Nutrition

10 Healthy Summer Foil Packet Recipes Perfect for a Cookout

Fire up the grill and save time and dishes with these tasty meals.


Foil packet recipes make weeknight cooking simple—simply combine your vegetables and protein into one aluminum foil “bowl,” cook, and you’ll have a healthy dinner.

Foil packets can be made in the oven and on the stove, but since it’s grilling season, we found these summer foil packet recipes that can be cooked while enjoying the summer weather. Whether you prefer fish, chicken, steak, vegetables, or even pasta, there’s an option for everyone.

1. Sausage and Veggie Grill Packets
Via The View from Great Island

The cherry tomatoes in this recipe burst when cooked, making a natural sauce. That being said, be sure to use heavy duty foil or double wrap the packets.

2. Grilled Pineapple Chicken Foil Packets
Via Creme de la Crumb

This dinner uses pineapple, sesame dressing, and teriyaki sauce for tropical flavor. Top the final meal with sesame seeds or cilantro and serve on top of brown or white rice.

3. Foil Pack Garlic Butter Tilapia
Via Best Recipe Box

Tilapia, zucchini, and asparagus come together for this nourishing meal. Cooking times will vary based on the thickness of the fish, so just check on it while cooking to make sure it’s at its desired texture.

4. Italian Grilled Cauliflower Packer
Via Lorente 

It takes only 30 minutes to prep and cook this cauliflower, giving you a dish full of garlic and Italian flavor. If preferred, you can also use olive oil to coat the cauliflower instead of butter.

5. Peach-Glazed Pork Tenderloin and Potatoes
Via Diethood 

The peach marinade uses peach preserves, peaches, sriracha, mustard, and more. If you don’t want to use sugar-free preserves, regular ones will work just as well.

6. Grilled Summer Salad
Via Homemade Interest 

For all vegetarians or vegetable lovers, this salad is a good way to switch up the usual grilled vegetables. Black beans, corn, tomatoes, pepper, and jalapeño are all topped with a lime vinaigrette.

7. Steak and Mushroom Foil Packets
Via La Creme de la Crumb 

For added color on the steak when cooking these packets, remove the steak about 2-3 minutes before it’s done onto the grill grates and turn until lightly browned.

8. Coconut Lime Shrimp Packets
Via The Baking Fairy 

Coconut milk, shredded coconut, lime zest, and more come together in a marinade for this shrimp. Let the shrimp marinade for at least 30 minutes and cook until pink.

9. Grilled Vegetable Foil Packets
Via Eating on a Dime 

For traditional grilled vegetables, including zucchini, summer squash, and onions, this recipe does the trick. You can make these vegetables into an easy bowl by adding rice or quinoa and some avocado slices.

10. Mushroom and Gnocchi Foil Packet
Via EatWell 101 

When grilling this dish, don’t seal the packets all the way in order to allow some room for steam to escape. Serve the gnocchi as soon as it’s done and garnish it with fresh parsley.