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Whether you’re camping, enjoying a cookout or just in the mood for something delicious, these campfire hot dog potato foil packs are well worth making. Hog dogs, red potatoes and onion pair up with butter, spices and seasonings, shredded cheese, and BBQ sauce, and the result is a hot and flavorful meal you can eat right from the foil packets. This meal, and variations of it, has to be one of the most popular recipes to cook outside and enjoy al fresco!

A campfire hot dog and potato in foil pack on a plate, perfect for campfire cooking.

Eating around the campfire is one of life’s great pleasures, but you can also use a grill or the oven. Hot dog and potato foil packs are just always so good!

Some more tasty campfire snacks include these amazing French dip sandwiches followed by campfire banana boats or campfire apple crisp! Shrimp foil packs are also campfire-friendly, as are cheesy pie iron tater tots!

A fork in a campfire hot dog and potato foil packet.

Why You’ll Love These

Easy: Obviously campfire food isn’t supposed to be haute cuisine and the easier the better, as a rule. Well, the good news is this is a very simple recipe. It’s basically just adding ingredients to foil packets and popping them on the campfire! Anyone can make these lovely foil packet dinners with ease.
Tasty: Hot dogs are delicious, as are red potatoes, onions, cheese, BBQ sauce, and all the other ingredients in this recipe. Imagine everything melting together and taking on a subtle smoky flavor from the grill and… I bet you can imagine how good these taste!
Customizable: You can make all kinds of changes to these, such as using a different kind of sausage or even a meat-free kind, using different potatoes, adding other kinds of veggies, or using a spicy sauce. There are all kinds of tweaks you can make to really make this flavorful foil packet recipe your own.

A campfire hot dog and potato wrapped in foil, perfect for outdoor cooking or a camping meal.

Ingredients for Hot Dog Red Potato Foil Packets

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below

Red potatoes: These firm potatoes hold their shape while cooking but so would any kind of waxy potatoes so take your pick. Don’t want potatoes? Then try carrots, turnip, yams, or celeriac.
Hot dogs: There are lots of different hot dog flavors and brands to choose from. Use pork, beef or chicken hot dogs, or even a vegetarian version. If you really don’t like hot dogs, then consider subbing extra veggies or using something like marinated firm tofu, cooked shredded chicken or pork, or cooked meatballs. Anything goes! If you’re using a very lean meat, drizzle some olive oil over it before cooking to lock in the moisture.
Colby jack cheese: If you’re more of a cheddar fan or you want Italian blend, Mexican blend, or Swiss cheese, anything works here.
BBQ sauce: Sweet, spicy, extra-spicy, fruity – take your pick. Any kind of BBQ sauce is fine in these foil packs.

A table with ingredients to make campfire hot dog and potato foil packets.

How to Make Campfire Hot Dog and Potato Foil Packs

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card

Prepare the grill:  Preheat the grill and let it heat up while you work on the foil packets.
Prepare the potato packets: Add the potatoes and onion to a Ziploc bag and then add melted butter, garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper, close and shake well to mix.
Make the foil packets: Divide the potato mixture between 4 large pieces of foil and add a hot dog to each one plus some BBQ sauce and cheese, then seal the packets.
Cook them: Cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender, then serve hot.

Grilled hot dog and potato foil packs cooked on a grill.
A fork with taking a piece of a hot dog and potato camping meal.

Substitutions and Variations

Different meat: Use chopped cooked meat in place of the hot dogs if you want.
Another vegetable: Anything goes in here. Consider mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, scallions, broccoli or anything else you want to use.
Spice things up: Add some red pepper flakes or hot sauce if you want spicy hot dog potato packets.
No campfire? You can use a regular grill or else just pop the foil packets in a hot oven until the potatoes are tender.

