2 Feb 08

Hobo meals are a long time favorite of campers. I first learned to make these in Cubscouts and used them ever since. Once you get the hang of them there are many variations you can make. Be creative and enjoy.

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 30 – 40 min. Depending on amount of coals

Servings: 4 – 5 depending on appetites.


  • 2 lbs. – Hamburger
  • 1 – Onion
  • 1 – Small bag of baby carrots
  • 4 – Bay leaves
  • 4 tbls. – Worchester Sauce
  • Salt, Pepper and season salt to taste


Prepare 4 squares of tinfoil. Use heavy duty 18″ wide if available.
Divide the hamburger into 4 equal balls, then flatten slightly to make a patty no thicker than 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick on each tinfoil square.
Sprinkle Worchester sauce on each patty, then season with salt, pepper and season salt.
Place 1 bay leaf on top of each patty.
Slice or chop onion and divide into four to place on top or around each patty.
Divide the carrots and place them on each patty.
Bring two opposite sides of the tinfoil together over the patty and fold over the sides making a 3/4 inch seam. Then flatten and fold the other ends one or two times. Each packet serves one and can be frozen until needed.
When cooking on a camp fire prepare coals, place packets on the coals.


  • Remove a packet from the coals and unwrap to check if done. If not re-wrap and place in coals with the others.
  • If you have a shovel you can place a couple of coals on top to speed up cooking.
  • Celery can be a good addition to the packets.

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