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Breakfast in a Bag over the Campfire

See how easy it is to make Breakfast in a Bag over the campfire.

Breakfast, it is in the bag. Literally!

2 paper lunch sacks filled with eggs and bacon being cooked over the campfire

When we are camping, I usually get up before Diana and the kids. I am counted on to provide breakfast and coffee.

Easy Camping Breakfast

Over the years we have made many great camping breakfasts. Check out our Giant Cinnamon Roll, Mountain Man Breakfast, Campfire Egg McMuffins, or Bacon Cinnamon Rolls.

Sometimes, I do a whole production of pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, and toast.

Other times I just want to get something together without a lot of effort. That is where this Brown Bag Breakfast comes in.

Rather than cooking everything separately in a pan or on the griddle, I just put everything in a paper bag and cook it over the fire or coals.

I usually keep it simple, but you can add other things to it as you see fit. Below I show you how to make this simple camping breakfast.

Breakfast in a Bag Camping Recipe

For this camping recipe, will need bacon and eggs. We added cheese because I do not think you can ever get too much cheese!

breakfast ingredients

You start by putting bacon at the bottom of the bag.

man pulling a piece off a package of bacon

Then you add the eggs. You can also add salt and pepper or other spices.

bacon and eggs in a bag

Do not add cheese at this time. It will burn in the bag and be overcooked.

Roll up the bag tightly to keep the steam inside the bag on the inside.

2 bags filled with eggs and bacon

You then just cook the bag on a grate over a small fire or coals.
Do not put it over a roaring flame!

How to Cook a Bag Breakfast

Then you cook it until the grease is halfway up the side of the bag. These pictured below are not quite ready.

breakfast in a bag cooking over a campfire

Carefully remove the bag from the fire. The grease will be hot!
You can add cheese by sprinkling some inside the bag and either just letting the hot food melt it, or roll the bag back up to hold the heat in. It will just take a minute or two to melt the cheese.

smiling man enjoying a camping breakfast

Just tear the bag open and eat. Yes, directly from the bag.

Look at the cool bubbles formed in our eggs.

One of the best things about this eggs in a bag camping breakfast, NO DISHES!

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast when you are camping?

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Yield: 4 servings

Campfire Breakfast in a Bag

Campfire Breakfast in a Bag

Cook eggs and bacon in a paper bag over the campfire.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 12 eggs
  • 1 pound bacon
  • optional: shredded cheese


  1. Open a paper lunch bag.
  2. Line the bottom of 1/4 pound of bacon, making sure to go up the sides.
  3. Break 3 eggs into the bag, taking care to not break the yolk.
  4. Close the bag by folding the opening down a few times.
  5. Cook the bag about 3-5" over the campfire or grill.
  6. Bake the bag for approximately 20 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove the bag and open it to check if the eggs and bacon are cooked.
  8. Place back over the fire and let it cook longer if needed.
  9. Optional: sprinkle cheese on top before eating


You can also add hash browns before cooking. Just extend the cooking time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 745Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 670mgSodium: 2123mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 57g

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Marlene C

Monday 1st of August 2022

Instead of using a paper bag over the campfire, put your ingredients into a ziplock bag and submerse into a pot of boiling water. Much easier to get your breakfast out of a plastic bag rather than a wet paper bag. You can add onions, peppers bacon, cheese and as many ingredients as you want for your favorite omelet!


Monday 13th of March 2023

@Marlene C, That's a good idea about the ziploc bag in boiling water. I may try that. I was all in on this bag idea until I saw how undercooked the eggs were. Ha. I'm not into runny yolks. Probably boiling would cook the eggs faster/better.

Thanks for the article/photos and tips. :)

Diana Hansen

Monday 1st of August 2022

Yes, we have done this too. Yum!

Rachel P

Sunday 25th of July 2021

Ever tried with scrambled eggs vs. whole?

Let's Camp S'more

Saturday 31st of July 2021

No, we have not. Let us know how it turns out.


Sunday 1st of September 2019

I tried it and was an epic fail

Let's Camp S'more

Saturday 7th of September 2019

Oh no! Maybe too close to the fire?


Sunday 16th of June 2019

Looks yummy! Have you ever added veggies too (I.e. tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions)? Just wondering how full you can pack the bags before the bottom burns and the top is uncooked?


Sunday 16th of June 2019

Not very full at all. You can burn it, but you have to make sure you cover the bottom. I think adding veggies would be fantastic, although it would take longer for the eggs to cook, meaning the bacon would burn.


Sunday 9th of June 2019

I used to make this in Girl Scours! My husband doesn't believe me.


Monday 10th of June 2019

It's a good way to win a bet with someone.

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