Kids Campfire Cooking


Everything tastes better roasted over an open fire maybe that is why kids campfire recipes are so popular. Camping can be a great family activity and something kids will remember throughout their life.

Here are some outdoor cooking for kids recipes, camping meal ideas and tips to help make your camping trip extra fun.
camping recipes for kids

Kids Campfire Cooking Safety Tips

  • Use caution around a campfire. Keep hands and feet away from fire.
  • To prevent falling into the fire, don't play around a campfire.
  • When cooking on a campfire use long potholders and/or have an adult help.
  • When you are done with your kids campfire cooking, make sure the fire is totally out. Sprinkle water on the fire and stir the ashes around with a stick.

Kids Campfire Cooking-Breakfast

Campfire Breakfast

  • Muffin tin
  • 6 Eggs
  • Chopped Ham
  • Shredded cheese
  • Diced potatoes
  • Salt and Pepper
In half of muffin tin place 6 eggs in 6 holes. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and chopped ham. In other 6 holes of muffin tin, add diced potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Bake on a flat rock over the campfire or on a cooking grate.

Cinnamon & Sugar Biscuits on a Stick

by Maryanne Sparks (Warrenton, VA, USA)
Start with Bisquick in a zip-lock bag. Make a well in the Bisquick, and add some water. Mix with a stick, and eventually cover the end of the stick with the dough. Toast over the fire, until cooked through. Roll in melted butter and cinnamon/sugar mix.
Enjoy the sweet biscuits for breakfast or a snack.

Campsite Pears

  • 2 large ripe pears
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • ice cream, frozen yogurt, or whipped topping (optional)
  • 8x8 aluminum pan and foil
Wash and cut pears in half lengthwise, remove core, making a little indentation to put the ingredients in.Put pear halves, cut sides up, in a small aluminum pan (disposable or one you don't care about how it looks.)
In a bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar, then sprinkle over the pears in the pan. Toss together the granola and dried cranberries, then fill the indentations in the pears with all the mixture.
Drizzle the apple juice over the pears, then cover with foil and crimp sides tightly so pan is sealed well. You can precook these at home in the oven. Just put in 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the pears are soft. Then transfer to campsite and reheat in pan over a slow fire. To cook at campsite, place this pan on a grate over glowing coals. Let cook for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the heat of the coals. Serve immediately with a dollop of ice cream, whipped topping, or frozen yogurt.


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Kids Campfire Cooking Recipes- Snacktime

Campfire Popcorn

  • Tin foil
  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Oil
  • Butter and salt for seasoning
Tear off an 18 inch square of tin foil. In center of each square add 1 teaspoon oil and 1 tablespoon popcorn. Bring corners together and tie with a string. Place on hot coals and shake with a long stick until popcorn is popped. Season with butter and salt if desired.

Prepare a snack mix or trail mix before hand.
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Taco Snack Mix
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Kids Campfire Cooking- Camping Meal Ideas

Tin Foil Dinners

Kids love to prepare their own packet dinner themselves so have all the ingredients out and let them assemble their own. Wrap up the tin foil, use an extra sheet if needed and write with a permanent marker each persons name.
  • Hamburger patty -one for each person
  • Carrot sticks or circles
  • Potatoes, cut in circles or small chunks 1-2 per person depending on size or a bag of tater tots work well too
  • Frozen green beans
  • Onion, cut in rings
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Seasoning salt
  • Dry onion soup mix, optional
Tear off large sheet of tin foil, one for each person. Shape hamburger into patties. Prepare carrots, potatoes, and onion by cutting into circles or small chunks. Arrange everything on kitchen counter and let family assemble their own dinner.

Start with the hamburger (or other meat) on the bottom. Season with seasoning salt. Top with vegetables. Sprinkle with more salt and a shake of dry onion soup mix. Add one or two spoonfuls of cream of mushroom soup. This will help make a gravy. Wrap up tin foil. If needed use another sheet of tin foil to make secure. Write name on each packet hamburger foil dinner. Place on a cookie sheet in case the tin foil dinner leaks juice.

Place in the coals for 30 minutes. Check one tin foil packet to see if meat is cooked through and potatoes are tender. Be careful of steam when opening dinners.
You may need to check several times to test for doneness. Make sure you use a potholder and be careful as the steam will be very hot when opening the tin foil.

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Campfire Corn on the Cob

Place an ear of corn on top of a sheet of tin foil. Add dots of butter and wrap up tightly. Cook in the coals about 15 minutes.

Taco Salad in a Baggie

A simple lunch for a camping or hiking adventure.
Place cooked hamburger and refried beans in a Ziploc bag. Top with shredded cheese, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Make one for each camper plus a few extra just because they are so easy and yummy. Bring along a bag of tortilla chips. When lunch arrives dip your chips into the taco salad or break chips into the baggie and eat with a fork.

check mark redA great reader tip is to use individual size bags of chips and add all ingredients directly in the chip bag. This also makes less clean up which is always great for kids campfire cooking.

Campfire Meatloaf

  • Large onion for each camper
  • 1 lb. Ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • 2 slices bread, crumbled
  • Tin foil
Prepare meatloaf before hand or bring along a bowl or bag to mix together at the campsite. Cut out center of onion or cut onion in half and scoop middle out. Place meatloaf mixture in each onion and wrap in tin foil. Cook in coals 15-20 minutes and flip over once.

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Nicodemus' Ham Happiness

by Wendy Perez (Brevard County, FL, USA)
In heavy duty foil pack include:
  • 1/4 piece of a ham steak
  • 1/2 cup, cut up sweet potatoes (the thinner you slice them -- the quicker your meal will cook)
  • 1/2 cup green beans (you can use fresh or frozen - whichever you prefer)
  • butter
  • garlic powder
  • brown sugar
Cook around 15 minutes -- until veggies are tender -- remember, you can always increase the veggie portions ENJOY!
Please note: I don't add salt to this because of the ham -- if you substitute another type of meat -- you might want to also include some Lawry's seasoned salt or Goya Adobo seasoning (which has everything from salt, black pepper, garlic, oregano mixed in already - very convenient!)

Kids Campfire Cooking: Desserts

See our campfire fun desserts.

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Camping Fun

Add some fun to your campout with this printable camping game.
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8 Fun Camp Activities


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