Easy Make Ahead Foil Packet Recipes For Camping: By Grill or Campfire

Camping with family and friends can be so much fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Preparing and making meals can take up a lot of precious vacation time. Which is why we’ve put together this list of easy, make ahead foil packet recipes for camping. These all require minimal prep, are easy to cook or reheat on the grill or campfire and most importantly are YUMMY!

While cooking hotdogs and s’mores for a couple of days is fun, if you are out in nature longer, you’ll likely want a bit more variety.

If you are looking for some fun ideas, we’ve put together meals you can make for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Break all the rules and eat them any time of day. Hey you’re on vacation.

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Recipes you cook in foil packets are easy make-ahead camping meals your family can enjoy, with less work. Many of your favorite grilling recipes can be adapted into foil packet meals for camping.

NOTE: Any of these meals can be made ahead at home, and then reheated on site. Or freeze and then cook at your campsite on a grill or campfire.

If you are looking to spend more time exploring, playing and relaxing with your family, and less time prepping and cooking, these ideas are perfect for you. 

What are foil packet meals? 

A foil packet meal is a popular camp food that is usually made up of vegetables and proteins rolled in aluminum foil. This creates a “packet” that seals in moisture, which steams the food as it is heated over a grill or campfire. 

If you make individual servings, the best part is you can open it up, and eat right out of the foil. Low-mess = less cleanup and happy campers. 

How to Make Foil Packet Meals

The reason grill and campfire foil packet meals are so popular are they are low-mess, and so easy to make.

It’s as simple as laying out a sheet (or more) of aluminum foil and combining your favorite protein, veggies, herbs/spices and a bit of oil. 

Roll up the edges into a packet and voila, your meal is ready to cook over a grill or campfire.

Our Coleman Camp stove has a grill and a burner, which is super handy when you don’t want to cook over the campfire. Ours is over 15 years old and still going strong.

General supplies you will need

  • Heavy duty aluminum foil – helps prevent the package breaking open
  • Long Metal Tongs– to help turn and grab your foil packets. Avoid burnt fingers.
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Oil – butter, olive & avocado are our favorites
  • Veggies & Protein
  • Herbs and/or spices

While any combo of protein & hardier veggies typically works,  some tried and true favorites are:


  • Tofu
  • Steak
  • Fish or Shrimp
  • Sausage
  • Ground meat; pork & beef


  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell Peppers
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli

A printable camping planner is super helpful with planning & creating your camping menu for your next camping adventure.

Yummy meals for camping, quick foil packet favs. Cheesy potatoes, shrimp, asparagus, potatoes, smores bowl and chocolate cherry cake.


Step One: Chop up veggies & meat 

Don’t chop too big (doesn’t cook fully) or too small (overcooks and gets mushy). I usually leave fish and asparagus whole, as they cook well that way. 

Step Two: Lay out foil

Rip off a piece of foil in a rectangle shape. Make sure the foil is large enough to be able to close the packet by rolling the longest edges of the  foil together. 

Lay out your piece of foil flat, and place ingredients in the middle. 

Step Three: Season Meal

Next you’ll need to season your meal. Add about a tbsp of butter, and oil, or to taste, depending on size of the meal. 

Add salt and pepper, herbs and spices to taste. 

Roll up the long edges then fold in the sides. Add another layer, placing the seam side down, repeat 2-3 times. Now you are ready to cook.

Cook meals within a day or so of wrapping. If you want to prep ahead of time, freeze the foil packet in a large freezer bag. 

Step Four: Cook Your Foil Packets

If camping over a campfire, cook in the coals, or over a grill, not the flames. 

Cooking time will vary depending on the type and size of ingredients. Plan to cook for about 30-40 minutes, turning and flipping every 10 minutes or so. You should hear a low sizzle when the heat is just right. 


Also check out our Easy, Make Ahead Meals for camping with kids ideas and recipes


First we will start with breakfast, and my favourite breakfast of all time. Sweet, soft apples, a hint of cinnamon and ginger, and crunchy oats. Yum!

Quick Breakfast Camp Meals


Grilling fish & shrimp in foil is so versatile, and relatively foolproof. The possibilities are endless. You can add any fresh herbs you like, garlic, onions, a bit of spice or whatever you like.

Easy Foil Packet Seafood Recipes


Fuss-free vegetable foil packets are perfect for the oven, grill or campfire. A great way to add some veggies to your families meals, without a lot of extra prep or time.

Grab your favourite hearty vegetables ( potatoes, carrots, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, zucchinis etc), add some oil or butter, herb, salt and pepper. Then wrap up and stick on the grill or campfire. Easy peasy.

Foil Packet Vegetables for Camping


Dinner, so many foil packet options. You can even make “breakfast for dinner,” which is another family favorite thing to do.

Throw out the rules, and just go with what makes sense for your family.

Our recent family camping trip it was wayyyyy too hot to have a campfire, or cook over a camp stove / grill for any length of time at traditional dinner time. So we ate pre-made pasta salads, granola & yogurt for a snack, and then roasted hot dogs later in the evening, once it cooled down enough.

Dinner Camping Meal Ideas for Families


A few unique, and fun camping snacks and sweet desserts to try with the kidlets. Not only are they quick to prep and make-ahead, they cook up in no time, and are fun for the kids to get involved.

Tasty Camp Snacks & Desserts to WOW your Kids

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