straight from the pan and enjoy the sizzling, savory paella by the warm glow of the campfire.
Bring a taste of the bayou to your campfire dinner with “Jambalaya Jubilee.” This hearty, one-pan dish is a classic Creole recipe with rice, andouille sausage, chicken, and various veggies. The end result is a spicy and filling meal that’s sure to satisfy your campfire cravings.
You’ll need a large pot and a mixture of ingredients like onion, bell peppers, celery, garlic, chicken broth, and spices. Start by browning the andouille sausage and chicken in the pot, add the veggies, and cook until they’re soft.
Next, stir the rice and spices, and pour in the chicken broth. Cover the pot and let it cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid has been absorbed.
This recipe is perfect for a large group of campers, and you can quickly reheat the leftovers over the fire or on a camp stove the next day.
12. Grilled garden veggies
Grilled garden veggies are a healthy campfire dinner option that’ll give some summer flavor for all the veggie lovers out there. To start off, gather your favorite seasonal veggies – bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, and more. Cut them into large chunks and season them with salt, pepper, garlic, and your choice of herbs.
Next, wrap the veggies in foil and place them directly on the hot coals or grill. Let them cook until they’re tender and charred, giving them that smoky, fire-roasted flavor. The foil helps trap the heat and locks in all the juicy, flavorful goodness.
Serve the grilled veggies as a side dish or top them with some melted cheese and serve them as a main course. You can also add some protein, like grilled chicken or tofu, to make it a complete meal.
This dish is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamins and fiber while enjoying a fun and delicious campfire dinner.
13. Pizza on the campfire
Campfire pizza is a dish that will take your camping experience to the next level. Imagine biting into a hot, crispy slice of pizza, surrounded by the great outdoors. It’s a fun and easy way to enjoy a classic meal in the wilderness.
You’ll need some pizza dough, your favorite toppings, and a cast iron pan or pizza stone to get started. Start by making the pizza dough and let it rise for a bit. Then, roll it out into your desired shape and top it with your favorite ingredients.
Next, place the pan or stone over the campfire coals and let it heat up for a few minutes. Carefully transfer the pizza onto the hot surface and let it cook for around 5-10 minutes until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted.
14. Casserole campfire comfort
It’s a perfect dish to warm up those chilly campfire nights. This hearty meal combines all the classic comfort food flavors in one hot and delicious package.
To start, gather your ingredients which typically include pasta, meat (chicken, ground beef, or sausage), vegetables (such as bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms), and a savory sauce (such as marinara or Alfredo).
Next, layer all the ingredients in a large, sturdy foil packet, sealing it tightly so the steam can cook everything perfectly. Place the packet on the hot campfire coals or a grate over the fire and let it cook for about 20-25 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes to ensure even cooking.
As you wait for your casserole to cook, grab a warm beverage and enjoy the sounds and sights of the campfire. When the time is up, carefully open the foil packet and enjoy a hot and delicious meal that will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites.
15. Quesadilla cravings
You’ll need a few simple ingredients, such as tortillas, cheddar cheese, and any fillings of your choice, such as diced chicken, sliced veggies, or even some juicy pineapple.
To get started:
- Heat up a griddle or a large cast iron skillet over your campfire.
- Place one tortilla on the griddle and sprinkle cheese and fillings over half of the tortilla.
- Fold the other half of the tortilla over the stuffing and press down gently with a spatula.
Cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown on both sides. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and fillings. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or a side of salsa, and enjoy your delicious, melted quesadillas while cozying up by the campfire.
16. Roasted pork chops with herbs
It’s a classic campfire meal guaranteed to hit the spot after a long day of adventure. To start, gather your ingredients: bone-in pork chops, fresh herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, and sage), salt, pepper, olive oil, and aluminum foil.
Begin by marinating the pork chops in a mixture of herbs, salt, pepper, and olive oil. The marinade will infuse the meat with flavor and help it to stay juicy during cooking.
Once the chops are seasoned to your liking, wrap them in aluminum foil, making sure to seal the edges tightly to trap in the heat and flavor.
Next, place the wrapped chops directly on the hot coals of your campfire. You can also cook them on a grill grate if you prefer. Rotate the chops every 5 minutes to ensure even cooking on all sides.
The cooking time will depend on the thickness of your chops, but as a general guide, plan for about 10-15 minutes per side.
When the internal temperature of the chops reaches 145°F, remove them from the heat and let them rest for a few minutes before unwrapping and serving. The result will be tender, juicy pork chops with a crispy herb crust that will satisfy your hunger and impress your campfire crew.
