Time To Grill – Foil Dinners

Foil Feast

As much an activity as a meal, the foil feast here has been updated with a variety of fresh ingredients. Prep as many — or few — as you like, then have everyone customize a packet. Your kids will love being the boss of their own dinners, and you’ll appreciate the no-fuss cleanup.  Bring back those wonderful childhood memories with your own creation.

  • Foil
  • Meat (Shrimp, Chicken, Kielbasa, Hamburger)
  • 2 cups beans
  • 2 cups vegetables
  • 2 cups fruit
  • 2 cups nuts
  • 2 cups cheese
  • Seasonings – (see below)
Prepare the Foil: Cut 18-inch-square sheets of heavy-duty foil. You’ll use these in step 5 to assemble your meal.
Choose your meat:    

Chicken: Cut boneless, skinless breasts or thighs into 1/2-inch-wide strips, then season them with salt and pepper. Use up to eight strips per serving.

ShrimpShell the shrimp, then season them with salt and pepper. Use up to 14 shrimp per serving. (Using 21- to 30-count shrimp.).
Kielbasa: Cut the kielbasa or other cooked, smoked sausage into 4-inch-long pieces, then halve each lengthwise. Use up to four pieces per serving.Hamburger: Make 4-inch-wide patties, then season with salt and pepper. Or before dividing up the meat, mix in this flavor booster.

  1. Toss in some extras: Beans, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and cheese all make great add-ins. You can offer an array or just a few —’ it’s up to you. Allow as much as 2 cups per serving; bite-size pieces work best.
  2. Add a little zip with flavor boosters: Check out the array of  spices and sauces (listed below)  to spice up your meal.
  3. Seal, label, and grill the packets: Make a charcoal fire or heat a gas grill to high (400 F). Have each family member select a mix of ingredients and place them on one side of a piece of foil. Fold over the foil and roll up the edges to seal in juices. For quick cooking, roll the foil as close to the food as possible. Use a permanent marker to label the packets. Lay the packets on the grill, close the lid, and cook until the meat is cooked through. The chicken, kielbasa, and hamburger will need about 15 minutes; the shrimp about 10 minutes.
South of the BorderAdd a bit of Mexican spice to burgers

  • hamburger
  • black beans
  • red onion
  • zucchini
  • grape tomatoes
  • corn
  • Pepper Jack cheese
  • See Tex-Mex Sauce Below

Mediterranean CoastCreate a classic combo with juicy chicken and vegetables

  • chicken breast
  • red potato
  • broccoli
  • red onion
  • feta
  • Vinegar Splash (see below)
  • Parsley Pump-up (see below)

Off to AsiaLiven up shrimp and veggies with citrus and spices

  • shrimp
  • red bell pepper
  • asparagus
  • pineapple
  • sliced almonds
  • Ponzu Power (see below)
  • Asian Fuzion (see below)

OktoberfestDress up sausage and kid-friendly veggies with our tangy mustard sauce

  • kielbasa
  • butter beans
  • carrots
  • summer squash
  • Mustard Madness (see below)


Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons per packet

Parsley Pump-Up

  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Asian Fusion

  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • Zest of 1 orange (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sliced green onion tops or chives


  • 3 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced
  • chipotle chile in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon sliced green onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


    Drizzle about 1 1/2 tablespoons per packet

    Vinegar Splash

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Ponzu Power

  • 2 tablespoons ponzu (a Japanese sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Mustard Madness

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Burger Flavor Booster For 1 pound of hamburger

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning (available in the spice aisle)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

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