We go into the outdoors to let our soul and body feel wild. But how about our stomach? Practicing bushcraft skills is useful, but I enjoy cooking up a nice meal with good ingredients after a long day outside. The right campfire cooking kit helps me keep that one creature's comfort a little closer than others.
It's important for campers to have basic cooking skills when bending over an open flame. That's all made easier when you've got the right equipment. Whether you're backpacking or taking a camping trip just outside your car, these cookware kits cover your cravings.
Best Campfire Cooking Kits
1. CampMaid Grill and Smoker with Carry Bag - Dutch Oven Tools Set - Charcoal Holder & Cast Iron Skillet Grill Accessory - Camping Grill Set - Outdoor Cooking Essentials - Camp Kitchen Equipment - (3 Piece Set)
From BBQ to pizzas, this pie iron and stand are a best seller among campfire cookware enthusiasts. Yes, it's heavy-duty, but so are the meals that will come out of it. The frame holds the heating elements steady while the pan or Dutch Oven of your choice rests above on a collapsible stand.
Cast iron cookware is heavy and hot, so thankfully, this comes equipped with a lid lifter, tongs, and a pot hanger. If you're car camping and not pressed about the weight, it's hard to find a more iconic camp stove.
Best Lightweight Option
The trusty brand MSR has made the exact opposite of our first camping cookware set. At one pound 12 ounces, this cook kit couldn't be farther away from a cast iron. Backpackers, this is a well-made kit.
Fortunately, relying on this light unit doesn't mean sacrificing durability. A 2.5L pot made of hard-anodized non-stick aluminum forms the base of your camping stove. The combo system fits another 1.5L pot along with two deep dish plates and two cups. Easy to pack up and out.
Best for Families
3. Stanley Adventure Base Camp Cook Set for 4 | 21 Pcs Nesting Cookware Made from Stainless Steel & BPA Free Material | Incl Pot, lid, Cutting Board, Spatula, Plates, Spoons, Forks, Bowls, Dish Rack, Trivet
If you are working over an ordinary campfire grill and not in need of a hyper collapsible option like the MSR, then consider Stanley's culinary camping gear. In addition to a 3.5L pot, you'll also have a frying pan, cutting board, sporks, a drying rack, and even cooking utensils.
If all that sounds like a lot, keep in mind that it stacks and stores easily. Plus, you'll be able to cook a variety of foods, from veggies and hotdogs to s'mores and more. Stanley has been trusted over fire pits for decades and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Best Under $55
4. Bulin 27/13/11/8/3 PCS Camping Cookware Mess Kit, Nonstick Lightweight Backpacking Cooking Set, Outdoor Cook Gear for Family Hiking, Picnic(Kettle, Pot, Frying Pan, Bowls, Plates, Spoon)
Bulin's set is super storage-friendly but still delivers a wide variety of different cookware and cutlery. It's of high quality too. Reviewers report that the steel pot lids have steam holes to prevent boiling over, and even the built-in kettle is "perfectly balanced and the pour spout works well." Sounds efficient.
Best for Budget
5. Odoland 10pcs Campfire Cooking Equipment Mess Kit, Lightweight Pot Pan Kettle with 2 Cups, Fork Spoon Kit for Backpacking, Outdoor Camping Hiking and Picnic
The Odoland set is a good middle ground between the Bulin and the tiny MSR but will stand up strong to whatever your grilling needs are. This review says it best: