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50 easy camping meal ideas

One of the best ways to up the enjoyment level on a camping trip is to have food that is delicious. Now, the taste is important, but its also got to be easy enough to cook, and suitable for camping. You can’t be cooking for hours on end every day, or using hundreds of ingredients for each dish or it just takes away from the whole experience.

In this post, we look at 50 easy camping meals that are guaranteed to take your camping experience to a whole new level.

Kick back with a platter

Camping food can be absolutely delicious

Breakfast:

Bacon and eggs

The stereotypical camping breakfast is bacon and eggs, and for good reason. It’s easy to cook, tastes good and will give you plenty of energy for the day. You can scramble, poach, fry or make an omelette with the eggs and have them on their own, a wrap, burrito or toast.

Bacon and Eggs

Bacon and Eggs is a very common camping breakfast

Hash browns and baked beans

We’ve started taking hash browns with us almost every camping trip now, as they are so easy to cook. Throw them on a pan in the fire, or a grill, or on the Weber. Baked beans are easily done too, and in combination with some toast and a few other things as your taste calls for you can have a very quick and tasty breakfast.

Hash browns

Hash browns are a great side for breakfast

Muesli and yoghurt

If we are in a rush, we’ll grab muesli, yoghurt and fruit. This is usually on travel days, where we pull over to eat for breakfast, or if we are wanting to get going early in the morning. It tastes OK, is healthy and has plenty of energy.

Pancakes

Another well known camping meal is pancakes. We normally make our own mix these days, but you can use the premixed bottles too. They are pretty quick to eat, and if you have them with berries, cream and maple syrup they are delicious too.

Pancakes

Our kids love pancakes

Custard and fruit

Sarah introduced us to eating custard and fruit for breakfast when camping. We don’t do it often, but its a tasty meal to have on a cool day, and is pretty quick and easy to get going. We make the custard from powder on the stove in a saucepan, and just used fruit in a container that is ready to go.

Damper

If ever there was a simple camping meal, damper takes the cake. Throw a few ingredients together, check the consistency when mixed and drop it in the fire in a camp oven. Plain damper is tasty, but these days we like to add a bit of apple and cinnamon damper to give it some extra kick. 

Making damper

A sneaky white chocolate damper ready to be cooked

Blue berry pikelets

Pikelets are another great meal, especially for young kids. We often buy the frozen blue berries, and knock them up quickly early in the morning. 

Tomato, Bacon, Onion and Mushroom

We really need a better name for this, because its delicious, and one of my favourite breakfasts. We’ll often have it on toast, but the combination is super tasty and something I often look forward too.

Delicious camping breakfasts

Tomato, bacon, onion and mushroom. Delicious

Croissants

There’s something nice about a ham and cheese croissant, slowly roasted over the fire. These are easy to prepare, taste delicious and are something a bit different from the usual camping breakfasts!

The big breakfast

One of our favourite camping meals is a big spread for breakfast. Each group cooks up a portion of food, and then you combine it together to create the ultimate feast with friends and family. It really is the best start to a day in the bush!

Group camping breakfast

If everyone brings a bit, breakfast can be incredible

French Toast

Sarah loves French Toast. It’s not something that I’ve fallen in love with, but it is easy, quick and simple.

Breakfast toasty

If you have a nice fire ticking along, using a jaffle iron to make a breakfast toasty is a great way to kickstart the day. We often do bacon and cheese, but realistically you could put anything in that tickles your fancy.

Lunch:

Wraps

When we are doing a lot of remote camping, we take a heap of wraps. They don’t need refrigerating, take up barely any space and they last forever. A loaf of bread is far more bulky and starts to go bad after a couple of days at most. 

Wraps are pretty versatile too; you can use them for bacon and eggs at breakfast, or salad and meat for lunch, or even pulled pork for dinner. 

Our lunch wraps are most commonly cheese, salad and ham, or left over roast meat. Sometimes I’ll eat them with tuna and mayonnaise, or tomato and cheese, but they are always good. The secret is to make sure you have plenty of good sauces; pickles, chutney and mayonnaise; it makes a big difference!

