How To Make Your Own Campfire Hobo Meals

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How To Make Your Own Campfire Hobo Meals

Lil' Suburban Homesteading How To Make Your own hobo meals

I have fond memories of going camping as a child. By the time I came along as I was my parents third and last child; I am sure my parents had it down to an art as both of them are extremely efficient individuals. We mostly tent camped although I do remember at one point in time having a pop up camper which I loved but I don’t remember us having it very long. What I do remember is whether we tent camped or stayed in the camper that I have some amazing memories of swimming, hiking, making s’mores over a campfire and family togetherness!

Fast forward to today…..we recently brought our 17 (almost 18-year-old) lineman football player camping with us and well the cell service was awful where we stayed in Cherokee, North Carolina so both of us who like to have our technology in the evening struggled (meaning me and him) LOL because we were truly unplugged for about 3 nights and 4 days. This I’m sure was even tougher on him although he did not complain about the lack of technology…his struggle was real our camper is just no longer big enough to house him we will have to pack a tent for him in the future of his own.

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No matter how you feel about camping one thing remains true camp food is always better than regular food I say…..and I decided that we would have a hobo meal competition so everyone had the same ingredients to work with . Oh by the way if you don’t know what a hobo meal is it’s just where you take a bunch of food and place it in foil and stick it in the campfire! There are no rules…you need a meat, a potato, and veggies! It’s that simple! I made my very first hobo meal at summer camp as a little girl and had such fond memories. I was hoping this dinner activity would appeal to the “Inner Chef” of my son and it did and surprising the Viking enjoyed this dinner too! I usually recommend a 1/3 lb. of meat for the average sized camper but I think my lineman got about a pound of meat and I had about a 1/3 of a pound, 1 potato, and one dozen carrot medallions but that certainly could have been cut in half…truthfully our dog River helped me finish my meal but it was absolutely delicious!

The ingredients provided were:
hamburger 2 lbs. for 4 people
onion 2 onions
eggs optional
salt/pepper/italian seasoning
carrots a bag of them
potatoes 4 of them should do we used 3
butter 1 stick
rosemary ( I brought fresh from home)
and that’s about it…..

I created a separate packet for each of my food and I even made a mini meatloaf for my hamburger, in my potato packet I added rosemary, butter, onion, and garlic, and my carrot packet was honey and butter I thought mine was the best until I tasted the Viking’s packet where he mixed his potatoes and hamburger together and it was kind of earthy tasting and delicious. I thought the Viking’s packet was the best until I had some of my lineman’s son packet where he mixed the hamburger with butter…that’s all and his wasn’t just the best it was fantastic! Note to self in future have lineman son make up my hamburger packet LOL! If you try these in the future let me know they are fun to make and I think people enjoy taking ownership over their own individual meal that they make.

I wish you all a beautiful week….until next time!



5 thoughts on “How To Make Your Own Campfire Hobo Meals

  1. I came across this literally before I went downstairs to get carrots for our own hobo packets! In our case, we’re taking our on-year-old camping. So we’re starting the tradition from the other end of the age spectrum :).

    1. Kristen – I made these for the first time at summer camp when I was a little girl! They are fun for all ages but I love that you are starting the hobo meal tradition so early…very cool! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  2. I forgot we used to call them Hobo dinners in Girl Scouts (when I was a girl), then as a leader, I think we called them Foil Dinners and that name sort of stuck when taking my grandkids camping. It was one of their favorite meals, because they could choose what to put in and do it themselves.

    1. I learned about these at summer camp and they were always a bit hit with my me growing up and my family even now that my kids are all grown up and adults! We are making these on our next camping trip. So fun! Thank you for stopping by the blog! Good to hear from you! 🙂

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