Tasty and Healthy Hobo Camping Recipes Ideas

While Hobo Packets are a handy and delicious way to create individual meals over a campfire, they can also be baked in an oven, or even in a crockpot! These are really fun for kids to do, and lend themselves to experimentation as well. Hobo meals can be made any time of year, and are great ways to get rid of leftovers. Some Hobo Meals and Hobo Packets can be frozen, which makes them uber convenient.

Healthy Hobo Camping Recipes Idea

What's not to love about Hobo Meals? They are convenient, fun, versatile, economical and they taste great! Grab a few squares of tin foil (aluminum) and let's make some Hobo Meals!

What you Need for Hobo Meals and Hobo Packets

Gather your goods

Hobo MealGetting ready to create Hobo Meals is simple and easy. With just some tin foil (aluminum foil for those NOT from the midwest), and a few simple ingredients, you'll be ready to create your Hobo Masterpieces!

  • A Grill, Crockpot, or Oven
  • Tin Foil Squares

Hobo meals are meant to be individual packets of food, so a square approximately 8" work pretty well, allowing room for plenty of food with enough foil left over to make the seams and seal in the juices. If you watch the video below, you can cut bigger squares, 3, and create a hobo meal with a handle

  • Meat
  • Chicken
  • Hamburger
  • Tuna
  • Fish Fillets
  • Sausage
  • Stew meat (cut into very small pieces)
  • Veggies
  • Potatoes
  • Thawed French Fries
  • Cabbage (for flavor, and can wrap food in to keep from burning on grill)
  • Onion
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Green Beans

Assemble Your Hobo Meal, Hobo Dinner, Hobo Packet

What goes into a Hobo meal is actually less important than how the packet is put together. One option when making these is to place the ingredients into a large cabbage leaf (see video below). This prevents burning, and also adds great flavor and vitamins. It is not a requirement, however, so if you do not have or want cabbage, that's ok.

Lay the first piece of aluminum foil on a flat surface

In the center of the foil, place the cabbage leaf (if using), the potatoes, vegetables and top with the meat.

Top with another foil square and line up the edges of the foil. One side at a time, fold the foil together in small segments toward the center. This seals in the juices and the heat, allowing the meal to cook.

Do this will all four sides of the meal packet and press them down firmly. Allow to cook for at least 30 minutes, but optimally, if cooking on a fire pit or grill, 45 or so minutes. A 350 degree oven works just as well, and you can cook for 30 minutes. If cooking in a crockpot, you can put several into the slow cooker at one time, and cook on low for about 7 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Voila! You've created a Hobo Meal! Now you can let your imagination soar and create many new dinners. Below, I've given several of my own Hobo Meal Recipes, including one for a dessert packet!

Basic Ground Beef Hobo Meal

This is the basic Hobo Meal Recipe

Serves: 1

  1. Prep Time: 10 minutes
  2. Total Time: 45 minutes-1 hour


  1. 1/2 C. diced potatoes
  2. 1/2 C. frozen corn
  3. 1/4 lb. hamburger
  4. 1/8 tsp.onion soup mix
  5. salt and pepper


Place the potatoes in the center of tin foil square and fold the sides together. Top with corn, hamburger and seasonings. Top with another tin foil square and cook on campfire for about 40 minutes, 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, and crockpot (Low) 7 hours or (High) 4 hours.

Cowboy Hobo Meal

Don't forget the beans!

Serves: 1

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 35-45 minutes
  • This is a favorite, and quick to put together.


  • One hamburger patty (about 3 ounces)
  • 1/4 C Baked Beans or Pork and Beans
  • One slice Bacon


Place hamburger patty in the center of the foil, top with beans and finally the slice of bacon. Assemble the foil by placing another square on top and folding the edges together. Cook in 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, a grill or campfire for 30 minutes, or in a crockpot on High for 4 hours (can place several packets in the crockpot at one time)

Chicken Hobo Meal

Kids and adults love these Hobo Meals

Serves: 4

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes to an hour


  • 4 Chicken Breasts (or 8 drumsticks and/or thighs)
  • One can cream of chicken soup
  • sliced potatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste


Mix soup and seasonings in a large bowl before hand. Place one chicken breast or two drumsticks in the center of a 12" square of tin foil. Top with sliced potatoes (Canned potatoes work fine) Spoon some soup mixture on top, *You can use up to 1/4 can of soup, but probably won't need that much) Top with another 12" square of tin foil and seal the edges tightly. Cook in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, a grill for about 22 minutes, or a campfire for 30 minutes. Can also be cooked in a crockpot by placing several packets into the crockpot and cooking on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours.

Have you ever made Hobo Meals? Do you have a favorite Hobo Meal Recipe?

Vernon Scott

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