Hobo Packets ~This Week’s Quick and Easy Meal!~


In my quest to give you a quick and easy dinner recipe each week, I am bringing you hobo packets! These are a traditional boy scout meal and with good reason. Kids just love getting to “design” their own dinner and there is very little work for the adults. You know how you often feel you are running a short order kitchen? Having to make four or more different dishes to special orders can be so very frustrating. One doesn’t like onions, the other doesn’t like carrots, yadda yadda yadda. Hobo packets make that easy.
This recipe can also be modified to use chicken or even pork, but ground beef is my personal favorite due to its taste (I’m just so used to hobo packets with ground beef!), its convenience, and its cost. This can even make a great Vegetarian meal simply by omitting meat and adding more veggies!

Frugal and filling!

You’ll need: Potatoes, Carrots, Onion, aluminum foil, and a sauce if you would like to use one. These cook up just fine without any additional sauce but I like to add about two tablespoons of Dale’s Sauce.
Do you all have Dale’s Sauce? It is an Alabama product but I’m not sure how widespread it is.
Another product called “Moore’s Marinade” is just about the same thing.
and ground beef.

Peel and slice onion. Slice potatoes. I don’t peel my potatoes for this but you can if you prefer!

Make your hamburger patties. I made these for my in laws when they were here. We were going to a big music festival that day and I wanted something quick and easy for lunch with very little clean up.

Tear off a large sheet of foil and place your patty in the center.
At this point you can let your kids make their own if you like, now that you’ve already placed the nasty raw meat so they don’t have to touch it!

Put a few onion slices on top and then pull up the sides so it makes a bit of a bowl to hold the rest of our toppings.

Like this. Now top with your potatoes…

And carrots.

If you would like to add sauce, add about two tablespoons now. This will make enough juice to cook just fine without sauce if you want to just leave that out.

Now close that up kind of like a hobo sack!
I always add another sheet and close that up around it too, but you don’t have to.

If I have one that is different or for someone in particular, I like to have fun with it. This bunny rabbit is for my son and it doesn’t have any onions in it. :)

Voila! Hobo packets!
Place these in your oven, right on your rack, and cook at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour, until meat is as done as you like and vegetables are tender.
All of the recipes Mama and I have seen for this say to cook it for twenty to thirty minutes, but we’ve NEVER had ours be done in that amount of time!

I place these in a bowl and just open them up a bit and let folks eat right out of the packet!
You can make these in the morning or even the night before and then just pop them in the oven when you are ready! I have also made them from start to finish the day before and then just put the packets back in the oven to heat up for supper.




Hobo Packets
  • Ground Beef
  • Onion
  • Potatoes
  • Baby Carrots
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Dale's Sauce (optional)
  1. Make patties out of the ground beef. Peel and slice onion. Slice potatoes into chunks. Place each patty in the center of a large sheet of foil. Top with onion, potatoes, and carrots. Add 2 T of sauce, if using. Close packet and seal well. Bake in oven at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour, or until done.
I am so glad I have one of these left in the fridge! I’m popping it in the oven to heat up for myself now!

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