This classic campfire breakfast recipe is a delicious, healthy, and traditional breakfast that can be cooked right over the campfire on your next camping trip.Jump to Recipe
what is a campfire breakfast?
Any campfire meal uses a campfire as a heat source to cook the meal. A good, healthy fire is essential for campers to cook delicious meals away from their normal cooking situation. Cooking over a campfire is often more than just making a meal, though, because it creates an experience involving teamwork, creativity, and patience to cook fuel for the day. A campfire breakfast is a chance to start the morning with something fun, healthy, and delicious.
Classic campfire breakfast
There are so many campfire breakfast ideas you can find online (some of my favorite are from Fresh Off The Grid!) When we go camping, we like to go all out with this classic campfire breakfast. This means we are waking up, making a campfire, and cooking up a big, delicious breakfast of bacon, eggs, and pancakes. Somehow cooking over a campfire makes this meal taste so much better than if you were to cook it in your home.
For this classic campfire breakfast, you’ll need pancake mix, eggs, bacon, syrup, and some chocolate chips. I like to use the Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Power Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix because it is high-protein, so delicious, and easy to make. Adding the sides of bacon and eggs also add extra protein and healthy fats to our breakfast. A high-protein and delicious breakfast is the perfect way to fuel your day while you’re on a camping trip.
other things you’ll need
In addition to the food, you’ll need some equipment. You’ll need at least one cast-iron skillet (this is my favorite), but I usually use two to speed up the cooking process. You’ll also need hot pads, a spatula and tongs to help cook the food on the skillet. Make sure to bring campfire equipment like wood and a lighter as well. You can pack whatever kind of cookware you like — I usually bring a few camping plates, cups, and some utensils.
The key to the campfire breakfast is the campfire, of course! There are a ton of methods to build a fire so you can choose whatever works best for you! It’s important to be patient with this—let the wood burn for a while until you have hot coals. Once there are hot coals, they can be spread out and flattened so the cast iron skillets can sit on top. Make sure to use hot pads when you’re moving the cast iron skillets around because they are going to be hot!
Note: This part will take a while. Wake up early to let your fire burn so you have hot coals when you want to start cooking!
The pancakes are my absolute favorite part of the campfire breakfast. I have a big obsession with Kodiak Cakes, so you bet I’m going to cook them out in the woods while I’m camping! I use Kodiak Cakes Butter Power Cakes Flapjack & Waffle mix for a high-protein and healthy pancake option. This mix only requires water, so it’s a very easy way to make delicious pancakes even when you’re camping. Cooking the pancakes on a cast-iron skillet over a campfire makes them crispy, warm, and taste incredible. Make sure to use butter on the skillets in between batches and keep an eye on them because they can cook quickly!
In addition to pancakes, adding bacon and eggs to this classic campfire breakfast will make it great! You can add the eggs to the skillet you cook the bacon in if you’re patient, or cook them in separate skillets if you want your breakfast sooner, like me—I get hungry! You’ll cook the bacon and eggs the same way that you do in your home, except you’ll want to keep an eye on them because the skillets are hot. You don’t have the option to control the heat very well so it can be easy to burn things.
the final result
Doesn’t this look so delicious?! If you’re looking for a breakfast idea for your next camping trip, try this campfire breakfast! This meal is the perfect high-protein, delicious option to start your day. Waking up and cooking a big, delicious meal over the campfire is such a great experience! Let me know if you try it.
This recipe is made for four people, but you can adjust it based on the number of people you’re cooking for.
- Cast iron skillets
- Small mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- Hot pads
- Camping Cookware
- 2 cups Kodiak Buttermilk Powercakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix
- 2 cups water
- 8 strips bacon
- 8 eggs
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- Gather wood and sticks to build campfire.
- Start the fire by using a lighter or other fire starters.
- Let the campfire get really hot (you'll need to add wood, monitor, and make sure there are hot coals which are the best for cooking).
- Once the campfire has hot coals, spread out the coals into a flat area and add the cast iron skillets.
- Let the cast iron skillets get nice and hot.
- While the cast iron skillets are getting hot, prepare the pancake mix.
- Combine 2 cups of pancake mix with 2 cups of water. Stir well.
- Add butter to the cast iron skillets and spread all over.
- Scoop pancake batter onto cast iron skillets.
- Cook the pancakes until they have tiny bubbles on one side.
- (Add chocolate chips to some of the pancakes!)
- Flip the pancakes and cook for another few minutes or until golden brown.
- Prepare the rest of the pancakes, making sure to add butter between each batch.
- After the pancakes are cooked, cook the bacon and eggs.
- Add slices of bacon into the cast iron skillet.
- Let the bacon sit until lightly brown on one side, then use the tongs to flip.
- Let the bacon cook until desired temperature.
- Add butter to a cast iron skillet before cooking the eggs.
- Crack the eggs and let them sit until cooked through.
- Take all of the food off of the cast iron skillets.
- Serve everything up and enjoy!
I am a partner with Kodiak Cakes, but all opinions shared in this post are my own.