Hobo Dinner Recipe.

Also known as a tinfoil dinner. Basically meat and veggies cooked in tinfoil packets. They can be cooked on a grill, in an oven, or over a camp fire. They are cheap to make, have little to no clean up, and easy to throw together.ย  Plus, the best part they can be personalized easily to each person.

1 lb. hamburger
Seasoned Salt
Worcestershire Sauce
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
1-2 potatoes per person
Butter, optional
Carrots, optional
Onion, optional


Rip off 3 pieces of tinfoil. Wash and peel the potatoes and slice them into 1/8″-1/4″ pieces. Place the sliced potatoes onto the tinfoil (oval shaped in the middle). Mix in the carrots and onion if you’d like. Add little pieces of butter on top of the potatoes (no more than 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons total and you do not need to do this it will cook fine without it). Salt & pepper the veggies. Season your hamburger with the seasoned salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder. Form the hamburger into 3 patties (sometimes I do 2 – 1/2 lb. patties since there are only two people in our household). Place the patties one per packet on top of the veggies. Bring up to edges of the tinfoil and roll down to form a seal. Take the ends of the tinfoil fold in both corners (to make it look like an arrow/triangle) then fold in. For pictures on how to fold your tin foil packet see below. Cook in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Flip halfway through cooking. I place these on a baking sheet to cook so nothing drips all over.


Grilling & Campfire Instructions: Double the tinfoil. For a grill cook for 30 minutes on medium to medium-high heat depending on your grill. Flip halfway through cooking. I have never cooked over a campfire but I assume it would be similar to grilling.

Since it’s hard to describe how to fold the tinfoil packets without pictures, here ya go!
foil folding

The finished product should look something like this:



10 thoughts on “Hobo Dinner Recipe.

  1. This is a favorite in our household! In fact, I just did a blog post on it last week! Usually we just do potatoes and onions, but next time I think I am going to add carrots, and one of my readers commented that they would like to add mushrooms. You are right, it is a great meal because everyone can customize their own packet!

  2. When I was in 4-H I they used to have a day camp one day during the summer. At that time coffe was still sold in metal cans. The one pound ones were short and fat and had metal lids. Everyone had to take a 1 pound coffee can and they fixed us lunch just like this in these. They filled all of them and then cooked them on a huge outdoor grill. Good ole’ days.

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