Camping wraps

A typical wrap for lunch

Tuna and crackers

Crackers are another item that don’t take up much space, and they are nice and light too. We’ll often have crackers with tuna, or with cheese. It’s quick to make, doesn’t need any refrigeration and you can eat as much as you feel like without worrying about left overs.

Turkish bread 

One of my favourite lunches for camping now that we have a Baby Weber is Turkish bread. We put mayonnaise over the top, and then chunks of cooked chicken, capsicum, spring onions, avocado, sundried tomatoes, bacon, cheese and anything else you can think of.

Throw them in the weber (or I guess a camp oven would work) for about 20 minutes and you have one of the tastiest, and easiest lunches around!

A big spread

One of our favourite lunches when camping is the full spread. Sarah literally bought a platter plate a while back, and I chuckled when I saw it. The thing is though, it gets used a lot. Cut up fruit, vegetables, meat and add some dips and crackers and you are onto a winner. It’s not that time consuming to make, the kids get to eat what they want and its healthy food.

Lunch platter

A typical lunch platter for a relaxed afternoon

Sandwiches

At the start of a trip, we’ll always take some bread. This gets eaten first for lunches, so it is used before it goes bad. From there, we move onto wraps. You can do all sorts of sandwiches, and our kids love eating anything from basic spreads like cream cheese and jam through to lemon butter.

We much prefer salad and meat sandwiches, or bacon and egg together

Burgers

Particularly after a big dive, we love digging into a burger. Bacon, egg, pineapple and some form of meat (chicken/beef) with salad to taste and you can have the tastiest lunch going around. A couple of burgers and we are happy to kick back at camp for the rest of the day!

Burgers are great camping meals

Burgers make for a great lunch

Jaffles

A Jaffle iron can spit out some pretty mean jaffles if you get the temperatures right. Put some butter on both sides of your bread, and fill the inside with what you like, then do your best to cook it to perfection. Again, I always come back to mayonaise, tomato, ham and cheese.

Bruschetta

We’ve done Bruschetta for lunch a number of times now, and its super easy and tasty. I’ve seen people do it uncooked, or a Weber works really well. Get some nice bread, cut it and apply olive oil. Toast it off in the Weber, then add your cheese, tomato, herbs and what ever you enjoy. It’s light, tasty and super fast to do.

Bruschetta when camping

Bruschetta on the weber is amazing

Smoked fish

If you’ve never smoked your own fish, you’ve been missing out. We’ve done herring, salmon, mackerel and plenty of other oily fish, and its always delicious. A small smoker sets you back $50 to $100, or you can smoke fish over a weber using smoking chips, or smoking sawdust in aluminium foil with holes in it.

Fish smoking

Smoked fish is one of the best lunches around

Kebabs

We always carry a number of stainless steel Kebab skewers, and really enjoy making them. Capsicum, onion, tomato, chicken and a nice sauce roasted over the fire, or the weber makes for a magic lunch. There’s so many different kebab recipes that you can use, and trying something different is always a bit of fun.

Kebabs on the Weber

There’s so many different Kebab options that are tasty

Sausage sizzle

Just because there’s no Bunnings nearby doesn’t mean you can’t make a mean sausage sizzle. Just fry some onion and snags, and put them in a nice bun and some sauce, and you are set. This is so fast, and easy to do, and the kids always love it.

Dinner:

Whether its a cruisy camp oven dinner that you start in the early afternoon over the fire, or a quick meal that you put together in 10 minutes dinner is pretty important, and we’ve found a range of meals that balance taste, time and difficulty to cook and nutritional value:

Potato bake

A good camp oven potato bake is delicious. Bacon, onion, mayo, French onion soup, cheese and of course potatoes will have the base recipe nailed, and cooked in a camp oven or in the Weber makes for a pretty easy, and quick meal to prepare.

Potato Bake

Simple, tasty and easy potato bake

Roast chicken

The ultimate camp oven meal is a roast, and chicken is one of the easiest to get right. Cook the chicken first, and then add the vegetables about half way through. You can do this on a Weber or Ziggy, or in a camp oven on the fire. There’s a tonne of different spices and additions you can make, but even a plain chook and vegetables is delicious.

