41 Easy And Tasty Camping Lunch Ideas For You To Make

41 Easy And Tasty Camping Lunch Ideas For You To Make

Spending time in the great outdoors is a favorite pastime for many people and camping is one of the best ways you can do this. A camping trip is an affordable holiday for many families and allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

But, keeping everyone fed on your next camping trip can be a challenge, especially if you have family members with different dietary requirements and you won’t have all the appliances that you have at home in your kitchen.

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More than likely, you’re going to have some type of camp stove like the butane stoves we reviewed in a recent article. This should give you quite a few options for easy camping meals.

But, if you’re not sure what to put on the menu, here are 41 easy camping lunches that you might like to try.

1. Avocado, Egg And Bacon Grilled Sandwiches

Avocado, egg and bacon grilled sandwiches on a white plate

If you’re having eggs and bacon for breakfast, make a few extra portions of the eggs and strips of bacon to have for lunch. These can be heated up quickly in your skillet and placed between two slices of bread that have been spread with fresh avocado. 

Put these back in the skillet to lightly toast each side and enjoy.

2. Camp Fire Potatoes

potatoes wrapped in foil and topped with mushrooms

If you’ve never cooked potatoes in a campfire before, you’re in for a treat. Just wrap your potatoes in foil packets and throw them onto the hot coals. Once the potatoes are soft, open up the parcels and top your potatoes with bacon bits, grated cheddar cheese and sour cream.

3. Chicken Caesar Salad

chicken caesar salad on a white plate and chicken caesar salad wrap on a red plate

Chicken Caesar salad is so easy to make. All you need is some crisp cos lettuce, a red onion, some ready-made croutons, grated parmesan cheese, shredded chicken and a bottle of Caesar dressing.

For something a little different, pop the salad into a wrap and even the hungriest member of your family will feel satisfied.

You can even purchase prepackaged Caesar salad packs at the grocery store so that all you have to add is the shredded chicken.

4. Couscous

couscous piled in a white plate with small vegetable pieces and garnished with a sprig of cilantro

You can purchase dry couscous from the grocery store which is so easy to prepare. All you have to do is put it in a bowl, pour boiling water over it and let it sit for a few minutes. 

Then you can fluff it up with a fork and add whatever you have on hand. Make sure you add some seasoning as well because plain couscous is fairly bland. 

You can turn this into a vegetarian salad with chopped-up vegetables or spice it up a bit with chorizo, pulled pork or shredded chicken.

5. Grilled Cheese

grilled cheese and ham sandwich on thick slices of bread and garnished with parsley

For something super quick and easy, why not make everyone’s favorite – grilled cheese? All you need is some bread and whichever melty cheese you and your family love. 

These can easily be made in a skillet either on your camp stove or even over an open fire. Make sure you butter the outside of the bread and place the cheese on the inside non-buttered sides. 

This is actually a great way to use up bread that may not be quite fresh enough for sandwiches.

6. Hot Dogs

six different types of hot dogs on a dark brown timber table

Hot dogs are a must-have for a camping holiday and are usually everyone’s family favorite. The hot dogs can easily be heated in a skillet filled with water. They’ll be ready before the kids can say “What’s for lunch?”.

You can either make traditional hot dogs with tomato ketchup or try one of these easy and tasty recipes:

7. Cuban Hot Dogs

Add some pickles, mustard and cheese.

8. Big Mac Hot Dogs

If the kids are having fast-food withdrawals, try these Big Mac hot dogs.

9. BLT Hot Dogs

It seems that the humble BLT is a favorite of campers and this version will keep everyone happy.

10. Vegan Chili Dogs

If there’s a vegan in your group, these chili dogs will be a hit.

11. Hot Dog Skewers

If you have hot dogs but no fresh rolls, try these scrumptious hot dog skewers instead.

12. Grilled Cheese Dogs

The perfect choice if you can’t decide between hot dogs for lunch or a grilled cheese sandwich.

13. Pigs In A Blanket

This is another great option if you don’t have any fresh bread rolls but have some pastry sheets on hand. The best thing is you can pop them on a skewer and cook them over the fire.

14. Mac & Cheese Dogs

Combine two favorites – Mac and cheese and hot dogs – so easy!

15. Hot Docos

This is another way to serve tacos in a non-traditional way.

16. Mac And Cheese

mac and cheese in a cast iron skillet

If you have a couple of boxes of Mac and cheese in your camp cooking ingredient, lunch can be quick and easy. Just use a saucepan or Dutch oven on your camp stove to cook this.

You can jazz it up by adding some other ingredients like a tin of corn or beans or even some tinned tuna. 

17. Mini Pizzas

five mini pizzas on a round wooden board garnished with basil leaves

Mini pizzas can easily be cooked in a skillet that has a lid. This will ensure that the cheese melts and the base is nice and crisp. For fast and easy bases you can use naan rounds or even English muffins.

Just top these with some pizza sauce, slices of salami or pepperoni and top with grated mozzarella cheese or any cheese that you prefer. 

18. Nacho Parcels

nachos in a cast iron skillet topped with chopped tomatoes, olives, spring onion, sour cream and guacamole

You can cook delicious nachos in the campfire. Just grab some foil and tear it into individual pieces for each person. Place some corn chips in the middle of the foil and add any toppings that you like. Don’t forget the cheese.

Fold the parcels up and pop them onto the hot coals. They will cook fairly quickly so make sure you keep an eye on them. When they’re done, everyone can grab their own parcel and add any extra toppings like guacamole or sour cream.

19. Quesadillas

quesadillas stuffed with chicken, tomato and cheese

Quesadillas are super easy to make in a skillet on a camp stove. Just purchase some soft tortillas or quesadilla bases, add your favorite fillings, (don’t forget the cheese) fold them in half and brown on either side in the skillet.

Fillings could include shredded chicken, pulled pork, tinned tuna or beans. Don’t forget to add some salsa and fresh ingredients such as sliced tomatoes, avocado and sour cream.

20. Ramen Noodle Salad

ramen noodle salad with fresh vegetables in a white stoneware bowl

You don’t need a microwave to cook ramen noodles while camping. Just put them in a heat-proof bowl and pour boiling water over them. Once they’re soft, drain them and add them to other salad ingredients like shredded lettuce, cherry tomatoes and thinly sliced cucumber.

Make your own dressing by combing some sesame oil with rice vinegar and a dash of soy sauce.

21. Sausage And Potato Parcels

pieces of potato, chorizo and spring onion on a white plate

Just like the nachos and baked potatoes, there many different types of foil parcel meals you can make without too much effort. How about some sliced chorizo, sliced potatoes and green beans? You can spice these up with a little garlic salt, wrap them tightly in foil and throw them on the hot coals or even the grill.

If you’re really organised, you could actually put these together at home before you head off for the campground. Just pop them in the cooler to keep everything fresh.

22. Savory Pancakes

stack of five savory pancakes on a blue plate

Pancakes don’t have to be reserved just for breakfast. Use prepackaged pancake mix or make your own by combing some flour with an egg and milk. 

While the pancakes are cooking in the skillet, sprinkle them with some corn from a can, chopped-up ham and cheese. Or, try grated carrot and cheese for some extra crunch.

23. Tacos

three filled tacos on a wooden board

Who doesn’t love tacos and they’re so easy to make. The best part is you can prepare a range of fillings and everyone can help themselves to what they like the best. 

Here are a few interesting taco recipes that you might like to try:

24. Fried Fish Tacos

These are particularly good if you have one or more people in your group who like to fish and can catch them fresh for you. 

25. Crispy Chipotle Chicken Tacos

You can make these easily with a few basic ingredients and a skillet on your camp stove.

26. Easy Chicken Tacos

This is the perfect recipe to use those frozen chicken tenders that you’ve brought along. Add some delicious fresh ingredients such as red onions, avocado, cheese and of course, salsa.

27. Cheesy Ground Beef Tacos

This ground beef filling in these delicious tacos is so quick to make in a skillet on your camp stove. 

28. Pulled Pork Tacos With Avocado and Sour Cream

Pulled pork is a fast and easy ingredient to take with you when you go camping. It has so many different possibilities.

