Hobo Dinners

Hobo Dinners is one of the original recipes of this website. My mother used to make them, and every time she did I loved them.

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When I had a family of my own, I called her up and asked her how to make this wonderful meal. Not only did I find out how easy they were to make, but I appreciated the fact that after I cooked it was not going to take me all evening to clean up the kitchen. And I hate cleaning up the kitchen. I'd cook all day if only I didn't have to clean up the mess. 8 years later and these remain one of my husband's favorite meals.

Ingredients needed:

  • Hamburger meat (ground beef)- how much depends on how many you're cooking for and how big of patties you'd like to make. My husband likes a good meal, so I do a half pound of meat per person I'm cooking for.
  • Potatoes - one per person if small, or 1/2 per person if big
  • Onion slices - 1 to two slices per person/packet
  • Seasoning - I prefer to use Lawry's Seasoning Salt, garlic powder, and McCormicks Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning, but you can use whatever you have handy.
  • Pat of butter
  • Heavy Foil


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Make hamburger patties in whatever size you choose. We prefer 1/2 pound patties for more of a hearty hamburger steak.

Now this is important, season the patty generously with garlic powder, seasoning salt and McCormick's Grill Mates (or your choice of steak seasoning.)

Place each seasoned hamburger patty in the center of it's own piece of foil (approximately 16 inches or so)

Next place onion slices on top of the hamburger patty.

Finally place potato pieces (wedges or rounds) on top of onion. I like to sprinkle a little more seasoning salt on potato pieces. You may have to fold the foil sides up already to keep your potatoes on top. Add the pat of butter on top of the potatoes.

Then bring foil together over the top of it all and seal tight. It should look kind of like a hobo bag that could be tied to a stick.

    Important: The foil packets need to be sealed tight, if you can see inside at all, add another piece of foil over it! Heavy Duty foil is less likely to get a hole and leak. This lets the potatoes steam and makes the meat juicy. If your foil packet has a leak, the meat will be dry and the potatoes raw...yuck.

    Place the foil packets directly on wire racks inside of your oven and cook for 1 hour.

These are fantastic and so easy with zero cleanup.

Variation: "Hello, You and I have similar hobo dinner recipes; except I sprinkle my potatoes and onions with lemon pepper and put a couple of tablespoons of Campbell's broccoli cheese soup on each of mine before closing the foil. It makes the best gravy and gives the potatoes a really good flavor. Any soup would work, but we like the broccoli cheese. (I use 1 can to 2-3 hobo dinners, depending on the size) Try it next time; I think you'll love it."

Thanks Jenna for the tip!

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