10 Takeout Foods that are Better if you Make them Camping

We all love some good takeout, but did you know that they are often an easy option to make while camping?

Often looking for inspiration for what to cook on the next camping trip it wonders to recent takeout foods and ones that I like to buy. They frequently are easy to make and are ones that are craved rather than the regular home-cooked foods.

This selection of 10 recipes is all great options to cook and eat while camping. Serve them as they do for takeout and you can save on dishes too.

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Philly Cheese Steak
  2. 2. Bacon and Egg Muffin
  3. 3. Skillet Funnel Cake
  4. 4. Dutch Oven Pizza
  5. 5. Griddle Fried Rice
  6. 6. Dutch Oven Donuts
  7. 7. Smash Burger (Hamburger)
  8. 8. Taco in a Bag
  9. 9. Mexican Street Corn
  10. 10. Grilled Barbecue Chicken Wings

1. Philly Cheese Steak

This traditional recipe originated in the early 20’s in Phillidelfia originally was just thinly sliced beef, onion, and cheap American-style cheese in a bread roll. The modern versions include additional ingredients like bell pepper and fancy cheese.

When camping this is easily made on a flat top grill, griddle, or in a skillet. Once made it can be wrapped in paper to serve.

Combined onions, peppers, and beef topped by a melting cheese slice and covered with a split roll cooking on a griddle.

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Griddle Philly Cheesesteak Recipe
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2. Bacon and Egg Muffin

It is weird to see the term Bacon and Egg Muffin without the ‘Mc Muffin’ element that has made it famous as a breakfast takeout option.

They are actually quite easy to make camping on a flat top BBQ, griddle, or in a skillet. The muffins due to their density travel better than bread, also a positive for camping.

A quick and easy bacon and egg muffin is wrapped in foil and ready to serve.

Camp Cooking

Bacon and Egg Muffin Recipe
Fast food has the right idea with some of their quick and easy breakfasts. The bacon and egg muffin is a great example of one of these. Layers of egg, bacon, and…

by Dan Hodgson

3. Skillet Funnel Cake

Cooked in a skillet normal at fairs funnel cakes are an easy recipe for the camping environment. The skillet can be heated on any gas stove or over the campfire.

The strawberries on top can be fresh or if away for a while the canned ones work really well too, these are also what most fairs use anyway due to the large volumes they are cooking.

A plated funnel cake dusted with confectioner's sugar then topped with strawberries and cream.


Skillet Funnel Cake Recipe
Take fair food on your next camping trip with this Skillet Funnel Cake recipe that is a family favorite dessert. This is a fun hands-on treat, to both prepare and eat. You’ll…

by Saffron Hodgson

4. Dutch Oven Pizza

Everyone loves pizza so it makes sense that there is a range of ways to make them while camping, this version uses an upsidedown Dutch oven.

The toppings can be simple or complex. The recipe instructions are for a foundation ham pizza however additional toppings can be added as desired.

A ham pizza is sitting on a Dutch oven lid over coals after being cooked, awaiting to be moved and served.

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Dutch Oven Ham Pizza Recipe
This is a novel yet very effective way to cook outdoors. The Dutch Oven Ham Pizza actually uses the Dutch oven upside down. It creates a crusty brown base and a gooey…

by Saffron Hodgson

5. Griddle Fried Rice

A flat-top BBQ is the ideal camping tool to make large servings of fried rice, but it works just as well with a griddle, skillet, or in a wok. (One pot cooking reaches a new level when camping with a wok).

There is a wide range of fried rice flavor profiles that can be cooked based on your personal tastes. The ingredients can range from fresh to canned, and even frozen if you are in a travel trailer or RV.

Cracking an egg to cook on the flat-top grill before mixing it in with the rest of the fried rice.

BBQ Griddle

Griddle Fried Rice Recipe
Cooking for a crowd can be made easy with a flat top grill which is ideal for making large portions like this griddle fried rice. The rice gets a smokey quality from…

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6. Dutch Oven Donuts

Dutch ovens are surprisingly good for deep frying which opens up a wide range of food that you can cook including donuts.

The recipe is relatively easy to make using a dough technique and cutting the donut shape out rather than the batter method. Once made they can be glazed to finish and sprinkles added to the top. Alternatively while hot they can be sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and eaten hot.

Two sets of donuts on a paper towel, two are glazed and two are glazed with chocolate sprinkles.

Dutch Oven Dessert

Dutch Oven Glazed Donuts Recipe
Even outdoors you can enjoy wonderful snacks like these Dutch oven glazed donuts which are a perfect treat around the campfire. You can have them for breakfast, as a midday snack, or…

by Dan Hodgson

7. Smash Burger (Hamburger)

The technique of making smash burgers is much easier than some of the other formed variations making it ideal for camping.

Once the burger is made you can create the simple style in the recipe with cheese or add more elaborate toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and similar.

A close up of a smash burger topped with melted American cheese on a flat-top grill.

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Cheesy Smash Burger Recipe
A Smash Burger is a ground beef patty that is smashed (squashed) after it’s placed on the grill. Not so pretty, but who needs pretty when something tastes so good? These burgers…

by Mark Lambert

8. Taco in a Bag

Variations of these tacos have become a cliche of camp cooking. The ease of serving into a bag of chips is highly appealing.

Once the chips are topped with the sauce, it is just a matter of adding your favorite toppings like cheese, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, and similar.

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Taco in a Bag Recipe
Perfect for hearty single servings while camping, this recipe for tacos in a bag is a popular meal among children and parents that don’t like doing dishes. The concept is simple: an…

by Dan Hodgson

9. Mexican Street Corn

Commonly sold in Mexico this is a variation of ‘Elote’ their street corn. It can easily be cooked in the coals of the campfire.

It makes a wonderful side dish or a light meal as it is often eaten at fairs and similar. Feel free to alter the seasoning to meet your heat preference.

Close up of Mexican street corn just before removing from its foil wrap.

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Mexican Street Corn Recipe
This Mexican street corn is sweet, savory, and spicy. Not only is it delicious, but it is super fun to eat. It gets its name from being a popular food sold in…

by Boomas Bromage

10. Grilled Barbecue Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are such a popular takeout food there are multiple food chains that are now selling them.

This is a simple variation that can be cooked on a basic grill, one that you bring or the ones located on most campsites. Korean seasonings are the prominent flavor of this recipe but there is a wide range of flavor options available. 

Looking down onto a pile of grilled and glazed chicken drumettes on a white plate.

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Grilled Korean Barbecue Wings Recipe
Kick up your next game-day barbecue with grilled Korean barbecue wings. Sweet, spicy, and irresistible, your friends will love snacking on these while the game is on the TV or happening on…

by Ash Hodgson

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About Saffron Hodgson

Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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