Meatball foil packets are a fun dinner recipe your whole family will love. Made with beef, oats, and seasonings then baked in the oven or over the campfire. A family favorite!
Safely transport raw meatballs for camping
I found the easiest way to transport these meatballs is to freeze them after you wrap them in foil. They are easy to pack in a cooler (make sure to keep them separate from those foods that won’t be cooked), and help keep other foods cold too.
Place a thermometer into your cooler and make sure the temperature stays below 40 degrees to keep the meat out of the food danger zone. Blocks of ice work better than ice cubes – try freezing water in a milk jug or similar container.
When you’re ready to cook the foil packets, cook meatballs to an internal temperature of 160 degrees, about 30 minutes. A digital meat thermometer is a great item for your packing list.
Once cooked, use precooked pasta bags which are now available (or cook pasta in advance and bring it along) a jar of marinara sauce, and shredded cheese. Heat the packet over the fire to warm the pasta and sauce. If you’re making meatball sandwiches, place meatballs into pita pockets, top with marinara sauce and cheese. Dinner is served!
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Camping Meatball Foil Packets
- heavy duty tin foil
- nonstick cooking spray ✅
- baking tray
- 1 pound ground sirloin ✅
- 1 cup certified gluten-free quick-cook oats
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce ✅
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- cooked gluten-free pasta, optional
- spaghetti sauce, optional ✅
- ⭐️Prep the oven or campfire. If cooking in the oven, preheat to 400 degrees. If cooking over a fire, prepare the grill grate over smoldering coals.
- Blend the oats and milk. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, blend oats and milk. Let sit for 5 minutes.1 cup certified gluten-free quick-cook oats, 1/4 cup milk
- ⭐️Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Add the beef, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix just until all ingredients are blended. Roll meat mixture into meatballs the size of a golf ball. Place on the baking tray.1 pound ground sirloin, 2 large eggs, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Prep the foil and fill the packs. Spray tin foil with non-stick cooking spray. Place 2 meatballs into each pack then carefully seal the packet.
- ⭐️Cook. Cook in the oven, or over the fire, for 30 minutes, turning halfway through to brown both sides of the meatball.
- Serve. If using, add the precooked pasta noodles to foil packs and top with marinara sauce. Fold the packet and place it over the fire to warm.cooked gluten-free pasta, optional, spaghetti sauce, optional