Easy Hobo Tin Foil Dinner Recipe

Super simple, a whole dinner in one, ready to make dinner packs for camping. These easy hobo tin-foil dinner packs will be what your kids remember eating while camping for years to come! I know I do!

My husband loves camping.  Growing up, we never camped more than one night and considered staying at a campground with flushing toilets as “roughing it.”  Now that we have kids, I realize how much work it is to go somewhere overnight.  My husband had been dying to go camping, but I wasn’t about to pack up everything but the kitchen sink, so we decided to compromise and make a camping meal at home.

One of my favorite things about camping was the FOOD! You read that right! You get to throw out the rule book and make all of the delicious things and not feel too guilty. At least, not until you got home. 😉

 

Hobo tin-foil dinners are the perfect meal to make up ahead of time to bring camping with you! It will even ensure that you and your family get a tasty meal with some actual nutritional value. 

 

You can even make these delicious meals on the grill at home or if you have a fire pit in your backyard you can throw them on there too! If you ask me they are awesome any time of the year, but nothing beats the smoky taste from the fire. 

If you are a fan of foil dinner packs like me, you won’t want to miss out on our other amazing recipes before you head out camping with your family. Take a look at our 30 delicious tin foil dinners recipes, 25 delicious camping recipes, pineapple bbq chicken foil pack dinners, and of course our super popular steak and potato foil pack dinners recipe. 

 

Now that you are dreaming of making these, take a look at what you will need to make the best hobo dinners for camping!

Hamburger tin foil dinner ingredients:

  1. Ground beef
  2. Potatoes (we like redskin or Yukon gold)
  3. Carrots, thinly sliced 
  4. Onion, diced
  5. Salt
  6. Pepper
  7. Worcestershire sauce
  8. BBQ sauce (THIS kind has become a family favorite)
  9. Shredded cheddar cheese

 

What you will need to make ahead foil packet dinners for camping:

  • Tin-foil/aluminum foil (heavy-duty if possible THIS kind works wonderfully)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Grill/Bonfire 

 

If you want to make these hobo dinner packs as close to the camping version as possible without actually camping (I know it can be a lot of work), you can always try to build a fire in your backyard. But, if you are looking to do that, make sure to look at this article on how to make a bonfire in your backyard ahead of time. Howstuffworks.com has a lot of good information and things you might not have thought about! Always be safe while using fire. 

 

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If you are ready to get these hobo dinner packs made up, read below, and let’s get started!

To start making these foil packs get a large square piece of aluminum foil for each tin foil dinner (this recipe is for 4 dinners). 

 

PRO TIP: Try to use heavy-duty foil as this will hold up best in the cooking process.

 

Then, spray the inside of the foil with nonstick cooking spray. 

 

Next, separate the ground beef into 4 equal-sized patties and place them in the center of each piece of greased foil. 

Now, peel and dice the potatoes, clean and slice the carrots, and dice the onion. Once that is done, divide it all evenly amongst the 4 dinners, placing the potatoes, carrots, and onion on top of the meat. 

 

Next, sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top, along with a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce on top of each of the foil dinners. 

Once that is done, fold all of the edges of the foil tightly around the entire meal for each of the foil packs. 

 

After that is all done, place the dinner packs on the grill that is preheated to medium-high heat or over an open fire for about 25-30 minutes or until the meat and veggies are cooked all the way through.  

Once they are done cooking, carefully open the foil (there will be hot steam that comes out) and top each one with BBQ sauce and shredded cheese. Then move them to a plate and enjoy!

You can bake these in the oven if you choose at 350 degrees for about an hour or until the meat and veggies are fully cooked through. 

 

We all know what everyone wants to make while camping….S’MORES! So, mix it up a little with these amazing recipes:

Serves: 4

Easy Hobo Tin Foil Dinner Recipe

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound steak (or ground beef)
  • 4 potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 2 cups carrots (thinly sliced)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup Shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Use a large square piece of aluminum foil for each tin foil dinner. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Separate ground beef into 4 equal patties, or steak into 4 servings, and place in the center of each piece of foil.
  3. Divide potatoes, carrots, and onion evenly between all 4 dinners and place on top of meat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce on top of each dinner and fold foil up tightly around the entire meal.  
  4. Cook on a grill on medium-high heat or an open fire for 25-30 minutes, or until vegetables and meat are cooked through.  
  5. Open foil carefully and top with BBQ sauce and shredded cheese.

