31 Creative and Easy Campfire Recipes You Have To Try

Whether you’re out bush or by the beach, nothing beats a good feed cooked over the campfire. We’ve rounded up 31 cracker recipes to take your campfire cooking to the next level. From brekkie to dessert, we’ve got your campfire cuisine covered. 

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Table of Contents

  1. Campfire Breakfast Delights
  2. Hearty Lunch and Dinner Ideas
  3. Scrumptious Sides and Snacks
  4. Delicious Desserts
  5. Bonus Camp Cooking Tips

1. Campfire Breakfast Delights

Kickstart your day with these tasty brekkie ideas. Perfect for getting you up and ready for a day of adventuring.

1. Campfire Breakfast Burritos

There’s no better way to start your morning in the great outdoors than with a hearty breakfast burrito. Packed with eggs, bacon, and a bit of cheese, they’re as Aussie as Vegemite on toast.

Ingredients:

  • Tortillas
  • Cheese
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Cheese
  • Cooked sausage or bacon
  • Salsa

Method:

  1. Lay out a tortilla and fill it with scrambled eggs, cheese, and your choice of sausage or bacon.
  2. Roll it up and wrap in foil.
  3. Heat over the campfire until warm and the cheese is melted.

2. Campfire French Toast

Fancy a bit of gourmet for breakfast? This campfire French toast is as flash as it gets when you’re miles away from the nearest café.

Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Syrup

Method:

  1. Whisk eggs, milk, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. Dip bread slices in the mixture.
  3. Cook on a greased skillet over the fire until golden brown on both sides.
  4. Serve with syrup.

3. Skillet Breakfast Hash

This breakfast hash is your ticket to a hearty start. It’s got everything you need to keep you going till the next snack.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • capsicums
  • Eggs
  • Bacon or sausage

Method:

  1. Cook diced potatoes, onions, and capsicums in a skillet until tender.
  2. Add cooked bacon or sausage.
  3. Crack eggs on top and cook until the eggs are set.

4. Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

Imagine waking up to the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls…this is a treat you won’t want to miss!

Ingredients:

  • Puff pastry
  • Golden syrup
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Cast iron skillet

Method:

  1. Prepare the Pastry: let it thaw until it’s easy to roll. Cut the pastry sheets into long strips.
  2. Make the filling: mix softened butter with ground cinnamon and a drizzle of golden syrup until you have a spreadable mixture.
  3. Assemble the rolls: spread the cinnamon butter mixture over each strip of pastry. Sprinkle with chopped macadamia nuts.
  4. Roll it up: roll each strip into a coil to form the cinnamon rolls.
  5. Cook over the fire: place the rolls in a greased cast iron skillet. Cover with foil and cook over the campfire until the pastry is puffed and golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Drizzle and serve: once cooked, drizzle with bush honey for a sweet finish. Enjoy warm, straight from the skillet!

5. Campsite Omelets in a Bag

Making omelettes has never been easier. Customise your omelette and cook it right in a bag!

Ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Your favourite omelette fillings (cheese, ham, veggies)
  • Resealable freezer bag

Method:

  1. Crack the eggs into the freezer bag and add your fillings.
  2. Seal the bag and squish everything together.
  3. Place the bag in boiling water and cook until the eggs are set.

2. Hearty Lunch and Dinner Ideas

When you’ve been exploring all day, you need a feed that’ll stick to your ribs – these lunch and dinner recipes are the bee’s knees.

6. Campfire Pizza Cones

Pizza, but make it fun! These pizza cones are as tasty as they are entertaining. Kids and adults alike will be lining up for seconds.

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • Cheese
  • Your favourite toppings

Method:

  1. Roll out the dough and cut it into triangles.
  2. Wrap the dough around a cone-shaped object, creating a pocket.
  3. Fill the pocket with sauce, cheese, and toppings.
  4. Wrap in foil and cook over the fire until the dough is golden and the cheese is melted.

7. Foil Packet Meals

Foil packet meals are the camper’s best mate. Easy to prep, cook, and clean up – what’s not to love?

Ingredients:

  • Protein (chicken, fish, or beef)
  • Vegetables (potatoes, carrots, capsicums)
  • Seasoning

Method:

  1. Place your protein and veggies in a large piece of foil.
  2. Season generously and fold the foil to create a sealed packet.
  3. Cook over the fire or on a grill for 20-30 minutes until everything is cooked through.

8. Campfire Quesadillas

Quesadillas over a campfire? You bet! These crispy, cheesy delights are perfect for a quick and tasty meal.

Ingredients:

  • Tortillas
  • Cheese
  • Your favourite fillings (beans, cooked chicken, veggies)

Method:

  1. Place a tortilla on a piece of foil, add cheese and fillings, and top with another tortilla.
  2. Wrap the quesadilla in foil and cook over the fire or on a grill until the cheese is melted.

9. Campfire Stuffed Capsicums

Stuffed peppers are a campfire classic – hearty, healthy, and packed with flavour. They’re practically a meal in a veggie shell.

