Camper's Hobo Dinner

"My kids had this at their summer camp. My version's a bit easier, they had to peel the potatoes with their teeth!"
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  • Place veggies and hamburger pattie in middle of large sheet of aluminum foil.
  • Sprinkle with seasoned salt.
  • Bring up the two long sides of the foil to meet above the food, fold (crimp) the foil several times until it is snug against the food.
  • Fold (crimp) the short ends of the foil several times until snug against the food.
  • This will seal the food in and prevent leakage.
  • Place package directly on hot charcoal and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes each side (or, you can place package in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour).
  • Make as many packages as needed.

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  1. bkoangel78
    Add pepper and garlic powder for flavor.
  2. Chef JDecember28
    Instead of a frozen pattie, We use 1 lb of fresh burger (in a bowl shape). Carrot, celery, onion, peppers, corn, unpeeled potatoes diced, etc...... Season salt, pepper & salt, McCormics Brand seasoning, Old Bay, Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning, etc........ You name it and season it, its gooooood eating. Grilling is the best way for me to cook it. Off the coals so it wont burn on hot spots and still gets that smokey flavor. MMMMMMM GOOD.
  3. Wind in the Canyon
    Awesome! My children said it was the best vegetables they ever had. I added red peppers too as pictured and cut the seasoning salt down to half tsp per packet. It made a great easy recipe.
  4. PaulaG
    This is really a no fuss no mess recipe. I have been making dinner packets since my days with Girl Scouting. The ingredients can be easily adjusted for taste and personal preference. These were made with a combination of red peppers, onions, mushrooms and baby cut carrots. It was served with sweet potato fries and a chopped salad for a delicious meal. Thanks for sharing.
  5. Southern Transplant
    My husband always talked about eating these when he was growing up, so I finally made them. I baked them for an hour at 350, but the carrots were still crunchy, so next time I will bake longer or leave out the carrots altogether. I will make again for him.


  1. bkoangel78
    Also add bacon.
  2. Patsy A.
    This is a good dinner especially when only cooking for one. I used a 5 oz. piece of pork loin instead of the hamburger patty and sprinkled with sage and pepper instead of seasoned salt. MMMMMMM good. Thank you.
  3. mynameisnothing
    I added worcestershire sauce and one tablespoon of margarine to each hobo pack and replaced the seasoning sauce with garlic salt. The dinners turned out amazing. I recommend cooking each side for slightly less than 15 minutes in the fire, as our dinners got a little bit burned.
  4. Nelpoo
    Good and easy recipe. We also add a tablespoon of cream of mushroom soup and a piece of butter to each package. We have also done boneless chicken with cream of chicken instead. Yummy!


Hi, I'm pretty busy. I homeschool my two teens while running after my 1 1/2 year old. I work part-time, voluntarily, for a local FSA farm. This works out great as I get lots of fresh, organic produce to use. I love cooking and collect all sorts of cookbooks. Though I do like to cook, I'm wary of branching out and creating some of my own recipes, but as I gain more experience, it's starting to come easier. Now, if only I'd just write those recipes down after I've made them!
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