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Meals In Foil: A Classic Camp Cooking Recipe

You can call them meals in foil, zip packs, hobo bundles, or some other name. But, whatever name you call them, they are an innovative way to cook your veggies and, if you wish the protein of your choice steaming vegetables. These are easy to make and are perfect if, for whatever reason, you don't have plates for eating.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 People


  • Campfire or Charcoal Grill
  • 2' Aluminum foil per person
  • Grilling Goves
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Cooking Grate (Optional)


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 3-4 Large Potatoes
  • 2-3 Large Carrots
  • 1/3 Head Cabbage
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • Salt and pepper To Taste
  • 1 Dollop Butter Optional


  • Build your fire and give it time to turn into hot coals
  • Meanwhile, chop the vegetables.
  • Layout a sheet of aluminum foil for each person, about 2 feet long
  • Put a portion of each desired ingredient into the center of each foil sheet. Sprinkle with seasoning, to taste. (Optional: add a dollop of butter).
  • Seal the foil into a bundle by rolling the edges down by 1/4" folds, starting with the longest side. Important: the foil needs to form a tight seal. If you are unable to roll the edges down at least two folds, remove some of the food and re-seal. If any holes or tears form in the foil, start over with a fresh sheet.
  • Spread your hot coals out evenly and place the optional cooking grate over the coals. You may also cook directly on the coals if you do not have a cooking grate
  • Using the grilling gloves, gently place the foil packets over the heat and cook for 15-20 minutes, gently turning once halfway through. The foil packets should swell as steam forms inside, cooking the contents evenly.
  • Using the grilling gloves, carefully remove the packets and open the foil.
  • Open and enjoy it! You can eat right off the foil, so fewer dishes to wash!
Keyword camp cooking recipes, campfire foil recipes, outdoors