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Whether you’re heading off on an exciting camping expedition, thinking of a low-key cookout in the backyard or you are simply in the mood for sausage, onion and peppers, this recipe has your name written all over it! Campfire sausage and pepper foil packs on the grill are just so delicious. Each foil packet encloses juicy sausage, tender onions and bell peppers, along with tasty seasonings. Offering so much incredible flavor, these might be the highlight of your camping trip!

A campfire sausage and peppers foil packet.

This sausage and pepper foil packet dinner is perfect if you want something to throw on the campfire. So easy and so much flavor!

Keep camping a stress-free and enjoyable experience by planning meals that are easy to cook on a campfire, such as these tasty sausage foil packs. Other camping favorites include French dip sandwiches, banana boats and campfire apple crisp, and those are simple enough for a camping trip as well. If you want seafood, these shrimp scampi foil packs are really good.

A person is dipping a fork into foil with campfire sausage and peppers.

Why You’ll Love These

Easy:  When you’re on a camping trip you will want easy meals – anything you can throw on to the campfire. And that’s why these sausage and pepper foil packets on the grill are so ideal!
Tasty: The combination of bratwurst, peppers and onion is a classic one. And you can serve this flavorful combo however you wish. Try it over rice, with pasta or with baked potatoes. You can also serve it sandwich-style between two thick slices of bread.
Customizable: You can use any kind of sausage you prefer, along with any kind of peppers and seasonings to really make these sausage and pepper foil packets your own.

A campfire sausage and peppers foil packet with onions.

Sausage and Peppers Foil Packets Ingredients

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

Bratwurst: Bratwurst is a delicious option but feel free to use any type of sausage in its place, such as chicken sausage, spicy Italian sausage or even combine sausage varieties.
Bell peppers: Although orange and red peppers are tasty here, you can sub yellow or green, or even a mixture of different color peppers, if you want to.
Seasonings: Onion powder, dried parsley, and some salt and pepper add a great flavor to the sausage and pepper foil packets. You can also add other seasonings.

Ingredients for camping foil packets with sausage and peppers on a table.

How to Make Bratwurst and Peppers Foil Packets

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

Prepare the seasoned butter:  Melt the butter and put in in a bowl or jar with the onion powder and dried parsley and mix well.
Make the foil packs: Divide the peppers and onions between four 12-inch squares of foil and top with the butter mixture evenly and then the sausage. Close the foil packs tightly.
Cook the sausage pepper foil packets: Cook them on a preheated grill or campfire for 15 to 20 minutes or until done.
Brown the sausage: Take the sausage out of each pack and put it over a medium high heat, typically the center of the grill, while you push the foil packs to the sides to keep them warm. Serve immediately and enjoy!

A grill with sausage and peppers foil packets on it.

Substitutions and Variations

Make it deluxe: Add spinach and mushrooms, along with some parmesan, fresh minced garlic, and fresh parsley, basil or oregano. Drizzle a little olive oil on top if you like.
Spice things up: A pinch of red pepper flakes adds a hot element. Pair this with some Italian seasoning if you like, or a pinch of paprika.
Appeal to the kids: Add shredded cheese to make it more kid-friendly.
Vegetarian option: Sub a vegetarian “sausage” or use marinated firm tofu. You can also add canned pulses or beans instead of the pre-cooked sausage. Par-cooked red potatoes are good with the sausage peppers mixture as well.
Vegan option: Sub margarine or coconut oil for the butter and sub your preferred vegan protein for the sausage.

Sausage and peppers foil packets for camping or grilling.

Serving Suggestions

Appetizers:  While you’re waiting for your Italian sausage foil packets to cook, you might like to enjoy some appetizers, such as jalapeno popcorn that you make at home first, or mini pizza bagel bites or smoked cream cheese which you can warm up on the campfire.
Graham cracker toffee bars make a tasty dessert, or you could enjoy some nut brittle. And don’t forget the ingredients for making s’mores – camping just isn’t the same without them!

Two sausage and pepper foil packets on a plate.

How to Store Campfire Sausage and Peppers

Store:  Keep leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container and eat within 3 days.
Reheat:  Give it a couple of minutes in the microwave or warm it back up in a pan on the stove. Or, if you’re still camping, pop it on the next night’s campfire!

Camping or grilling sausage and peppers foil packs with onions.

Top Tips

Plan ahead: If you’re taking this camping, it’s easier if you prepare the butter mixture ahead and just keep it in a small jar.
Use the extra bratwurst: As most bratwurst packages seem to come in multiples of 5, you can add an extra one to one of the foil packages. Another option is making 5 packages instead of 4 of them.
Luscious leftovers: Chop the leftovers and use them as a baked potato filling or enjoy them with pasta or rice.

A campfire sausage and peppers foil packet with onions.

Sausage and Bell Peppers Foil Packet FAQs

What kind of foil is best for making foil packs?

You need to use heavy duty aluminum foil (here), as cheap foil is likely to tear, and that’s the last thing you’d want.

What’s the difference between foil packet meals and hobo dinners?

They’re different terms for the same thing, although the term hobo dinners can be offensive to some. Both terms are widely used in the camping community. Homeless people living in camps were known as hobos, historically, and they had to be frugal with food, growing their own or scavenging or foraging. They would then cook their ingredients over fire, which was a cost-effective and simple method.

Sausage and peppers foil packs which make a great camping meal.

Sausage Foil Packets with Peppers

5 from 30 votes

Campfire Sausage and Peppers Foil Packs

By: Bella Bucchiotti
This smoked sausage and pepper foil packet dinner is perfect if you want something to throw on the campfire. So easy and so much flavor!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1/4 Cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder, you can substitute with garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper, orange, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, red, sliced
  • 1 onion, sweet onion or red onion maybe
  • 1 Package Bratwurst
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the BBQ to medium (350 degrees F) or get campfire started.
  • Cut 4 aluminum foil about 12 inches wide. Set aside.
  • Pour the melted butter into a small bowl or small mason jar and mix in the onion powder and parsley. Mix until all ingredients are combined.
  • Divide the peppers and onions equally between all four foil.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of the butter mixture over the peppers and onions.
  • Place a Bratwurst on top and close each foil tightly.
  • Place on the grill and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. The sausages will be cooked and the peppers and onions will be tender.
  • Place each foil packet on the sides (less heat but keeping the vegetables warm) of the grill, take the sausage out and place in the middle of the grill (hotter spot).
  • Grill the sausages on all sides for 2 to 3 minutes, then serve everything together.


Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 1047mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2225IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
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Sausage, bell peppers and onion pair with tasty seasonings to make these campfire foil packets. All the flavor is locked in, thanks to the foil packets. Making foil dinners is always a great idea if you’re camping because you can prep the ingredients ahead, keep everything in a cooler until you’re ready to cook and then have fun cooking the original way – over fire!

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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 love sausages and this is an awesome recipe! It’s so easy to make and so flavorful! I will make it again this coming weekend!