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.
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.
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, onion slices, sliced potatoes 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.
How to make and cook a Hobo Tin Foil meal.
Traditional Hobo Tin-Foil Meals:
Hobo foil packs started as simple meat and potatoes concoctions made at Boy Scout campouts, but once adult campers found out how easy and delicious these meals could be – the sky was the limit for what could be cooked in a foil pack. Once you understand the concept, you can create any type of tin-foil meal you want, (some campers make this their last dinner of the trip – so they can toss in all their leftovers).
The “Classic” Hobo Hamburger Tin-foil Dinner
Hamburger, Potatoes, and Sliced Onions. Salt & Pepper, and Butter
Start with a layer of onions, then the hamburger, followed by the sliced potatoes, and then the sliced carrots. Add the Worcestershire sauce, and top with salt & pepper, (seasoned to taste), and butter.
Ingredients: – per meal
- 1/3 to 1/2 lb hamburger
- use lean hamburger, at least 85/15, 93/7 is better
- patty or lump works best – but it can also be crumbled
- 2 – 3 thick onion slices – per taste
- 1 cup potato slices – approx. 1/4″ thick, about 1 med. potato
- 1 whole carrot – sliced approx. 1/4″ thick
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce – more or less to taste
- Salt & pepper – generous, but to taste
- 1 tbsp. butter or margarine
Note: Other vegetables can be added, (or substituted), ie. corn, peas, sweet peppers, or green beans. Fresh is best, but frozen works fine. Tip: 1 tsp. of Monterrey Steak seasoning really boosts the meat flavor.
A good pair of campfire gloves is almost a must-have for campfire and tin-foil cooking.
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More Delicious Hobo Tin-Foil Pack Meals
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From simple and basic diced chicken and veggies, to more exotic Bruschetta chicken with bacon, these tin-foil meals are as delicious as they are easy to make.
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Starting with the traditional Boy Scout Hobo hamburger, see 5 more tasty Hobo dinners – including spicy Italian Sausage and Potatoes.
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