How to Make a Hobo Meal

hobo meal recipeOne of my favorite things about summer camp was making hobo meals. There was just something special about those little packets of deliciousness. Both the prep and cleanup is super easy, and the kids have fun making their own hobo sacks.


What you'll need:

  • aluminum foil
  • charcoal for the fire (an oven or grill works also) 
  • Meat, onions, carrots, potatoes, seasonings, sauces, etc. I personally like hamburger meat in mine but you can also use chicken, pork, or go veggie-style with no meat. The ingredients aren't set in stone, just throw in what you like.


  • Start a fire, fire up the grill, or preheat the oven (350 degrees)
  • Wrap it up in aluminum foil. The kids can have fun shaping their packets into different shapes.
  • Place your hobo sacks into the fire and cook approximately 15 minutes (approximately 20-30 for the grill) on each side. If you are making them in an oven, cook for 45-60 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Check to make sure the meat is done (you may have to place them on there for a few more minutes) and the veggies are tender.
  • Once it's cooked thoroughly, you can add sauce or sprinkle cheese on it if you so desire.

Have your kids ever made hobo meals at camp or have you ever tried making them at home? What do you put in your hobo meal?


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