These delicious and easy to make campfire foil packet dinners are the perfect weeknight family meal. Make Burger Hobo Packets in the oven, over a campfire, on the grill or in a smoker. The best part is that clean up is a breeze!
Hobo dinners are a hearty meal filled with hamburger patties, fresh veggies and seasonings They are an entire meal in one convenient package.
I remember my grandma calling them tin foil dinners. This kind of meal reminds me of cooking because it’s hearty, delicious and stick-to-your-bones kind of comfort food.
I personally love them because they are an easy meal for me to make and loved by all my family members – picky eaters included! They are great camping food, but you can make them in the comfort of your own home, too. Bring the camping experience indoors!
Why You’ll Love Hobo Foil Packets
- Easy way to get an entire dinner on the table with minimal effort
- Prepare ahead of time and bring on a camping trip
- Versatile and can be made on an open fire, grill, oven, or in a smoker
- Fun way to get kids involved in meal prep
- Incredibly delicious recipe packed full of savory flavor
- Little work to make this simple recipe
- Perfect for summer nights
- Hardly any clean-up because you can use the foil packet to eat out of
- Simple ingredients that can be customized to suit your family’s tastes
- Lean ground beef
- Dried onion soup mix
- Baby gold potatoes
- Frozen crinkle cut carrots
- Red onion
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Colby Jack cheese slices
How to Make Hobo Packs
- Step One: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Step Two: Place the ground beef with onion soup mix into a large bowl and mix to combine.
- Step Three: Separate the ground beef into 6 equal-sized portions. Shape into patties and set aside.
- Step Four: Place the cut potatoes, carrots, onion, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and paprika into a large bowl and stir to combine so the veggies are coated.
- Step Five: Lay a 12×18″ piece of heavy-duty foil on the counter. Spray with cooking spray. Place ¼ of the veggies in the middle of the foil sheets. Add a hamburger patty on top. Close the foil around the ingredients to form a little foil pouch.
- Step Six: Place packs on sheet trays and bake for 45 minutes or until the veggies are tender and the burger patties reach at least 160°F.
- Step Seven: Open the foil packets and place a slice of cheese on top of the burger patty. Loosely cover with foil again for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted. Serve.
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What to Serve with Hobo Dinner Foil Packets
Variations and Substitutions
- Substitute the ground beef for ground chicken or ground turkey.
- Use baby red potatoes or Yukon Gold or red potatoes cut up into smaller chunks.
- Use baby carrots instead of crinkle cut carrots.
- Try a yellow onion instead of red onions.
- Add whatever seasonings you like. Some ideas include Montreal steak spice, lemon pepper, Old Bay seasoning, BBQ seasoning or blackening seasoning.
- Use regular paprika if you don’t have smoked paprika or leave it out completely.
- Add a little butter at the end of cooking time to stir into the veggies.
- Use another variety of sliced cheese like cheddar or mozzarella.
- Switch up the veggies. Some other options are green beans, chopped sweet potatoes or green peppers.
- Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce to kick up the flavor.
Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months if stored properly.
You also have the option to make these foil packs up to 1 day in advance. Store in the fridge until ready to cook.
Dipping Sauce Ideas
- BBQ Sauce
- Steak Sauce
- Burger Sauce
- Chili Sauce
- Cheese Sauce
- Ranch Dressing
Alternative Cooking Methods
To Cook Over a Campfire
Place on hot coals from a campfire and cook for 20 to 30 minutes. It might take longer if the coals are not super hot so keep an eye on them. They are ready to enjoy when the burger reaches 160°F and the veggies are tender.
To Cook On a Grill
Preheat grill over medium heat to 400°F. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes. They are ready to eat when the burger reaches 160°F and the veggies are tender.
To Cook on a Smoker
Preheat the smoker to 400°F. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes. They are ready to eat when the burger reaches 160°F and the veggies are tender.
Why Is It Called a Hobo Dinner?
Call them hobo dinners or foil packs, it doesn’t matter. The name “Hobo Dinner” dates back to the Great Depression when many were homeless and lived together in camps.
They didn’t have much to eat, and would gather together what they could and cook over an open fire.
Can You Use Other Meats?
Definitely! You could try other types of ground meat like ground turkey or chicken and still have the same homemade cheeseburger vibe.
You can also use beef or pork sausage to make sausage foil packets.
Chicken breasts are also another yummy idea.
Foil Packet Meals
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Burger Hobo Packets
- 2 lb lean ground beef
- 1 packet dried onion soup mix
- 1 ½ lb baby gold potatoes quartered
- 12 oz frozen crinkle cut carrots
- 1 red onion (medium) large diced
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- 6 slices Colby Jack cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the ground beef with onion soup mix into a large bowl and mix to combine.
- Separate the ground beef into 6 equal-sized portions. Shape into patties and set aside.
- Place the cut potatoes, carrots, onion, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and paprika into a large bowl and stir to combine so the veggies are coated.
- Lay a 12x18" piece of heavy-duty foil on the counter. Spray with cooking spray. Place ¼ of the veggies in the middle of the foil. Add a hamburger patty on top. Close the foil around the ingredients to form a little pouch.
- Place on sheet trays and bake for 45 minutes or until the veggies are tender and the burger patties reach at least 160°F.
- Open the foil packets and place a slice of cheese on top of the burger patty. Loosely cover with foil again for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted. Serve.
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