BURGER HOBO DINNER FOIL PACK

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Burger Hobo Dinner Foil Pack recipe, whether you are camping or simply cooking a dinner at home your prep-ahead meal is all conveniently in one pack with little to no cleanup.

In Boy Scouts, my boys made Hamburger Hobo Pack Dinners at almost every campout. But…. they are great for cooking at home too!

Hamburger Hobo Dinner

 

BURGER HOBO DINNER FOIL PACK

There are so many reasons to make Foil Pack dinners.

  • Kids love them.
  • They are easily customized.
  • Easy clean-up.
  • They make great prep-ahead meals.

The key to a successful Hobo Pack is choosing foods and cutting them into sizes that everything will cook at the same rate. This was you don’t have overcooked with undercooked items. This takes a little planning but isn’t difficult.

Foil Pack recipe

WHAT IS A HOBO PACK?

If you camp, you’re probably well aware of ‘hobo pack’ or ‘foil pack’ dinners. A Hobo Pack is a meal where everything is placed in aluminum foil packages and cooked at once. They are also known as Foil Packs. And, you don’t have to be camping to enjoy them. Hobo Packs are great to throw on the grill or even in the oven. The beautiful thing about it is they’re nothing to clean afterward. You throw the whole, hopefully, empty pack away.

WHAT MEAT AND VEGETABLES CAN I COOK IN HOBO PACKS?

Seafood, chicken, beef, and sausage made from any of those meats, as well as vegetables, cook great in foil packs. So, almost anything can be put into foil pack meals. However, you need to put thought into items that cook at the same rate. 

Hamburger Hobo Dinner Foil Pack

CAN I COOK BURGER HOBO DINNER FOIL PACK IN AN AIR FRYER?

Yes. Place them steam side up and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.

CAN I COOK BURGER HOBO DINNER FOIL PACK ON THE STOVETOP?

Yes. Place the foil packs on a griddle or pan and cook on medium-high heat. 

Hamburger Hobo Dinner Foil Pack

TIPS FOR BURGER HOBO DINNER FOIL PACK SUCCESS

  1. Use heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  2. Use plenty of foil. I like to double it.
  3. Cut the veggies into the same-sized pieces. As well,  don’t pair long-cooking potatoes together with quick-cooking shrimp.
  4. You need to create steam to help cook the ingredients in your packet. I suggest using one vegetable that has a high water content in each pack like zucchini or tomatoes. If you place grains in the pack, you’ll want to add water or broth.
  5. Be aware of the steam when you start to open them. You may want to use oven mitts, grilling gloves, or tongs to open.

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Hamburger Hobo Dinner Foil Pack

Hamburger Hobo Dinner Foil Pack recipe for camping or cooking at home your prep-ahead meal is all in one pack with little to no cleanup.

BURGER HOBO DINNER FOIL PACK

Burger Hobo Dinner Foil Pack recipe, whether you are camping or simply cooking a dinner at home your prep-ahead meal is all conveniently in one pack with little to no cleanup.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 packet dried onion soup mix like this
  • 1.5 pounds baby Yukon gold potatoes quartered
  • 12 ounces carrots frozen, crinkle-cut
  • 1 medium red onion cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika
  • 6 slices Colby jack cheese or your favorite cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Place the ground beef with the onion soup mix into a large bowl, mix to combine. Separate 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, stir to combine so the veggies are coated.
  • Lay a 12x18 piece of heavy-duty foil on the counter. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Place ⅙ 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, bake for 45 minutes or until the veggies are tender and the burger patties reach at least 160°F.
  • Open the foil packs 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.

Notes

For alternate cooking methods, see post above.

Nutrition

Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1239mg | Potassium: 1301mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 9837IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 5mg
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I first learned how to make Hobo Suppers 70 years ago as a Brownie Scout and they are as good now as they were then. You offer some really good tips and suggestions. A couple questions – what is covering your balls of ground meat in the pictures? Mashed potatoes, some kind of dough, or something else. Also, did you form the meat into balls instead of patties to slow down the cooking time to match the vegetables? I’ve tried a lot of combinations but I always come back to the Brownie Scout original of hamburger patty, potatoes, onions, and carrots.

    1. That’s cheese on the hamburgers in the photos. I did make the burgers pretty thick but not really balls – although, that’s a good idea. I cut my vegetables small and placed the hamburger on top of them so the veggies will cook first being on the bottom. Hope this helps.

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