Nutrition

Calories

749 cal

Fat

1 g

Carbs

171 g

Protein

20 g
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Easy Hobo Tin-Foil Dinner

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Use a large square piece of aluminum foil for each tin foil dinner. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Separate ground beef into 4 equal patties and place in the center of each piece of foil.
  3. Divide potatoes, carrots, and onion evenly between all 4 dinners and place on top of meat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce on top of each dinner and fold foil up tightly around the entire meal.  
  4. Cook on a grill on medium-high heat or an open fire for 25-30 minutes, or until vegetables and meat are cooked through.  
  5. Open foil carefully and top with BBQ sauce and shredded cheese.
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39 Responses to “Easy Hobo Tin Foil Dinner Recipe”

  1. A great tip that will help immensely is once you have wrapped it in your tinfoil, get a sheet of newspaper and soak it in water. Wrap the wet newspaper around the tinfoil dinner and then do another layer of tinfoil. This steams your food inside and prevents them from getting your food burned on the edges! You do have to cook about 10 minutes longer but it's worth it!!!
  2. I have lots of tots and the way we camp is a pop trailer bought used. Makes the outdoors a bit better than tent camping which is for the Boys Scouts in my opinion. Most state parks have full connections in nice places not from the interstate. Cook meals ahead to save time, set up near the bathrooms and go for only 2 nights. Good luck.
  3. Barbara
    Some 55 years ago where I lived, these were called Boy Scout Dinners. My brother's troop used to make them over the camp fire. My Mom decided we could make these & place them on the stove burner (which was gas) & cook on a low flame for 30 minutes. They came out great & we loved them so much we could hardley wait to eat them.
  4. Melissa
    I'm thinking of preparing a bunch of these (for 10 adults and 11 kids) for a big family campout coming up. I was thinking about preparing them before hand and freezing them and then cooking them over a campfire once we get there. Would that work? How much longer do you think they would cook for?
  5. We make these with cooked chicken and canned vegetables (potatoes, corm, green beans). Really just reheating - no worries about making sure the food is completely cooked. We have done it on the grill as well as in the oven. They sell non-stick aluminum foil. Works great!!
  6. We make them with chicken breasts and pork chops as well. With the pork chops, I usually use sweet potatoes and onion slices. We did this on a church camping trip with 29 people. We cut up all kinds of veggies, had hamburger and chicken, and a couple of different sauces such as Worcestershire and teryaki and hot sauce, and let everyone assemble their own. They put their name on the outside of the foil packs with Sharpies so that they could be identified after cooking
  7. Teresa Barrows
    I don't know if anyone has brought it to your attention previously... but while review the ingredients of the recipe I though it was wanting 11 pound ground beef.... My that was WOW, and this is for how many servings?... so I decided to read through further (which I usually do anyway) and found that it was suppose to be for 4 servings... next thought, wow that is 2.75 pounds of meat per serving... IT has to be a typo, right?? Hence the reason I decide to send a comment, because if it caused me to question amount at first how many others may it have done the same with... especially if he/she is a novice cook?
  8. Teresa Barrows
    I did something similar to this a few nights ago... I wanted pot roast (homemade) but for just one person but I also wanted to use what was left of a pound of ground beef so my thought was hum... if I wrap everything in foil and baked in oven would it work?.. Low and behold it was Fabulous... kind of a cross between a mini meatloaf and pot roast diner for 1 person... I seasoned my a little differently but if someone want the recipe just send me the request via email and I would be happy to make the substitution if it okay with this websites staff... pleases have them contact me...
  9. James Goacher
    One of the things that has always irritated me a little is how do you check for doneness inside a sealed package? I have no intuition or knowledge of cooking. I simply follow a recipe sometimes it turns out OK and other times not what I imagined (I is still eaten though :-). I hate these - until things. just tell me how long :-), I am a simple fella on his own. Not helpless, well I wish I was wealthy enough to be able to emply a cook but I think that is a universal wish.
  10. Carl Bankston
    The idea about preparing the meals and cooking them in advance, then freezing them is excellent. They'll thaw while you're traveling to your campsite and nobody will notice that all you're doing is warming them over the open fire or a grill. My wife and I did this when we were campers and it works really well. These days, we consider roughing it to be a motel without a restaurant. :)

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