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Hobo Knapsacks

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.
  • Makes
    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 large 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, tomatoes, onion, mixed vegetables and mushrooms; set aside.
  • 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 18x12-in. piece of foil.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 252 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 603mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 20g protein.
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  • Sherman2
    Jan 12, 2012

    This is a fabulous way to enjoy vegetables. It's really good! Kids love "hobo" foil packs.

  • zookeeptd
    Jul 26, 2009

    This idea is great for camping also. Very easy to cook on the fire!!We use several combinations and make to each person's on taste!! Add meat, veggies, seasonings, cheese! Wrap it up and give it an hour or so turning a few times.