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.
Hobo Dinner Packs are so simple to make and everyone raves about them! Comforting veggies like potatoes, carrots and onions are topped with a seasoned hamburger patty and grilled or baked to tender perfection.

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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 flavour to all the veggies and the gravy in the packet!

Hobo Dinner Packs take just minutes of prep and and everyone absolutely LOVES them! Comforting veggies like potatoes, carrots and onions are topped with a seasoned hamburger patty and grilled or baked to tender perfection.

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 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 a 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.

Hobo Dinner Packs combine lean beef, tender seasoned veggies and a simple gravy to create a simple meal cooked to tender perfection!

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!

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4.85 from 32 votes
Servings: 4 servings
Hobo Dinner Foil Packets
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
 
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hobo dinner
Hobo Dinner Foil Packets combine lean beef, tender seasoned veggies and a simple gravy to create a simple meal cooked to tender perfection!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Combine ground beef and dry soup mix in a bowl. Form into four patties and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine all remaining ingredients except mushroom soup. Toss until well mixed.
  4. Spray a 12″x18″ piece of foil with non-stick spray.
  5. Place 1/4 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.
  6. 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 degrees.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 439, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Sodium: 691mg, Potassium: 1472mg, Carbohydrates: 44g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 32g, Vitamin A: 213.8%, Vitamin C: 48.5%, Calcium: 6.3%, Iron: 26.8%

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

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135 comments on “Hobo Dinner Foil Packets (Hamburger & Potato)”

  1. I live alone. cooking for one can be hard because I do not like to waste food. After I arrange several of these and freeze them can they be placed in the oven frozen? How long would I cook them frozen?

  2. Instead of making them into individual packets I just put it all on a foil lined sheet tray and covered it with foil. 

  3. We had these all the time when I was a kid. We used potato slices, bell pepper rings, onion discs, salt & pepper and Worcestershire sauce to taste. There were two patties to a foil pack stacked with two vegetable layers. I must try the creamy mushroom dollop as we used either steak sauce (adults) or ketchup (us kids preference back then) . Unless you had a BIG appetite finishing one was rare. It was served with a salad on the side.

  4. The best is to avoid direct contact with aluminum (we are daily exposed to its harmful effects) therefore lining the foil with parchment paper might be a better option for your tasty meals :)

  5. Can I use ground Turkey instead of beef?

  6. Oh my word, SO GOOD!!!

    • So glad you enjoyed them LoraLee!

      • I couldn’t find where to post a question so I just picked a post haha. My question is ” of you do them on the grill do you have to turn the packets or just leave them alone?

        • I would cook them potato side down on the grill. You could certainly flip them half way if you’d like but I think as long as they’re sealed well, they should cook just fine.

  7. So good and so easy! I used cream of celery and the minced garlic in the tube instead of powder. I love anything that cooks all together in the oven. I will be trying all the tinfoil meals. 

  8. I have been making these for years. Everyone loves them. I add cabbage and use butter instead of the soup.

  9. I’m allergic to mushrooms! Do you think one of the cheddar cheese soups would work too?

  10.  Can you freeze these for future use ?

  11. I cant tolerate onions what can I use instead of the onions

  12. Why can”t I make these packets and place them in my slow cooker?

    • I haven’t tried it Jean, but other readers have had success. Let us know how it works for you!

  13. I made these last night, followed the directions exactly. They were delicious!!! Going to play around with different veggies next time, but all I had to use last night were potatoes and carrots. My picky son loved it!

  14. You can put these foil packs in a crock pot.  Easy clean up and ready when you are home.   I’ve never tried soup but that sounds terrific! 

  15. Loved this recipe! Definitely a do again meal so delicious! Mahalo & aloha from Big Island!

  16. If you want it faster and easier try this:

    Use shredded potatoes and carrots, ground beef crumbles, salt, pepper and onions as desired. Make a foil packet and throw it in the fire or put it on a grill. Ready in about 15 minutes.

  17. I love it when a recipe turns out better than expected! I made the hamburger hobo packets for dinner tonight and they were super. The only thing I will do next time is add a little more mushroom soup so there’s even more luscious gravy. I look forward to trying some of the other combinations.

  18. Okay, any of you Instant Pot wizards have guesses on how you would adapt? I don’t grill and I don’t want to heat up my house!

  19. I felt do NOT live to cook but, my friend and freaky love my Cooking lol Anyway I crazy enough ask looking forward to trying a few of your Recipes ☺
    Thank you for these seemingly Simple Recipes!!

