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Hobo Dinners – Tin Foil Pack Camping Meals

Easy Foil Pack Camping Dinners

Hearty Red Meat Hobo Foil Packs – From Boy Scout hamburger packs that everybody knows, to spicy sausage creations they will love.

The concept:
Foil-pack meals are just basic meat and veggie ingredients cooked together in a foil pouch, and then eaten from the same pouch when done. No- muss. No fuss. And no extra plates or camping cookware to clean-up.

Making a Foil-Pack Instructions:

foil pack meal layout

  1. Layout two 18 inch pieces of heavy-duty foil in a cross pattern.
     
  2. Starting in center of top sheet; layer the recipe ingredients per instructions.
     
  3. Bring together long ends of foil, (top sheet), and fold closed, using multiple small folds – down to food level. Then fold ends closed – up to food. Repeat steps with bottom layer of foil – taking care to end up with a sealed foil pack.
     
  4. Note: The purpose of the multiple folds is to create a sealed foil pack that will not leak the juices of the ingredients.

*This campfire meal is intended to be cooked on medium campfire coals, but it can also be cooked on a campfire grate or BBQ grill, or even in a skillet on a camp stove.


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Classic Hamburger and Veggies Foil Pack Meal

This is the traditional Boy Scout favorite tin-foil meal that was their introduction to campfire cooking. Really simple, and really delicious. Using hamburger, frozen veggies, and potatoes, each Scout could modify it for personal tastes.

Prep Instructions:

hobo hamburger tin-foil pack dinner
Classic Hobo Hamburger Tin Foil Dinner
  1. Thoroughly mix 1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix per one pound of hamburger meat
     
  2. Starting in oiled center of top sheet; add a layer of sliced carrots, then add the hamburger chunks, (or hamburger patty). Add hashbrown potatoes, corn, peas, and top with a couple pats of butter. Salt & pepper to taste.
     
  3. Seal foil pack with multiple folds and place on a medium hot bed of campfire coals for approx. 30 minutes – turning once at 15 minutes. (Packs can be slit and checked to make sure they are done)
Classic Hobo Hamburger Ingredients: (per meal)
  • 6oz – 8oz, hamburger per camper
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup hashbrown potatoes
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 tbsp. butter/margarine
  • *1 pkg. Lipton Onion soup mix per one pound of hamburger
    this is a batch mix – not per meal
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Notes:

  1. Lean hamburger, (85/15 or 80/20) should be used, and it can be a patty or chunks.
     
  2. Fresh can be used, but frozen veggies work great for this recipe, and other veggies, (onions, cut beans, etc.), can be substituted or added – as desired.
     
  3. Diced – not shredded, hashbrown potatoes should be used.
     
  4. *A pinch of Monterrey Steak Seasoning really enhances the burger flavor, but do not add salt if used.
     


“Adult Campers” Hamburger and Veggies Foil Pack Meal

Take the traditional Boy Scout favorite tin-foil meal to the “adult” level with fresh veggies and seasonings.

Prep Instructions:

hobo hamburger tin-foil pack dinner
“Adult” Hobo Hamburger Tin Foil Dinner
  1. Thoroughly mix 1 tbsp. Monterrey Steak Seasoning per one pound of ground chuck hamburger meat.
     
  2. Sliced potatoes, onions, and mushrooms 1/4 inch thick.
     
  3. Starting in oiled center of top sheet; add a layer of sliced Red Onions, (about 3 slices), and a couple pats of butter. Then add one 8oz ground chuck patty. Then add sliced Red Skin potatoes, green beans. Top with Roasted Garlic and Onion Diced tomatoes, diced onions, and mushrooms. Pepper to taste. (no salt)
     
  4. Seal foil pack with multiple folds and place on a medium hot bed of campfire coals for approx. 30 minutes – turning once at 15 minutes. (Packs can be slit and checked to make sure they are done)
“Adult” Hobo Hamburger Ingredients: (per meal)
  • 8oz Ground chuck patty per camper
  • 3 Slices Red Onions
  • 1/2 Diced Red Onions
  • 1 cup Sliced Red Skin potatoes
  • 1 cup Petite whole green beans
  • 1/2 cup Diced tomatoes, (seasoned)
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Portabella mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp. butter/margarine
  • *Monterrey Steak Seasoning
  • Pepper to taste
Notes:

  1. Lean ground chuck should be used, and it can be a patty or chunks.
     
  2. Vegetable conversions:
    • 1 med. large Red onion = approx. 10-12 slices or 1.5 cups diced
    • 2 med. Red Skin potatoes = approx. 1 cup sliced potatoes
    • 1 med. Portabella mushroom = approx. 5 slices or 1/2 cup
  3. *Add 1/2 cup mixed sliced green and red pepper strips for an added flavor
     


Sweet and Sour Meatballs Foil Pack Meal

Contrasting sweet and sour flavors will make this one a camper’s favorite.

Serves: 4
Prep Instructions:

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Foil Pack Meal
Sweet and Sour Meatballs Foil Pack
  1. Slice Sweet Peppers into 1/4 inch strips. Dice Red Onions into 1/2 inch chunks. Drain pineapple chunks..
     
