Hobo Dinner Recipe
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Hobo Dinner Recipe

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Dining alone has its benefits...I can cook what I like! This is a favorite.—Pat Walter, Pine Island, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:1 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 1 servings


  • 1/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 potato, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 sheet heavy-duty aluminum foil (18 inches x 13 inches)
  • Salt and pepper to taste, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 374 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 6g fiber), 27g protein.


  1. Shape beef into a patty; place in the center of foil with potato, carrot and onion. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. Fold foil over and seal well; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Open foil carefully. Yield: 1 serving.
Editor's Note: Dinner may also be grilled, covered, over medium coals for 45-60 minutes or until potato is tender.
Originally published as Hobo Dinner in Taste of Home August/September 1996, p16

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 250472
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2016

"I made these using a Debbie Meyer Grilling bag instead of foil, worked great!"

WheelWellFarm User ID: 8581892 235391
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2015

"Instead of salt and pepper i use the onion dip mix sprinkle a little in each bag gives it great flavor"

lolohiser User ID: 5362556 225672
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2015

"I use a number of different vegetables to make the "Hobo dinner" a real dinner. Make a different one each night!!"

Kristy73 User ID: 8247453 219811
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"I used to make these with Ground Turkey meat and green beans and potatoes...I loved them, I need to start making these again. Thanks for the reminder :)"

kapin3 User ID: 3513422 17592
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"Really tasty family loves it and its really easy to make"

cmarie_1124 User ID: 5693915 26424
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"Very good! Added 1 TBSP dry onion soup mix & a drizzle of A1 to each packet."

best of home cooks User ID: 5361390 200984
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"I grew up on this 1. We always put chopped green peppers in ours as well. Gives it a much better flavor. So easy, fast and cheep meal."

wadeckiburn User ID: 815617 11849
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"made this and was extremely blah, so I tweaked it a little. I added some worcerterershire sauce,egg, garlic powder,chopped red and green peppers, and some Japanese panko crumbs to the hamburger mix and then layered it like someone suggested. I put the carrots on the bottom then the potatoes, onions and then the hamburg patty. cooked it for the time stated and got some flavor. Still not excellen, but a good small dinner. Will make again, just not too soon."

Builders User ID: 1380929 13388
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"My family loves this, especially my dad who is a big meat-and-potatoes guy. We like to serve corn with it, it adds a little sweetness."

HappyTrailz User ID: 6187566 26414
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"I always put my potatoes and carrots on the bottom...then the onions, (green pepper is also good to add here) a little minced garlic, and then the hamburger on top. Of course you can season this with salt and pepper. This way the juices flow down through the veggies and flavor them. Yummy EVERY time!"

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