Saturday, October 27, 2018

Hobo Dinners

This used to be one of my favorite meals that I learned how to make back when I was a Girl Guide.  And I'm still kinda amazed at how much I liked it, mainly because back then, I really didn't care for vegetables.

I got to revisit my past a little this past week or so.  We were without power for several days following Hurricane Michael's onslaught onto the Forgotten coast.    Luckily we had a generator which we ran three times a day to keep the fridge and freezer going.   But it also meant that I had to resort to cooking my meals on either a two burner hotplate which the generator could handle just fine, or out on the grill. 

I'm so thankful for that gas grill, I cooked a couple of meals on it.  One night we had hamburgers, and they tasted wonderful but on another night I made something from my past, Hobo Dinners.  We'd invited a neighbor in and we feasted on these.

And while I'd love to say that there is a hard and fast recipe for these, in reality, you make them to your taste.

Which I did.
I had some lovely heirloom carrots and in the picture you can see a purple one, but I ate that one, raw.  I love carrots.

So here's the basics.   And the recipe.  

Yield: 4 servings

Hobo Dinners

prep time: 10 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 30 mins
This is a fun recipe, and it tastes great. I made it on the grill, but you can also bake these in the oven.


1 lb. Hamburger meat - divided into four patties ( I like 90/10 grind)
2 tablespoons butter
2-3 potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
2-4 carrots, peeled and cut into coins
1-2 onions, peeled and sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1 can mushroom soup, heated or
1 cup brown gravy


To assemble

Peel and slice the potatoes, carrots and onions.  Mix the butter into the meat and form into four patties.   This provides a little fat and imparts a richness to the finished dish.  You can also use a fattier grind of meat if you like, just don't add the butter.  85/15 works well.
Take two sheets of foil about 10 inches long, out per meal if cooking these on the grill or just one sheet per meal if making in the oven. Spray the foil lightly with some cooking spray.
Place the onions, potatoes and carrots on the foil, top with the hamburger patty and season with salt and pepper.   Fold the foil over the meal and seal by folding over the top.  If making these on the grill, add another sheet of foil, sometimes the first layer can burn through. 
You can also top the meat with a dollop of mushroom soup or prepared gravy if you like, before you seal up the packets.   I got carried away and forgot to do that before cooking these and just served the mushroom soup as a topper.
Cook on the grill for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.  You can also bake them in the oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Serve on the foil for a truly rustic, campfire meal.  
You can also cook these in the coals of a campfire for a true campfire meal.  
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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


  1. Fun and practical! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  2. What a great idea and it looks so good! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen


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