How to Make the Tastiest Bonfire Potatoes and Onions

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One of the simplest and most satisfying dishes you can prepare is bonfire potatoes and onions. This classic combination, when cooked over an open fire, takes on a deliciously smoky flavor that’s hard to resist. Here’s how to make the tastiest bonfire potatoes and onions that will bring your outdoor gathering to a new level.


  • 4 large potatoes, preferably a starchy variety like Russets
  • 2 large onions
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh herbs (like rosemary or thyme)
  • Aluminum foil


  1. Begin your bonfire cooking adventure by starting a fire and preparing a bed of hot coals, which typically takes 30-45 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, wash and slice potatoes into thick rounds or wedges and cut onions into wedges. 
  3. In a bowl, toss them with olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper for seasoning. 
  4. Wrap the seasoned vegetables in a large piece of aluminum foil, creating a tightly sealed packet, and double-wrap for extra protection. 
  5. Place the packet directly on the hot coals, letting it cook for about 30-40 minutes. Check for tenderness after 30 minutes. 
  6. Once cooked, remove the packet, open it carefully, and optionally sprinkle with fresh herbs. 
  7. Serve directly from the foil to enjoy a warm, flavorful bonfire treat.