Enjoy delicious campfire hot dog and potato foil packs, perfect for a cozy evening under the stars. These foil-wrapped treats are easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

Side dishes:  As this is a meal in one and you already have meat, potatoes and veggies, side dishes aren’t compulsory. However, if you want to serve sides, perhaps think about a quinoa salad or Hawaiian macaroni salad.
Dessert: Although it’s unlikely you’ll be hungry after such a tasty and filling dish, you might still want to serve dessert! Suggestions include strawberry mousse tarlets, cream cheese brownies, Lofthouse cookies and strawberry shortcake in a jar.

A campfire hot dog and potato foil packet on a plate.

How to Store Hot Dog Potato Foil Packets

Store:  Keep refrigerated and use within 3 days.
Freeze:  This doesn’t really freeze well because a lot of the flavors will come out muted and the texture won’t be good.
Reheat:  Put the foil packet on the grill for a few minutes or air fry at 350 degrees F for 3 or 4 minutes or until hot.

Enjoy a delicious campfire hot dog and potatoes cooked to perfection over an open flame in a foil pack.

Top Tips

Cooking time: The cooking time mainly depends on the size of the potatoes, as the other ingredients are either cooked already or don’t take long to cook. Cut the potatoes smaller for a shorter cooking time.
Pre-seasoning: Feel free to prepare and season the potatoes a day or so ahead and just keep them in the refrigerator until required.
Not all foil is created equal: If you want your potato packets to be delicious, don’t use cheap foil which is going to tear! Instead, use heavy duty aluminum foil (my fave here) that will safely enclose all your ingredients and make this recipe a success.

A fork in a campfire hot dog and potato foil pack.

Potato Hot Dog Foil Pack FAQs

How can you make this kid-friendly?

If you’re making this on the campfire, the kids are going to be excited about everything and dig in. If they’re a little more picky, you might want to sub in their favorite cheese (cheddar cheese is always good) or promise a campfire dessert if they clear their plates!

What’s the best way to spice this up?

If you like a good kick of heat, you can use a spicy BBQ sauce or you can add hot sauce or red pepper flakes or chili powder or cayenne powder to each heavy duty aluminum foil packet. If some of you like things hot and others don’t, then cook them mild but offer hot sauce on the side.

A person holding a plate of a delicious hot dog and potato camping meal.

Hot Dog Potato Foil Packs Recipe

5 from 17 votes

Hot Dog and Potato Foil Packs

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Eating around the campfire is one of life's great pleasures, but you can also use a grill or the oven. Hot dog and potato foil packs are just always so good!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • Pounds red potatoes, not peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 Cup onion, sliced, sweet onion or red onion
  • ¼ Cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 hot dogs, or sausages
  • ½ Cup Colby Jack cheese, shredded, or another kind
  • 1 Cup BBQ sauce, sweet or spicy

Instructions 

  • Preheat the BBQ to medium heat, 350 to 375 degrees F.
  • Cut 4 pieces of aluminum foil, 12 inches wide. Set aside.
  • In a large Ziploc bag, add the potatoes and onion slices.
  • Pour the melted butter over the potatoes.
  • Sprinkle the garlic powder, dried parsley, salt and pepper. Close the bag and shake it to coat all the potato pieces.
  • Place ¼ of the potato mixture on a pre-cut aluminum foil. Add one hot dog sausage.
  • Pour ¼ cup of BBQ sauce.
  • Sprinkle some of the shredded Colby Jack.
  • Close the foil pack and repeat for the 3 other ones.
  • Place the foil packets on the preheated grill.
  • Cook for 15 to 18 minutes or until the potatoes are nice and soft, then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 2002mg | Potassium: 1068mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 33370IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 4mg
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Hot dog and potato foil packets are so good if you’re cooking over a campfire. The combo of juicy hot dogs, tender potatoes, melted cheese, sweet (or spicy) BBQ sauce, and succulent onions means everyone is going to love dinner! This is such an easy recipe. Cooking with fire is the oldest cooking method in human history and, guess what, it’s still debatably the very best!

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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  1. 5 stars
    I tried making this yesterday and I super love this recipe! So easy to make and flavorful!