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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Don’t forget to pack your favorite camp cooking equipment!
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!
This yummy Tex-Mex style BBQ sandwich is sweet and spicy. It’s a fantastic dinner when you need a quick prep & cook meal.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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.
This simple one-pot meal combines Mexican flavors with chicken and rice.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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Don’t forget to pack your Dutch oven accessories!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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!
No Cook Camping Meals
If you want to avoid cooking … you can … without sacrificing a delicious meal. Here are some awesome options.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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No cook meals still need equipment for chopping, slicing and serving so don’t forget to pack those items.
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!
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.
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Don’t forget to pack your camp bar accessories!
Camping Dessert Recipes
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.
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.
This delicious dessert is made with fresh blueberries that are complimented with orange juice then topped with a simple crumb topping.
I like serving this cake chilled because of the yummy cream cheese frosting!
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.
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.
Here are more camping dessert recipes that make the perfect ending to your meals!
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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