Matt Johnson

7 Delicious Vegetarian Camping Meals

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Jun 30, 2022Updated: Dec 11, 2023

If you’re a vegetarian, camping can seem like a daunting prospect.

But it doesn’t have to be!

There are plenty of delicious, hearty vegetarian camping meals that you can enjoy in the great outdoors.

So grab a cocktail, breakout your cookware, and let’s dive into seven of our favorite vegetarian dishes for you to enjoy on your next camping trip.

Veggie Burrito Bowls.

There’s nothing like a good burrito bowl when you’re out camping. They’re filling, nutritious, and portable, making them the perfect meal for any adventurer. And best of all, they’re easy to make vegetarian.

All you need is a can of black beans, some rice, and your favorite veggies. Just cook the rice and beans over the campfire, then add in your chopped veggies.

For extra flavor, you can add some salsa or hot sauce. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a dollop of Asian sriracha sauce.

Toss it into a bowl, and you’re good to go. This quick and easy meal is sure to please.

Be sure to include some vegetarian burrito bowls on your menu the next time you plan a camping excursion.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

A grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect camping meal for any vegetarian. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also deliciously cheesy and filling.

No need to worry about packing a cooler full of ice – grilled cheese sandwiches can be made right on the campfire.

To make a vegetarian camping meal of grilled cheese sandwiches, simply toast some bread on the grill and then top it with your favorite cheese. Add a few slices of tomato or avocado for extra flavor, and enjoy your delicious campfire meal.

Kale and Quinoa Salad.

For most people, camping is all about grilled burgers and hot dogs. But for the adventurous vegetarian traveler, camping offers an opportunity to explore new and exciting cuisine.

One great option for a vegetarian camping meal is kale and quinoa salad. Kale is a nutrient-rich superfood that provides plenty of vitamins and minerals, while quinoa is a complete protein that contains all the essential amino acids.

This salad can be easily prepared ahead of time and will stay fresh for days.

Just add some chopped kale, cooked quinoa, diced tomatoes, and your favorite dressing, and you’ll have a delicious and healthy meal that will keep you fueled for your next hike.

PB&J Sandwiches.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches might seem like an unlikely choice for a camping meal, but they can be pretty tasty and easy to make.

All you need is a loaf of bread, peanut butter, and your favorite jelly.

Simply spread a layer of peanut butter on one slice of bread. Next, add a layer of jelly. You can be as generous or stingy with the jelly as you like.

Finally, top it off with another slice of bread and press lightly to seal the sandwich.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are best enjoyed fresh, so try to make them before you’re ready to eat. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always add a little something extra to your sandwich – sliced bananas, chocolate chips, or even toast it on the fire!

Potato Hash Browns.

A big part of camping fun is enjoying all the delicious meals cooked over the fire. But if you’re vegetarian, you might feel you are missing out on the best part.

Fear not!

Plenty of great vegetarian camping meals are just as tasty as anything else you’ll find around the campfire. One of my personal favorites is potato hash browns.

They’re easy to make, and they’ll fill you up without weighing you down. Plus, they go great with a fried egg on top for a little extra protein.

Don’t forget to bring some potatoes the next time you plan a camping excursion. A delicious and filling dinner that everyone may enjoy is provided with these tasty little spuds.

Tomato Basil Soup.

A vegetarian camping meal doesn’t have to be boring. With creativity, you can enjoy all the flavors of your favorite campfire meals without the meat. One delicious option is tomato basil soup.

To make this hearty dish, simply saute some onions and garlic in a pot over the campfire. Then add canned diced tomatoes, a can of tomato soup, and some water.

Season with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper to taste. Let the soup simmer over the campfire for 15-20 minutes, ladle into bowls, and enjoy.

Whether you’re a vegetarian or just looking for a new twist on campfire cuisine, this tomato basil soup will hit the spot.

Fruit Salad.

A fruit salad is the perfect camping meal for vegetarians. Light and refreshing, it can be easily packed and doesn’t require any cooking. And a chilled fruit salad will taste just as good in the middle of summer as it does in the middle of winter.

To make a fruit salad that is sure to please, start with a base of fresh (or frozen) berries. Add some diced pineapple, mango, and papaya for sweetness and color. Then, toss some diced avocado for creaminess and crunchy nuts or seeds for texture.

Finally, drizzle with your favorite dressing – we recommend a light honey-lime vinaigrette – and dig in!

Going camping doesn’t have to mean eating unhealthy or bland food. There are plenty of delicious, vegetarian-friendly camping meals you can cook on a campfire or those that don’t require cooking. In this article, we’ve shared seven of our favorites. So pack your bags and get ready for an adventure – with great food to keep you fueled along the way!


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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