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50+ Camping Labor Day Recipes (That’ll Have Them Begging For More!)


The Labor Day holiday weekend is the last big bash of the summer which means easy and camping food is an absolute necessity.

We’ve got tons of ideas for your menu with awesome camping Labor Day recipes whether you are cooking using a grill, Dutch oven or want no-cook options to feed a small group or a crowd! 

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Over 50 Labor Day Holiday Recipes For Your Camp Trip

We’ve organized our Labor Day Holiday camping recipes by cooking method.

You’ll find grilling recipes first, camp stove meals second, Dutch oven recipes next, followed by make-ahead and no-cook options and finishing with drinks and desserts!


One of the most popular American past-times on Labor Day is creating huge feasts on the grill.

Here are a few of our favorite camping recipes that can be made on a charcoal grill, propane gas grill or even over a campfire.

Strawberry Basil Bruschetta Camping Recipe

Before the summer is officially over, try this amazingly easy, almost-gourmet appetizer that uses fresh strawberries and basil to create a fabulous and sophisticated flavor.

Strawberry Basil Bruschetta Recipe - A quick camping appetizer - Camping For Foodies .com

Grilled Flat Iron Camping Steak Recipe

A simple marinade makes flat iron steak a big treat for campsite dinners. It only takes 5 minutes to prep and 8 minutes to cook the steak but you’ll need extra time for the marinade to do its magic. Go for a long hike and let the ingredients do the work while you explore the great outdoors!

Simple Camping Recipe Grilled Flat Iron Steak by CampingForFoodies features flat iron steak that has just finished cooking and is sitting on a propane camp grill with a side dish foil packet alongside, both are ready to be removed from the grill to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads flat iron steak.


Chicken Shish Kabobs

I absolutely LOVE this easy recipe! It can be made over a campfire or using a charcoal grill. But, a propane grill works well too! Recipes that can easily transition to different cooking methods makes menu planning simple in the event of weather changes or even the problem of last-minute fire restrictions that prohibit open-flame cooking.

Chicken Shish Kabobs by CampingForFoodies features skewers of grilled chicken and vegetables including charred cherry tomatoes, yellow bell peppers and mushrooms sitting on a propane camping grill ready to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads chicken shish kabobs.

Grilled Halibut Fillet Camping Recipe

Fish is the perfect choice if you want food that requires little prep and cooks quickly. The soy and garlic combination in this recipe tastes AMAZING … and … it’s healthy too!

Soy And Garlic Grilled Halibut Fillet Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com



Don’t forget to pack your favorite camp cooking equipment!

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Camp Stove Recipes

If you are camping during a time of fire restrictions or you just don’t want to deal with campfires or charcoal, these camp stove recipes are just what you need!


Best Diablo Sandwich Recipe

This yummy Tex-Mex style BBQ sandwich is sweet and spicy. It’s a fantastic dinner when you need a quick prep & cook meal.

Diablo Sandwich Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a hot sandwich on a blue camping plate. The red and brown color hamburger is mixed with yellow corn, bright green cilantro and avocado slices. The plate is set on a firewood log with blue sky in the background.
Diablo Sandwich Recipe by CampingForFoodies


Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Breast Recipe

Ordinary chicken breasts are easily transformed into a dinner with a slight Mexican flare. Canned tomatoes, beans and corn provide protein, fiber and flavor while the fresh avocado and cilantro add a bright finish.

Chicken recipe cast iron skillet by CampingForFoodies features a large cast iron skillet sitting on a propane camp stove. The pot is filled with a dinner that is ready to be served. The chicken is cooked with black beans and corn and is topped with fresh avocado and cilantro with text over the image that reads cast iron skillet camp chicken recipe, camp stove, RV stove, and campfire.


One Pot Cast Iron Fish Camping Recipe

If you enjoy Spanish flavor influences, you’ve gotta try this one pot fish dinner! Don’t let the ingredient list scare you … it looks long but it really isn’t. It’s just a combination of dried spices that are easy to mix at home and provide a crazy amount of flavor for you at the campsite!

One Pot Camping Cast Iron Fish Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

Hobo Eggs

If you like complicated recipes, keep scrolling! If you want a ridiculously simple & surprisingly delicious breakfast put these 3-ingredient hobo eggs on your menu! The buttery grilled bread is what makes this simple recipe taste so good!

Hobo Eggs Recipe by CampingForFoodies features an egg cooked in buttered toast that is sitting on a blue camping plate with a few slices of bacon on the side and text over the image that reads hobo eggs.

