Whether you’re a meat eater or not these vegan and vegetarian campfire recipes are sure to fill your belly, nourish you and taste especially delicious!
Too often do we get stuck in the routine of throwing burgers and sausages on the campfire. There is certainly nothing wrong with the almighty classic camping BBQ but after a summer of good weather (hopefully) we get a little bored of the same old food and like to mix it up. Vegetarian campfire recipes don’t have to be boring and time consuming to make, in fact it’s often quicker than cooking meat. Sometimes (look away now meat eaters) it’s even more delicious!
If you are a vegetarian and just really fancy a burger, we highly recommend these No Bull quarter pounders from Iceland. They bbq brilliantly and don’t stick to the grill like a lot of veggie burgers do.
We’ve compiled this list of our favourite vegan and vegetarian campfire recipes. Let us know if you try them out or better yet, send us in a picture!
Lasagna on a campfire? Sounds crazy right, but it may well be one of the most simple recipes you could make. All you need to make this beauty is a Dutch oven. Dutch ovens are cast iron pots that sit directly in the coals of the campfire, perfect for many vegetarian campfire recipes. If you don’t have one, there is no need to worry as we hire them at both Beech Estate and Wild Boar Wood Campsites.
- Fresh lasagna sheets
- Tomato sauce (shop bought works just fine)
- A bag of spinach
- Grated cheese (we opt for a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella)
First things first, start your campfire. It can take some time for the temperature to be right and we do find adding some charcoal can help. Then simply apply a layer of sauce to the bottom of the Dutch oven, add a layer of spinach, a layer of cheese and finally a layer of pasta. Continue layering until the dutch oven is 3/4 full. Finish with a sprinkling of cheese and pop on the lid. By this point the fire should be just about right for cooking. Make space for the dutch oven, pop it onto the coals and scatter a few on top of the lid to spread the heat. This will probably take around forty minutes, but check your Dutch oven after half an hour to make sure it’s doing ok.
You can try this with other vegetables too – here’s our mushroom, courgette and spinach lasagne!
Vegetarian Campfire Chilli
This is an easy go to recipe for the campfire. You will again need a dutch oven or large cooking pot.
- Green pepper
- Kidney beans
- Black beans
- Tin of tomatoes
- Vegetable stock
- Smoked paprika
- Chilli Powder
- Ground cumin
Vegetarian campfire chilli is a very versatile dish. You can essentially use any beans and vegetables but this is our favourite mix. Heat the dutch oven on the campfire with a little oil and add your chopped onion and garlic. Let this cook for a minute or two and then add in your chopped pepper and mushrooms followed by the spices, tomatoes and beans. Pop the lid on and get the Dutch oven into the campfire, making sure to scatter some coals on top. As long as the Dutch oven isn’t in the heat of the fire this can sit there for 40+ minutes until you’re ready to eat. You can eat it as it is, or scatter some avocado and cheese on top. Tasty!
Halloumi Pittas on the Campfire
Halloumi is really trending now and once you’ve tasted it you can really see why. The squeaky, salty cheese is utterly addictive so why not try some on the campfire! This recipe couldn’t be simpler.
- Pitta Bread
- Salad, your choice!
- Hot sauce (optional)
First things first, make your salad. We chose a nice salad leaf, some baby tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion and cucumber. You can add whatever you like. Dress lightly with olive oil. Now, simply cut your halloumi into slices and place on the campfire grill, check these after a couple of minutes and turn when they’re ready. At this stage place your pittas on the grill, watch these carefully as they are quick to burn. Once everything is ready, cut open your pittas, place the salad and halloumi inside and lather in hot sauce! If you don’t like things spicy, go for a milder sweet chilli sauce or garlic dressing to finish off our campfire halloumi.
Homemade Campfire Flat Breads
Now this is just a way to impress your friends with your campfire food. We used Jamie Oliver’s flatbread recipe, if you measure out all of your ingredients before you leave the house than all you have to do is mix this at the campsite. Don’t fancy taking a rolling pin camping? No problem, use a wine bottle! Surely you’ll have one of those.
Roll out your flatbreads, put these directly on the campfire and turn when cooked. These make a great accompaniment to a vegetarian campfire chilli or switch these out for the pittas with Halloumi. You could pair them with the next recipe –
Spicy Campfire Vegetables
Absolutely no rules with this one. Choose your favourite vegetables, cut them into good sized chunks and wrap them in foil. We like to get our tongues tingling so add a good glug of Sriracha hot sauce but if that’s not your thing then pop on a dollop of garlic butter and you’re good to go. Our favourite vegetable options are onions, courgettes, peppers, mushrooms and corn on the cob(small ones!)
Campfire Mac ‘n’ Cheese
It’s an old favourite and a real people pleaser when it comes to vegetarian campfire recipes. If you have the time, then you can make the macaroni cheese before your camping trip and wrap it up in individual foil packet portions. Pop this in the coals of the campfire when it has burnt down a little and you’ll be treated with a gooey, cheesy, filling and delicious meal that everyone loves. We like BBC Good Food’s recipe. For the vegans, try Jamie Oliver’s dairy free version.
This one is a great choice for the first night of camping. You might be arriving a little late after work and need to set everything up, let alone think about dinner. Pre-make the mac ‘n’ cheese and all you need is a campfire and a fork. You won’t even need to do the dishes.
Vegetarian Campfire Jambalaya
Another one that requires a Dutch Oven but a true one pot meal. The smoked paprika is key in this meal to give it an authentic Jambalaya taste.
- Tin of tomatoes
- Vegetable stock
- White Rice
- Red pepper
- Black beans
- Smoke paprika
- Cayenne pepper
- Dried oregano
Pop your dutch oven onto the fire to heat up slightly. Add some oil to the pot and fry off your onions and garlic. Add your chopped pepper, spices, rice, stock and tomatoes. Cover with the lid and put back into the coals of the fire with a few extra coals scattered on top. Leave until the rice is cooked, take off the lid and fluff with a fork before serving. Delicious.
These are just a few of our favourite vegetarian campfire recipes. The choices are endless!