Hobo Campfire Dinner
Hobo Dinners are a easy and inexpensive meal that are great for both camping and fun nights at home. Feel free to customize this recipe for your family.
Servings Prep Time
8 15
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
8 15
Cook Time
  1. Get a good fire started! Once the fire is burned down to mostly hot coals, position a cooking grate over the fire.
  2. Chop the potatoes, peppers, onions, and zucchini into 1 inch pieces. Set aside in separate bowls.
  3. Cut the head of cabbage into 8 wedges. Cut out the core and separate the leaves. Set aside.
  4. Form your ground beef into 1/3 to 1/2 lb patties.
  5. Start everyone out with a large piece of foil (about a foot long), shiny side down. Spray with cooking spray or drizzle with olive oil. Add a double layer of cabbage leaves to the foil (This will help protect the rest of the food from burning.
  6. Layer your Hobo Dinner with your favorite fixings! My preferred order to help everything cook evenly is as follows: potatoes and carrots, frozen veggies, zucchini, 2 tbsp cold butter, 2 meat patties, seasoning, and finally, cheese.
  7. Top with another layer of cabbage leaves, and another layer of foil, this time shiny side up. Bring up the edges of your bottom foil and fold both pieces of foil together. We shaped each foil packet differently, for added fun and to tell which packet belonged to which person.
  8. Place your foil packets on the grate and cook for 20-30 minutes. Watch them carefully!
  9. Peel the packets open and check potatoes and carrots are fork tender. If they are, everything else is likely also cooked through. Enjoy your Hobo Dinner with the condiments of your choice. We love mayonnaise, mustard, and Louisiana hot sauce!
Recipe Notes

A few possible variations:

Cooking method – This dish could be prepared on a foil-covered sheet pan or cast iron skillet in a hot oven, or in foil packets on the grill!

Ingredients – Get creative! Add things like mushrooms, sauerkraut, sausage, tomatoes, or even your favorite sauce!

Prep – As if I needed a reason to love this recipe more! All the ingredients can be prepped and stored in the fridge for up to two days ahead of time. You can even prepare your foil packets up to 24 hours a head of time, which could be especially helpful if you are traveling to tailgate or camping trip.

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