One Pot Spaghetti Camping Recipe

Did you know you can cook spaghetti right in the sauce … no boiling water is required! This simple dinner will be on your table in about 30 minutes and will satisfy the entire family!

Spaghetti One Pot Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a large black cast iron skillet setting on a tree stump against a background of beautiful rock formations and evergreen trees at a campsite, the pan is filled with pasta cooked in a sausage tomato sauce and topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese with text over the image that reads spaghetti one pot camping recipe.

Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Camping Recipe

Grilled lunchmeat sandwiches are awesome for dinner. Slap a little butter on the bread and toast it in a skillet … and … you have dinner instead of a plain old lunch sandwich. Serve it with a side of coleslaw and a few pickles for a complete meal.

Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Recipe, the perfect fast camp dinner, next to zero prep! Butter bread, layer 6 flavorful ingredients, toast them, done! - Camping For Foodies .com

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Camp Stove Pancakes

You will not believe how delicious just-add-water pancakes can be until you try these chocolate chip pancakes! The simple peanut butter topping is waaaaay better than a standard syrup! Kids and adults love this recipe!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Camp Stove Pancakes Fun And Easy Breakfast Camping Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

Breakfast Camping Burrito Bowls

Trying to reduce carbs without sacrificing flavor? Try these breakfast burrito bowls. The eggs, cheese, black beans, avocado and prepared salsa make a quick and satisfying breakfast.

Breakfast Camping Burrito Bowls by CampingForFoodies features a brightly colored breakfast of black beans, scrambled eggs, avocado and red salsa with a fork sitting in a blue camping bowl ready to be served next to a cup of camp coffee with text over the image that reads burrito bowls camping breakfast.

Get more simple camp stove recipes for your holiday menu!

Easy, Unique And Totally Delicious Camp Stove Recipes by CampingForFoodies. This is an image of a cast iron Dutch oven sitting on a propane gas stove on a table outside cooking at a campsite.

Dutch Oven Camping Recipes

So many campers would rather prepare meals cooked in a Dutch oven than any other type of gear!

Here are a few of our most popular Dutch oven meals.


Dutch Oven Mexican Chicken

This simple one-pot meal combines Mexican flavors with chicken and rice.

Dutch Oven Mexican Chicken Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron Dutch oven filled with a freshly baked meal of browned chicken breasts and rice in a Mexican sauce topped with green cilantro.
Dutch Oven Mexican Chicken Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Dutch Oven Chili Mac

This chili mac is one of my favorite easy camping meals for large groups. This one-pot dinner uses inexpensive meat that is stretched by adding beans and macaroni. It is a real crowd pleaser that is easy to scale and won’t break the bank!

Dutch Oven Chili Mac by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron camp Dutch oven sitting over a campfire on a cooking grate, it is filled with chili mac that is being served, another single portion is placed alongside the Dutch oven in a blue camping bowl with a spoon in it and ready to eat with text over the image that reads Dutch Oven Chili Mac.

Dutch Oven Beef Sandwiches

You only need 3 ingredients to make these delicious beef sandwiches … and that includes the buns! The slow-cooked beef roast is fork tender with a bit of tang from the mild peppers in this satisfying dinner.

Dutch Oven Beef Sandwiches by CampingForFoodies features a shredded beef sandwich on a hoagie roll topped with mildly spicy green peppers on a blue camping plate alongside a serving of coleslaw and dill pickles ready to be served and setting in front of a black cast iron camp Dutch oven with text over the image that reads Beef Sandwiches.


Dutch Oven Pork Chops Campfire Recipe

These pork chops have a flavor profile that is slightly sweet and salty that comes from cider vinegar and brown sugar. I like serving them with rustic mashed potatoes and fresh green beans.

Camp Dutch Oven Pork Chops - Dutch Oven Pork Chops Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

Campfire Stew Dutch Oven Camping Recipe

It will only take you 15 minutes to prep this recipe but that is not why it is WILDLY POPULAR! The fork-tender beef has a phenomenal flavor that comes from the simple ingredients as it simmers with the carrots and potatoes to make one fantastic beef stew.

Campfire Stew Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Dutch Oven Campfire Goulash

This goulash is a good, old-fashioned comfort food. My family asks me to make this recipe all the time. So, if you have the same kind of eaters in your clan, try this meal and sit back as they sing your praises!

Campfire Goulash by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron camp Dutch oven sitting on a grate in a campfire ring with a campfire burning in the background, the pot is filled with goulash and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and ready to be served with text over the image that reads campfire goulash.

See all of our yummy Dutch oven camping recipes!

Amazingly Delicious And Easy Dutch Oven Camping Recipes by CampingForFoodies

Don’t forget to pack your Dutch oven accessories!

