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Cooking on a Motorcycle Trip

How to cook on a motorcycle trip – ultra portable cooking options to take with you on the road

There’s nothing better than hopping on your motorcycle and heading down the road for a long trip. Maybe you’ll meet up with some biker friends and drive across several states to see the sights. Maybe you’ll just ride out and see where the road takes you.

While you’ll need enough gear to keep you well-fed and well-clothed on the road, you don’t want to become overloaded. After all, you chose your motorcycle for a reason. Fortunately, there are a number of ultra portable cooking options that meet both criteria. If you’re heading out to a long rally or just want to take a road trip, consider some of these ultra portable cooking options to take with you on the road:

Hiking Stove

Take a cue from the crunchy granola crowd: There are many excellent portable hiking stoves that you can use to cook up a full meal and that are small enough to fit in your duffel. Check out some of these options to get an idea of what’s available. There are a variety of sizes, price points and heat sources.

Not sure what to make on it? Check out some of these awesome recipes for ideas.

Small Grill

A tabletop grill can give you the flame-broiled taste you love and offer more options. Many are small enough to carry on the back of your motorcycle, and they can accommodate even large meals. There are options that are electric or powered by charcoal or fuel.

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You can grill just about any food you want to make. However, using the foil method can save you time and space in your pack. Check out this list of 50 things to grill in foil for some easy recipe ideas.

Electric Burner

If you know that you will have access to outlets at stops along your way, an electric burner is a very compact and efficient option. It’s smaller than most portable stoves or grills, and it makes cooking meals quicker and easier. Just be sure that you also have a backup — or you’re prepared to eat out — if you end up without a power source.

Like a grill, you can cook just about anything you want on an electric burner (it’s just like a stove top!). However, for space saving, you might want to consider items that you can pack dry and then boil. Some excellent options include oatmeal, rice, beans, and soup mixes. You just need your electric burner and a pot and you’re good to go.

Charcoal or Wood Fire

There’s nothing more compact that a lighter and maybe a few charcoal. You can light some coals to cook basic meals, or you can gather some wood to make a basic wood fire. Bring along a few basic pieces of cookware, and you’ve got all you need to cook some hearty and delicious meals.

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Think of classic camp foods for ideas to cook over your fire, such as kebabs and hot dogs. If you need some more ideas, check out this list of simple meals to cook over an open fire.

Ultra portable cooking gear is critical to a successful motorcycle road trip. These options are all small enough to fit in your bag but have enough cooking power to make just about any meal you’ll want on the road.

What other cooking options do you use while you’re on the road? Share your tips in the comments!

About the Author:

Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she’s been on a search for the best culinary school in the world. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.

About Adrian from YouMotorcycle

I started riding motorcycles in 2007, founded YouMotorcycle in 2009, and was working in the motorcycle industry by 2011. I've worked for some of the biggest companies in motorcycling, before going full-time self-employed in the motorcycle business in 2019. I love sharing his knowledge and passion of motorcycling with other riders to help you as best I can.


  1. Good post. Bringing portable cookware and tools may be helpful you a lot when travelling. Thanks for the post.

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