29. Tortilla Wraps

a filled tortilla wrap cut in half to show the filling of chicken, tomato and lettuce

If you want something nice and fresh, consider making some scrumptious tortilla wraps. You can fill them with whatever you have on hand such as shredded chicken, pulled pork or even sliced ham. 

Then add some fresh salad ingredients such as shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and mayo.

Or, you could get fancy and make a BLT instead. Just fry up the bacon first and then use it to fill the tortilla and add some shredded lettuce and slices of tomato. Don’t forget the mayo!

30. Vegetable Skewers

six grilled vegetable skewers on a paper lined board

If you have a grill plate for your camp stove or have a portable barbecue, vegetable skewers will always be a hit. Or, you can compromise and cook them in a skillet instead. You could even prepare these before you leave home and wrap them tightly in foil and keep them in your cooler until you’re ready to cook them. Then, just drizzle them with olive oil before cooking them on the grill or in the skillet.

You can be as creative as you want with these. Just thread some slices of onion, sweet pepper, carrot, tomato, corn and squash onto either metal or bamboo skewers. Once cooked, which should take 15 to 20 minutes, you can serve these with ketchup, mayo or ranch dressing.

Quick Camping Lunch Ideas That You Don’t Have To Cook

Four images - charcuterie board with meats, cheeses, olives and raspberries, bagels filled with ham, lettuce, tomato and red onion, egg and tuna sandwich, egg and bacon pie

If you’ve just come back from a hike and you’re starving but don’t feel like cooking, here are some quick ideas you can throw together for lunch:

31. Simple peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
32. Tinned tuna mixed with mayo and served on crackers or toast
33. A range of cold meats and cheeses served with crackers.

This is commonly known as a charcuterie board and is perfect for camping.

34. Bagels

Spread with cream cheese and topped with sliced tomatoes and ham

35. Hummus

Or another favorite dip with sliced fresh vegetables, corn or tortilla chips and crackers

36. Fresh salad

Made with whatever you have on hand such as shredded chicken, pulled pork, cubes of cheese as well as lettuce, tomato, cucumber and avocado

37. Curried egg and tuna sandwiches
38. A bacon and egg pie

You’ve made at home is perfect eaten cold at your campsite

39. Premade quiche

Is also great served cold with some fresh salad vegetables

40. Cook a few extra potatoes the night before

Cube or slice them to make a delicious and creamy potato salad for lunch

41. Sliced banana and cinnamon sandwiches

For a sweet treat at lunch

Good Preparation Is The Key To Easy Camp Side Lunches

To make your camp side lunches easy, choose what you’re going to cook or have for lunch and gather all the ingredients so that you have everything at hand.

You might want to purchase a barbecue chicken and shred it up at home. Then pack into meal-sized portions and put these in the cooler. Sticks of chorizo will also keep well when wrapped and put in the cooler. 

Wrap some potatoes in foil packs with a dob of butter and place these in the cooler as well. Salad vegetables will keep well when packed into airtight plastic containers.

And, don’t forget cans of corn, beans, tomatoes, tuna and salmon. These won’t need refrigeration and are handy to have on hand.

Frequently Asked Questions

What food is easy to pack for camping?

Prepacked foods such as hot dogs, bacon, dips, hummus and chorizo can all go into the cooler. Potatoes and tinned vegetables and fruits can all be stored without refrigeration. Bags of corn chips, wrapped tortillas and taco shells are also handy and don’t need refrigeration.

What are the basic cooking tools for camping?

Ideally, you’ll want a cast iron skillet to use on the camp stove and also a Dutch oven with a lid. Long-handled tongs are necessary if you want to cook on the hot coals from the campfire. Don’t forget to throw in a roll of foil for making potatoes and other meals on the fire.

Should you take frozen food on a camping trip?

Frozen food is ideal for taking on a camping trip because it can be packed into your cooler and will keep the other foods nice and fresh without the need for ice packs.

Final Thoughts

Creating easy and delicious meals for lunch on a camping trip is simple when you use a little creativity and plan well ahead. With just the use of a camp stove or the hot coals from your campfire, you can create a whole range of tantalizing and nourishing meals for the whole family in a flash. We hope that these easy camping lunch ideas have given you some inspiration for your next camping trip.