20 Meals You Didn’t Know You Could Make in Foil Packets

This summer, the new trend for grilling is undoubtedly foil packet meals. It’s easy to see why! You can make some seriously delicious meals, filled with all the best flavors of summer, all in one simple tin foil packet. You just plop that packet on the grill (with all your ingredients inside) and let it cook! When you serve your packets, your guests will open them up to find fully prepared dinners inside. This is some actual summer magic. Check out our 20 favorite foil packet dinners for you to try this summer.

  1. Sausage and Veggie Packet

    Nothing is more delicious than some spicy sausage and mixed summer veggies on a hot summer night. The flavor combination is perfectly suited for one another and grilling it all in a foil packet brings in a totally new smokey flavor.

  2. Spiced Corn on the Cobb

    A true summer classic: corn on the cob. Instead of boiling your corn, infuse it with some rich spices on the grill in this packet meal.

  3. Chicken Stew Packet

    All the creamy, delicious flavors of our favorite stew (the ultimate comfort food) all wrapped up in a packet of foil.

  4. Trout Foil Packet

    Seafood is a summertime must. Trout is easy to dress up with different veggies and fun spices, especially when it’s being roasted in a foil packet.

  5. Grilled Peppers and Zucchini

    For our vegetarian friends, this combination is out of this world. Even for meat eaters, this is an awesome foil meal. We always think that meat is the only thing we can grill, but we forget that veggies taste amazing, too!

  6. Three Cheese Potato

This is a baked potato like you’ve never seen it before. Cut a potato open and cover it in as many cheeses as your heart desires (a little bacon never hurt anybody, either), wrap it in the foil, and stick in on the grill for a cheese-lovers dream.

7. Waffle S’mores

Dinner isn’t the only thing you can make on the grill – you can make dessert, too! Picture this sweet treat as a giant s’more…just sandwiched between two toasted waffles and grilled to gooey perfection. We can’t handle this.

8. Crab-Stuffed Sole

Looking to get a little fancy with your seafood? Take some sole and stuff it with savory crab meat. Season your heart out and make sure to add some herbs and tomatoes in the packet for EXTRA flavor. When you open the packet off the grill, you’ll have a restaurant-worthy seafood dish to indulge in.

9. Garlic Ginger Salmon

Of all the summertime seafoods out there, salmon is without a doubt our favorite. Why? Because you can play with the most fun flavor combinations on salmon! Take, for example, this ginger garlic salmon foil packet. Grilled to perfection and bursting with flavor, this is a dinner to die for.

10. Jerk Chicken Wings

You can even make wings in foil packets! No more turning over each and every drumstick, let your chicken cook to perfection inside of your handy tinfoil. Try turning up the heat a little with these jerk chicken wings, filled with a spicy Jamaican kick.

11. Garlic Shrimp

All you need for this amazing seafood recipe? Shrimp, garlic, lemon…and some tinfoil! Grilling shrimp is a little known way to make a truly extraordinary dinner, and we just made it that much easier for your with this simple packet recipe.

12. Paella

If you’re looking to try something a little exotic, cook up some Spanish paella. This flavorful rice dish can be customized anyway you’d like – this is chicken  and shrimp paella, but you can do scrod, lamb, beef, or vegetarian paella, too! And each recipe is easy to do with this foil packet hack.

13. Bread Pudding

Another packet recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth. Make some bread pudding on the grill for your next dinner party, and fill it with all your favorite ingredients! Berries, chocolate chips – the options are endless. Plus, your guests won’t believe how you made it…

14. Spicy Cajun Jambalaya 

Bring some Cajun flavor to your barbecue with this spicy jambalaya foil packt. Another dish that’s perfect to customize, you can add whatever you want to make your jambalaya amazing – but don’t skimp on the chili peppers or other Cajun spices!

 15. Chicken Fajitas

You read that right – you can make fajitas in foil packets. Seriously, is there anything these packet meals can’t make? Grill up your favorite fajitas with chicken, peppers, and onions, you’ll just get a little extra smokey flavor from the grill. There is nothing wrong with that.

16. Italian Sausage and Peppers

Spicy not your thing? That’s okay! Get your hands on some sweet Italian sausage and grill it up with some peppers and chunks of onions. You’re going to end up with a foil packet full of savory, Mediterranean flavor that you did basically nothing to get! Doesn’t get better than that.

17. Caprese Chicken

Another one bursting with the flavor of the Mediterranean! Caprese chicken is always great – the flavors of the juicy tomato, strong basil, and savory mozzarella combine in a beautiful symphony of tastes – but it’s even BETTER when you don’t have to slave over a stove to make it!

18. Philly Cheesesteak Packet

Capture all the flavors of juicy shaved steak, peppers, onions, and melted cheese that make the Philly cheesesteak such a classic sandwich all in your foil packet! You’ll save a little on carbs by nixing bread and save a little on your nerves by not having to stress out about making these hoagies.

19. Jalapeno Steak

When we think of grilling, we probably all think right away about a big, juicy steak. You can make steak in your foil packets, sure, but we would highly suggest giving it a special twist. In your foil packet, season your cut with cilantro and top it off with jalapeno slices for a perfectly infused cut of meat.

20. Cheesy Potatoes and Hot Dogs

The kid inside of you is probably freaking out right now – and for good reason! This foil packet is reminiscent of a childhood favorite – hot dog casserole. But it’s grilled up now…because you’re a fancy adult. Grill up some onions, potato slices, and hot dogs (or sausage) with LOTS of cheese in your foil packet for the ultimate summer dinner.


Do you have any amazing foil packet recipes? Share them in the comments section below.