Just because you’ve decided to go camping doesn’t mean you’re stuck eating lukewarm canned beans, grilled hot dogs and roasted marshmallows. Sure, it should be more about the experience and nature and bonding — blah, blah, blah — but if you want a semi-gourmet meal while you’re all sitting around the roaring fire this summer, then have one! Really, it’s very doable — and far more delicious.
The key? Foil. And lots of it.
We’ve rounded up 16 delicious, restaurantworthy recipes you should try out on your next camping trip — and you’ll very quickly catch on that many of these dishes call for wrapping up your protein, veggies and other ingredients in aluminum foil and grilling them to perfection. It’s truly as easy as that.
Ready to wow your friends and family? Show off your campfire cooking skills with any of the following grilling recipes. Oh, and yes, kids will absolutely love these dinners — especially the mac ‘n’ cheese recipe.
A version of this article was originally published in May 2016.
Camping Mac ‘n’ Cheese
You can consider this cheating — prepping this mac and cheese dinner ahead of time and merely warming it up over the grill once you're ready for dinner; we call it genius.
Honey Mustard Chicken Foil Packets
Hobo dinners are a campfire classic for a reason — they're easy, hearty and delicious.
Salmon Skewers With Garlic & Dijon
Make salmon kid-friendly by kebab-ing it. Just prep your marinade and lemon slices ahead to save time.
Shrimp Boil Foil Packets
Prep these shrimp boil foil packets ahead of time for a flavorful campfire meal.
Grilled Flank Steak
Turn your camping into glamping by making flavorful grilled flank steak with a crunchy sweet corn and radish salad.
Foil Sweet Potato Tacos
This delicious dish packs the ingredients for sweet potato tacos into a convenient foil ready for the grill.
Dutch Oven BBQ Chicken & Potatoes
Um, I'll take three bowls of this dreamy barbecue Dutch oven chicken and potatoes ASAP, please.
Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp With Chipotle Slaw
If you love summer and you love barbecue, then these bacon-wrapped shrimp and dip skewers are right up your alley.
Bacon-Ranch Potatoes Foil Packet Grill
This twist on the classic loaded baked potato takes grilling to a whole 'nother level.
Honey-Sriracha Grilled Chicken Thighs
With just a few simple ingredients, these grilled honey-Sriracha chicken thighs are foolproof and finger-lickin' good.
Grilled Pineapple Salmon Plank
When you cook fish between pieces of pineapple bark, the juices marinate the meat. File this under majorly clever!
Grilled Steak Kebabs
If you're looking for something healthful and flavorful, you can't go wrong with grilled steak and veggie kebabs.
Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese
Who doesn't love pizza? Or grilled cheese? Pizza grilled cheese is the perfect marriage of two faves.
Mexican Street Corn
Make this Mexican street corn's cotija cheese and smoked paprika spread ahead of time.
Campfire Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich
Gooey mozzarella, sliced onion and pepper, and roast beef in French bread? Excuse me while I drool.
Cajun Foil Packet Grill
This Cajun foil packet's combo of sausage, corn and potatoes offers a little something for everyone.
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