Easy Hobo Tin Foil Dinner Recipe

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!

Serves: 4 dinners

Easy Hobo Tin Foil Dinner Recipe

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 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
  • Directions:


  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.



187 cal


43 g


5 g
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30 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...

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