Hobo Dinner: Camping and Family Fun

Recipe for making a simple camping dinner we used to call a Hobo Dinner. The ingredients needed are some foil, hamburger, onion, potato, carrot, and green beans. Just make a hamburger patty and place it on the foil, add the sliced potato and onion, then top with carrots and green beans. Salt and pepper to taste. You can add a little butter on top if you wish. Make sure your campfire is pretty well burned down before placing you dinners in the coals; cooks in about 20-30 minutes. Having a fire pit out back works well if you can’t get out and camp as often as you’d like, and you can also hone your fire building and starting skills.

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  • When we would go hunting we would make a similar product, but cut the veggies small and form them and the meat into a "loaf" with some spices, catsup and brown sugar. Then wrap tightly in foil and put on engine manifold. From Aurora to Glenwood Springs would be a good start, then adjust from there. More of a fun thing, but those loaves always seemed to taste really good,especially in the woods!!

  • This has been a staple on our camping trips since I was a kid. That was bout 45 yrs ago and we still make them. Really lean beef may not produce enough fat to keep it from drying out or burning. So you may need the butter, (I add it anyway)  Remember, he said "coals" cause a live flame may burn it.

  • I use to do this all the time when I was a kid. When camping, fishing or hiking there was always time to throw on a foil pack dinner. It is simple and real good. I have done this with chicken and steak however the quickest is to use hamburger. everything cooks at the same time. I haven't done this in for ever and just found something else I can do with the family.

  • love those dinners, like you we had them on family camp outs when I was a kid. I like to do them up once a year end of summer / being of fall kinda like a last cookout of the year deal. You should try doing one with a steak it is the best! not very hobo lol but it will be remembered as one of the best steaks you ever had.

  • Looks good.  I noticed you (apparently added pepper, and perhaps, salt) after opening the foil.  We do it prior to cooking.  Just a little french onion soup powdered mix goes well on the burgers before cooking, too.  

  • Boy, this really brings back the old Boy Scout days!  I like Joshua's suggestion of cabbage leaves as a lining – we also used thick slices of onion as an outer layer.  They would add flavor and moisture to the food as you mention, and could be sacrificed if they burned.  Better than burning the meat.  A little A1 sauce added before cooking adds a lot of flavor too.

  • Hey man great video, but a minor suggestion I learned in the boy scouts. Buy a head of cabbage and put a few layers of cabbage on the foil then ur ingredients then cover again with cabbage. It keeps the ingredients from burning and sticking to the foil and if you out enough cabbage the inner layers cook, and u can eat that and it adds to the flavor of the meal.

  • Hey man great video, but a minor suggestion I learned in the boy scouts. Buy a head of cabbage and put a few layers of cabbage on the foil then ur ingredients then cover again with cabbage. It keeps the ingredients from burning and sticking to the foil and if you out enough cabbage the inner layers cook, and u can eat that and it adds to the flavor of the meal.

  • good video,how long did you cook it for?

    I'm planning a trip out west and I'll be doing a lot of dry camping and this is definitely a way to get a complete meal