Meal in a Packet Recipe
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Meal in a Packet Recipe

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I came across this in my grandmother's recipe collection a few years back. It's easy to suit different people's tastes. --Jody Summersett, New Haven, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 8 medium carrots, julienned
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1 envelope onion gravy mix
  • 2 firm fresh tomatoes, halved

Nutritional Facts

1 each equals 262 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 438 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 24 g protein.


  1. Shape beef into four patties. Place each on an ungreased 14-in. square of heavy-duty foil. Arrange carrots and green pepper around patties. Sprinkle with gravy mix. Place a tomato half, cut side down, on each patty. Fold foil around meat and vegetables; seal tightly. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 4 servings.
It's simple to take Meal in a Packet with you on a picnic. Assemble the packets and put them in a cooler. Grill over medium-high heat for about 1 hour or until meat is no longer pink.
Originally published as Meal in a Packet in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p172

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Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"A little bland. I would suggest spicing up the meat a little to give it more flavor."

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

"These packets are an all-time favorite for camping and cookouts. Sometimes I include very thinly sliced potatoes."

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