Hobo Dinners

These flavorful foil-packet dinners are a favorite at our house. The fun presentation makes it a winner with kids, and the hearty meat-and-potatoes combination satisfies our entire family. Perfect for busy nights, these Hobo Dinners leave virtually no cleanup when served in the foil wrapper with a styrofoam plate beneath.

Hobo Dinners


  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 8 large onion slices
  • 8 medium potatoes peeled and cut into sticks
  • 8 medium carrots cut into sticks
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Lay out 8 large rectangles of aluminum foil (approximately 16-18 in. long).
  • Shape meat into 8 patties; place on foil. Add salt and pepper, or your choice of seasoning, if desired.
  • Place a large slice of onion on each meat pattie; layer carrots and potatoes on top of onion. Add more salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Bring up the sides of the foil and fold down; fold up ends tightly to seal. Place on baking tray.
  • Bake at 350 for about 1 hour 20 minutes. Serve with ketchup.
  • *Amounts given are variable. I'd suggest making larger portions for adults, smaller portions for children. If you're really feeling creative, make each dinner according to individual preferences: no carrots for one, double meat for another. . . whatever works for your family!

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  1. I swear no one has ever heard of this recipe! I found it 4 years ago when my son was on an elimination diet. They were perfect for customizing and making sure that he didn’t have any spices or anything that he wasn’t supposed to eat in it, and my husband and I could still have spices on ours! Now he is back on a regular diet, I love putting green bells in ours too 🙂

    Stopping in from Tempt my Tummy Tues.

    1. So true–very few people have heard of these! It is a great recipe for special diets. I currently must restrict dairy products, and this is one meal I can still enjoy with my family.

  2. My mom used to make these when I was small. Thanks for bringing them back to my attention!! Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday!

    1. My mom made these, too! My kids really enjoy them.
      Thanks for visiting!

  3. We’ve made this when we’ve been camping! Good stuff!!! 🙂

  4. This is a wonderful meal to prepare anytime. My son, who is now 38 and has 3 children of is own, would prepare these while camping out in Boy Scouts. He would prepare these when he returned home from camping because he was just not ready for the weekend to be over. These meals bring lots of memories everytime.

    1. Judy Hoch says:

      I smiled when I read your comment, Patsy! Definitely a kid-pleasing meal. 🙂