Campfire Recipe: French Fried Onion Meatballs

When it comes to cooking, I am always looking for a dish that can be served in several different ways.  As soon as I develop one I normally double or triple the recipe so that I can “cook once, and serve many times.”  This is true with the recipe below.  I have served this up with a dip, as an appetizer, sandwich, and even as an elegant evening meal.  All of these choices while using the same recipe.  In doing so, try this recipe on your next outdoor adventure. 

Campfire Recipe:  French Fried Onion Meatballs


Liquid or spray oil

2.8 ounce can of French Fried Onions

1 ½ pounds of lean ground beef, chicken or turkey

1 envelop of brown gravy mix

2 eggs



  1. Start to prepare the coals by building a fire.
  2. Lightly grease the inside of a 12 inch Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil.
  3. Place the French Fried Onions in a plastic bag and crush until finely crumbled.
  4. In a large bowl, crack eggs into it.
  5. Add the brown gravy mix to the eggs and beat.
  6. Dump the crushed French Fried Onions and meat into the egg mixture.
  7. Work the meat with your hands.
  8. Shape meat into 1 to 2 inch balls and place inside the greased 12 inch Dutch oven.
  9. Once all the meat is used up, place the lid on the Dutch oven.
  10. On a heat resistant surface, arrange 12 prepared coals in a circle.
  11. Put the 12 inch Dutch oven on the 12 coals.
  12. Add 20 prepared coals to the lid.
  13. Cook for 25 minutes or until the meat is cooked completely.
  14.  Once the 25 minutes have passed, knock the coals off the lid and serve.

Now the fun begins.  How do you serve these meatballs?  Well, one idea is to serve it with prepared, ranch salad dressing or barbecue sauce.  To keep the clean up down; poke a stick pretzel into the meatballs before serving.  This idea can be used as a snack or appetizer.  As far as a sandwich goes, make a traditional meatball sub with these French Fried Onion meatballs.  When it comes to a main dish, consider mixing the meatballs in tomato sauce and serve with spaghetti.  Finally, if the weather is cold and soup is in order, do not write these meatballs off simply add them to your homemade soup.