Hobo Dinner Foil Packets (Hamburger & Potato)

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Hobo Dinner Foil Packets are so simple to make and everyone raves about them! Comforting veggies including potatoes, carrots, and onions are topped with a seasoned hamburger patty and grilled or baked to tender perfection.
foil dinner packet with parsley topping

This recipe reminds me of recipes my mother would bring to the field during fall harvest time. A complete and hearty meal made especially for hungry, hard working harvesting folks was always a welcome sight! This Hobo Dinner recipe delivers exactly that! Not only is this a complete meal in one simple packet, but it is so easy to prepare and even easier to clean up making it the perfect meal to serve to your hungry family!

The type of ground beef you choose can be so important to whatever recipe you are making. In this Hobo Dinner Foil Packets recipe I choose lean ground beef (instead of extra lean). My reasoning is two-fold;

  1. The little bit of extra fat helps to keep everything moist and tender. The last thing you want is for everything to become dried out!
  2. It adds great flavor to all the veggies and the gravy in the packet!

Hobo Dinner Foil Packs Hamburger Potato uncooked

The patty in this recipe is topped with a dollop of creamy mushroom soup creating a delicious gravy to partner with the veggies.

I love to make these as individual foil packets but this recipe can easily be adapted to suit your appetite or your crowd!

  1. Larger Packets – if you have guests who have larger appetites, include 2 hamburger patties (side by side, not stacked) on top of the veggies.
  2. Use fresh veggies that are available in your garden or the local market at this time of year! While carrots, potatoes, and onions are favorites, I do love fresh green beans, bell peppers, and Brussels sprouts!
  3. You can substitute ground turkey in place of ground beef! In this case, you may need to add a tablespoon of olive oil to the meat patty mixture to help keep it moist.
  4. The packets can be cooked in the oven or on the grill. If using the grill you can use the second layer of foil to seal your packs and prevent any leaks.
  5. Parchment paper can be used in place of foil if baking in the oven.

dinner foil packet with fork

One final note and my favorite thing about this recipe is that it can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until time to bake! Whether you are preparing a harvest dinner for hungry workers in your family, or you simply have a busy week ahead of you, these Hobo Dinner Foil Packets are super convenient, easy and delicious!

dinner foil packet with fork
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Hobo Dinner Foil Packets (Hamburger & Potato)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Hobo Dinner Foil Packets combine lean beef, tender seasoned veggies and a simple gravy to create a simple meal cooked to tender perfection!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 4 small potatoes peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups carrots chopped
  • 1 large or 2 small onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • condensed mushroom soup

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine ground beef and dry soup mix in a bowl. Form into four patties and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine all remaining ingredients except mushroom soup. Toss until well mixed.
  • Spray a 12″ x 18″ piece of foil with non-stick spray.
  • Place ¼ of the vegetable mixture in the center of the foil. Top with 1 beef patty. Add 2 tablespoons of condensed mushroom soup on top of each patty.
  • Seal foil packets well. Place beef side up on a large baking sheet and bake 35-45 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.

Recipe Notes

These foil packs can also be grilled at medium heat for about 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender and ground beef reaches 160°F.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 439, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Sodium: 691mg, Potassium: 1472mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 10690IU, Vitamin C: 40mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 4.8mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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  1. I made this recipe, just tonigh, while at Mom’s. While both my parents were wild about it, I was not. Its not that its not a good idea – cause it is and everything ‘worked’ ok. I feel the burgers needed alot more seasoning, as did the veggies. I even pre-cooked the carrots, for 3 min. in microwave, and they were still quite tough. And the burger, I guess due to being baked and for such a long time, were chewy. They tasted ok, just chewy. Overall, this recipe wasn’t BAD, it juGaasn’t really exciting.

  2. I like the idea of a dollop of cream of mushroom soup. I will add that the only proper way to cook a foil dinner is on the coals of a fire!

  3. Made these this past evening for dinner. Was a definite hit here. I had had foil packets as a child in the Boy Scouts where we roasted them in the cooking fire. Never had thought to transition them from the campfire to the oven for whatever reason. This definitely took me back to the days of my youth! Thank you!5 stars

    1. You’re welcome Ted! They’re always fun and tasty, so hope you can enjoy them again!

    1. Barbara, please find the full cooking instructions by clicking Jump to Recipe, or scrolling down.

    1. I haven’t tried it but other readers have said it works well! Let us know how it goes!