Foil Pack Dinners are so simple to make and everyone raves about them! Wrapping them in foil eliminates a sink full of dirty dishes at the end of your meal (that means zero cleanup for you ). Can I get a ‘yes, please’?
While foil pack dinners originated with camping, you don’t have to be staying in the great outdoors to enjoy them. Foil pack dinners have evolved and expanded from the campsite to the backyard.
These delicious tin foil packet dinners are easy to whip up and make for a no-fuss weeknight meal. Between a busy work schedule and running my kids to sports, easy weeknight dinners are my jam.
What are Foil Pack Dinners?
Foil Pack Dinners are exactly what they sound like! All you have to do is place your dinner ingredients in aluminum foil and cook either on the grill or in the oven. It’s like a one-pot meal without the pot.
To make foil pack dinners, simply pick a protein (we have chicken, beef, seafood, and pork to choose from below), fresh chopped veggies, and a marinade. Wrap it all up in aluminum foil and cook! The best part? There’s very little clean up afterwards. That’s always a plus in my book.
Tips for Making Foil Pack Dinners
If you are just starting out with Foil Pack Dinners, here are a few tips to help you.
COOKING SPRAY: You should always oil the side of the foil that will be touching your food. While butter adds terrific flavor and is called for in many recipes, cooking spray is much less messy and gives you a perfectly even coat of oil across the entire surface.
ALUMINIUM FOIL: Seems like a no brainer, right? When making your foil pack dinners, don’t skimp and use bargain foil. You want heavy duty, premium foil that will hold up. The last thing you want is for your foil to bust open and you lose your dinner on the grill.
SEAL IT UP: When closing your foil pack, try to remove as much air as possible. You want minimal air inside as it will expand when heated. This can open your pack during cooking and, again, you’ll lose your dinner on the grill!
USE TONGS: Use tongs to turn your pack over carefully. You don’t want to pierce your foil pack when turning or, worse even, drop it!
MEAT: You want to put your meat on the bottom of the foil pack. Meats take the longest to cook so you want it closest to the heat.