Our (Vegetarian!) Camping Thanksgiving Menu

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Thanksgiving is the culinary Super Bowl of American holidays, containing a slew of seasonal cocktails, an unending spread of sides dishes, highly anticipated main courses, and an array of decadent desserts to cap off it all off. No other meal throughout the years has a much production value – or sky high expectations – as Thanksgiving. 

Needless to say, this holiday can be overwhelming to any home cook. But for the outdoor enthusiast, looking to buck tradition and host their Thanksgiving meal out of doors, it can be particularly daunting. Thankfully, we’ve got a few ideas for a more camp friendly Thanksgiving menu.

Over the past couple weeks, we teamed up with Dirty Gourmet to bring you a variety of easy-to-make and easy-to-clean recipes. Now we’ve got the finally roundup to make your Campsgiving spread complete. 

Two camping cocktails


Staying warm while preparing your Thanksgiving meal is essential, so we suggest getting things started early with some warm cocktails. 

Vanilla Cider
Nutella Hot Cocoa (great for kids, or add a splash of whiskey for the adults!)

Thanksgiving side dishes


We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again, Thanksgiving is all about the sides. 

Apple Fennel Stuffing
Squash Galette with Creamy Cashew Sauce
Coconut Butternut Squash
Miso Scallion Sweet Potatoes

Grilled tempeh and a pumpkin

The Main Event

If your conscious will allow it, we suggest ditching the turkey and going for one of these – far more manageable main dishes. Your sanity will thank you later. 

Sweet & Savory Maple Soy Tempeh
Campfire Roasted Pumpkin Rice

A skillet with apple crisp and a poached pear


The coup de grace of Thanksgiving. Add something sweet to the end of the evening and you’ll be ready to crawl in your sleeping bag the moment the dishes are done. 

No Bake Bourbon Apple Cobbler
Red Wine Poached Pears

Looking for some more ideas on how to cook Thanksgiving in the great outdoors? Check out our 9 Tips on How to Cook Thanksgiving While Camping

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