Whether you call them kebabs, kabobs, or just plain skewers, these grillable meals-on-a-stick are perfect for camp cooking. Just get the campfire going, prepare your skewers, and then toss them on the fire. Minimal prep work, no dishes to clean up and loads fire-roasted of flavor!
Below we’ve compiled a list of amazing kebabs recipes for you to try out the next time you go camping or what to fire up the backyard grill. But first, a few reasons why kebabs are the best and some gear to get you equipped.
Why Kebabs are Great for Camping
Easy to Make Ahead – Precut vegetables and marinate meat at home, so when you arrive at the campsite all you need to do is assemble and cook.
Minimal Cookware Needed – Kebabs just go straight on the fire, so you don’t need deal with scrubbing out pots and pans after you’re done cooking your meal.
Customizable – If you’re camping with picky eaters or people with dietary restrictions, kebabs offer a unique ability to be customized on a person-by-person basis.
Kebab Pro Tips
‣ While a bright assortment of ingredients on a single stick looks great in photographs, it’s actually better to group like ingredients together onto their own skewers. The reason? Not all ingredients cook at the same rate. So if you want everything to be cooked evenly, you’ll need to have them on separate sticks.
If this seems obvious to you, congratulations. It wasn’t to us! It’s actually something we just recently picked up on. So a lot of our older recipes show interspersed ingredients. So do what we say, not what we (did)!
‣ If you’re planning on making A LOT of kebabs all at once, wood might be the most economical option. If that’s the case, be sure to soak the skewers an hour ahead of time to make sure the wood doesn’t catch fire. Otherwise, we’d suggest getting reusable metal skewers. And if you do, definitely spring for flat skewers! Flat skewers prevent your food from rolling around, so you can actually control what side gets heat.
‣ Marinate and prep at home and assemble skewers on site. We’ve tried marinating ingredients on the skewers – both in a pyrex tray and in zip lock bags – and it just doesn’t work. The former requires an excessive amount of marinade to properly coat everything and takes up lots of valuable cooler real estate, while the latter results in holes being poked in the bag.
Camping Skewer Recipes
Grilled Greek Gyro Kebabs
Delivering bright Mediterranean flavor on a stick, these Greek-style grilled gyro kebabs are a quick and easy meal to enjoy while camping. Combine them with some tangy yogurt sauce and toasted flatbread and you’ve got the makings of a delicious campfire meal.
A vegan kebab with a French twist, this campfire grilled Ratatouille is a great way to incorporate some vegetables into your camping diet.
Inspired by the flavors of the Argentinian Pampas, this grilled chorizo kebab is a quick and easy camping dinner that’s best enjoyed over an open fire.
Grilled Thai Chicken Kebab
A mainstay of Southeast Asian street food, these satay-inspired Grilled Thai Chicken Skewers can also make great campfire fare. Grill them over an open fire or on your barbecue for a quick and easy camping meal.
Chicken & Veggie Skewers
Like a bright and cheerful summer afternoon, these grilled veggie and chicken skewers are a quick and easy dinner idea for the next time you go camping.
Bringing together a medley of Oktoberfest-inspired flavors, these bratwurst kebabs are the perfect way to enjoy some fall camping.
Chicken Pineapple Kebabs
A simple way to add a bit of tropical flair to your campfire kebabs, these pineapple chicken kebabs are pure summer.
Spiced Tofu Kebabs
A beautiful and flavorful masala-spiced tofu kebab featuring grilled vegetables and a herby, vegan yogurt sauce.
Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewers
These are the most tender and flavorful chicken kebabs you will ever make! Smokey, fire-roasted char is just an added bonus.
Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Skewers
These grilled honey mustard chicken skewers are sure to become a family BBQ favorite this summer! The 3-ingredient marinade is super easy and tastes amazing.
Rainbow Salmon Skewers
These colorful salmon skewers are easy, healthy, and so fun to make over a campfire.
Spicy Teriyaki Grilled Steak Kebabs
These kebabs are so full of flavor, are loaded with veggies, are super easy to make, and have just the right amount of spicy kick.
Smokey Grilled Apricot Lamb Kebabs
These smokey grilled apricot lamb kebabs are a great twist on traditional kebabs. These unexpected flavors will up your camping dinner game!
Orange Ginger Pork Kebabs
These orange ginger pork kebabs are great for a summer dinner on the grill. An easy, fresh and tasty low carb summer dinner!
These easy chicken skewers feature a fresh, homemade picante salsa marinade that can be made at home before your trip.