By Kelly Bogard

Camping…It’s what we do in Texas. Some Texans camp every season of the year. On a recent camping trip to Inks Lake, though, something special happened. Our very own Matt Felder, Texas Farm Bureau field editor, popped the question to his girlfriend Britney, and she said YES! Matt and Britney love being outdoors and cooking, and Matt shared one of their favorite camp dinners with me for this week’s recipe–Foil Dinners.

If you were a Boy or Girl Scout, you probably had some variation of this meal. We like to call this the “grown-up version,” though, since we are adding vegetables that aren’t always what kids think they want. However, judging from my two-year-old’s plate last night, it tasted pretty good to her.

rawsFor each Foil Dinner pack, you will need…
Heavy duty foil
½ pound ground beef
Any vegetables you like, cut into chunks
Steak seasoning to taste
Worcestershire sauce to taste

When I say any vegetables you like, I really mean it. The options are endless. Matt and Britney prefer carrots, sweet onions, green bell peppers, mushrooms, green beans and new potatoes. At my house, we used zucchini, summer squash, red bell pepper, sweet onion, broccoli and sweet corn. Since each of the packs is individual, you can provide a variety of fresh veggies and let each person choose his own. Everyone is happy. How often does that happen?

foil packed

Take a piece of heavy duty foil, about the size of a cookie sheet, add in ½ pound of ground beef, veggies, a sprinkle of your favorite seasonings and a couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce.

grill ready

Fold it up tightly and stick it on the grill, seam side up at around 400 degrees for 30 minutes.


I have to admit, I didn’t realize this recipe would bring back so many memories for my family. And congratulations to Matt and Britney on their engagement. I know they will always remember their trip to Inks Lake this July.

the happy couple

Maybe this weekend you can visit one of Texas’ beautiful parks and make some memories of your own. And don’t forget the Foil Dinners. From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!



Recipe: Foil Dinners – Matt & Britney Style

Summary: Easy, delicious camp meal with grown-up flavors

Foil Dinner



  • Heavy duty foil
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • ¼ green bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 mushrooms, halved
  • A few fresh green beans, cut into thirds
  • 1 red potato, quartered
  • Steak seasoning to taste
  • Garlic salt to taste
  • Worcestershire sauce to taste


  • Crumble ½ pound raw ground beef onto a foil sheet.
  • Add cut vegetables.
  • Season with your choice of spices and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Fold and seal foil.
  • Cook on the grill for 30 minutes at approximately 400 degrees.
  • Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

    Cooking time (duration): 40 minutes

    Number of servings (yield): 1 pack