Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you’re in the outdoors. Some campers prefer slow and lazy breakfasts around the campfire, while others like to fuel up fast so they’re ready for the day’s adventures.
No matter your preference, here are 30 delicious camping breakfast ideas:
Baked French toast is a great camping breakfast idea for a group. Make this foil-packet version over a campfire. It uses cinnamon-raisin bread but you can also try it with sourdough, whole wheat, or French bread.
Sometimes the smell of sizzling bacon is all it takes to wake up sleepy campers. In this bacon recipe, bacon strips get cooked on skewers over a fire (and get an extra dose of smoky flavor).
This make-ahead recipe for all-in-one breakfast biscuits will cut down on prep and clean-up time at camp, yet still leave you full and fueled for the day ahead. Wrap the biscuits in foil to heat them on the campfire or warm them in a pan on a camp stove.
A vegetarian-friendly frittata is a protein-packed breakfast you can make in a cast iron pan. Follow the recipe or experiment with your own mix-ins. This recipe makes enough to serve four hungry campers.
Burritos are the ultimate make-ahead breakfast. Cook and assemble these breakfast burritos at home before your camping trip, then store them in a cooler. When it’s time to eat, place the foil-wrapped burritos on hot coals to heat them up.
This breakfast idea uses store-bought refrigerated dough to make tasty campfire cinnamon roll-ups. It’s an easy way to make fresh cinnamon rolls when you don’t have an oven.
This filling porridge can be made in just 20 minutes. It uses quinoa instead of oatmeal and apples and maple syrup for sweetness. Top with pecans and raisins.
Use store-bought mix to make pancakes on a camp stove or fire—or make this healthy whole grain pancake mix at home and bring it along in a sealed container.
This classic eggs-sausage-and-cheese recipe uses a cast iron Dutch oven and makes enough to feed the whole family.
In this recipe, French toast is stacked on skewers and cooked on a grill or griddle. A sweet and simple breakfast that’s easy to scale up.
Use fresh summer raspberries to top this custard-like baked pancake cooked in a Dutch oven.
Pizza for breakfast is always a good idea. Try this deep-dish breakfast pizza that uses refrigerated crescent roll dough for the crust and is cooked in a Dutch oven.
Chilaquiles is a Mexican dish made with fried tortilla strips, tomato sauce, cheese, and eggs. This chilaquiles recipe uses tortilla chips and ground beef, but it’s a breakfast idea that’s easy to customize.
Buttery, garlicky potatoes are a great side dish to just about any camping meal. Serve these campfire potatoes alongside eggs and bacon for breakfast.
16. Breakfast Burger
If pizza can be a breakfast food, then why not burgers? This recipe for breakfast burgers uses a cast iron drop-biscuit pan to make the biscuits, eggs, and burgers.
Combine diced potatoes, bacon, cheese, and eggs for an all-in-one classic skillet breakfast. Serve with a side of hot coffee!
Fry up some sweet and savory blueberry corn pancakes using store-bought cornbread mix.
A pie iron is one of the most versatile cooking tools you can have for campfire cooking. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert can all be made with pie irons. For a spicy breakfast that’ll help wake you up, try pie iron breakfast tacos.
On its own, oatmeal can be a pretty bland breakfast food, but that’s also what makes it the perfect base for creative mix-ins and toppings. Mix up some caramelized banana oatmeal for a gourmet camping breakfast that takes oatmeal to another level.
Throw together some fresh asparagus, potatoes, and savory pancetta to make a delicious hash that’s perfect for spring camping trips.
For a breakfast that can feed a (small) crowd, serve up this 5-layer Dutch oven country breakfast. It takes about 45 minutes to cook in hot coals, so be sure to plan ahead and have coffee on hand.
23. Pie Iron Omelets
Omelets are easy enough to cook in a skillet, but if you have pie irons on hand, why not give this omelet recipe a try?
If you bake these granola bars at home, you’ll have a healthy breakfast that’s ready to go on your next camping trip.
This savory quick bread is easy to make at home in advance. Wrap it up and store it in a cooler until you’re ready to eat it. Then, toast it in a pan over the fire for a hot breakfast.
You don’t have to choose between a sweet or savory breakfast, with this pancake bake you can have both. In this recipe, sausages and pancakes are cooked together in a Dutch oven over hot coals.
Caramelize your morning grapefruit for a treat that tastes more like a dessert than breakfast.
This hearty breakfast combines sausage gravy, eggs, and fresh biscuits.
These breakfast quesadillas can be made fresh at camp or you can prepare the fillings ahead of time.
Make these Dutch oven biscuits, then build your own breakfast sandwich using fried egg, cheese, ham, and sauteed veggies.
Once you’ve decided on breakfast, you’ll need coffee to go with it. Check out our post on 7 ways to make camping coffee to find the method that’ll work best for you!