Hobo Tin Foil Dinners – Easy Camping Meals and Recipes Ideas

tin-foil camping meals
Hobo Tin-Foil Camping Meals

All-time Favorite Camping Food – Hobo Tin-Foil Meals

Easy to make camping meals
These easy camping meal ideas are true to the spirit of good ol’ campfire cooking, but without all the muss and fuss of a lot of work. Everyone wants to enjoy good camp food, but why should you get stuck doing all the cooking?

Fun, Easy, and Delicious – Tin-Foil Camping Meals
Kids love these because they get to feel like big kids – making their own food. Adults love them because they are easy, and they can be as creative as they want. And camp cooks love them because they are a lot less work than traditional camping meals.

The concept:
An assortment of foods are wrapped in foil and cooked in campfire coals – or on a grate over the coals – or even over charcoal briquettes in a grill. One good feature of these meals is the camp cook can get by with just prepping and laying out the camp food for the meals – then each camper creates, wraps, and cooks their own meal.

tin-foil camping meals
Hobo Tin-Foil Camping Meals

The plus:
With just a little adult help, you can let the kids create their own foil packs. And – they are cooked in an open campfire. Just like all good camping meals should be.

How it’s done:
The original foil meal, was a Boy Scout creation that was just; some hamburger, diced potatoes, corn, peas, and carrots, and a little salt & pepper, wrapped into a pack using a double layer of heavy-duty tin-foil.

Note: See a demonstration and video of one Boy Scout method from: Phoenix Boy Scout Troop 109.

Cooking Tips

  • Generally these meals don’t use specific recipes; you just decide what you want to include – and toss it all together, with your favorite seasonings
  • Be generous with the seasonings; salt & pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, etc.
  • Seal foil packs with foil folds – not just “crunched” closed – to keep the juices sealed in.
  • Don’t try to make-do with regular foil – save the frustration of split packs – use heavy-duty foil
  • Set foil packs in mature coals – not flaming coals (they will burn contents before they get done) *Foil packs can even be covered with coals, if they have a lot of food in them
  • Foil dinners do not need to be turned over- even though many cooks tell you to. Just rotate the pack about half way through cooking time to avoid hot spots.

The “Classic Boy Scout” Hamburger Tin-foil Dinner

Easy Camping meal ideas - Hobo foil dinner
Hamburger, Potatoes, Veggies, Salt & Pepper, and Butter
Note: This recipe uses Montreal Steak Seasoning instead of Lipton Soup Mix.

Ingredients: – per meal

  • 1/3 to 1/2 lb hamburger
    • use 85/15 hamburger, (you want the fat juices)
    • crumbled works best – but lumps can also be used

  • 4 – 5 whole cabbage leaves
  • 1 cup diced “HashBrown potatoes, (like Orieda Frozen Hash Browns)
    • Frozen hashbrowns do not have to be kept in your camp cooler
  • 1/2 cup each; frozen corn and peas
  • 1 whole carrot – sliced approx. 1/4″ thick
  • Montreal Steak seasoning, Salt & pepper – generous, but to taste
  • 1 tbsp. butter or margarine

Note: Other vegetables can be added, (or substituted), ie. onions, sweet peppers, or green beans. Fresh is best, but frozen works fine. Tip: 1 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce really boosts the meat flavor.

Start with a double layer of cabbage leaves, (as shown in video), then the frozen and fresh veggies, followed with the hamburger, followed with the Montreal Steak Seasoning, salt & pepper, (seasoned to taste), and butter. Then complete the package by topping with more cabbage leaves, (as seen in video)

Place completed foil pack on mature coals, (not in or over open flames, or still-flaming coals – the food will burn), for 25-30 minutes.


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Easy hamburger foil pack camping meal ideas - Hobo tin foil dinner
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