Easy Grilled Flat Iron Camping Steak Recipe

You’ve gotta love camping dinner recipes that do all the “work” while you are out exploring nature for the day!

The secret to this succulent grilled flat iron camping steak recipe is the easy marinade that flavors the meat while you are out having fun in the great outdoors!

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How To Make Steak Camping

You can bake, broil, steam or grill your steaks at the campsite … today we are grilling an inexpensive flat iron steak to perfection!

Step 1. Mix the marinade

The thing that makes this one of our crazy-simple easy camping meals is that you have absolutely no chopping of fresh ingredients … all of the flavor comes from a beautiful blend of spices!

You just need to whisk together some brown sugar, vinegar, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and salt.

And, if it matters to you, check the labels of your ingredients to see if they are GF because this is one of our favorite quick recipes to make awesome gluten free camping food.

Step 2. Bag the flat iron steak and the marinade

You’ll be marinating the flat iron steak in a re-sealable plastic bag.

Drop the flat iron steak into the bag, then pour in the marinade … seal it up and toss to coat.

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Place it in a refrigerator or cooler while you explore the
great outdoors for a minimum of 6 hours.

Get tips on how to pack a cooler efficiently and safely to prevent cross-contamination.

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Step 3. Prepare for cooking

You can make this camp steak as one of our camping grill recipes or as one of our campfire recipes.

Whichever cooking method you choose, you’ll be cooking over
a medium-high heat and you’ll want a nice sear so you will need to pre-heat your
device to get it up to temperature.

After the grill grate is hot … but before you place the meat
on it … you’ll want to add a thin layer of oil to it with a bit of cooking
spray or an oil-covered wadded-up paper towel.

Step 4. Grill the steak

Now it is time to take the flat iron steak out of the
marinade … shake off any excess and place it on the preheated grill or campfire
grill grate for cooking.

It will only take approximately 4 minutes per side for
medium-rare … you will be grilling the meat uncovered until it reaches your
personal preference of doneness.

Camp Cooking Tip: If it sticks … it is NOT time to flip! You only want to turn the steak one time
during the short cooking process. Wait for the meat to “release” from the grill
grate … then you can turn it to grill the other side.

Step 5. Let rest … then slice and serve

When the meat is cooked to your liking, you’ll remove it to
a cutting mat then cover it to keep it warm as it rests for about 5 minutes
before you slice it.

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Camp Cooking Tip: Let grilled meat stand about 5 minutes before slicing to achieve maximum juiciness.

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Pairings For Steak Camping Recipes

A great opening act for grilled steak is this easy and elegant blue and cheddar cheeseball.

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I like making foil packed sides when I am grilling steak at camp.

These campfire veggie packets are quick, simple and healthy to make on a grill or over a campfire.

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I also serve it with these super simple camping potatoes in foil that can easily be cooked over a propane camp stove or a campfire!

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Print This Grilled Flat Iron Camping Steak Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 8 minutes

Additional Time 6 hours 5 minutes

Total Time 6 hours 18 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds flat iron steak
  • Cooking spray


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, vinegar, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and salt.
  2. Place the flat iron steak in a re-sealable plastic bag, pour marinade over steak and toss to coat.
  3. Squeeze out excess air from the bag, seal it, and marinate the steak in the refrigerator or a cooler for at least 6 hours.
  4. Preheat a camping grill or campfire coals to cook the steak over a medium-high heat.
  5. Lightly oil the cooking grate with cooking spray or an oil-covered wadded-up paper towel.
  6. Remove the steak from the marinade, shake off the excess, and discard the remaining marinade.
  7. Cook uncovered on a preheated grill or campfire to desired degree of doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.
    Camp Cooking Tip: Don’t try to prematurely flip the steak, wait until it “releases” from the grill grate before turning it to cook the second side.
  8. Remove from grill, cover and let rest about 5 minutes before slicing.
    Camp Cooking Tip: When the steak is done, remove it from the grill and cover it with aluminum foil or some sort of camp kitchen gear to keep it warm while it rests before slicing so it is nice and juicy.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 28g

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