Campfire Cooking: Foil Packet Meal Ideas

Cooking on a campfire can be a fun and tasty way to combine meal time with activity time while teaching your campers a new skill. These easy foil-packet campfire recipes will keep your campers busy having fun and well fed too.

All you need is the food ingredients, heavy duty foil, and some good hot coals. We will give you a few tasty recipes, but first here are some foil packet cooking tips that will reduce mess (and stress) and make your camp cook out a better success.

Foil Packet Cooking Tips

Huge heavy duty foil or if you’re using regular foil make sure you double up sheets. Otherwise your campers will have their dinner falling into the ashes.

When cooking meat, place it at the bottom of the packet so it gets the most heat. Meat takes the longest to cook.

Place your foil packets on coals, not in the flame itself...otherwise it will burn on the outside and be raw on the inside.

Don’t want to wait on potatoes and carrots to cook? Save time by using canned root vegetables!

Throwing in tomatoes and onions will help keep your meat from drying out while cooking.

Flip packets from time to time while cooking. It’s okay to open them to check the progress, but remember the more times you open your packet higher chances it will rip and spill all over the fire.

Open the foil packets for the kids when it’s finished. The packet will be full of hot steam and could burn their hands!


Hamburger & Veg

  • ½ lb ground hamburger meat
  • ½ can of Veg-all or other mixed vegetables
  • ½ can can of cream of mushroom soup
  • spices and seasonings

Mix together the above ingredients with spices and condiments to your heart’s content. Place the mixture on the center of a sheet of foil, wrap in a tent pack, and place on hot coals for 25 minutes.

Chicken Casserole

  • 1 chicken breast or portion of chicken slices
  • 1 cup of broccoli
  • 1/2 cup of prepared rice
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • ranch dressing
  • cheddar cheese
  • spices

Pound or slice the chicken thinly as chicken can take awhile to cook. Mix together the broccoli, soup, and cheese. Add spices and condiments. Place the chicken breast on the center of the foil. Top with the soup mix and then rice. Seal in a tent pack. Cook on hot coals for about 25 minutes (The thicker your chicken breast, the longer it will take).

Apricot Pork Chops

  • 1 boneless pork chop
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ package frozen stir-fry vegetates
  • garlic powder, salt, pepper

Mix together the apricot preserves, the soy sauce, and any seasoning you’d like to add. Place the pork chop in the center of the sheet of foil. Spread half of the apricot sauce on top. Put the veggies on top/around the pork chop. Pour the rest of the sauce over the whole thing. Wrap in a tent pack. Place on hot coals and cook for 20 minutes.

Corn on the Cob

  • 4 ears of shucked corn
  • ¼ cup butter or olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 ice cubes

Place the ears of corn on a large sheet of foil. Spread the butter on top. Sprinkle with the seasonings and Parmesan cheese. Put the ice cubes on top. Wrap up into a tent pack. Place on hot coals and cook for 20 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Pineapple Upside Donut Cake

The kids will love this yummy dessert!

  • 1 ring of pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cake donut

Place donut on sheet of foil. Mix the softened butter and brown sugar together and spread it over the donut. Place the pineapple ring on top. Wrap the donut in a tight flat pack. Place on hot coals and cook for 5-7 minutes.

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