Campfire Potatoes – Aluminum Foil Potatoes

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Campfire Potatoes are an easy foil packet potato recipe using aluminum foil.  These aluminum foil potatoes can be made on the grill, campfire or in the oven. Since they are cooked in a foil packet, clean up is a snap.

Campfire Potatoes Recipe

Our family gets together at the cabin my dad built at the back of our farm as much as we can when the weather is nice. It usually has to happen after a rain in the spring or fall because otherwise my dad and brother-in-law are in the fields.

There’s no electricity or running water (there’s a rain barrel at the back of the cabin to wash grubby hands) but we do have a fire pit and a couple of fryers so we’ll either have a fish fry (yum) or grill hamburgers and hot dogs over the open fire.

These Campfire Potatoes are a perfect side dish for our cookouts at the cabin. They beat a bag of chips any day!

Just remember that potatoes take a while to cook so be sure to throw them on the grill/fire first thing. If they are done before your meat, they’ll stay warm in the foil packet for quite a while.

Cheesy Campfire Potatoes Ingredient List

Potatoes, any variety sliced thin

Onions, sliced thin

Shredded cheddar cheese

Worcestershire sauce

Parsley, dried or fresh

Butter

Chicken broth

Aluminum Foil Potatoes

This recipe came from the Pot O’ Gold Cookbook from the St. Patrick Altar Society of Imogene, Iowa. Those Iowans know how to cook!

Even though the name has “campfire” in it, you can definitely do these on the grill or even in the oven.

Be sure to tear off a nice size piece of aluminum foil. Use heavy duty foil if you have it. If you don’t, you might want to do a double layer of foil just so it doesn’t tear while on the fire. Don’t ask us how we know this!

What goes with campfire potatoes?

Making foil packet potatoes on the grill is the perfect side dish for a number of dishes. Here are our top five main dishes to serve along campfire potatoes.

  1. Grilled Pork Steak
  2. Classic Beef Brisket
  3. Grilled Beef Steak (easy marinade)
  4. Rosemary Lemon Pork Chops
  5. Oven Pulled Pork

 

 

How to make foil packet potatoes on the grill?

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for cheesy campfire potatoes, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Wash and peel potatoes. Thinly slice onions.
  2. Take 20 x 20 inch piece of aluminum foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Place potatoes and onions in center of foil.
  4. Dot butter in between potatoes and on top of potatoes in the foil pouch.
  5. In a bowl, stir together shredded cheese, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt and pepper.
  6. Pour cheese mixture over potatoes.
  7. Fold up the sides of the foil to create a pouch.
  8. Pour chicken broth in the pouch. Close pouch to keep steam in.
  9. Grill for 35 – 50 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.

Notes About Foil Pouch Potatoes on the Grill:

  • Use any type of potatoes you prefer including Idaho, yellow, Russet, etc.
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil works best.
  • If you’re feeling really lazy, leave the skins on. Just be sure to wash well before thinly slicing.
  • Substitute dried onion flakes for sliced onions, if desired, or leave them out completely.
  • We use shredded cheddar cheese, but feel free to use up whatever variety of cheese you have on hand.
  • Margarine could be used instead of butter.
  • Use 1 tablespoon dried parsley instead of 2 tablespoons fresh, if that is what you have on hand.
  • Water, beef broth or vegetable broth could be used instead of chicken broth.
  • Cook times can vary based on how hot the fire/grill is. It is best to start these early. They can stay hot in the foil for quite a while.
  • Be very careful when opening up the foil; the steam is HOT.
  • Bake these at 400 degrees F instead of using a grill, if desired.

Old Fashioned Potato Recipes

Leftover Potato Pancakes

Five ingredients is all it takes to make Granny's Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes.  Using a base of your favorite leftover real mashed potatoes. you can easily make this economical side dish that the whole family will love. 

Cheesy Potatoes with Bacon

Cheesy Potatoes with Bacon will be your new favorite side dish. It features an easy cheese sauce made with Velveeta, Miracle Whip, salt and black pepper and a bacon topping that sends the humble potato out of this world. 

Rice Krispies Topped Cheesy Potatoes

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Potato Salad using Mashed Potatoes

Potato Salad with Leftover Mashed Potatoes is an ingenious way to use up mashed potatoes. It's also great for days when you're in a time-crunch and are wanting a delicious side dish.

