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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.

Hamburger patty in a piece of foil with slice onions, corn, and slice potatoes
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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.

This hobo dinner is even great to make on your grill or in the oven for an easy weeknight meal. We also love to make side dishes such as grilled potatoes in foil and Grilled Brussel Sprouts in Foil.

What is a Foil Packet?

A foil pack dinners 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 ingredients - hamburger patty, corn, green beans, russet potatoes, onions, salt, pepper, and butter

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Change Meat – These hobo dinners can be made with different types of meat. We love to prepare the burger patties with lean ground beef, but you can also use smoked sausage, Italian sausage, or ground turkey.
  • Seasoning – Only simple seasoning can be used to make these hobo dinner packet. Feel free to add in Italian Seasoning, garlic powder or fresh herbs such as thyme or rosemary for added flavor.
  • Vegetables – Add in your favorite vegetables. We usually add in russet potatoes but Yukon Gold Potatoes work great to. Carrots and zucchini are also a great additions.
  • Cheese – You can even top your hobo dinners with slice cheese or shredded cheese. We love the way it taste with the added cheese.

How to Make Hobo Dinners

  • Step 1 – First, you will need to use heavy duty foil to make the foil pack.
  • Step 2 – Second, get 4 large sheet slices of aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray or drizzle with olive oil. This will really help everything from sticking to the foil.
  • Step 3 – Next, put the slices of potato on the center of the foil. I uses a mandoline slicer and it makes slicing the potatoes super quick and easy.  I love using it all the time.
  • Step 4 – After you have the potatoes situated on the foil, put the green beans and corn on top of the potatoes.
  • Step 5 – Make the hamburger patty out of the ground beef and put on top of the veggies.
Piece of foil topped with green beans, corn, potatoes, hamburger patty, and butter slices
  • Step 6 – Finally, it is time for the slices of onion. Add the onion, butter and seasoning on top of the burger.
Hobo dinner wrapped in a foil
  • Step 7 – Seal the foil packet so that all the sides are sealed and continue making all of the foil packets.
  • Step 8 – Place on the grill on medium high heat (or a campfire) for approximately 30 minutes or until the hamburger patties are cooked through.
  • Step 9 – Open the foil packets carefully, season with salt and pepper and enjoy this dinner recipe.

Recipe Tips

  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil – 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.
  • Cutting Veggies – When preparing this recipe, we recommend slicing the vegetables about the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Seal Packets – To ensure that the ingredients do not fall out, make sure to completely seal the packets.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary depending on ingredients and the size of your hamburger patty.
Hamburger patty in a foil packet with corn, slice onions and potatoes

Serving Suggestions

These hobo dinners are a complete meal but feel free to add a side of vegetables or a side salad. Try making these foil pack veggies for a complete meal outdoors.

Hamburger patty in a foil packet with corn, slice onions and potatoes

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make Hobo Dinner in the 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!

How to Store Leftover Hobo Dinner

Store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They will stay fresh for up to 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

Reheat the leftovers in the microwave or oven until heated thoroughly.

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Hobo Dinner Foil Packet

4.99 from 79 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 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 475



  • 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. 5 stars
    This was so good! I made it for six people and everyone was eating at different times. I put them all in the refrigerator in popped them in the air fryer as I needed them. 400° for 22 minutes and it came out perfectly. Perfect dinner for a busy night!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was so good! Easy meal to prepare too.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. I usually put a big slice of onion on the bottom.
    Punch a bowl into the patty and put potatoes (canned)
    and green beans or peas and a pad of butter.
    Burn the onion as much as you need.

  4. Hi, Carrie, I do remember Hobo Meals!! For a long time I have looked for something my scout leaders made. I want to call it Slumgullion, but I’m not sure that’s it. It was like a soup, but it wasn’t soupy. I remember hamburger, potatoes and maybe a vegetable or two in it. Do you have a recipe that would fit that description?

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

  6. 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!

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

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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