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Dutch Oven Temperature Control

If you are cooking with your Dutch oven and need to maintain a specific temperature … we’ve got tips for you!

Learn how to manage your heat and master the art of Dutch oven temperature control with these simple methods!

How To Maintain Dutch Oven Temperature Control When Camp Cooking by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron camp Dutch oven sitting on the ground with charcoal briquettes on the lid and three firewood logs on the ground protecting the sides as a block from the wind with text over the image that reads temperature control.

Make-Ahead Camping Meals

If you want to “dump and cook” or “dump and re-heat” your Labor Day camping meals, here are some of our favorites.

Dutch Oven Thai Campfire Chicken Recipe

Thai flavors are not really common on most camp menus so if you want to try one … this is it! You can prep this entire meal at home and freeze it well before your trip. Then, just defrost, dump and cook at the campsite. The coconut milk and peanut butter are the stars of the show!

Make-Ahead Dutch Oven Thai Campfire Chicken Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Greek Tomato And Feta Pasta Salad Camping Recipe

I love make-ahead pasta salads! They actually taste better after they sit for a day or two. They are not too fragile for transportation. This makes a great side dish but you can add a protein, like grilled chicken, to create a yummy cold main dish too.

Greek Tomato And Feta Camping Pasta Salad by CampingForFoodies

Potato Salad With Bacon And Chives Make Ahead Camping Recipe

Anytime I need to bring something to a potluck, I bring this potato salad. It gets rave reviews every single time. And really, it is no surprise because bacon makes everything taste better! At the campsite, it really dresses up an ordinary meal of hamburgers and hot dogs.

Potato Salad With Bacon And Chives Make Ahead Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Caramel Nut Brownies Camping Recipe

Be careful, these brownies are hard to stop eating! They are the perfect make-ahead dessert because you can cut them and freeze them as individual servings. Then, just take as many pieces as you need for your trip. Alternatively, you can make the entire batch right in your camp Dutch oven.

Caramel Nut Brownies Camp Recipe - Perfect for making in a Dutch Oven, Camp Oven or RV Oven - Camping For Foodies .com

Get more ideas for convenient make ahead camping meals!

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When you are preparing your meals at home, use food storage containers with tight-fitting lids to transport your meals to the campsite without making a mess!

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No Cook Camping Meals

If you want to avoid cooking … you can … without sacrificing a delicious meal. Here are some awesome options.

Refrigerator Cucumber Salad

You’ve gotta love salads you can make days (or even weeks) in advance so they’re ready to serve when you get to camp.

Refrigerator Cucumber Salad by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping bowl on a tree stump filled with cold sliced vegetables including green English cucumbers, red onions and red bell peppers tossed in a simple homemade dressing with fresh dill.
Refrigerator Cucumber Salad by CampingForFoodies


Basil And Prosciutto Sandwich Camp Recipe

This simple sandwich tastes so fancy because of the ciabatta rolls, fresh mozzarella and basil leaves. When you use really fresh ingredients you don’t need to use lots of them to make a delicious meal.

Basil And Prosciutto Sandwich Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

Panzanella Salad No Cook Camping Recipe

My husband does not think a meal is complete if it doesn’t contain meat. But, this panzanella salad is so hearty and flavorful you really don’t need anything else added to it. It’ll take you about 20 minutes to chop the ingredients but when you’re done … dinner is served!

No Cook Camping Recipe Panzanella Salad by CampingForFoodies

Fruit And Nut Peanut Butter Stuffed Tortilla

Spread some peanut butter on a tortilla then add a fresh banana, dried fruit and nuts and you have a protein-rich, high-fiber, flavor-packed meal. This is a perfect breakfast, snack or dessert you can eat at the campsite or on the trail!

Fruit And Nut Peanut Butter Stuffed Tortilla Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a whole wheat tortilla laying on a blue camping plate with peanut butter, banana slices, dried fruit, nuts and seeds layered on top and ready to be rolled up to be eaten with text over the image reading camping recipe.

Chicken Parmesan Wrap Recipe

I like piling salad ingredients on a tortilla and making a portable meal that has the meat and veggies all in one neat little wrap. This chicken parmesan wrap is a quick lunch that is perfect to make on travel days when you don’t have a lot of time to prep, cook or clean.

Chicken Parmesan Wrap Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate topped with a green spinach tortilla, leaf lettuce, shredded chicken tossed in a ranch salad dressing then finished off with sliced tomatoes and freshly grated Parmesan cheese with text over the image that reads Chicken Parmesan Wrap.

Find more exciting no cook camping meals for your menu!

