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Hobo Knapsacks Recipe

Hobo Knapsacks Recipe

When our children were small, I invented this recipe to take along on trips to the park. We'd grill the packets, then eat the meal right from the foil wrap!—Ann Millhouse, Polo, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • Additional salt and pepper, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, tomatoes, onion, mixed vegetables and mushrooms; set aside.
  • 2. In another large bowl, combine the egg, tomato juice, oats, onion, salt and pepper; crumble beef over the mixture and mix well. Divide meat mixture into six portions; crumble each portion onto an 18-in. x 12-in. piece of foil.
  • 3. Top with vegetable mixture; season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Bring edges of foil together; crimp to seal, forming a packet. Place on baking sheets.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 252 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 603 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 20 g protein.