  2. Place 4-6 meatballs, (6 sm. or 4 lg.) on oiled center of foil. Add 1/4 of sliced and diced veggies. Add 1/4 pineapple chunks. Top with 3 tbsp. Teriyaki sauce. Salt & pepper to taste.
     
  3. Seal foil pack with multiple folds and place on a medium hot bed of campfire coals for approx. 30 minutes – turning once at 15 minutes. (Packs can be slit and checked to make sure they are done)
Sweet and Sour Meatballs Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs. meatballs*
  • 1 can (14oz) Pineapple chunks
  • 1 each, Lg. Red and Yellow Sweet Peppers
  • 2 med. Red Onions
  • 12 tbsp. Teriyaki sauce
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
    *Store-bought meatballs work great – or make your own with recipe at right
Homemade Meatball Ingredients:
  • 1.5 lbs. Lean Hamburger
  • 1/2 lb. Ground Pork
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 lg. Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 3 tbsp. Roasted Minced Garlic
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Salt
Notes:

  • Combine all meatballs ingredients and mix thoroughly. Then roll into 1 inch meatballs.
    *This step is easiest if done at home, and frozen meatballs brought to camp






Hobo Sausage Foil Pack Meal

Make it traditional with Kielbasa and peppers, or spice it up by adding Andouille and Zucchini. This camping recipe is easy to modify to suit your camping diners – from adventurous adults that will appreciate the Andouille, to more picky younger campers that will pass on the Zucchini and Peppers. This recipe can really be made “your way.”
Serves: 4
Prep Instructions:

Hobo Sausage Foil Pack Meal
Hobo Sausage Tin-Foil Dinner
  1. Slice sausage(s) into 1/2 inch slices, peppers into 1/4 inch strips, onions into 1/2 inch wedges, potatoes, (skin-on), into 1/4 inch slices, and the Zucchini into slightly thinner than 1/4 inch slices.
     
  2. Place 1/4 of sausage slices on oiled center of foil. (*Andouile on bottom if used) Then add layers of; potatoes, sweet peppers, onions, and Zucchini.
     
  3. Top with a drizzle, (1 tsp. each), of lemon juice and olive oil, then a liberal sprinkle of garlic salt, (garlic powder can be substituted), and cracked black pepper.
     
  4. Seal foil pack with multiple folds and place on a medium hot bed of campfire coals for approx. 30 minutes – turning once at 15 minutes. (Packs can be slit and checked to make sure they are done)
Hobo Sausage Ingredients:
  • 1 lb each, Kielbasa and Andouille Sausage (or 2 lbs. Kielbasa)
  • 1 each, Sm. Red and Yellow Sweet Peppers
  • 1 lg. Red Onion
  • 1 lg. or 2 med. Zucchinis
  • 3 lg. Russet Potatoes
  • 4 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 4 tsp. Olive Oil
  • Garlic Salt or Garlic Powder – to taste
  • Cracked Black Pepper – to taste
Notes:

  1. Andouille sausage is not precooked like Kielbasa, so it should go on bottom if used.
     
  2. All Sweet peppers and Zucchini may not be needed. Balance proportions with tastes.
     
  3. Plan approx. 1/2 tsp. Garlic salt, (or powder), and Cracked Black Pepper per foil pack meal.
     
  4. Crunchy Tip: Slice Zucchini into thicker slices and add as last layer to add a little crunch to the mix.

Tip: A good pair of campfire gloves is almost a must-have for campfire and tin-foil cooking. Here is a guide to some good choices for campfire cooking gloves.


Honey BBQ Pork Roast Foil Pack Meal

Deliciously mild and sweet BBQ flavored pork roast chunks with potatoes and green beans make this hobo foil pack a savory treat.
Serves: 4
Prep Instructions:

Honey BBQ Pork Roast Foil Pack Meal
Honey BBQ Pork Roast Foil Pack Meal
  1. Combine BBQ sauce, Honey, and Cumin. Cut pork into 1 inch chunks and mix with sauce in bowl or Ziploc baggie.
     
  2. Slice Baby Carrots into quarters, lengthwise. Slice potatoes into 1/4 inch slices.
     
  3. Starting in oiled center of top sheet; layer 1/4 of pork chunks, then add 1/4 of veggies. Drizzle with 2 tbsp. sauce mix, and salt & pepper to taste.
     
  4. Seal foil pack with multiple folds and place on a medium hot bed of campfire coals for approx. 30 minutes – turning once at 15 minutes. (Packs can be slit and checked to make sure they are done)
Honey BBQ Pork Roast Ingredients: (per meal)
  • 2 lbs Sliced Boneless Pork Roast or Boneless Center-cut Pork Chops
  • 1 lb Fresh or Frozen Petite Whole Green Beans
  • 8 oz Peeled Baby Carrots
  • 3 med. Russet Potatoes
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 tbsp. Ground Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Notes:

  1. Whole chops can be used, but using approx. 1 inch pork chunks will allow meal to cook quicker and eat easier right in foil pack.
     
  2. Frozen Petite Green Beans also work well.
     





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Tips:
The cooked food in the foil packs will be very hot and full of steam – a potential burn hazard for kids young and old. Insist that the foil meals be put on a plate and allowed to “rest” two or three minutes before opening.





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