15 Easy Camping Meals

At The Camping and Caravanning Club, we understand that speed is of the essence, that’s why we’ve come up with 15 easy camping meals for you to try. You can cook these in big batches, use minimal ingredients and most importantly – they’re delicious. Whether it’s a classic burger or a quick but tasty risotto, we’ve got you covered with recipes that are bound to satisfy the whole gang.


1. Chargrilled chicken kebabs

Sitting beneath a starry sky, slowly rotating skewered chicken and chunky veg over a campfire is an essential part of any camping trip.

Chicken kebabsWhat you need:

• Diced chicken breast
• Colourful variety of bell peppers
• Diced red onions
• Bottle of barbecue sauce
• Pack of skewers

How to make it:

Roll up your sleeves and mix the chicken, peppers, onions and barbecue sauce in a mixing bowl. Thread the chicken, peppers and onions onto the skewers. Carefully place over the barbecue or griddle and occasionally rotate until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are chargrilled.


2. Macaroni cheese

Macaroni cheese is bound to be a hit with everyone – minimal ingredients, easy to make, very filling and incredibly cheesy.

Macaroni CheeseWhat you need:

• Macaroni shells
• Grated cheddar cheese
• Knob of butter
• Plain flour
• Milk

How to make it:

Cook the macaroni in a saucepan of seasoned boiling water. In a separate pan, add the flour to a pan of melted butter. Gradually add the milk, a little bit at a time. Whisk in the grated cheese and stir until the sauce thickens. Drain the cooked pasta and toss into the cheese sauce.


3. Classic burger

A staple of every camping and caravanning trip, in fact, no trip is complete without a simple and delicious, classic burger.

BurgerWhat you need:

• Beef mince
• Diced red onion
• Finely chopped garlic cloves
• Seeded burger buns
• Slices of cheddar cheese
• Optional: any and every extra trimming
• Optional: Vegetarian burger patty

How to make it:

Mix the mince, onion and garlic in a bowl and using the palm of your hand, squash them into patties. Lay the cheese on top of the burgers and cook them on the barbecue or griddle. Sporadically flip them until cooked through and assemble them in a bun with all your various trimmings.

Vegetarian alternative: Use vegetarian burger patties instead of beef mince burgers.

 

4. BBQ Chicken

Grab a piece of crispy-skin chicken, covered in a rich, sticky barbecue sauce and tear the meat from the bone.

BBQ ChickenWhat you need:

• Variety of chicken drumsticks, wings and thighs
• Barbecue sauce - and that’s all!

How to make it:

Mix the chicken and barbecue sauce in a mixing bowl, place them on the barbecue or griddle and cook until they’re white on the inside and crispy on the outside.

 

5. Scrambled Eggs

Do you have a long day of exploring the local area ahead of you? This protein-filled, energy-fuelled breakfast is the perfect way to start your day.

Scrambled EggWhat you need:

• Local free range eggs (available on most campsites)
• Milk
• Butter

How to make it:

Whisk the eggs and milk together and pour the mixture into a pan of melted butter. Stir, lift and fold the mixture until the eggs are softly set and velvety in texture.


6. S’mores

No evening beside a campfire is complete without a sweet treat – and there are few sweet campfire treats better than a gooey chocolatey s’more.

SmoresWhat you need:

• Any biscuit or cookie
• Milk chocolate
• Plenty of marshmallows.

How to make it:

Wedge pieces of milk chocolate between two biscuits. Toast a couple of marshmallows over the barbecue or griddle and sandwich the gooey marshmallows between the biscuits.


7. Omelette

Omelettes are the perfect meal to cook when camping; all you need is two ingredients and a pan.

OmeletteWhat you need:

• Eggs
• Butter
• Any filling of your choice e.g. grated cheese, ham, bacon or mushrooms.

How to make it:

Beat the eggs and pour them into a frying pan of melted butter. When the mixture is beginning to become firm, but still a bit runny on top, add your filling(s) and fold it over in half with a spatula. Cook until golden brown and simply slide onto a plate.


8. Fish in foil

Find fillets of local fish, cook it on the campsite and wait until the fish’s flesh becomes flaky and tender.

