50+ Memorial Day Camping Recipes

Holiday travel requires a few extra camping tips! You don’t have to settle for the old hot dogs, beans and potato salad recipes for your Memorial Day weekend camping menu. No matter your cooking preference … Dutch ovens, campfire, grill, camp stove, RV stove/oven etc … we have Memorial Day camping recipes the whole family will enjoy! 

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Memorial Day Menu Recipes For Campsites Or Backyards

Because we all have our favorite cooking methods, we have organized these Memorial Day camping recipes this way:

  • Dutch Oven Recipes (my personal favorite)
  • Campfire Or Grill Recipes (my husband’s specialty)
  • Camp Stove Recipes (super handy if you are camping with fire restrictions)
  • No-Cook Recipes (salads are just the beginning)
  • Make Ahead Recipes (get the work done at home)
  • Foil Packet Recipes (awesome when you hate doing dishes)
  • Dessert Recipes (finish off with something sweet)
  • Camping Cocktails (with or without alcohol, cheers)

Dutch Oven Recipes

We have an entire post dedicated to Dutch oven campfire cooking with recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! We’re listing a few of our favorites here. You’ll find all those recipes and more cooking tips in our Dutch oven camping recipes post.

Dutch Oven Breakfast Pizza Camping Recipe

Easy Dutch Oven Breakfast Pizza Camping Recipe which is one of our favorite CampingForFoodies one pot Dutch oven camping recipes for outdoor cooking with campfires and charcoal briquettes and is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

Who said you can’t have pizza for breakfast? The kids and adults will love this fun camping recipe that is savory, filling and totally yummy! Get more camping breakfast ideas that include tons of sweet as well as savory options.


Dutch Oven Goulash by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron camp oven filled with goulash made with macaroni, meat, tomatoes and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. The pot is set on a grate in a campfire ring.

Simple ingredients create a bold and tasty hearty dinner with only 5 minutes of prep time!

Camping Dutch Oven BBQ Ribs

Camping Dutch Oven BBQ Ribs Can Be Cooked With Charcoal Briquettes Or Over A Campfire

Baby back ribs simmer in a delicious sauce for about 6 hours and make super tender barbeque ribs in your camp Dutch oven that taste AMAZING! They’re great with a side of coleslaw and corn on the cob!

This is one of my family’s favorite camping dinner recipes. In fact, we like ribs so much, we make a beef version in our portable smoker. Try my easy beef dino ribs and check out the video to see how we make our Pellet Smoked Short Ribs.

Dutch Oven Chicken Breast In Mustard Sauce

Simple, Easy And Creamy Cast Iron Campfire Dutch Oven Dijon Mustard Sauce Chicken Recipe by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

Chicken is such an affordable protein when it comes to cooking for a family. This easy recipe makes a creamy mustard sauce that is OFF THE CHARTS and is super simple too!

Dutch Oven Sausage

Dutch Oven Sausage Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a one pot camping meal that is ready to be served at the campsite and includes browned beer brats over onions, peppers and potatoes in a delicious beef broth with text over the image that reads Dutch oven sausage camping recipe.

Lots of beer brats are cooked on grills during Memorial Day cookouts. This Dutch oven version combines beer brats, onions, peppers and potatoes in a yummy beef broth to create a one pot dinner. The great thing about one pot camping meals is the easy cleanup when the meal is over!

Campfire Or Grill Recipes

I prefer making easy campfire recipes because I just love cooking over an open flame. My husband usually takes the lead when we have camping grill recipes on our menu. Some of these recipes can be made using either method.

Muffin Tin Eggs On The Campfire Recipe

Muffin Tin Eggs On The Campfire Recipe - The Perfect Camping Breakfast To Feed A Crowd by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

I really like doing “build your own” bars when I have picky eaters to feed on camping trips! Making campfire eggs let’s each camper pick which ingredients they want in their breakfast! “Ingredient bars” are a great way to make easy camping meals and let campers make their own meals.

Campfire cooking can get hot and dangerous without the proper cooking gear. Wearing heat resistant gloves helps prevent accidental burns when handling hot cooking equipment at the campsite.