Ingredients:

  • Capsicums
  • Cooked rice
  • Mince
  • Tomato sauce
  • Cheese

Method:

  1. Cut the tops off the capsicums and remove the seeds.
  2. Stuff with a mixture of cooked rice, mince, and tomato sauce.
  3. Top with cheese, wrap in foil, and cook over the fire until the peppers are tender.

10. Dutch Oven Lasagna

Lasagna at a campsite? Absolutely! This Dutch oven lasagna is a comforting, delicious meal after a long day outdoors.

Ingredients:

  • Lasagna noodles
  • Meat sauce
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Mozzarella

Method:

  1. Layer cooked noodles, meat sauce, and cheeses in a greased Dutch oven.
  2. Cover and cook over the fire until the lasagna is bubbly and the cheese is melted.
  3. Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.

11. Campfire Pulled Pork Burgers

Tender pulled pork, smoky and delicious, served on a bun – these burgers are a campfire hit.

Ingredients:

  • Pre-cooked pulled pork
  • BBQ sauce
  • Buns

Method:

  1. Warm the pulled pork and BBQ sauce in a skillet over the fire.
  2. Serve on buns.
  3. Top with coleslaw for added crunch.

12. Campfire Hot Dogs with a Twist

Give your classic campfire hot dogs a makeover with this twist. Wrapped in dough and cheese, they’re irresistible!

Ingredients:

  • Hot dogs
  • Puff pastry
  • Cheese slices

Method:

  1. Wrap each hot dog with a slice of cheese and then with puff pastry.
  2. Cook over the fire until the dough is golden brown.
  3. Serve with a variety of toppings and condiments.

13. Campfire Sausage & Veggie Foil Packs

These sausage and veggie foil packs are hearty, flavourful, and easy to prepare – a winning combo for any camper.

Ingredients:

  • Sausages
  • Sliced potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Seasoning

Method:

  1. Combine sausage and veggies on a piece of foil.
  2. Season well and wrap tightly.
  3. Cook over the fire until the sausage is cooked and the veggies are tender.

3. Scrumptious Sides and Snacks

Every great meal needs some sides, and these are top-notch. Perfect for munching around the campfire or sharing with your mates.

14. Grilled Veggie Skewers

colourful and packed with flavour, these veggie skewers are a healthy and tasty addition to any meal.

Ingredients:

  • capsicums
  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Your favourite marinade

Method:

  1. Thread the veggies onto skewers, brush with marinade, and grill over the campfire until tender and charred.

15. Campfire Garlic Bread

The smell of garlic bread wafting through the campsite is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. Simple and scrumptious.

Ingredients:

  • French bread stick
  • Garlic butter
  • Parsley

Method:

  1. Slice the bread and spread with garlic butter.
  2. Wrap in foil and heat over the fire until the bread is warm and the butter is melted.

16. Campfire Nachos

When the craving for something cheesy and crunchy hits, these campfire nachos are the answer. Perfect for snacking or a light meal.

Ingredients:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese
  • Beans
  • Your favourite toppings (salsa, sour cream, jalapeños)

Method:

  1. Layer chips, cheese, and beans in a cast iron skillet or foil pan.
  2. Cover with foil and place over the fire until the cheese is melted.
  3. Add your favourite toppings.

17. Campfire Popcorn

There’s something magical about popping corn over a campfire. It’s a crunchy, satisfying snack for any time of day.

Ingredients:

  • Popcorn kernels
  • Oil
  • Seasoning

Method:

  1. Place a handful of popcorn kernels and a little oil in the centre of a large piece of heavy-duty foil.
  2. Fold the foil into a pouch, leaving room for the popcorn to expand, and secure tightly.
  3. Shake the pouch over the fire until the popping slows.

18. Campfire Cheese Fondue

Dip into something delicious with this campfire cheese fondue. Perfect for a communal snack or appetiser.

Ingredients:

  • Cheese
  • Wine or broth
  • Bread cubes or veggies for dipping

Method:

  1. Melt cheese with wine or broth in a cast iron pot over the fire.
  2. Serve with bread cubes or veggies for dipping.

19. Campfire Bread on a Stick

Bread on a stick? You bet! This campfire classic is fun to make and even more fun to eat.

Ingredients:

  • Bread or damper dough

Method:

  1. Take a small piece of dough and wrap it around a clean stick.
  2. Hold it over the fire, rotating frequently, until the bread is golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Dip in honey or jam for a sweet treat, or in soup or stew for a savoury option.

20. Campfire Churros

Sweet, crispy, and perfect for a campfire treat, these churros are easy to make and impossible to resist.

Ingredients:

  • Puff Pastry
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Optional: Chocolate sauce or dulce de leche for dipping

Method:

  1. Roll dough into thin strips, twist, and cook in a skillet or on a griddle over the fire until golden.
  2. Toss in cinnamon sugar.
  3. Serve with chocolate sauce for dipping.
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21. Campfire Grilled Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob cooked over the fire is sweet, smoky, and simply delicious. Perfect as a side or a snack.