  20. I saw this on someone’s Facebook page a few days ago, and just put four packs in my refrigerator – can’t wait until dinner to taste them; they sound delicious!

  21. are you sure could replace foil with parchment paper? don’t like to use foil anymore, thanks

  22. For extra easy when camping…bring a large can of Vegall, ground chuck, aluminum foil and charcoal.

  23.  The first time I made it with ground chuck and it was scrumptious.    Very tender and moist meat.  Great flavor.  The second time I used ground round and the meat had less flavor, was drier and  less tender. I will definitely use ground chuck in this dish from now on. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. 

  24. My husband wanted more .. I added, rutabega, onion, carrot,celery and potato and made cream of something soup for the topping. He gobbled it lickty split. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  25. Delicious. My family loved this. I will definitely make this again.

  26. Loved this i took hamburger and rolled into meatballs and cut potatoes and carrots smaller as well as mushrooms and onions. It cooked better but dont go too small on meatballs or they can get dry. Might add a little egg to keep moist like reg meatballs. But was it good i put it over rice for big eaters in my house.

  27. If you were to prep these the night before, would the veggies (specifically the potatoes) keep until the next day to cook?

    • I’m not sure that the potatoes would last well, but the rest should keep. You could try preparing the potatoes, keep them in water overnight and add them immediately before cooking. Let us know how it turns out for you Wes.

  28. We made these when I camped in the 1980’s-so good and easy foe a complete nutrious meal-also used chicken breasts, need to cook a bit longer!!!

  29. I’ve used this receipe several times and it great. I like well seasoned food so I season everything heavy.

  30. I’m making this for the 2nd time and looking forward to the final product! I do a lot of cooking and have to say that this recipe is now one in the top of my rotation “go-to” meals. I cooked my foil packets over a charcoal bbq grill and they came out absolutely perfect! Flavorful, easy and hearty this dinner is just down right scrumptious! It would be a great supper for camping trips to prepare ahead of time and then simply throw them on an open campfire flame when ready to eat. Clean up is a breeze too. Plus the recipe calls for enough food to make plenty to feed the whole family (even with leftovers)! I recommend serving it with a fresh green salad and dinner rolls to complete this comfort dish. Your tummy will definitely be more than content. Thank you so much fof sharing this fun and delicious recipe.
    FABULOUS!

  31. I made this tonight. Easy and tasty. I subbed cream of celery soup because hubby doesn’t like it. It was so good!

  32. Just had them for dinner, they were delicious, even my picky eater husband liked them…but, did I do something wrong, my hamburger patties were pretty hard, do you think it was just the beef,or did I leave them in the oven too long??!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Did you use extra lean beef (leaner beef has less fat so could be a bit drier)? How long did they cook? Your oven could run bit hotter than mine.

  33. Easy, hearty and delicious!
    I roasted mine on charcoal grill for 40 mins with potatoes, onions, carrots and asparagus and it came out perfect. Also added some crumbled, crispy bacon on top of the patties which added a little texture. Served the packets with garlic bread and fresh green salad and it was a hit! Definitely would be a great dish when camping… super easy to prepare (beforehand if you wish) and the clean-up is a breeze. Thank you for sharing this fabulously fun and delicious recipe… I’ll be making it again soon no doubt!

    • You’re welcome Shannon! Your additions sounds delicious. I’m so glad to hear that it was such a hit!

  34. Easy, hearty and delicious!
    I roasted mine on charcoal grill for 40 mins with potatoes, onions and asparagus and it came out perfect. Also added some crumbled, crispy bacon on top of the patties which added a little texture. Served the packets with garlic bread and fresh green salad and it was a hit! Definitely would be a great dish when camping… super easy to prepare (beforehand if you wish) and the clean-up is a breeze. Thank you for sharing this fabulously fun and delicious recipe… I’ll be making it again soon no doubt!

  35. I like this I’m going to try it it is something different

  36. What temperature in the oven and for how long

  37. Haven’t done this in a long time. yum.

  38. I love this very easy to make

  39. Can’t wait to try this! Could you mix blue cheese crumbles in with the beef and dry onion soup?

  40. What ratio of meat to fat did u actually choose for this recipe? 70/30? Is olive oil for flavor because I think I should have bought 80/20. Seems some where I read little patties are better than one big one but am I missing that somewhere in the instructions?. If u increase veggies would u use more soup oil & garlic powder? I’m a novice cook & I like specific because I have a higher chance of success!

