Hamburger foil packet hobo dinners

These delicious hamburger foil packet dinners pack a lot of flavor in a little packet. Each aluminum foil packet is filled with a hamburger patty made from ground beef, carrots, potatoes, and seasonings. They are fully customizable and cook up easily in the oven, on the grill, or over the campfire. 

Hamburger tin foil dinners, or hobo dinners as my Mother calls them were a favorite in my household growing up. They were easy and delicious and as a kid, I loved helping to fill each packet with ingredients. 

As a mom myself I love how easy they are to make as cooking is not my specialty. Despite not being a great cook these have never come out wrong! They also require little prep time and clean up is a breeze. Just the kind of easy mom meal every busy mom needs.

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Ingredients you’ll need for hobo dinners

This recipe is super simple with just 5-6 ingredients.

You’ll need some ground beef, you can sub in ground turkey if you want to make it healthier.

Comfort food staples of potatoes and carrots go nicely with the beef and the butter and french onion soup mix provide the flavor and some extra moisture.

How to make these delicious foil packet dinners

Preheat oven to 350

1 – Divide ground beef into 4 even hamburger patties about 1 inch thick. If you are feeding children you may want to make their portions smaller.

Optional: Mix a small amount of the onion soup mix into the meat before making your patties.

2 – Wash/Cut your veggies

I like to use a vegetable brush to clean mine off under cold water.

Cut carrots into 1 inch pieces and potatoes into 1-2 inch pieces.

Optional: Cut onion into large pieces or strips.

3 – Place hamburger patties in the center of each piece of aluminum foil. Surround each patty with pieces of carrots, potatoes, and onions if you choose.

oven baked hamburgers in foil prep

4 – Place 1/2-1 tbsp butter on the center of each patty. Sprinkles approx 1-2 tbsp of onion soup mix over the ingredients.

foil packet dinners with ground beef in process

5 – Gather the corners of the foil up and scrunch together to seal each pocket. Place sealed pockets onto a baking sheet in case any sauce leaks out during baking.

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6 – Bake at 350 for 40-60 minutes.

Carefully unwrap one pocket keeping face away as steam escaping will be hot. Poke carrots and potatoes with a fork to check for doneness.

Once vegetables are done the meat should be cooked through as well. You can check with a meat thermometer. Meat should read 140 degrees or more.

Tips for making your own foil packet hobo dinners:

  • Make sure to place your hobo dinner foil packets on a baking sheet in case any liquid leaks out.
  • If you use extra lean beef you may need to add a bit of extra butter or other liquid to keep your meat nice and moist. 
  • Use a vegetable brush to easily clean your carrots and potatoes
  • Customize each packet, add extra veggies, leave out onions, don’t add the seasonings if your kids are super picky. Use toothpicks with colored ends to help tell which belongs to which person. 

That’s all there is to it! Keep yours wrapped up tight while you cut up your kids meals and mom will even get to eat a hot dinner! I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine!

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Hamburger Foil Packet Hobo Dinners

Hamburger Foil Packet Hobo Dinners

These mini pot roast pockets are easy and delicious. And my favorite part...they require very little cleanup! Can be done in the oven, on the grill, or over the campfire on camping trips.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4-5 med carrots
  • 2-3 med potatoes
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 packets of onion soup mix
  • 1 onion, Optional. I don't use onions as I'm not a big fan but they would make a nice addition.
  • 4 pieces of aluminum foil, 1.5 feet each

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Divide ground beef into 4 even hamburger patties about 1 inch thick. If you are feeding children you may want to make their portions smaller.
  3. Wash your veggies. Cut carrots into 1 inch pieces and potatoes into 1-2 inch pieces.
  4. Place hamburger patties in the center of each piece of aluminum foil. Surround each patty with pieces of carrots, potatoes, and onions if you choose.
  5. Place 1/2-1 tbsp butter on the center of each patty. Sprinkles approx 1-2 tbsp of onion soup mix over the ingredients.
  6. Gather the corners of the foil up and scrunch together to seal each pocket. Place sealed pockets onto a baking sheet in case any sauce leaks out during baking.
  7. Bake at 350 for 40-60 minutes. Carefully unwrap one pocket keeping face away as steam escaping will be hot. Poke carrots and potatoes with a fork to check for doneness. Once vegetables are done the meat should be cooked through as well. You can check with a meat thermometer. Meat should read 140 degrees or more.

Hamburger tin foil dinners in the oven

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