How to Make Foil Grill Packets for Camping

Grill foil packs are a fun, easy way to switch it up from your classic go-tos, whether you’re looking to get dinner on the table quickly or you need an outdoor-friendly option for camping and cookouts. To make them, all you need is a roll of aluminum foil, a grill or grill grate, and the ingredients you’ll place in your pack. Here’s how to cook a tasty foil packet on a grill and a few recipes to try for yourself.

Grilling veggies doesn’t have to be one-dimensional! Just as the name suggests, grill foil packets are sheets of foil filled with flavorful food like red potatoes, green beans, and zucchini. The sky is the limit when it comes to foil packet recipes, and they’re ideal for a tasty dinner with absolutely no clean-up.

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To grill a foil packet,, preheat your grill to medium-high heat, about 400 to 425 degrees F. Rip off a large piece of aluminum foil and fill with your food of choice. Drizzle in some olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Fold the foil and crimp the packet so the food cannot fall out. Grill until done, about 20 minutes.

You can check the packet’s doneness by opening it and poking the contents with a fork. If your veggies or meat aren’t tender, close the packet back up and cook for 5 minutes increments until cooked to perfection. Whether it’s for a cookout or weeknight dinners, this easy cleanup cooking style is perfect on the bbq.

If you’re camping, these are easy to make over the fire as well. Place a grill grate over the fire and put your packets on, keeping them off to the side rather than directly over the flames to avoid burning them. This way, you can enjoy a healthy, delectable dinner as a prequel to your s’mores.

Here are two easy, tasty foil packet recipes to try for yourself.


shrimp foil grill packet
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For a Cajun-themed foil packet, Shrimp Foil Packets are a delicious option. This recipe includes shrimp, Andouille sausage, corn, red potatoes and Cajun seasoning, making for a flavorful combo of veggies, protein and seasoning.

Get the recipe here.


sausage pepper foil packet
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Another delectable foil pack featuring Italian sausage and red potatoes, Sausage and Pepper Foil Packs are a classic option for cookouts and camping. This recipe has tasty veggies like bell peppers and onion and is flavored simply with paprika, garlic salt and oregano.

Get the recipe here.

This post was originally published on December 14, 2020.

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