Campfire Corn On The Cob: How To Grill Sweet Corn Over The Campfire

Grilled Sweet Corn with Basil Butter by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

Depending on the variety you use, the peak season for corn on the cob runs from May through September. That is why it seems to be a food item that appears at every summer cookout event! Check out our tips on grilling this favorite summer food!

Roasting corn is one of my favorite easy camping meals for large groups. You can do huge batches, it is super cheap when it is in season, it’s fun to make and delicious to eat!

Need a little help starting your campfires? … AND … want to get rid of dryer lint? … AND … want a fun DIY project the kids will enjoy? Find simple instructions in our How To Make Homemade Fire Starters Using Dryer Lint Easy DIY Camping Project post!

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Chicken Shish Kabobs

Chicken Shish Kabobs by CampingForFoodies features skewers of grilled chicken and vegetables including charred cherry tomatoes, yellow bell peppers and mushrooms sitting on a propane camping grill ready to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads chicken shish kabobs.

Grilled meat and veggie skewers cook quickly after marinating in a prepared salad dressing for a few hours. We like adding onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes but you can use any veggies you like. If you want to keep your Memorial Day cookout vegan, we have a great recipe for grilled vegetable kabobs in our list of vegetarian camping recipes.

Grilled Shrimp Spinach And Avocado Salad

Grilled Shrimp And Avocado Spinach Salad by CampingForFoodies features a plate full of green spinach that is topped with grilled shrimp and slices of green avocado, juicy orange segments and succulent ruby red grapefruit segments covered with a fresh dressing made with red onion, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, olive oil and balsamic vinegar then sprinkled with fresh chives. The text over the image reads grilled shrimp and avocado spinach salad.

The freshness of this salad is unforgettable. You’ll marinate and grill shrimp, then, toss in a simple dressing along with spinach, ruby red grapefruits, oranges and avocados.

Camp Stove Recipes

Big Mac Sloppy Joes

The Best Big Mac Sloppy Joes With Copycat Secret Sauce by CampingForFoodies features a double decker sandwich on a sesame seeded bun filled with sloppy joe meat and a copycat version of McDonald’s secret sauce, American cheese, pickles and shredded lettuce with a cast iron Dutch oven and propane fuel canister on a camp stove in the background with text over the image that reads Big Mac Sloppy Joes.

Burgers and BBQ are some of the most common Memorial Day recipes. Instead of doing the classics, why not switch it up a bit and try a combination? These sandwiches can be served as triple-deckers and feature McDonald’s copycat Big Mac sauce.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Camping Pancakes

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Camping Stove Pancakes by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

Talk about a totally fun and festive recipe to celebrate Memorial Day camping in the great outdoors! These pancakes make me feel like a kid again but you don’t have to be a kid to love them!

They are SO EASY because they start with “just add water” pancakes. You might ask, how in the world could they possibly be yummy?!? The secret is the “almost gourmet” sauce!

Don’t worry … it is simple to make but don’t tell anyone because they would never know you didn’t slave for hours making it! LOL

Camp stoves are great … especially when you are required to cook with propane in times of fire restrictions. For most of us, camping includes grilling and campfires. 

Sadly, when rain has been scarce and the forest is dryer than laundry lint, the dreaded “No Campfires” and “No Charcoal” restrictions come out … ugh! 

I’ve been stuck with an “uncookable menu” in the past. So, I have a list of camping recipes that require only a propane camp stove for preparation. I’ve got you covered for your Memorial Day camping menu recipes! Amazing camp stove recipes you’ll want to make more than once!

Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Recipe

Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Recipe by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

This 6-ingredient recipe is so simple and fast, you’ll have enough time to be part of the Memorial Day camping parade … assuming there is one where you will be camped for the holiday. I love making sandwiches when I’m only making camping meals for two!

If you do lots of cooking with camp stoves that use 1-pound propane bottles, you may want to consider refilling them with a Propane Refill Adapter. Never used one before? Don’t worry … we’ll show you how! It is safe (when handled properly), inexpensive and environmentally friendly to re-use 1 lb propane tanks. If you have never done it, check out our How To Refill 1 lb Propane Cylinders, Tanks And “Disposable” Small Camping Propane Bottles post for step by step instructions with photos.

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Cast Iron Skillet Camp Chicken Recipe

Cast Iron Skillet Camp Chicken Recipe Camp stove RV stove Campfire by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

This hearty meal is so satisfying and even though it uses canned tomatoes, beans and corn, it is packed with fresh flavors from the fresh avocado and cilantro. I’m guessing it will become one of your favorite camp recipes you enjoy all year long!

We have tons of helpful tips in our How To Camp When Camping Fire Restrictions Are Activated post. 

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No-Cook Recipes

I love making cold, no cook camping meals when the weather is hot during our trips. We live in Phoenix and have seen temperatures over 100 degrees for our Memorial Day camping trips! Thankfully, that is not normal but when it does happen, I like to be prepared with a cold food menu.

Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad Recipe

Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad Recipe by CampingForFoodies is one of our simple optional make ahead camping recipes that is fast enough to make at the campsite and is a great cold side salad for summer camping, great vegetarian lunch or hearty camping dinner by adding a little protein and great for camping potluck side dishes too!

This recipe makes a refreshing side dish and if you add a little protein (like pre-cooked cubed chicken from the deli), it becomes a satisfying main course. This is one of my favorite gluten free camping food ideas!

No cook options can often be prepared in advance and kept refrigerated in food storage containers until you are ready to eat. One caution … Avoid soggy sides! For salads, make sure you transport the dressing in a separate container and toss just before mealtime.

Basil And Prosciutto Sandwich Recipe

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How do you make a sandwich exciting? I mean, a couple of slices of bread and some lunchmeat from the deli is not what I call a meal! This recipe is a great alternative and just as easy! We’ve got tons of easy camping lunches that are delicious but don’t require tons of effort.

If you are planning a mostly-cold menu for your Memorial Day camping trip, don’t underestimate the size of the cold storage you’ll need. Many ingredients are “refrigerate after opening” and if your family does not eat the entire recipe in one sitting, you will need to store leftovers in a cooler or your RV refrigerator.

Fresh Summer Fruit Tossed In Honey Mint Syrup

Fresh Summer Fruit Tossed in Honey Mint Syrup from CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

The most refreshing dessert for warm weather camping is my summer fruit salad. I might be a little biased, but every time I serve this recipe, it gets rave reviews! I like serving it as a side dish for main meals too!

Want to know my secret weapon for getting a TON of flavor with very little effort? It is ZEST! If you don’t use the juice and zest of fresh citrus, you are missing out on a simple camping hack! A Microplane Zester/Grater is lightweight and easy to carry with your other camp kitchen utensils. It is awesome for grating hard cheeses, like Parmesan, too!

Sweet Onion Salsa Recipe

Homemade Sweet Onion Salsa by CampingForFoodies is a bowl full of red tomatoes, green cilantro and sweet white onions in a white serving bowl surrounded by a pile of tortilla chips ready to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads Sweet Onion Salsa.

Chips and homemade salsa are the perfect no cook snack! You’ll love my brother-in-law’s recipe. His secret ingredient: lemon instead of lime juice! Check out all of our best camping snacks. And, make sure you don’t miss our Fresh Guacamole as well as our Rosemary Spiced Nuts!

Make Ahead Recipes

Personally, I love cooking at the campsite but there are times when I just want to relax. That’s when I plan a menu full of make ahead camping meals. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Bacon And Cheese Dutch Oven Quiche

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This quiche is easy enough to make at camp but you can also make it at home. It travels well and makes a wonderful meal for breakfast or lunch.

Chicken Fajitas Freezer Meal

Chicken Fajitas Freezer Meal by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate holding a brown, whole-wheat tortilla topped with golden brown chicken fajitas, red and green peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, spicy red salsa and drizzles of white, creamy sour cream. A green jalapeno pepper sits at the side of the plate on a picnic table with a blue, flowing river in the background on a bright sunny day.

You can prep this freezer meal 3 months in advance! Then, just dump & cook at the campsite.

Dutch Oven French Dip Sandwiches

French Dip Beef Sandwiches Dutch Oven Campfire Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Freezer meals a great options for make ahead meals that you just “dump and cook” at the campsite.

Greek, Tomato & Feta Camping Pasta Salad

Greek Tomato And Feta Camping Pasta Salad by CampingForFoodies

The start of summer is filled with potluck recipes and yummy cold salads. This one tastes better after the flavors marry for a day or two.

Panzanella Salad No Cook Camping Recipe

No Cook Camping Recipe Panzanella Salad by CampingForFoodies

You can prep all of the ingredients at home, then just toss and serve at the campsite. I combine fresh spinach with tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, yellow bell pepper, Italian bread cubes and fresh marinated mozzarella balls with a simple homemade dressing to make a delicious no cook summer salad!

Refrigerator Cucumber Salad

Refrigerator Cucumber Salad by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping bowl on a tree stump filled with cold sliced vegetables including green English cucumbers, red onions and red bell peppers tossed in a simple homemade dressing with fresh dill.

Combine English cucumbers, red onion, bell pepper and garlic, then, let the combo sit in a simple homemade dressing with fresh dill for a few days. This salad is like eating summer in a bowl!

Polish Potato Salad Recipe

Polish Potato Salad Retro Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a bowl of fresh potato salad tossed in a light yellow colored dressing made from mustard and mayonnaise along with freshly chopped onion, celery and hard boiled eggs then sprinkled with deep red paprika with text over the image that reads Polish Potato Salad.

Combine mayo and mustard to make my family’s classic Polish potato salad. We’ve got lots of different camping side dishes that pair well with a variety of main dishes.

Potato Salad With Bacon And Chives

Potato Salad With Bacon And Chives Make Ahead Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Some people add fresh dill or other herbs to their potato salad recipes but when you have meat lovers in your crowd, add bacon and fresh chives! Get more menu ideas for yummy camping salads.

Foil Packet Recipes

If you don’t like doing tons of dishes, try making a menu of camping foil meals. You can eat right out of the foil packets!

Chili Cheese Campfire Fries

Campfire Chili Cheese Fries by CampingForFoodies features a shiny silver colored piece of tin foil sitting on a campfire grate with orange glowing coals in the background. The crinkle cut French fries are topped with steaming hot chili, melted cheddar cheese, creamy white drizzles of sour cream and sliced green onions and jalapeno peppers.

These loaded fries are so easy and delicious! I’m guessing they’ll make a frequent appearance on your camp trips!

Cajun Chicken Foil Packets

Cajun Chicken Foil Packets by CampingForFoodies features a silver-colored piece of tinfoil used as a bowl to hold a serving of Cajun chicken. The pieces of white cauliflower, green broccoli, red bell pepper and white onion slices compliment the chicken and andouille sausage pieces. A serving of white rice is behind the food and the foil packet is set on a blue camping plate with green shrubbery in the background.

This Cajun chicken is loaded with veggies and is great when served over regular or cauliflower rice. It’s a great option if you’re looking for keto camping food ideas.

Shrimp And Asparagus Foil Packs

Shrimp And Asparagus Foil Packs by CampingForFoodies features a piece of shiny aluminum foil set on a table outside on a sunny day. The foil pack holds 6 cooked jumbo shrimp set on a stack of bright green asparagus and topped with chopped fresh parsley, on the side is fluffy white rice and two lemon wedges.

There’s a ton of flavor in the liquid at the bottom of the packet, so you’ll probably want to serve it with bread for sopping-up all that goodness. Or, serve it with rice if you want to keep it a gluten free camping food option.

Campfire Hobo Stew Recipe In Foil Packets

Hobo Stew Recipe For A Campfire That Cooks In Foil Packets by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

Normally, I love cooking at the campsite but every so often, I just say … cook for yourself! That’s when I set up an ingredient bar and let each camper make their own meal like with this recipe. Ingredient bars are one of my favorite ways to easily feed large groups of people which is often the case with camping Memorial Day weekend events.

Dessert Recipes

S’mores are a MUST on the menu to kick off the summer camping season on a Memorial Day Weekend camping trip! We have a few ways to make some of our favorite camping desserts!

Grilled Pound Cake With Berries Camping Dessert

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Start with a packaged pound cake, grill it then top with a mascarpone cheese mixture, fresh berries and nuts for a patriotic red, white and blue dessert!

10 Mouth-Watering Smore Variations

10 Campfire S'mores Recipes S'more Variations That Will Make Your Mouth Water by CampingForFoodies are some of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

You can make not-so-traditional s’mores by getting creative with the ingredients. Check out all of our yummy recipes. And, be aware, #2 Just Might Change Your Life!

