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Going camping? Foil packets are the best way to cook your food (and they’re pretty great in the oven too).

Becoming one with nature may require a sleeping bag, tent, insect repellent, and first aid kit, but it also requires food (because the goal is to survive, right?) And while inclinations may lead you to believe that camp food tastes disgusting and one-dimensional from an overused grill in the middle of a shared camping ground, you may not know about the joys of cooking meats, vegetables, and starches with foil packs.

So what exactly is a foil packet?

Well, it’s pretty self-explanatory. The technique requires you to take a standard roll of aluminum foil, place the food in the center of a large sheet, seal the foil so that it’s snug over the food (almost like an envelope), and then grill or set over a fire (they work in the oven too if you don’t do the great outdoors). It’s a simple process with easy clean-up (hoorah!), allowing you to focus more on concocting drool-worthy recipes and less on whether or not they will end up in the trash. You may have heard these foil packets called hobo packs before too, but for obvious reasons, that’s not a name we recommend using.

Some overall foil packet tips:

  • It’s important to create some room between the food and the foil so that the heat can build up and cook your dinner. Think of it as a mini oven, but with steam inside.
  • Pack some gloves or tongs so you can easily handle the pouch as you remove it from the fire.
  • Definitely invest in heavy-duty aluminum foil for integrity’s sake, especially if you’re cooking heavier items like meat and potatoes.

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Foil Packet Recipes

Since cooking times vary and depend entirely on your ingredients, we’ve rounded up a variety of recipes for you to try during your next camping trip. But don’t make these too delicious or the bears will surely pay you and your group a visit.

1. Foil Pouch Sea Bass

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This sounds more like an entree for glampers than campers. Either way, steamed fish over a grill is going to taste moist and delicious. Get the Foil Pouch Sea Bass recipe.

2. Grilled Herb Chicken and Potato Foil Packs

If you’re looking for a protein-packed, wholesome meal after a day of hiking, this is the dish for you. In fact, it will help you prep for that five mile journey tomorrow. Get the Grilled Herb Chicken and Potato Foil Packs recipe.

3. Grilled Chicken Pineapple Foil Packets

Teriyaki chicken with peppers, onions, and pineapples, all in one convenient pack? Yes, please. Just bring some cooked rice too, to heat up in a pot alongside. (Picky eaters can have their own packets with just chicken and sauce—another benefit of this cooking method.) Get the Grilled Chicken Pineapple Foil Packets recipe.

4. Butter Garlic Herb Steak Foil Packets

We get it, carnivores. Shaking a red meat craving is hard. Satisfy it with this decadent approach to campfire cuisine. Get the Butter Garlic Herb Steak Foil Packets recipe.

5. Shrimp Boil Foil Packs

It’s no New Orleans, but we love the idea of being able to nosh on seafood and corn on the cob in the middle of the woods. Get the Shrimp Boil Foil Packets recipe.

6. Zucchini Parmesan Foil Packets

Anything with melted cheese is going to taste delicious, so you may as well put it on a vegetable and get your daily dose of vitamins. Get the Zucchini Parmesan Foil Packets recipe.

7. Campfire Banana Boat Foster

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Don’t rule out dessert! The open flame creates a perfect caramelized glaze on a standard banana. Who needs a s’more when you can make your own caramel? Get our Campfire Bananas Foster recipe.

Looking for a great place to take your foil packs? Check out The Ultimate Adventure Guide to California’s Highway 395.

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