As the weather gets warm, there are few better ways to enjoy it than to cook something in the great outdoors. If you aren’t sure what to make for yourself, your family, and your friends this summer, you don’t have to worry! We’re here to give you ideas with some of our favorite outdoor recipes.
If you’re trying to cook up a classic while you’re outdoors, you can’t go wrong by grilling up some burgers. All you need for this recipe is some ground beef, salt, oil, and an open flame. They’re a great choice when you want to fire up the grill but you can cook them up on a campfire as well.
There are a few tips that can help you fire up stellar burgers such as making sure to put a concave in the center of your patty so that it doesn’t dome during cooking and using oil to make sure the burgers don’t stick. You can check out this recipe for ideas.
Even if you prescribe to a vegan or vegetarian diet, you aren’t left out of the burger craze! You can opt for a meat substitute or veggie burger to leave animal products out of the equation.
Chicken tenders are a hit for all ages. Kids are crazy for chicken tenders and even adults are usually ready to eat them up. However, you can create a healthier, tastier option on your grill outside when you’re entertaining the family rather than hitting your nearest drive-thru.
In addition, making your own chicken tenders gives you the chance to experiment with different flavors that you might not get to take advantage of if you opt for chicken tenders from the frozen section. If you want to try something new, give these cilantro lime grilled chicken tenders a try!
The best part about s' mores is that they bring us back to our childhoods in an instant. These snacks are a great way to add dessert to any outdoor event since they’re easy to put together and they can be made and enjoyed by all ages.
Classic s' mores are made with marshmallows, chocolate, and Graham crackers. The marshmallows are typically roasted over a campfire then sandwiched between segments of chocolate bars that are packed together with graham crackers.
While classic s' mores are delicious, they are not the only recipe for this dessert. There are endless ways to fashion this outdoor treat, depending on your tastes. Consider adding bacon or another savory ingredient for a more decadent s' mores. On the other hand, speculos butter and salted caramel are excellent choices for those looking for a strictly sweet dessert.
No matter what you choose, s' mores are a great addition to any outdoor cooking adventure, especially those involving a campfire.
If you want to shake things up, you can try out seared seafood on your next camping trip. You can try out this seared cod with potato and chorizo recipe if you want to try something flavorful and new that isn’t always thought of at first when you’re planning a backyard or camping trip recipe. It’s a great way to bring something new to the table.
That being said, searing seafood is a great way to serve it - no matter what your fish of choice is. This means that it’s a great choice when it comes to camping trips where you make time for fishing during the day or even at a cookout after your latest fishing trip.
Barbeque is the cornerstone of any cookout. While barbeque is usually made with pork, beef, or chicken, you can choose any cut you would like. Those who don't eat meat can even choose to substitute meat for tofu or seitan. There are a wide number of barbeque sauces on the market, giving you plenty of freedom in how you would like to season your meal.
The best part of barbeque is that it compliments any other items you may be making for your cookout. Whether you're pairing your main dish with mashed potatoes, potato salad, or another dish, barbeque is sure to be a great choice.
If you want to add some flair to a meal with some side dishes, one of the best ways to add vegetables to your outdoor feast is to roast them over the fire. You can make many different veggies this way whether you prefer classic corn on the cob or a savory roasted eggplant. Plus, it’s a healthy touch to any outdoor meal as well.
Cooking outside is a great way to enjoy the weather and make a healthy, tasty meal - or even indulge in a sweet treat! Try out these recipes the next time you fire up your grill, light your fire pit, or go camping!