Aug 13 , 2019
There’s something special about cooking outdoors. Maybe it’s the fresh air. Perhaps it’s the adventurous aspect of cooking food over an open flame, the way our ancestors did.
Camping is one of those experiences where cooking can be both a challenge and a reward. One of our go-to camping meals is what we call “foil packet dinners.” It’s exactly what you’d imagine: food cooked in a foil packet.
Essentially, you pile your choice of meat and veggies within an aluminum foil packet, add your choice of spice and sauce, and cook it gently over hot coals. It’s perfect for tossing in a fire ring or charcoal grill. We also love it because it’s easy to customize and adapt, and perfect as a “build-your-own” meal for a group.
Even better, cleanup is a breeze! Use the foil packet as a bowl, and when you’re finished eating, just crumple up the foil and throw it away. (Be sure to pack out your trash!)
Here, we list out our suggested ingredients for a delicious foil packet dinner. We didn’t include measurements because, well, when you’re camping, you tend to eyeball it. Plan to pack more of those foods that you like, or swap out different ingredients based on your tastes. In addition to what we’ve listed, we recommend using cauliflower, mushrooms, or hot peppers. Don’t skimp on the cabbage, though, as it provides a base for the beef and prevents excess charring. Be sure to pour in a generous splash of wine, beer or beef broth to aid in steaming the veggies. And in our experience, the more spice and more butter you add, the tastier it is!
Foil Packet Dinners with All Natural Angus Beef Burgers
Ingredients:Frontière Natural Meats All Natural Angus Beef Burgers (two patties per pack)
Heavy-duty aluminum foil
Potatoes (fingerling or Yukon, parboiled and sliced)
Yellow squash, diced
Bell pepper, sliced
Burger seasoning of choice
Salt or Soy sauce
Butter, cut into cubes
Beer, wine or beef broth
Start the grill or build a fire. If using a charcoal grill, light the coals and allow them to burn until they glow red and become covered with gray ash. If using a fire ring, allow the wood to burn down and become hot, glowing coals. This will take about 20-25 minutes.
Prepare your foil packet by laying out the foil on a flat surface, such as a picnic table. Begin adding desired ingredients, starting with the cabbage and finishing with a beef patty. Use a dedicated utensil for the meat only to prevent cross-contamination. Generously sprinkle on your favorite burger seasoning, as well as a dash of salt or soy sauce. Add a few pats of butter. Gather up the ends of the foil packet and pour on a splash of beer or wine (or beef broth).
Gently bring the edges of the packet together. Fold the ends together lengthwise, then fold up the short ends. Don’t seal too tightly; you want a bit of space for steam to accumulate inside.
Using heat-proof gloves or tongs, gently place the sealed packet atop the hot coals (not directly into the flames). Turn every few minutes to help the packet contents cook evenly.
After about 10-15 minutes, check your food’s doneness by gently opening the top of the packet and spearing the carrots and beef with a fork or spork. The carrots should be soft but not soggy, and the meat should be cooked through with minimal to no pinkness.
Serve immediately. For the full outdoor experience, eat directly out of the foil packet, being careful not to puncture the foil with your fork.