17. Flame-broiled chicken thighs
First, gather your ingredients, which include boneless chicken thighs, salt, pepper, and your choice of herbs and spices.
Begin by seasoning the chicken on both sides with salt, pepper, and any herbs or spices you like. Garlic, rosemary, and thyme are all great options. Then, heat your grill and place the chicken directly over the flame.
As the chicken cooks, the skin will become crispy and golden while the inside remains juicy and flavorful. Turn the chicken every 5-7 minutes to ensure even cooking, and keep an eye on it to avoid any burning.
Once the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F, remove it from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes. For a perfectly balanced meal, serve with your favorite sides, such as a crisp salad or some grilled vegetables.
18. Hearty campfire stew
This warm, comforting dish is perfect for a chilly evening around the fire. Imagine tender chunks of meat, chunks of root vegetables, and a savory broth, all cooked to perfection over an open flame. This is the epitome of comfort food, and it’s easy to make too!
To start, you’ll want to gather your ingredients. For this stew, you’ll need a variety of hearty vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.
Choose a lump of meat that will hold up well in a stew, such as beef or lamb, and cut it into bite-sized pieces. Next, assemble your spices and herbs. Thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, and garlic are great options.
Once you have all of your ingredients together, it’s time to start cooking. Place a large pot over the campfire and add oil to the bottom. Brown your meat in the pot, then set it aside. Add your vegetables to the pot and cook until they start to soften.
Add the meat back to the pot, along with enough water or broth to cover everything.
Finally, add in your herbs and spices and let everything simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the meat is tender and the vegetables are cooked through.
19. Stir-fry by the flames
Gather all the ingredients you need for your stir-fry, including your favorite meats and vegetables. Cut everything into bite-sized pieces so that they cook evenly over the flames.
Next, heat a large frying pan or wok over the fire. Add a bit of oil to the pan and wait until it’s hot before tossing your meat.
Cook them until they’re browned, and then set them aside. Add more oil to the pan, and then add in your vegetables. Stir-fry them until they’re tender but still crispy.
Return the meat to the pan and add in your favorite stir-fry sauce. Toss everything together until the sauce has evenly coated, and then serve it in bowls or plates.
20. Shrimp and grits on the grill
This recipe is a classic southern dish that will bring a smile to any camper’s face! It’s a perfect blend of juicy, succulent shrimp and creamy, smooth grits that are paired with an assortment of vegetables, seasonings, and spices.
To get started, you’ll need to gather your ingredients, including shrimp, grits, vegetables such as onion and bell pepper, garlic, butter, and a blend of herbs and spices.
Next, you’ll want to fire up your grill and get it nice and hot. While the grill is heating up, you can start preparing the grits. Simply bring a pot of water to a boil and add the grits, constantly stirring until they are thick and creamy. Once the grits are cooked, you can add the butter and seasonings to taste.
Now it’s time to skewer the shrimp and vegetables and place them on the hot grill. Cook the shrimp and vegetables until the shrimp is pink and the vegetables are tender and slightly charred. This should only take a few minutes.
It’s time to plate your shrimp and grits on the grill. Spoon a generous serving of the creamy grits onto a plate and top with the juicy, flame-broiled shrimp and vegetables.
Before you go: Some useful campfire tips
It’s crucial to be prepared and follow a few basic guidelines for a safe and successful campfire cooking experience. You’re handling burning flames there, after all.
Here are some tips to keep in mind before you start your campfire cooking journey:
- Safety first! Make sure you’re aware of fire regulations and bans in your camping area, and always have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water nearby.
- Build your fire in a clear and designated area, away from trees, bushes, or other flammable materials. Read more about camping safety.
- You’ll need dry kindling and small pieces of wood to start your campfire. Then, add larger pieces as the fire builds. Learn all the ins and outs of how to start a campfire in our blog post.
- Avoid using flammable liquids like gasoline or lighter fluid.
- Maintain a constant campfire temperature by regulating the size of the fire and adjusting the cooking tools as needed.
- Use the right equipment to keep your hands safe from the heat, such as long-handled tongs and grilling baskets.
With these simple tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to cooking delicious and memorable meals around the campfire. Safe and confident.
More camping recipes
Campfire dinners are an awesome way to end your day. But we covered more open fire cooking meal ideas to keep you full and happy during the daytime – from french dip sandwiches and marshmallow s’mores to mess-free foil packs. Check them out: