When you are making campfire meals in foil you can put an entire meal in a packet or do the meat and veggies separately. These campfire veggie packets are easy, flavorful and make awesome camping side dishes for grilled meats, like our Grilled Flat Iron Camping Steak Recipe.
An added bonus … you can get the kids to eat their veggies because foil pack campfire vegetables are fun to make and eat!
How To Make Campfire Vegetables In Foil Packs
When vegetables are on your menu, you need to plan ahead and know how to keep them fresh throughout your trip.
Check out these simple tips for planning, buying and storing your camping veggies.
Step 1. Prep the veggies.
You’ll need to cut the broccoli and carrots … then mince the garlic before you place them in the foil packet for cooking.
These basic readily-available veggies are perfect for summer as well as winter camping recipes.
Step 2. Prepare the foil.
Cut a 2 foot-long piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and place it on a level surface.
Camp Cooking Tip: It is best to use heavy duty foil for campfire cooking but if you don’t have it, just layer two pieces of regular aluminum foil as a replacement.
Step 3. Pile the veggies on the foil.
Layer the broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and garlic in the center of the foil.
Make sure you leave all of the edges of the foil exposed so you can fold and crimp the packet to seal it.
As one of our vegetarian camping recipes, these campfire veggie packets have no meat.
But, if you are packing meat and veggies in your cooler or refrigerator, check out our tips on how to pack a cooler efficiently so you don’t cross-contaminate raw meat with your vegetables.
Step 4. Add the butter and seasonings.
In order to evenly distribute the butter, you’ll need to “dot it” around the piled veggies.
Now you can liberally sprinkle salt and pepper over the veggies and butter.
Step 5. Fold the foil packet.
You’ll want the packet completely sealed so you can turn it during cooking.
Also, if the packets have too many air gaps, the food inside won’t be able to steam and cook.
When you make easy camping meals that are cooked in foil, the cleanup is easy too!
Step 6. Cook the veggie packet.
Prepare for cooking over medium-high heat.
If you are making this as one of our camping grill recipes, get your charcoal or propane grill ready for cooking. You will NOT be using the cover of the grill … the sealed packet creates the steam for cooking these veggies.
If you are making this as one of our campfire recipes, you’ll need enough campfire coals (not flames) to create a medium-high heat. You will be placing the foil packet on a campfire grill grate for cooking.
Every 5 minutes or so you should turn the packet so all of the veggies are evenly cooked.
It will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes … but, adjust the time as necessary to achieve the tenderness you like for your vegetables.
Camp Cooking Tip: Foil packets create hot steam to cook food so be very cautious when opening them to check for doneness so you don’t burn yourself. It is a good idea to have heat resistant gloves or extra long tongs in your campfire cooking kit.
Want a recipe that cooks the meat and veggies together in individual foil packets?
Try this hobo stew camping meal.
Print This Campfire Veggie Packets Camping Recipe
Campfire Veggie Packets Camping Recipe
- 1 small head broccoli cut off stems to form individual broccoli florets
- 1 cup baby carrots cut in half lengthwise
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon butter cut in small pieces
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lay a 2 foot-long piece of heavy duty foil on a flat surface. Camp Cooking Tip: If you don’t have heavy duty foil, use two sheets of regular aluminum foil for making your campfire foil packet recipes.
- Layer the broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and garlic in the center of the foil.
- Place small pieces of the butter around the veggies, evenly dotting the pile of vegetables.
- Liberally add salt and pepper over all of the veggies and butter.
- Fold the foil packet to completely seal it.
- Cook over medium-high heat of campfire coals or a charcoal or propane grill until the veggies are done to your desired tenderness, turning every 5 minutes or so to ensure even cooking. Total cooking time will be approximately 10 – 15 minutes.
- Camp Cooking Tip: Open foil packets very carefully when checking for doneness because the foil is very hot and the steam can burn you … stay safe!
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