The Ultimate Campfire Cooking Guide

Bite into this list of sweet and savoury outdoor recipes

Most things taste better over an open flame. Whether you’re the classic bacon and egg-type or someone who likes to try new things, we’ve got some campfire recipes that will make even the pickiest of eaters drool.

Breakfast of champions


Beer Pancakes

This might become your new favourite hair of the dog. All you need is pancake mix, beer, and a cast iron pan. Follow the directions on the pancake box, but instead of adding water, add beer. The alcohol cooks itself out in the process, so you won’t get drunk on pancakes before 10 am.


Pie Iron Breakfast Sandwich

Warm the pie iron over the fire and coat the inside with butter. Place a slice of bread on each side of the pie iron, pressing the bread down to make room for filling. Slightly whisk an egg in a separate bowl, and pour over one of the slices of bread. Place cheese on top of the egg. As for the meat, if you’re adding sausage make sure it’s already cooked (the meat will not cook inside of the sandwich). For an easier alternative, use cold cuts (ham works well). The whisked egg creates a kind of French toast effect on the bread. Final step: chow down.

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Orange Muffins

Bakers will LOVE this yummy and easy recipe. You’ll need muffin mix (blueberry is popular with this recipe) and oranges. Cut an orange in half, scoop out the inside, fill one half of the orange with muffin batter, cover with the other half, wrap in three layers of foil, and place them right on the coals with the batter side up. After about 8-10 minutes open them up—you’ll have a muffin in an orange!


Eggs ‘n’ hash

Firing up a gourmet breakfast might not seem feasible off the grid, but all you need is one cast iron skillet for this satisfying start to your day. Camping is all about making use of what you’ve got. Take any extra pre-cooked veggies and potatoes from previous meals, dice it up and place into a heated pan. Create some space in the middle to crack a couple eggs and let sizzle.


Savoury satisfaction


Campfire Burritos

This recipe takes a little bit of preparation. To make things easier, cook rice beforehand and bring it along in a cooler (be sure to preserve it well—spoiled rice can be bad news). Ingredients include anything you want in your burrito (canned beans, shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, chopped vegies etc.). If you’re craving some meat, cook it separately over the campfire, or cook it at home and pack frozen. Combine your ingredients, roll your burrito up, wrap it in tin foil, and place it on the grate. Be sure to rotate every few minutes.


Mexican Street Corn

Also known as Elotes, this delicious dish will totally take your campfire game to a gourmet level. For best results, soak the corn in water for at least 2 hours before cooking. To cook the corn with its husk on, place the pre-soaked corn on the grate and rotate often. Cook for about 25 minutes. When it’s done, lather it in butter, drizzle some sour cream (or keep it light with plain Greek yogurt), cotija or feta cheese, cilantro, chili powder, and a squeeze of lime.


Loaded Baked Potatoes

This meal can be as healthy or unhealthy as you want it to be. Key steps: poke potatoes all over with a fork, smother its surface with butter (or a healthy alternative) and wrap in foil. Place the potatoes directly on the hot coals, let them bake there for about 35 minutes, slice them down the middle and stuff them with whatever you want (cheese, green onions, and sour cream always works). If you’re planning to stuff them with bacon, be sure to cook the meat over the fire beforehand.

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Chili Dogs

Chili dogs are super easy and very versatile. To cook the chili over the campfire, you’ll need a cast iron skillet or Dutch Oven. Otherwise, cook the chili at home and bring it along in a cooler. Roast your hot dog on a stick over the campfire, stick it in a bun, lather with chili, cheese, and jalapeno peppers, and eat! For an additional touch, add some crisp to your hot dog bun by toasting it over the fire beforehand.

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Sweet treats


Campfire Cones

Feel like a kid again with this recipe. You’ll need a waffle cone, chopped fruit of any kind (strawberries and bananas work great), mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and tin foil. Wrap the waffle cone in foil, stuff it with all the good stuff, close the top of the cone with foil, and lay it over the fire. Rotate the cone every few minutes and there you have it! Hint: like all of the above, you can stuff campfire cones with pretty much whatever you want.


Banana Boat

The most basic recipe for banana boats is one banana, chocolate chips, and marshmallows. However, you can stuff them with pretty much whatever you want. Just slice the banana down the middle (leave its peel on), fill it with goodies (chocolate, marshmallows, peanut butter, crushed graham crackers etc.), wrap it in foil and cook over the fire.

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Strawberry Shortcake S’mores

We all know the recipe for s’mores: chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers and voila! For this traditional campfire recipe, try a few variations. After you’ve roasted your marshmallow, add a few fresh strawberry slices to the mix to create strawberry shortcake s’mores. Hint: you can pretty much add whatever kind of fruit you want.