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SAVOR SUMMER with 15 Easy Camping Recipes

Meal planning for your summer camping trip? Savor the adventure with these delicious yet easy camping recipes…

One of the best parts about camping is the food! That is, of course, if you don’t rely solely on boring hotdogs and baked beans. 

Our sister site,, has all kinds of great camping food to cook in your RV, on the grill, or over the campfire. So, we’re going to share some of the summer favorites with you today!

The following recipes are easy to make while taking your summer camping menu to the next level. You can meal prep quite a bit of the following in advance, so you’re not stuck cooking at camp when you should be relaxing!

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15 Summer Camping Recipes

This list covers breakfast through dessert and several different cooking method options: campfire, grill, RV oven, and crockpot. Plus, we include several vegetarian options!

We hope you enjoy this delicious camping food as much as we do!

1. Crockpot French Toast Casserole

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Mmm Mmm! Enjoy a sweet start to any camping day with French toast casserole. It’s an easy recipe for a delicious breakfast with only a few minutes of prep the night before.

While many slowcooker french toast casserole recipes use brioche bread or white sandwich bread, our recipe lives up to its name by using French bread. It gives the perfect texture!

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2. Homemade Sweet Cream Pancakes

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Many campers rely on the just-add-water pancake mix you buy at the grocery store. But as convenient as that mix is, the pancakes are only “okay.”

Why settle for okay when you can easily make your own pancake dry mix at home to take on your summer camping trip? Stock a few wet ingredients in your RV fridge, and you’re all set to have scrumpdillyicious pancakes!

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3. Homemade Uncrustables

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Attention parents and PB&J lovers! Enjoy the convenience of Smuckers Uncrustables without the big price tag! 

Make your own frozen PB&J sandwiches in advance for a fraction of the cost. This recipe introduces a cheap, lightweight sandwich tool to cut and seal sandwiches. Pop them in your freezer for your next camping trip, and you’ve got lunch ready to go!

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4. Pie Iron Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sandwich

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Elevate the classic grilled cheese camper style! Use a pie iron to grill this sandwich over the campfire or even on your grill. 

With this recipe, you can make a cafe-worthy grilled cheese and tomato sandwich wherever you camp. It really just comes down to the cheese you use and a dash of basil!

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5. Healthy Grilled Turkey Burger Recipe

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If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to a simple burger recipe, then this turkey burger recipe is the way to go. Make the patties in advance to make cook time even easier!

The recipe includes some quick tips to keep the homemade turkey patties from falling apart on the grill. Plus, it explains how to get a JUICY turkey burger rather than a dry wannabe.

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6. Classic Chicago Hot Dog

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Drag that boring hot dog through the garden with this Chicago-style hot dog recipe. Enjoy the refreshing crunch of pickles and fresh tomatoes with every savory bite.

If Chicago style isn’t your thing, you can also try New York-Style or this Coney Dog Hot Dog Sauce.

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7. Fruit Salad & Fruit Dip for a Crowd

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This large fruit salad can feed a crowd or a few people for a few days. It covers pretty much every color of the rainbow, and the sweet fruit dip is simply delicious!

This fruit salad is a great healthy side dish for any of the above recipes, including as a topping for pancakes or French toast casserole.

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8. Shrimp & Asparagus Foil Packets

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Foil packets are a favorite among campers for good reason! They make camp cooking so easy while capturing all the flavor in every bite.

These shrimp & asparagus foil packets are low-carb, keto-friendly, and high in flavor. Simply put, they’re nutritious and delicious! They make a meal in themselves or the perfect “surf” for any surf-and-turf meal.

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9. Squash Casserole Recipe

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This easy squash casserole recipe uses cream of chicken soup, stuffing mix, and fresh summer squash to make the perfect side dish for lunch or dinner. Or, add cooked chicken to make a one-dish meal.

If you’re a vegetarian, simply swap the cream of chicken soup for cream of mushroom, and you’re good to go!

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10. Leftover Hamburger Patties Casserole

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Don't let those leftover hamburgers go to waste! Save them to make this yummy hamburger casserole the next day.

The recipe works with patties or leftover ground beef (or turkey!). It's made with tater tots and cheese, so you know the whole family will love it.

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11. Loaded Campfire Nachos

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A FAMILY FAVORITE! These loaded campfire nachos are easy to make and fun to eat. It all comes down to layering the ingredients so every chip is loaded with toppings.

Grab a cold drink and eat these nachos directly from the pan. What a great way to enjoy the evening around the campfire!

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12. Taco Soup (Slow Cooker or Stovetop)

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Speaking of nachos, you should also check out this easy taco soup recipe. You can cook it quickly on the stovetop or let it simmer in the crockpot.

It’s an excellent healthy option that contains meat, veggies, fiber, and plenty of flavor. You can easily make it vegetarian by omitting the meat.

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13. All-American S’mores

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Make s’mores even MORE FUN to make with this patriotic twist. Kids absolutely LOVE making them and, of course, eating them. 

The recipe includes a video showing how easy it is to add the red, white, and blue flair to this camping staple.

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14. Patriot Biscuit Cup

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The patriot biscuit cup is another campfire treat with American Flair. It’s perfect for 4th of July or any day you’re proud to be an American.

You roast these biscuit cups over the campfire with a special tool called a Wolf’em Stick. You can fill the cups with whatever toppings you like, but this recipe makes a sweet, red, white, and blue treat.

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15. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

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This pizookie-style cookie cooks over the campfire in a cast iron skillet. You can make the dough in advance and either freeze or refrigerate it for your camping trip.

Once it’s done, top the cookie with ice cream, whipped cream, or any other topping you desire. Then pass out spoons around the campfire and dig in!

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2023-06-23

Mike Wendland is an Emmy award-winning journalist, traveler, and producer of RV Podcast, the RV Lifestyle travel blog, and the RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube. Mike, traveling with his wife Jennifer and their Norwegian Elkhound, Bo, has vast experience and a great passion for exploring North America, previously working as a long-time NBC-TV News Channel Technology Correspondent and now sharing his love for the RV lifestyle with millions. Mike is not only an adept RV life enthusiast but also a skillful storyteller, bringing to his channels stories from the road that perfectly capture the magic and hardships of this lifestyle.

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