Summer Cooking – How to Make Hobo Dinners

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This is one of my favorite meals. It’s not very glamorous, but it’s good comfort food and fun to make. In the winter, we cook it in our fireplace. The rest of the year we either cook it on the wood/charcoal side of our grill or on a camp fire.

Here’s what we do.

Gather the veggies that you’d like to include. We like potatoes, corn and onions.

Chop the potatoes and onions.

Lay out long pieces of aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.

We typically use 1 lb. of ground beef in 2 Hobo dinners for our family of four. Sprinkle Worchestershire sauce on the beef (optional).

Layer on the onions…

the potatoes…

Season as desired. Here we used a little garlic salt and a clove of garlic.

Add the corn.

Bring two edges together.

Fold over and fold over again to make a seal.

Roll up the edges on either side.

When we cook directly on coals in a fire, we double wrap the packet.

Once it’s wrapped, give it a few shakes to mix the ingredients and seasoning.

It takes about 45 minutes for the hobo dinners to cook. Note the cook time varies depending on how hot the coals of the fire are. Be sure to carefully flip the packets at least 4 times during the cooking process. I just asked my hubby how often he flips them and he said it depends…he goes by smell. Ha!

If the heat source is hotter, you’re going to want to flip them more often to prevent charring your dinner.

Matt typically opens the dinners to check if the potatoes are tender. Once they are, dinner is served.

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  1. Kim Wilder says

    Do you think this would work on a gas grill? Maybe lay it on the rack and see what happens? I remember making these in Girl Scouts. Thanks so much!

  2. Rose Price says

    Looks easy to make……I just don’t see the finish product to see if it be something i could feed my family.

    • Sarah Weeda says

      Chelsea, I haven’t tried a slow cooker, anyone else? I’d love to hear what you discover.

    • Sarah Weeda says

      Absolutely. I’d put them on a tray in case the packets leak a bit or skip the foil and use a Dutch oven.

        • Sarah Weeda says

          Steffanie, I only did this once and don’t remember the details of what I did. Let me know if you give it a try. When I do it again, I plan to bake them at 350. The time is going to depend on how big you cube your potatoes.

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