Ingredients:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Butter
  • Seasoning

Method:

  1. Peel back the husks, remove the silk, and rub the corn with butter and seasoning.
  2. Wrap the husks back around the corn, or wrap in foil.
  3. Grill over the fire until tender.

22. Campfire S’mores Dip

All the fun of s’mores, but in a dip! Perfect for sharing and dipping your favourite treats.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham crackers for dipping

Method:

  1. Melt chocolate chips in a cast iron skillet over the fire.
  2. Top with marshmallows and heat until melted and gooey.
  3. Serve with graham crackers for dipping.

4. Delicious Desserts

End your day on a sweet note with these campfire desserts that’ll have everyone asking for seconds (or thirds).

23. Stuffed Banana Boats

A classic campfire treat, these stuffed banana boats are gooey, chocolatey, and absolutely irresistible.

Ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Nuts

Method:

  1. Slice a banana lengthwise, but not all the way through.
  2. Stuff it with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and nuts.
  3. Wrap in foil and place in the campfire coals for about 5-10 minutes until everything is melted and gooey.

24. Campfire Apple Crumble

There’s nothing like a warm apple crumble on a cool night. This dessert is a campfire classic.

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Oats
  • Butter
  • Flour

Method:

  1. Slice apples and mix with sugar and cinnamon. Place in a Dutch oven.
  2. Combine oats, butter, and flour to make a crumbly topping and sprinkle over the apples.
  3. Cover and cook over the fire until the apples are tender and the topping is golden.

25. S’mores Cones

All the fun of s’mores without the mess! These cones are a fantastic twist on a campfire favourite.

Ingredients:

  • Waffle cones
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • Fruits like bananas or strawberries

Method:

  1. Fill the cones with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and fruit.
  2. Wrap in foil and heat over the fire until the chocolate is melted and marshmallows are gooey.

26. Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon

Grilled pineapple is a simple yet delightful dessert that adds a tropical twist to your campfire cuisine.

Ingredients:

  • Pineapple slices
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon

Method:

  1. Sprinkle pineapple slices with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Grill over the campfire until caramelised and golden brown.

27. Dutch Oven Cobbler

This cobbler is a fruity, comforting campfire recipe dessert that’s perfect for enjoying around the campfire.

Ingredients:

  • Canned pie filling (peach, apple, or cherry)
  • Boxed cake mix
  • Butter

Method:

  1. Pour the pie filling into a greased Dutch oven.
  2. Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the filling.
  3. Dot with slices of butter.
  4. Cover and cook over campfire coals or on a grill until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbly.

28. Campfire Popcorn Balls

These sweet and crunchy popcorn balls are a fun and tasty treat to enjoy around the campfire.

Ingredients:

  • Popcorn
  • Marshmallows
  • Butter
  • Optional add-ins (chocolate chips, nuts)

Method:

  1. Melt marshmallows and butter over the fire.
  2. Mix with popcorn and any add-ins.
  3. Shape into balls and let cool.
  4. Enjoy as a sweet and crunchy snack.
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29. Campfire Dutch Baby Pancake

A giant, fluffy pancake cooked in a cast iron skillet over the fire – perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Whisk eggs, milk, flour, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
  2. Melt butter in a cast iron skillet over the fire.
  3. Pour the batter into the skillet and cook until puffed and golden.
  4. Sprinkle with sugar and enjoy.

30. Campfire Chocolate Orange Cakes

Chocolate cake baked inside an orange peel? This campfire recipe is a real zinger and a fun twist on dessert. Plus, it’s a great way to use up those orange peels!

Ingredients:

  • Large oranges
  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Water (as required by the cake mix)
  • Foil

Method:

  1. Slice the tops off the oranges and scoop out the insides (you can eat the orange segments or save them for another recipe).
  2. Prepare the chocolate cake mix according to the package instructions.
  3. Fill each hollowed-out orange about two-thirds full with the cake batter.
  4. Place the orange tops back on and wrap each orange tightly in foil.
  5. Place the foil-wrapped oranges in the campfire coals and cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cake is cooked through. Check with a toothpick; if it comes out clean, your cake is ready.
  6. Carefully remove from the fire and let cool slightly before unwrapping and enjoying your deliciously unique dessert.

5. Bonus Camp Cooking Tips

Pre-Prep Ingredients at Home

Save yourself some hassle and chop those veggies, marinate the meats, and measure out spices before you leave home. It’s like meal-prepping but for the great outdoors!

Use Heavy-Duty Foil

When you’re cooking over a fire, regular foil just won’t cut it. Heavy-duty foil is your best mate for making those foil packet meals without any leaks or tears.

Keep It Simple

Out in the wild, less is more. Stick to recipes with minimal ingredients and steps, so you spend more time exploring and less time slaving over the fire.


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