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.

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!

Hobo Dinner Foil Packets

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

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  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  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.


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

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 470 Calories

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

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How to Make Hobo Dinner Foil Packets (Hamburger & Potato)

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

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

  2. Can it be prepared ahead and frozen?

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

  4. Can these foil packets be frozen?

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

    Rating: 5
  6. Sounds delicious ! Would you have any suggestions for an alternative to the cream of mushroom soup? I have someone with an allergy to mushrooms. 

  7. 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!!!

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

  9. Can these be frozen and cooked as needed.

  10.  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. 

    Rating: 5
  11. Can these packets be frozen?

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

    Rating: 5
  13. Can these be done ina crock pot?

  14. Made this for supper tonight we loved it

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

  16. 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.

    Rating: 5
  17. I made these exactly like the recipe, we loved them!

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

    Rating: 5
  19. Just made this tonight . And it was great can’t wait to try the other foil pack meals.

    Rating: 5
  20. 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!

    Rating: 5
  21. I made these tonight and they were a hit!  I added Brussel sprouts just because I had some and it was delicious! Thank you

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

  23. Do the potatoes have to be peeled?

  24. 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? 

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

  26. Potatoes do not freeze well.

    Rating: 5
  27. 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!

    Rating: 5
  28. 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! 

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

  30. 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.

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

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

    Rating: 5
  33. That was an excellent meal !!! I will be making it at the camp this weekend !!

    Rating: 5
  34. 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.

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

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