Campfire Cooking: 7 Easy Recipes to Prepare While Camping

There’s still plenty of time to go on a camping trip before the cool weather arrives. If you’re getting ready to head out and enjoy the great outdoors, there’s no need to plan on living off trail mix, beef jerky, and s’mores for the trip’s duration. Instead, check out these seven recipes, which you can easily prepare while camping. Cookies, fish, hamburgers, and omelets are a few of the delicious and low-maintenance meals that can be made over a campfire.

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1. Campfire Breakfast Sandwich

You just need a few basic ingredients, a Hobo Pie toaster, and a campfire to prepare this AllRecipes.com‘s breakfast sandwich. This simple sandwich is a great source of energy and can be ready in 7 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice Cheddar cheese

Directions: Place a Hobo Pie toaster in the hot coals of a campfire to preheat for a few minutes. Butter both slices of bread, then place one slice, butter-side down into the toaster. Crack the egg onto the bread, and break the yolk. Top with a slice of cheese and the second slice of bread, butter-side up. Close the toaster, and place into the coals of the fire. Cook for several minutes, turning frequently, until the bread has browned nicely on both sides.

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2. No-Bake Camping Cookies

If you don’t want to have s’mores every night, Expect Adventure‘s no-bake cookie recipe is a great way to switch up desserts. You just need a few ingredients, a camp stove, and some waxed paper, and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying an energizing treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup vanilla almond milk
  • ¾ cup peanut or almond butter (if salted, use just a pinch of salt in the recipe)
  • 3 cups quick oats

Directions: Combine the first 5 ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes or until the sugar is no longer granular. Add the peanut butter until dissolved, then gradually add oats until they’re incorporated. Set your wax paper on a flat surface in a shady spot, and drop the batter onto the paper. Once the cookies harden like candy, they’re ready.

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3. Cowboy Hot Dogs

Caramelized onions, bacon, and barbecue sauce help create a hearty and filling dish that is perfect for lunch or dinner. This easy Sunset hot dog dish will take 30 minutes to make, and is well worth the wait! Your camping buddies will be amazed you were able to prepare this tasty meal over a campfire.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into half moons
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 potato hot dog buns
  • About 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • About 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard, such as Gulden’s
  • About 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions: Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat on a camp stove, or over a charcoal or wood-fired grill heated to medium, 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add onion and cook until deep golden and very tender, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes.

Grill hot dogs until slightly charred all over, about 6 minutes, turning occasionally. Add buns and grill, turning frequently, until warmed and lightly charred, about 3 minutes. Spread buns with mayonnaise and drizzle with mustard and barbecue sauce. Set hot dogs in buns. Sprinkle cheese on top, followed by caramelized onions and bacon.

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4. Baggy Omelet

It may be hard to imagine creating an omelet with a few eggs and a ziplock bag, but that’s exactly what happens when you follow QuietJourney.com‘s simple recipe. The best part about this recipe is you can prepare a few bags ahead of time, and then make them whenever you’d like. Could preparing campfire food be any easier?

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • Sausage, bacon, or ham
  • Any of your favorite omelet vegetables
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Crack eggs in a ziplock bag, and add shredded cheese. Add meat, vegetables, and salt and pepper to taste. Put baggy in a pot of boiling water for about 5 to 10 minutes. Then cut the bag, and dig in!

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5. Hobo Hamburgers

This is campfire dining at its best. Ground beef, cracker crumbs, cheese, potatoes, bacon, and veggies create a delicious dinner you may end up making even when you’re at home. This PaulaDeen.com recipe yields four patties.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • ½ cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Paula Deen’s House Seasoning (or a seasoning of your choice)
  • 4 medium red potatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into strips
  • 4 slices bacon

Directions: In a large bowl combine ground beef, cracker crumbs, egg, lemon juice, cheese, green pepper, and seasoning. Mix well. Shape into 4 patties. Place each patty onto 2 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil (enough to cover and close). On each patty, place potato slices, onion slice, and carrots. Slice bacon in half and place both slices on top. Seal aluminum foil tightly and cook on campfire or in a 350 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes.

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6. Potato Scramble

CampingGroundTrip.com‘s potato scramble is a filling breakfast meal that is great by itself or served with a side of biscuits or bread. This will take about 30 minutes to prepare and cook, and the dish yields four servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small potatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • ⅓ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions: Melt the butter in a large skillet, moving it around to spread it evenly. Add the potatoes, bell pepper, and onions to the pan and fry them until they are almost done. In a bowl, whip the eggs. Add this into the pan. Cover for a couple of minutes until the eggs have started to set. Add the grated cheddar cheese. Cover the pan for a few minutes just to give the cheese time to melt.

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7. Campfire Quesadillas

Quesadillas can easily be made over a campfire. The secret to preparing Dirty Gourmet‘s campfire quesadilla is using one tortilla, piling on the ingredients, folding it like a burrito, and wrapping it in foil. The recipe yields four servings.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 10 buttons or cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup corn
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

Directions: To prepare the veggie mixture, lay out a piece of foil and center onion, mushrooms, and corn on the foil. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Bring up the sides of the foil and double fold the ends to make a packet. Place on the grate and cook until veggies are tender. Alternately, you can cook the vegetables on your camp stove. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and mushrooms and saute until softened and lightly browned. Add corn and stir to combine. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper, to taste.

To prepare the quesadillas, lay out four pieces of foil and place a tortilla on top of each piece. Divide half the cheese among the four tortillas, sprinkling it down the center of each. Divide the veggie mixture evenly among the tortillas, and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the veggies. Fold the two sides of the tortilla toward the center and then wrap the quesadilla in the foil, sealing the edges to make a packet. Place the packets on the grate and cook for a few minutes on each side, until the cheese is melted and the tortilla crisp.

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