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Easy Tin Foil Dinner Recipe

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Easy Tin Foil Dinner Recipe. These easy tin foil dinners are a must-make for any camping trip! Also known as Hobo Dinners, they are hearty and filling. The perfect camping recipe.

Classic Tin Foil Dinners

Classic Tin Foil Dinners

How to Make Classic Tin Foil Dinners

Creating the perfect camping menu can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, this easy recipe is an all around winner.

It tastes amazing, is easily adaptable, and clean up is a breeze. All very important things to consider when planning for your camping adventure.

A few of the most common questions I am asked:

What do you put in tin foil dinners?

Great question! Really, what CAN’T you put into a tin foil dinner? We have tried a wide variety of vegetables, rice, frozen french fries… Just be sure to check your tin foil dinner while it is cooking regularly and ensuring even cooking.

Easy Classic Tin Foil Dinners

How do you make tin foil dinners in the oven?

Yes. We do not limit tin foil dinners to camping. We have made them in the oven, on the grill, and in hot coals. Do not limit yourself to just one way of cooking!

Easy Tin Foil Dinners
If you are looking for some great inspiration on what kind of meals to add to your camping menu make sure to check out my cookbook! Foiled! Easy, Tasty, Tin Foil Meals is packed with great ideas from breakfast to desserts! Make sure to give me a shout out on social media if you give any of them a try! I’d love to feature you and your cooking adventures!

Tips for creating perfect tin foil dinners:

  1. Use heavy duty foil. The last thing you want to happen when you are handling a tin foil dinner is to have the foil give out or rip. Heavy duty foil ensures that your dinner will stay safe and sound during the cooking process.
  2. Know how to fold a tin foil packet. You want to fold your packet in a way that allows the cooking to be even. Follow this super simple tutorial. As a result, you will have perfect recipes every time!
  3. Prep before you leave. Chop your veggies, slice the chicken, or even put the packets together before you head out. This makes for a more enjoyable camping experience. Less stress while you cook means more time to enjoy your vacation!
  4. Don’t skip the non-stick spray!
Easy Tin Foil Dinner Recipe

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Easy Tin Foil Dinner Recipe

Easy Tin Foil Dinner Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These easy tin foil dinners are a must-make for any camping trip! Also known as Hobo Dinners, they are hearty and filling. The perfect camping recipe.


  • 1-1/2 lbs hamburger meat, divided into 6 patties
  • 1 (1oz) onion soup packet
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 small potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1-2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • heavy duty foil


For the hamburger patties

  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Gently mix until combined. Divide meat into six equal portions. Form patties.
  2. Create 6 large rectangles of heavy duty foil. Mist with cooking spray.
  3. Spoon 1/3 cup mushroom soup onto each rectangle. 
  4. Divide potatoes between packets along with the carrots. Season with salt and pepper.  
  5. Top with a hamburger patty and onion slices. Add additional mushroom soup if desired.
  6. Seal each packet securely. 

Oven Cooking:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cook your foil dinners for 35 minutes or until the meat reaches a temperature of 160 degrees.
  2. Campfire Cooking:
  3. Cook over hot campfire coals for 45-50 minutes or until the meat reaches a temperature of 160 degrees and the vegetables are soft.
  4. Be sure to check periodically and turn and rotate until done.

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Mary Pearce

Saturday 13th of August 2016

How do you tell the individual dinners apart? I want to do this for my sons birthday, but all the boys will make individual dinners and will need to tell them apart... Any ideas?


Saturday 13th of August 2016

Use a permanent marker to write their names or initials on the outside.


Sunday 7th of June 2015

A group of my friends are going camping in two weeks my boyfriend and I are in charge of most of the meals. Freezing them until were ready to eat is genius. But how long does it usually take to cook hobo dinners on the coals are there signs where I will know when they're done?

Viki O

Saturday 27th of July 2013

I have tried thinly sliced chicken (be sure it gets cooked all the way thru), sweet potato slices, pineapple, onions, frozen peas, with soy sauce.. We love foil dinners. They are a must on campouts. I saw on pinterest a s'mores post where they put the chocolate, marshmallows and whatever else you felt like adding into a sugar cone and wrapped it in foil, then cooked it on the coals like a foil dinner. Yum!

Jane Morris Coons

Thursday 25th of July 2013

We did these in Girl Scouts - I actually took a Gourmet Outdoor Cooking class and they taught us the trick with the cabbage leaf on the top & bottom. Really works to add moisture and prevent scorching. My favorite meat to put in them is kielbasa - it's already fully cooked so you don't have to worry about undercooking meat or poultry. Also, partially cook chicken in your microwave and then put it in a heavy duty plastic back with a bottle of Italian dressing. Flavors it and again, no worries about undercooked poultry. You can freeze the chicken at that point and put them in the cooler to thaw.

I learned from the BOY Scouts how to make a proper foil packet - take a large piece of Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil, and fold it in half. Fold again the opposite way (first, top to bottom; next side to side). Make three narrow, crisp folds on each of three open sides. Fill the packets with meats and/or veggies (they are great with just potatoes and onions for a side). Add some butter, some fresh herbs, salt & pepper, and a tablespoon of water. Seal top by folding over three times. Cook on grate or in coals - flip with tongs. The packets will "puff up" like Jiffy Pop from the steam. This manner of folding packets makes all the difference!

Craig Riecke

Saturday 8th of June 2013

Wow! I've eaten a lot of tin foil dinners in my time ... half-eaten is more accurate. I have never had one come out well. It's absolutely impossible to judge how long to put one on the fire. And once you've opened it ... it's game over. If it's underdone, you'll never be able to close it back up without getting ash in it. If it's overdone, you'll need power tools to get it off the tin foil. And there is no in between.

Actually ... statistically, there will always be someone who gets a good tin foil dinner - they got the perfect part of the fire. You never know who that person will be ... except, it won't be you!

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