If you have not seen the coolest marshmallow roasting sticks, you need to check these out! What Memorial Day camping marshmallow roasting event would be complete without the Telescoping Rotating Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, the Fishing Pole Campfire Roaster and the Reach N Roll Campfire Roasters!?!

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And remember, patience is a virtue … don’t burn your marshmallows!

Camping Smores Dutch Oven Brownies

Smores Brownies Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a Dutch oven filled with baked brownies that are topped with graham cracker and marshmallow toppings and a Dutch oven lid in the background with spent charcoal setting on top and text over the image that reads camping Dutch oven smores brownies.

Combine brownies with smores and you get this amazingly delicious twist on the classic campfire dessert. You may also like the Campfire S’mores Dip which is just one of our fun ideas for making campfire meals in foil.

Upper Crust Apple Pie

Upper Crust Apple Pie, Perfect for making in a Dutch Oven, Camp Oven or RV Oven by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

If you can’t even think about Memorial Day camping recipes without thinking about a sweet ending to your meal … try this one. I always make it for our Thanksgiving camping trips … but, it’s a real crowd-pleaser all year long! Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you’ll be a hero!

Some Dutch oven desserts are made directly in the oven and others can be made in a pan inside the oven … if you are using a pan inside the oven, you may want to raise the pan off from the bottom of the oven with a cast iron trivet. These are also helpful if you are roasting large cuts of meat that you want to prevent from scorching.

Camping Cocktails

Lemon Mint Cocktail aka Mint-Kissed Lemontini

Mint-Kissed Lemontini by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

Camping cocktails MUST be refreshing but DON’T have to include booze. Most of ours are “alcohol optional” recipes and family-friendly … like this one. YUM!

Raspberry Lemon Drop Cocktail Recipe

Raspberry Lemon Drop Cocktail Recipe The Refreshing Slightly Tart Slightly Sweet Shaken Martini by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

Want to sip a cocktail that will make you pucker just a tad? This one is slightly sweet and slightly tart … and, oh so refreshing!

If you enjoy a martini but don’t want to deal with the potential of broken glass, consider using unbreakable martini glasses that are made from a high quality polycarbonate plastic that gives you the feel of crystal glass but won’t break if you drop them!

Kona Grill’s Secret Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe in our VIDEO

Kona Grill shares their secret Strawberry Basil Lemonade recipe with Camping For Foodies is one of our favorite Memorial Day camping recipes

We love using fresh fruit and herbs to make cocktails and mocktails for Memorial Day camping drink menu special treats! Get Kona’s lemonade recipe made with fresh strawberries and basil. And, find out why Dustin needed to be rescued by a Boy Scout group at the Grand Canyon!

Find More Memorial Day Camping Tips

And a little extra help in our Memorial Day Weekend Camping Trip In 10 Easy Steps post.

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If all the campgrounds are booked, here is a video and tips to turn your trip in to a dispersed camping adventure. If you waited too long before trying to make your Memorial Day weekend campground reservation and they’re all full…don’t give up…go dispersed camping!

Boondocking Like A Pro VIDEO How To Go Dispersed Camping With Camping For Foodies

Don’t forget to pack a thing for your memorial day camping event! Use our FREE printable Ultimate RV And Tent Camping Checklist! You don’t want to find out in the middle of your trip you forgot to pack the soap!

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If your Memorial Day camping adventure will be in an RV, you should grab your FREE printable copy of our RV Tool Kit Checklist before you hit the road!

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You will also love these great sources for information on camping, fire restrictions and other helpful information.

For national camping, recreation and incident information:

For camping in Arizona at the state parks:

Enjoy this Memorial Day holiday and please don’t forget to celebrate and pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate price in service to our country.

See More Recipes

You’ll find our entire list of camping recipes that are great for the campsite or backyard!

FREE Printable Menu Planner

Use my camping menu planner to stay organized when planning meals for your next trip. It’s FREE and you’ll get it delivered instantly to your inbox!

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Pre-Made Menu Plan

No time to look for recipes, create a menu and write a grocery list? No Problem! Get our 3-Day Dutch Oven Camp Menu Plan here!

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