    • I generally use 80/20 and divide the mixture into 4 patties. You want to make sure each veggie just has a light coating for flavor so it depends how much extra you add.

  41. That was an excellent meal !!! I will be making it at the camp this weekend !!

  42. Made this with both hamburger/potatoes and onions and chicken breast with potatoes and onions. Fast and convenient.

  43. how would you do this in a crockpot??? And how long would you cook for??

  44. Is there a low carb and low calorie alternative to this foil pack recipe?

    • You could leave out the potatoes (and add extra veggies like mushrooms or zucchini) and use extra lean beef and reduced calorie products. I can’t say for sure what the exact values would be.

  45. Not a new idea been making hobo dinners for at least 25 years 

    • Perhaps it’s NEW to the person who created, and I’ve been doing this thing called LIVING for 40 years, and haven’t ever heard of them, so NEW to me also! Your comment seems rude and un-necessary!

  46. This was a great hit with my family. Definitely will be making this more often. I have a couple picky eaters but the Hobo packets appeased them so there was no complaints. Just a bunch of mmmmm’s 
    Thank you for this delicious recipe! 

  47. We made this last night and it was delicious! I even skipped tossing the veggies in olive oil and garlic powder (I forgot!) but the flavour from the beef patties and mushroom soup cooking over them still gave them enough kick!

  48. Potatoes do not freeze well.

  49. how long would you cook a double batch in a crock pot?

  50. Can’t wait to make these! If made ahead and frozen, how long do you bake them? Also, has anyone tried to use a crockpot? How long would you cook them in a crockpot? 

  51. Do the potatoes have to be peeled?

  52. My variation to this is a dollop of cheddar cheese soup, the cheesy flavor really makes the meat and veggies pop.

  53. I made these tonight and they were a hit!  I added Brussel sprouts just because I had some and it was delicious! Thank you

  54. I made this for dinner tonight and hands down one of the best meals ever! Cheap and easy to make an oh so comforting. Thank you for this recipe!

  55. Just made this tonight . And it was great can’t wait to try the other foil pack meals.

  56. Everyone loves this!! Thank you so much!:)

  57. I made these exactly like the recipe, we loved them!

  58. Made the hamburger ones with broccoli, garlic, onions and corn, some with broccoli, onions & carrots, same with peas & again with green beans, carrots, onions and corn. Did some similarly with Chicken and used cream of chicken soup on top. Going to try cheeses. Will also try chicken corn chowder soup on some. Going to try Pork & Beans and potatoes, onions, and hamburger patties too. I`d bet that chili would go good with the potatoes, and hamburger patties on top. Maybe even zucchini and tomatoes and Italian seasoning and potatoes, with garlic & onion sprinkled with some cheeses. Yeah, I really like these ideas. I`ve got The hubby and grandkids & I loved the first batch I made. Working on more right now. Got the potatoes carrots onions garlic and broccoli in big bowl with salt pepper olive oil on them and mixed up. Almost 1/2 way there.. LOL. I just need to rest a bit.

  59. This was so easy to make and the entire family enjoyed. (This includes kids aged 4,5,10,and 16)!

  60. Made this for supper tonight we loved it

  61. Can these be done ina crock pot?

  62. I have not made this yet because I need to know if it can be frozen.

  63. Can these packets be frozen?

  64.  Made this last week with a tossed salad, and it was delicious. Doing it again tonight, but I think I’ll make more packets, so people can have seconds. People weren’t satisfied with the amount, when I made it last week. I’m afraid to make the packets bigger, so I’ll just make more. 

  65. Can these be frozen and cooked as needed.

  66. I made this last night for dinner.  Super easy and I added Provolone cheese.  This will be a new favorite with lots of flavor.  

  67. Would you know how many carbs are in this recipe? My daughter was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and has to count carbs…Thanks ! It looks delicious!!!

  68. Sounds delicious ! Would you have any suggestions for an alternative to the cream of mushroom soup? I have someone with an allergy to mushrooms. 

  69. yes my husband loved this and it was easy to clean up!

  70. Can these foil packets be frozen?

  71. Both my brother and I learned a variation of this in scouting 50 years ago. Apple slices are great on this, too.

  72. Can it be prepared ahead and frozen?

  73. it doesn’t get much better that a quick and easy foil pack dinner, and i love the mushroom soup gravy on these

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