Roast Chicken

Roast chicken in the camp oven is a dish well done

Fish and Chips

We do our best to eat a lot of seafood freshly caught when we travel, and making chips when camping is pretty easy. We’ve even been known to bring a chip cutter with us. Fry the chips in oil and let them drain, and have it with some fresh fish.

We really enjoy eating a whole fish off the bone cooked on a fire, or if the kids are around we’ll normally fillet and skin the fish so its easier to eat.

Fish and chips

You can easily make fish and chips when camping

Roast pork

Another favourite roast is pork, especially once you’ve learnt to nail the crackle. This is a pretty economical meal that tastes great, and like a roast chicken, is really easy to prepare and get going.

Roast pork camping

A delicious Roast Pork done in the Weber

Pizza

If you have a Weber, cooking Pizza is super easy, and the result is amazing. We often make Pizza at home, and being able to do it in the middle of no where is nothing short of amazing. We generally buy the bases (although will be trying to make our own soon) and add what ever toppings we like.

Bacon, pineapple, cheese, sauce, spring onions and some salami usually goes down well, or we’ll use left over chicken or pulled pork if its available.

Pizza when camping

BBQ chicken pizza on the Weber

Ribs

We don’t often cook Ribs, but always look forward to them. They take up a fair bit of room, which means they normally only come on short trips where we have plenty of fridge or freezer space. Cook them low and slow in the camp oven or Weber, and you’ll be onto a winner. We often start ours at about 2:30 – 3:00PM and they are ready for a 5PM dinner.

Keep the moisture levels up in the oven, or you’ll end up with dried ribs!

Ribs in the camp oven

Slow cooked ribs with a bit of crisp

Spaghetti Bog

Our kids love pasta, and spaghetti bog is one of the easiest camping meals around. We’ll either have the ingredients with us, or often use a vacuum sealer to pre-make the mince and sauce before leaving home. In the latter case, we just heat the sauce up and cook some pasta, and you can have a meal ready in under 10 minutes.

Vacuum sealing for camping

Vacuum sealed Bolognaise sauce, ready to heat and eat

Stuffed Pumpkin

Whilst staying at Warroora Station, we got a small pumpkin and cut the top off nicely, then removed the centre of it, and some of the pumpkin itself. We then filled it up with cheese, bacon, onion, potato chunks and threw it on the camp fire in an oven to cook. 

It took a bit longer than we had hoped, but the end result is really quite delicious. Scoop it out, or cut it up to share, and you’ll all have a tasty, simple and easy meal. Stuffed pumpkin is a bit unique, and surprisingly tasty!

Stuffed pumpkin

We’ve done stuffed spuds before, but pumpkin was a whole new ball game

Tacos

Another simple, and tasty meal when camping is Taco’s. We’ll often have the soft version, but even the normal Taco shells are doable. All you need is some mince, the Taco packs and a variety of vegetables. A bit of sour cream and cheese makes them amazing, and having some fresh vegetables is greatly appreciated.

Cob loaf

If you’ve never had a Cob loaf, you’ve been missing out. However, you can do them when camping too, and that makes it even better. Simply cut the lid off a nice Cob Loaf, and dig the bread out. This is used for dipping ‘spoons’ later on, so keep it in chunks. 

From there, fill the loaf with delicious stuffing, and cook it in a camp oven, with the chunks of bread at the end. Use the ‘spoons’ to eat the cob loaf, and when you’ve run out start breaking the loaf up and eat that too. There’s a heap of different fillings that you can use, many of which keep you coming back for more.

Cooking a cob loaf

Cooking the cob loaf in a camp oven

Chicken avo’ pasta

A good chicken and avocado pasta goes down really well in our family, and its quick and easy to make. This stems from the amazing pasta at Pastacup, and although we can never match the quality its still greatly enjoyed.

Kransky sausage pasta

Sarah makes a mean pasta with creamy sauce, kransky sausage, mushrooms and some other bits and pieces. Often we’ll make the sauce before camping, and take it in a container, or vacuum sealed. Cook the pasta, add the sauce and you are done, in under 10 minutes!

