Hobo dinner foil packets are so delicious and clean up is a breeze. This meal is tasty with hamburger patties, veggies and more! Everything you need for a great meal is in the foil pack.

We love this simple Hobo Dinner Foil Packet Meal for the grill and campfires. It is the best hobo dinner recipe for Summer dinners and warm nights. Such an easy grilling recipe!

Hobo dinner foil packets

I don’t know about you but I have some very fond memories of camping and enjoying the best camping foil dinner. We love Hobo Dinner foil pack meals and everyone always raves about them.

They are so good and crazy easy to make. Plus, they aren’t just for camping. Pop these on the grill or in the oven for a great meal any night of the week.

I simply just love this recipe and it is truly the best hobo dinner recipe. It is a classic that I grew up with and I’m excited to share this tradition with my kids now.

We also love to make grilled potatoes in foil.

What is a Foil Packet?

A foil packet meal has everything you need for dinner tucked into the foil. You can add any combination you like but we are using ground beef and onions, potatoes and veggies.

The best part is you can cook this on a campfire, cook them on the grill, or even bake them in the oven. No matter where you are, you can enjoy a super delicious hobo dinner foil pack meal.

It goes great with grilled corn on the cob.

Why is it called a hobo dinner?

Hobos date back to the depression era when the homeless roamed the country and cooked dinner over an open fire. These meals were typically whatever could be rounded up and cooked over an open fire.

This meal doesn’t require any fancy dishes or pans. You can make it with just the foil with simple ingredients all cooked together.

Hobo dinner foil packets are so delicious and clean up is a breeze. Everything you need for a great meal is in the foil pack. So tasty!

Let’s make the best hobo dinner foil packets!

So easy and delicious!

Hobo dinner ingredients:

  • ground beef
  • onion
  • green beans
  • corn
  • small potatoes
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • heavy duty foil
Hobo dinner foil packets are so delicious and clean up is a breeze. Everything you need for a great meal is in the foil pack. So tasty!

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How to make hobo dinners:

First, you will need to use heavy duty foil to make the foil pack. This is really important because it will be sturdy on the grill. The cheap stuff does not hold up!

If you only have regular foil on hand, I suggest doubling it to avoid it breaking.

Second, get 4 slices of foil and spray with cooking spray. This will really help everything from sticking to the foil.

Next, put the slices of potato on the foil. I uses a mandoline slicer and it makes slicing the potatoes super quick and easy.  I love using it all the time!

After you have the potatoes situated on the foil, put the green beans and corn on top of the potatoes.

Make the hamburger patty out of the ground beef and put on top of the veggies.

Hobo dinner foil packets are so delicious and clean up is a breeze. Everything you need for a great meal is in the foil pack. So tasty!

Finally, it is time for the slices of onion. Add the onion, butter and seasoning and that is it!

Fold up the foil so that all the sides are sealed and continue making all of the foil packets.

Hobo dinner foil packets are so delicious and clean up is a breeze. Everything you need for a great meal is in the foil pack. So tasty!

Hobo dinner on grill:

Let’s get grilling! Simply put the foil packet on the grill or campfire until the hamburgers are cooked.

Serve and enjoy. This is so easy to make and always a hit!

Hobo dinner foil packets are so delicious and clean up is a breeze. Everything you need for a great meal is in the foil pack. So tasty!

Hobo dinner in oven:

You can easily make this delicious hobo dinner foil packet meal in the oven. I would assemble the hobo dinners like normal but instead of placing them on the grill I would place on a sheet pan and bake.

The baking sheet will make it much easier to remove from the oven. Carefully open and enjoy!

Hobo dinner foil packets are so delicious and clean up is a breeze. Everything you need for a great meal is in the foil pack. So tasty!

Make this foil packet dinner tonight!

It is so delicious and a great dinner idea with no clean up! The entire meal is frugal and very easy on the budget.

Feel free to substitute ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef. Just use what you have or can get on sale!

We used corn and green beans but you can use any veggie combination you prefer. Carrots or sweet potatoes are more tasty options.

You can switch out the onions for red onions or anything you have.

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By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget. Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished.

Hobo dinner foil packets are so delicious and clean up is a breeze. Everything you need for a great meal is in the foil pack. So tasty!

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The Best Hobo Dinner Foil Packet Meal

4.95 from 17 votes
We love this simple Hobo Dinner Foil Packet Meal for the grill and campfires. It is the best hobo dinner recipe for Summer dinners and warm nights.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 475
Author Carrie Barnard

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 cup Frozen Green Beans
  • 1 cup Frozen Corn
  • 4 small potatoes (peeled and sliced into 1/4" thick slices)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Form the beef into four patties and set aside.
  • Coat 4 large pieces of heavy duty foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place one potato (peeled and sliced) in the middle of each piece of foil.
  • Place about ¼ of the green beans and a ¼ of the corn on each pile of potatoes.
  • Place a beef pattie on top of the vegetables on each piece of foil.
  • Top each foil packet with the sliced onions, a tablespoon of butter, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Fold up the sides of the foil. Then fold up the other sides to make a foil pack.
  • Place on the grill on medium high heat (or a campfire) for approximately 30 minutes or until the hamburger patties are cooked through.
  • Open the foil packets carefully and enjoy dinner!

Recipe Notes

You can also bake these hobo dinners in the oven at 375 degrees F for 45-50 minutes until the beef reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 475kcal, Carbohydrates 50g, Protein 31g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 100mg, Sodium 483mg, Potassium 1495mg, Fiber 7g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 547IU, Vitamin C 49mg, Calcium 55mg, Iron 5mg

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  1. Wayne, I haven’t done that before. I don’t like the way potatoes freeze so I don’t usually freeze them. Thanks!

  2. 4-20-2019. I ran into your recipe by accident while looking for something else online last night, so today i bought all the ingredients i needed to make the Hobo Dinner. WOW! It came out fantastic. It will now become a regular meal for my household. It was easy to make and full of flavor. Thanks for posting.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this and we loved it but I don’t know what happened but the potatoes keep burning what am I doing wrong

  4. Brenda – Try reducing your cook time. Some potatoes will cook faster based on how thick they are cut and grill heat. I’m glad you all loved them!

  5. Anne – I’m not sure. I’m just now learning the air fryer so I haven’t tried it yet. Please let us know how it turns out if you try it. Thank you!

  6. I tried this and I really liked it looking forward to trying another one like the Shrimp hobo dinner.

  7. Yes, you can bake in the oven at 350 for 35-45 mins until the potatoes are done. Thank you.

  8. 5 stars
    We lived on these last summer! So easy to prep as well as cook! My kids are now EXPERTS at fixing dinner! We totally love this recipe and now just throw in “whatever” we have on hand! Scrumptious!

  9. 5 stars
    I love making these! We always used carrots, potatoes and onion with our hamburger. But either way, they are definitely delicious!