Favorite Cookout Recipes

We love a good cookout and we have lots of recipes that are perfect for your next one, including the recipe below. Here are some of our favorite dishes to take to meals eaten outdoors.

Crock Pot Calico (Cowboy) Beans

Crock Pot Green Beans

Red Bean Salad

Western Dressing Pasta Salad

Yellow Cake Mix Gooey Bars

Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Campfire Potatoes are an easy foil packet potato recipe using aluminum foil.  Aluminum foil potatoes can be made on the grill, campfire or the oven. Since they are cooked in a foil packet, clean up is a snap.
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Campfire Potatoes - Aluminum Foil Potatoes

Campfire Potatoes are an easy foil packet potato recipe using aluminum foil.  Aluminum foil potatoes can be made on the grill, campfire or the oven. Since they are cooked in a foil packet, clean up is a snap.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: aluminum foil potatoes, campfire potatoes, cheesy campfire potatoes, foil pouch potatoes on the grill
Servings: 6
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 5 medium potatoes washed
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 6 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  • Peel and thinly slice potatoes.
  • Place potatoes and onions on a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil (20 by 20 inches).
    Campfire Potatoes are an easy foil packet potato recipe using aluminum foil.  Aluminum foil potatoes can be made on the grill, campfire or the oven. Since they are cooked in a foil packet, clean up is a snap.
  • Dot with butter in between layers of potatoes and on top.
    Campfire Potatoes are an easy foil packet potato recipe using aluminum foil.  Aluminum foil potatoes can be made on the grill, campfire or the oven. Since they are cooked in a foil packet, clean up is a snap.
  • Combine cheese, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper; sprinkle over potatoes.
    Campfire Potatoes are an easy foil packet potato recipe using aluminum foil.  Aluminum foil potatoes can be made on the grill, campfire or the oven. Since they are cooked in a foil packet, clean up is a snap.
  • Fold up foil around potatoes to form packet; add broth.
    Campfire Potatoes are an easy foil packet potato recipe using aluminum foil.  Aluminum foil potatoes can be made on the grill, campfire or the oven. Since they are cooked in a foil packet, clean up is a snap.
  • Seal edges of foil well.
    Campfire Potatoes are an easy foil packet potato recipe using aluminum foil.  Aluminum foil potatoes can be made on the grill, campfire or the oven. Since they are cooked in a foil packet, clean up is a snap.
  • Grill for 35-40 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
    Campfire Potatoes are an easy foil packet potato recipe using aluminum foil.  Aluminum foil potatoes can be made on the grill, campfire or the oven. Since they are cooked in a foil packet, clean up is a snap.

Notes

  • Heavy duty aluminum foil works best. 
  • Use any type of potatoes you prefer including Idaho, yellow, Russet, etc.
  • If you're feeling really lazy, leave the skins on. Just be sure to wash well before thinly slicing.
  • Substitute dried onion flakes for sliced onions, if desired, or leave them out completely. 
  • We use shredded cheddar cheese, but feel free to use up whatever variety of cheese you have on hand.
  • Margarine could be used instead of butter. 
  • Use 1 tablespoon dried parsley instead of 2 tablespoons fresh, if needed. 
  • Water, beef broth or vegetable broth could be used instead of chicken broth. 
  • Bake these at 400 degrees F instead of using a grill, if desired.
  • Be very careful when opening up the foil; the steam is HOT. 
  • Cook times can vary based on how hot the fire/grill is. It is best to start these early. They can stay hot in the foil for quite a while.

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8 Comments

  1. We loved these potatoes! I was looking for a potato packet recipe that provided a little more interest than my standard recipe (potatoes, salt, pepper, butter), and I was not disappointed. We started the potatoes in the coals of our patio fire pit [because we don’t have time for real camping these days] and finished them in a 425-degree oven.

    I’m planning to use this recipe all year long as a quick substitute for au gratin potatoes on busy nights.

    1. We are afraid they would brown too if you prepped the packets way ahead of time. If you wanted to prep ahead of time, you could slice the potatoes and put them in a bowl and cover with water by at least an inch. That would cut down on some of the prep. Sorry!

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