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10 Foil-Friendly Meals to Keep Your Grill Clean

A salmon fillet seasoned with rosemary and lemon, wrapped in foil.
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It’s summer, which means it’s hot, and the last thing you need is a complicated dinner that will further heat up your home. Instead, try making foil-friendly meals for easy prep and cleanup that keeps the heat outside.

An individually foiled dinner pack is like the summertime version of a sheet-pan dinner. Here are 10 of our favorites that you can throw right on the grill.

Barbecue Chicken and Veggie Foil Packs

Barbecue grilled chicken is one of summers best treats, but the sauce burns quickly and makes a sticky mess for you to clean up later. Ditch the mess and save your stress by making little foil tents to secure your meal. It’s complete with fresh veggies, so you’ll have a perfectly portioned meal that’s ready to eat when you are.

Get the Recipe: Diethood

Garlic Shrimp Foil Packets

Grilled shrimp and vegetables, in a foil packet.
Gimme Delicious

Here’s one for the seafood lovers out there. In just 15 minutes, you’ll have dinner, packed with a punch of flavor. Stuff these with your favorite veggies (we recommend zucchini), toss in some garlic and paprika, and then finish them off with an oil-based coating.

Enjoy this on a bed of jasmine rice or with a side salad.

Get the Recipe: Gimme Delicious

Sausage and Peppers Foil Packets

These individual packets are popping with flavors you’ll love. Andouille sausage, diced tomatoes, peppers, and onion all work flawlessly together—especially when finished with some Cajun seasoning.

The best part is these packets are complete with white rice, so you won’t have to fuss with a stove or any other side dish. Take it a step further and enjoy this meal outside to avoid any indoor cleanup.

Get the Recipe: Damn Delicious

Cheesy Grilled Asparagus in Foil

Grilled asparagus, with melted cheese on top.
Diethood

This low -carb side (or main) dish is as easy as it gets! It’s also adored by cheese-lovers everywhere. After trimming the woody ends off the asparagus, toss them in oil and garlic, add them to the foil packs, and then top them with cheese.

In under 15 minutes, you’ll have perfectly tender asparagus smothered in your favorite melted cheese combination.

Get the Recipe: Diethood

Philly Cheesesteak Tin Foil Dinners

Here’s another all-in-one dinner, perfect for those who love meat-and-potatoes suppers. The chopped vegetables and ground beef flow so well together, especially once it’s all smothered in melty cheese.

Cook these up over a campfire flame or right on the grates of your grill. This meal comes together within 20 minutes and tastes fantastic every time.

Get the Recipe: High Heels and Grills

Salmon Foil Packets with Vegetables

Salmon topped with dill and lemon zest, accompanied by cherry tomatoes, and fresh vegetables all enclosed in tin foil.
Wholesome Yum

This roundup wouldn’t be complete without at least one foiled salmon recipe. There are many to choose from online, but what makes this one superior is the herbed, oil-boasting, fresh dill flavor.

You make your packets stuffed with a salmon filet, your veggies of choice, and then brush them with the lemony-herbed oil mixture before grilling to perfection. The foil packets help steam the salmon to a lovely tender bite. Serve these with couscous and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

Get the Recipe: Wholesome Yum

Easy Grilled Fish in Foil

Here’s another excellent option when it’s too hot to turn on that oven. Whether you’re just back from a fishing trip or you stopped by the local fish market, we have a lovely foil dinner for you.

This recipe calls for porgy, a mild-tasting lean and flaky fish. However, you can make it with any flakey white fish, like tilapia, haddock, or cod. Just be sure to cut the fish you choose into five-ounce pieces for accurate cooking time.

Check your fish using an instant-read thermometer to ensure it’s reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit and is cooked through.

Get the Recipe: Skinny Taste

Grilled Chicken Nachos

Foiled nachos, topped with barbecue chicken, onion tomatoes and a bbq sour cream drizzle.
Simply Recipes

Grilled nachos are the perfect camping treat, but they’re also a quick, convenient dinner you can cook outside. This recipe is super-versatile, but we recommend trying the sour cream barbecue drizzle—it’s delicious!

Get the Recipe: Simply Recipes

Foil-Pack Sweet and Spicy Wings

Brown sugar and chili powder work hand in hand to create a mouthwatering, sweet-to-spicy combination you and your family will love.

Serve these wings with some carrot and celery sticks, and a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Get the Recipe: Food Network

Vegetable Foil Packets

Grilled potatoes, onion, carrots, zucchini, and garlic wrapped in a foil packet (fresh off the grill)
Happy Foods Tube

Whether you need a meatless Monday meal to kick off the week, or you’re looking for a solid side to accompany another meal, these veggie foil packets will do the trick. Enjoy this no-fuss, delicious meal by a campfire as the sun sets.

Get the Recipe: Happy Foods Tube


There’s so much you can do with these little handcrafted foil tents. Before the summer days sizzle away, be sure to try at least one of these tasty meals.

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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