Roasting hot dogs over an open fire might be the quintessential camping meal, but the options are as vast as the great outdoors. Just because you need to pack up a cooler doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor or fun. Cooking on campsite grills or over a roaring fire can inspire some memory-making meals, from breakfast to dinner and even dessert. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite camping-focused recipes and tips for packing before you hit the trail to help make this camping trip the best one yet.
Popcorn is the perfect snack to enjoy while everyone is gathered around the fire. DIY your own open-fire popcorn popper using a foil pie plate and aluminum foil. Mix a spice topping ahead of time, like a homemade ranch seasoning or a spicy chili-garlic blend. Pack everything separately for easy assembly any night of the trip.
Get the recipe: Campfire Popcorn
Campfire Breakfast Hash with Eggs
We can’t forget about breakfast! This one-pan recipe is perfect to fill bellies before a day packed with fun. Use frozen pre-cut onions and peppers to help keep your cooler cold and limit the work at the campground. Pre-crack your eggs into a Mason jar to eliminate the risk of breaking them and pour them right into the skillet to cook.
Get the recipe: Campfire Breakfast Hash with Eggs
Mountain Peach Pie
Have a campfire sweet delight with this foolproof favorite. Peach preserves, fresh peaches, and bread bring these hand pies to life or create your own filling variation. Ready in just 5 minutes in the pie iron spend less time cooking and more time enjoying the great outdoors.
Get the recipe: Mountain Peach Pie
Easy Summer Veggie Noodle Salad
Impress your camping crew with this impressive vegetarian salad. This nutritious and crunchy salad is so easy thanks to the pre-sliced veggies and bottled dressing. Cook rice noodles in a flash by just soaking in hot water for 5 minutes. Pleasing vegetarians and meat eaters alike this will soon to be a fireside favorite.
Get the recipe: Easy Summer Veggie Noodle Salad
Cheesy Stuffed Bread
Who doesn’t love cheesy bread? This easy, 3-ingredient recipe is a breeze to pull off and makes a perfect side dish to any camping dinner. Partially slice a store-bought loaf of Italian bread, then stuff it with pesto and sharp Cheddar cheese. Pass the bread around the fire so everyone can tear off a piece and enjoy.
Get the recipe: Cheesy Stuffed Bread
Fire-Roasted Corn with Hot Honey Butter
Few foods are more delicious than fresh corn on the cob in the summer. Soaking the corn ahead of time helps it cook evenly and brings out the natural sweetness. To get a jump on prep, mix your hot honey butter and soak your corn at home, then keep it in the cooler until you’re ready to cook.
Get the recipe: Fire-Roasted Corn with Hot Honey Butter
Chocolate Hazelnut Raspberry S’mores
Whether you keep it classic or switch it up nothing screams camping more than ooey gooey s’mores. Our version has a few twists with hazelnut spread and raspberry jam without removing any of the elements of the kid-friendly staple that is sure to delight.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Raspberry S’mores
Potato Chip Nachos
Transform a bag of chips into a cheesy, crunchy dream with these foil packets. Potato chips are an easy ingredient to pack for a camping trip since they’re so light, and the other ingredients can be reused for other dinners. Add some diced ham for a bit of protein to keep everyone full and fueled.
Get the recipe: Potato Chip Nachos
Grilled Banana Splits
S’mores might have some competition with this easy campfire dessert. Whole bananas stuffed with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and hazelnuts roasted to gooey perfection taste like a banana split. Top it off with whipped topping instead of ice cream so you don’t have to worry about it melting.
Get the recipe: Grilled Banana Splits
Blueberry Pie Foil Packet
Summer is as sweet as blueberry pie, and now your camping trip can be too. This twist on the classic summer dessert showcases the natural sweetness of peak season blueberries and uses no additional sugar. Top off your foil packets with a cinnamon-spiked granola topping before cooking it right on the fire.
Get the recipe: Blueberry Pie Foil Packet