No Cook Camping Meals by CampingForFoodies is a collection of camping recipes that don’t require cooking at the campsite including Pesto Tomato Wraps, Healthy No Cook Southwest Salad, Fresh Guacamole With Chips, Ham And Cheese Stuffed Tortillas, Panzanella Salad and Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls with text over the image reading camping no cook meals.

No cook meals still need equipment for chopping, slicing and serving so don’t forget to pack those items.

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Camping Cocktail Drink Recipes

Labor Day camping usually means warm weather so plan on a few refreshing cold drinks.

Many of our cocktails can be made with or without alcohol … bottoms up!



Cucumber Lemonade Chiller

If you like super-refreshing summertime drinks, try this Cucumber Lemonade Chiller! We usually serve it with vodka but you can easily omit that ingredient to make an alcohol-free version too.

Cucumber Lemonade Chiller by CampingForFoodies features an icy-cold and refreshing cocktail glass sitting on a log in the shade at a campsite, the glass is filled with a mixture of fresh lemonade that has been muddled with cucumber and mint then shaken in a martini shaker and strained into a glass with a straw and garnish of lemon and cucumber wedges and a mint sprig with text over the image that reads Cucumber Lemonade Chiller.

Try all of our camping drinks!

Camping Cocktail Drink Recipes For Awesome Camp Cocktails - Camping For Foodies .com

Don’t forget to pack your camp bar accessories!

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Camping Dessert Recipes

Camping Smores Dutch Oven Brownies

These Smores Brownies are a fun and tasty alternative to the classic campfire treat. They are really yummy when served slightly warm … if you want to get really crazy, add a scoop of ice cream too.

Smores Brownies Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a Dutch oven filled with baked brownies that are topped with graham cracker and marshmallow toppings and a Dutch oven lid in the background with spent charcoal setting on top and text over the image that reads camping Dutch oven smores brownies.

Grilled Pound Cake With Berries Camping Dessert Recipe

Did you ever butter then grill store-bought pound cake? No, you really should! Fresh berries, mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar are the perfect topping for this patriotic, colored dessert.

Grilled Pound Cake with Red White and Blue Topping - Camping For Foodies .com


Dutch Oven Blueberry Cobbler

This delicious dessert is made with fresh blueberries that are complimented with orange juice then topped with a simple crumb topping.

Easy Cast Iron Dutch Oven Blueberry Cobbler by CampingForFoodies features a camp cooking scene with a campfire blazing in the background and sitting on the ground in front of the campfire ring is a blueberry cobbler that is baked and ready to serve from a cast iron Dutch oven with text over the image that reads blueberry cobbler.


Dutch Oven Carrot Cake

I like serving this cake chilled because of the yummy cream cheese frosting!

Carrot Cake In A Dutch Oven by CampingForFoodies features a moist carrot cake with raisins and nuts. Thick cream cheese frosting is piped in small swirls crowning the cake that is set on parchment paper. A slice is being lifted out and served.
Carrot Cake In A Dutch Oven by CampingForFoodies

Dutch Oven Apple Dump Cake

If you want a ridiculously easy dessert try this dump cake. It’s not gourmet but it is a sweet ending for your campsite meals.

Cast Iron Campfire Apple Dump Cake by CampingForFoodies features a golden brown dessert set in a parchment paper liner with apple pie filling that is sprinkled with a boxed cake mix, butter and pecans then baked till bubbly and golden brown in a camp Dutch oven which is sitting the background with text over the image that reads Apple Dump Cake.

Cinnamon Cupcakes

Yummy cupcakes have an irregular “rustic” shape when baked directly in a Dutch oven without a cupcake pan. The taste overcomes the odd-shaped sweet treats.

Cinnamon Cupcake Recipe by CampingForFoodies features four cinnamon cupcakes on a blue camping plate. The light brown frosting is swirled on top of each cupcake and topped with brown sugar and cinnamon sprinkles. One cupcake is cut in half showing the moist cupcake center.
Cinnamon Cupcake Recipe by CampingForFoodies


Here are more camping dessert recipes that make the perfect ending to your meals!

Camping Dessert Recipes by CampingForFoodies is a collection of camping desserts made at a campsite and ready for serving including Grilled Pound Cake With Berries, Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, Fresh Summer Fruit Tossed In Honey Mint Syrup and a Lemon Blueberry Topped Campfire Dutch Baby with text over the image reading camping desserts.

Awesome food is a huge part of a Labor Day celebration but there is more planning to do.

Our Labor Day camping tips will help you plan your entire trip so you can enjoy the last big bash of summer!

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