Fish in foilWhat you need:

• White fish fillets (preferably local)
• Olive oil
• Lemon
• Tin foil

How to make it:

Lay your fish fillet in a square of tin foil. Drizzle over olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Wrap the foil loosely around the fish and cook on the barbecue or griddle until opaque and cooked through. Serve on its own or with rice and/or vegetables.


9. Chilli con carne

There are few foods as comforting as a warm, tasty beef chilli. Cook this simple, delicious recipe in just one pot.

ChilliWhat you need:

• Beef mince
• White onions
• Chopped tomatoes
• Kidney beans
• Cumin

How to make it:

Add the onions and mince to a pan and fry until browned. Drain the kidney beans and add to the pan with the chopped tomatoes. Add a pinch of cumin and continue to cook until the mixture thickens.

• Vegetarian alternative: Remove beef mince.


10. Chocolate Bananas

A grilled banana stuffed with melted chocolate chips, so simple yet so delicious – this recipe is bound to be a hit with the whole family!

BananasWhat you need:

• Bananas
• Milk chocolate chips
• Tin foil

How to make it:

Peel the banana and slice it lengthwise, creating an opening in the middle. Place the banana on a square of tin foil. Cram as many chocolate chips into the sliced banana and loosely wrap the foil around it. Cook on the barbecue or grill until the chocolate has melted.


11. Haggis

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Scotland, eat some haggis! If you fancy trying out this local delicacy during your trip to Scotland, here’s how to cook it:

HaggisWhat you need:

• One whole Scottish haggis

How to make it:

Place the haggis in a saucepan of boiling water and boil for one hour. To serve, take the haggis out of the water and slice straight through the middle. Serve on its own or with neeps and tatties (swede and mash potato), or with a glass of scotch whiskey.

 

12. Classic Hot Dog

As essential as the classic burger, the classic hot dog is a staple of the campsite barbecue for good reason.

Hot DogWhat you need:

• Sausages (preferably local)
• Hot dog buns
• White onions
• Ketchup
• Mustard
• Optional: Vegetarian sausages

How to make it:

Prick the sausages and place them on the barbecue or griddle, turning occasionally until brown and cooked through. Fry the onions in a pan until translucent. Sandwich the sausage in the centre of the hot dog bun, scatter the fried onions on top and finish with a drizzle of ketchup and mustard.

Vegetarian alternative: Use vegetarian sausages instead of pork sausages.


13. Cheese toasties

Follow this simple cheese toastie recipe, tear it apart and watch as the gooey, stringy cheese slowly comes apart.

Cheese toastieWhat you need:

• Grated cheddar cheese
• Sliced bread and butter

How to make it:

Spread butter across two slices of bread and place one butter-side down in a frying pan. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheddar cheese on top and place the other slice on top; butter-side up. Cook until both sides are golden, crispy and the cheese has melted.

 


14. Tomato and basil pasta

Tomato PastaThis pasta recipe is easy to make, requires few ingredients and is ideal for cooking in big batches, perfect for a family camping trip.

What you need:

• Any type of pasta
• Chopped tomatoes
• Tomato puree
• Vegetable stock cube
• Generous amount of basil

How to make it:

Cook the pasta in a saucepan of seasoned boiling water. Cook until pasta is al dente in texture and add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and a crumbled vegetable stock cube. Toss and leave to cook for another 5 minutes. To finish, tear a few basil leaves and stir into the pasta. Serve alongside a cold glass of white wine.


15. Bacon and pea risotto

Fancy something a little bit more gourmet without any additional cost, difficulty or washing up? This simple, one-pot bacon and pea risotto is perfect for those wanting to impress their fellow campers.

RisottoWhat you need:

• Risotto rice
• Diced white onion
• Rashers of bacon
• Frozen peas
• Olive oil
• Vegetable stock cube

How to make it:

Add the diced white onion to a pan of melted butter and fry until lightly browned. Add the rashers of bacon and fry until crispy. Add the risotto rice and hot vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Stir well, reduce the heat and cover for 15-20 minutes until the rice is tender. Stir in the frozen peas, season and cook for another few minutes until the peas are cooked.

Vegetarian alternative: Remove bacon rashers.


If like us, you can’t stop thinking about delicious camping food, take a look at our expert guide on traditional British food and drink and where to find it.