This hobo dinner recipe is an easy to make “all in one” dish that you can make in the oven or on the grill.
One of the benefits of a slow cooker is that you can pretty much toss a bunch of ingredients into a single pot and it cooks it for you with very little effort. But slow cooker or Crock-Pot food has a certain texture and usually softens even the most dense vegetable that you put in it.
The name “hobo dinner” was inspired by the way people cook over campfires.
How do you make a hobo dinner?
A hobo dinner is super easy to make. You can cook it in an oven or over an open flame like a grill or a campfire. You simply place all of the food into a foil pouch that you make with two pieces of foil.
The foil protects the food from burning and helps it cook by holding the heat inside. It’s a cheap and easy way to make a healthy meal.
What goes into a hobo dinner?
You can pretty much put just about anything in a hobo dinner, from chicken to hamburger patties, and any number of vegetables. The only thing that really changes is the cook time depending upon the meat. I would try and stick with a thinner meat, however so it doesn’t take much longer than 25 minutes or so to cook through.
You can vary the flavors with different seasonings, and then use olive oil, butter or some other healthy fat for some yummy flavor. I’d even experiment with barbecue sauce!
It may cook with a rather unsophisticated name, but you can serve on a nice plate for a fancier look.
If you want to simplify the foil process, you can use these pre-cut foil sheets. If you are trying to pack a lot of food into the foil, however, I would consider heavy duty foil for the bottom piece.
Hobo Dinner Foil Pack Sausage and Vegetables
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Rip off two 12" square pieces of foil for each pack of food.
- Place half of the veggies and half of the sausages in a piece of foil, repeat with a second piece.
- Drizzle olive oil over each pack, and then sprinkle Italian seasoning over each pack. Add salt and pepper to taste and then add parsley.
- Place a 2nd piece of foil over each pack and fold the ends over to seal.
- Bake for 30 minutes or so until the sausages are cooked through.
- Optional - turn broiler on high, remove top layer of foil from each pack and broil for 5 minutes to brown the veggies and the sausage.