Vacuum sealing sauces

Kransky sausage pasta sauce made at home, ready to take camping

Curry

Nothing beats a nice curry when you are camping, especially on a cold night. Potato, coconut milk, chicken and red thai curry mix and you are onto a winner every time. Sometimes we’ll have it with rice, or more than often just eat it on its own.

BBQ

A more common camping dinner for us is a BBQ and salad. We’ll do sausages, chicken, steak, chops, fish, crayfish or anything else we can get our hands on. It’s quick, easy and tastes delicious.

Dinner over the fire

A BBQ dinner always goes down well

Nachos

Another easy camping meal is Nacho’s; you can knock them together in a matter of minutes, and the kids always enjoy them. Sour cream, good chips and plenty of toppings and you are onto a winner.

Sushi and Sashimi

We love Japanese food, and its surprisingly easy to make (although not as tidy looking!). Sushi requires very limited cold items, which makes it the perfect camping meal. Cooking the rice is quick, and then you just roll it all up carefully using a sushi mat. We generally take smoked salmon, but even chicken and avocado is easy to do, and delicious.

Sushimi is even easier, and we will always do this with fresh tuna caught fishing or spearing. Simply cut it up (get the grain direction right) and dip it in some soy sauce. Nothing compares.

Sushi Rolls when camping

Sushi is a really clever camping meal

Stir fry

Stir fries are quick, easy and healthy. A heap of greens, some chicken or beef and sauce, and you can cook it to perfection very easily.

Pulled Pork

Once you’ve eaten pork that falls apart with a tiny touch, you’ll never go back. This is very easy to do as well, providing you keep the camp oven moist with plenty of fluid. Cook it slowly over the fire for several hours and it will fall apart in your lap.

Pulled pork

The base of the pulled pork

Pumpkin Soup

We eat a fair bit of soup, and Pumpkin Soup when camping is really simple, and easy to do.

Dessert:

We don’t often do dessert when camping, but from time to time its a great treat for the kids, and the adults. Normally this is done when we are group camping, or have a relaxed afternoon at camp with plenty of time. You might be surprised at what you can whip up when camping for dessert:

Golden Syrup Dumplings

Anything you can do in the oven at home, you can do in a camp oven when camping. Golden Syrup Dumplings with ice cream is one of the best camping desserts around, and its really easy to make too. 

Marshmallow and Chocolate Damper

There’s some pretty plain and boring damper recipes out there. This is not one of them. Despite the idea sounding quite hilarious, its actually a delicious damper that can be shared with lots of people as its so rich.

Chocolate and Marshmallow Damper

Chocolate and Marshmallow damper will blow your mind

Scones

You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make Scones when camping. You can do them in a camp oven, and we’ve even done them in a frying pan. A bit of cream and jam and you are onto the ultimate mid day snack, or dessert if you please!

Delicious scones

Scones are super easy, and delicious

Rice Pudding

Another simple dessert that always goes down is rice pudding. This can be done over the stove or fire very quickly and easily, and people always come back for more. 

Damper

Asides from the chocolate and marshmallow damper done above, there are plenty of other recipes. We really enjoy apple and cinnamon, and often make them as a snack, and to kill some time. 

Damper when camping

Damper is one of the easiest desserts to make

Cake

Like I mentioned above, if you can bake it at home, you can do it when camping too. We’ve done a range of different cakes when camping, including our Pineapple Mistake Cake, which is a real hit and couldn’t possibly be simpler to make.

Camping cakes

Yes, you can easily make cakes when camping!

Apple crumble

Another super easy camping dessert is apple crumble. Tinned apple, with oats and brown sugar make for a delicious snack after dinner. This works best when you can apply heat from above, like in a camp oven.

Dessert Cones

The latest dessert we’ve done is using little ice cream cones, that you fill with chocolate chunks and marshmallows. Cover them in alfoil and put them on low heat near a fire, and it will melt together and make a tasty snack that the kids love. We do this with the smallest cones you can find, as its pretty rich!

There’s lots of great camping meals out there, and I’m sure you have some that are favourites. Getting the balance between taste, goodness and ease of making is always the challenge; what’s your favourite camping meals?

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