Try Campfire Ham and Cheese Bread for an Easy Camping Lunch (and 12 More Easy Camping Meals!)

My boys and I absolutely love going camping.

From large excursions with the Scouts group to family getaways to nights in the backyard, if we’re under the stars cuddled up in a blanket around a crackling fire, we’re in our happy place.

And as with many other special things in life, one of our favourite things about camping is the food!

Like most kids, my boys are never going to turn down classics like hot dogs and marshmallows.

But, I do love getting more creative with my camping food, and one of my all-time favourite ways to make easy camping meals is by using foil.

I love the versatility of being able to cook up a foil packet containing all our favourite foods. And the minimal cleanup of the method is an added bonus!

Campfire Ham and Cheese Bread

There are plenty of recipe ideas for foil-wrapped easy camping meals online, and I had a great time browsing them before our last big camping adventure.

But, I found that most of them were dinner ideas, and I wanted to make something more suitable for a camping lunch.

And so my Campfire Ham and Cheese Bread was created!

Like almost all of my favourite recipes, the beauty of this meal is its versatility.

Substitute mayo for the butter, mozzarella for swiss cheese slices, or your child’s favourite deli meat for the ham.

My boys especially love oven-roasted chicken breast slices, so I did one variation with that and sharp cheddar.

I also enjoy adding veggies sometimes for a more gourmet-style sandwich; thinly-sliced red pepper is always delicious.

Best of all, Campfire Ham and Cheese Bread can be cooked either on the barbeque or on the campfire itself!

easy camping meals ham and cheese

The one thing to remember when making this tasty lunch is to grease the foil, because the sandwich is sure to stick to it otherwise.

And since both campfires and BBQs can vary in temperature, keeping a close eye on the sandwich when cooking it is a must.

Since one loaf makes six sandwiches, it’s a good choice for feeding a crowd.

It’s also a perfect meal to make ahead; just keep the foil-wrapped loaf in your refrigerator or cooler until it’s time to toss it on the grill!

Looking for more easy camping meals for your next excursion? Here are some of our family’s favorite camping recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!

Breakfast Camping Recipes

  • Pie Iron Cinnamon Buns – Refrigerator cinnamon rolls bake up to perfection in a Pie Iron camp cooker for a perfect easy camping breakfast
  • Omelet in a Bag – Simple and easy to customize! Combine eggs and mix-ins in a ziplock bag and cook in a pot of boiling water.
  • Easy Homemade Blueberry Muffins – Make your camping breakfast easier by baking up a batch of these cake-like blueberry muffins before your trip for a quick, kid-friendly breakfast option.

Lunch Camping Recipes

  • Campfire Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs – Dress up a camping classic with these easy bacon-wrapped hot dogs cooked over the fire.
  • Taco in a Bag – Every kid’s favorite! Open a bag of Doritos and add taco meat and classic taco toppings for an easy camping lunch you can eat on the go.
  • Foil-Pack Chicken Enchiladas – Assemble these enchilada packs at home, and then toss them on the grill or campfire when it’s time for lunch!

Dinner Camping Recipes

  • Easy Campfire Spaghetti Bake – Cook the spaghetti in advance, and then layer it with meatballs, sauce, and mozzarella and cook on the grill or campfire!\
  • Hobo Dinner Hamburger Foil Packets – Potatoes, veggies, and a homemade hamburger patty cook to perfection in a foil packet over the grill or campfire
  • Campfire Pizza – A family-friendly favorite becomes a great camping dinner with the help of a cast-iron skillet! Bring your favorite toppings and bake your pizza over the fire..

Dessert Camping Recipes

  • Campfire Dessert Cones – A great mess-free dessert for little ones! Fill sugar cones with diced fruit, nuts, mini marshmallows, chocolate, or whatever you wish, and grill over the fire until hot and gooey!
  • Campfire Apple Crisp Foil Packs – With the help of homemade granola, enjoying an apple crisp-like dessert while camping is a breeze!
  • S’mores Nachos – Make dessert for the whole family by layering classic s’mores ingredients in a foil pan and cooking over the grill or campfire.

From tasty make-ahead mains to scrumptious desserts to other fun foil-wrapped meal ideas, these camping food ideas should help inspire you to whip up a new family favorite on your next camping trip.

It’s a great year to make your summer extra delicious!

campfire ham and cheese bread

Campfire Ham and Cheese Bread

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Easy pull-apart sandwich cooked on the barbeque or campfire!


  • 1 loaf French or Italian bread
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 6 swiss cheese slices
  • 6 slices deli ham


  1. Cut twelve slices into loaf of bread, stopping about 1/4 inch before the bottom.
  2. Mix together butter and mustard until combined. Spread every other cut with the butter/mustard mixture.
  3. Stuff one slice of cheese and one slice of meat into buttered slices to create six sandwiches.
  4. Wrap loaf in large sheet of greased foil to create a foil packet. Place on barbeque or campfire and cook at a medium heat for about twenty minutes, turning loaf every five to ten minutes.
  5. Carefully open foil packet, pull apart sandwiches and serve.


This sandwich can be made with your favourite deli meat and cheese as an easy variation.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 804mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g

30 thoughts on “Try Campfire Ham and Cheese Bread for an Easy Camping Lunch (and 12 More Easy Camping Meals!)”

  1. I am always looking for easy camping recipes (especially those that require few ingredients and very little storage). Even though I don’t eat pork, I can always substitute another meat. Thanks!

  2. nicolthepickle

    Mmmh,, I love bread made like this. I make great big sandwiches a lot, but have never heated them on the campfire. I can imagine it’d be a huge hit.

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