Hamburger tin foil dinners in the oven

These delicious hamburger foil packet dinners pack a lot of flavor in a little packet. Each aluminum foil packet is filled with a hamburger patty made from ground beef, carrots, potatoes, and seasonings. They are fully customizable and cook up easily in the oven, on the grill, or over the campfire. 

Hamburger tin foil dinners, or hobo dinners as my Mother calls them were a favorite in my household growing up. They were easy and delicious and as a kid, I loved helping to fill each packet with ingredients. 

As a mom myself I love how easy they are to make as cooking is not my specialty. Despite not being a great cook these have never come out wrong! They also require little prep time and clean up is a breeze. Just the kind of easy mom meal every busy mom needs.

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Tips for making your own foil packet hobo dinners:

  • Make sure to place your hobo dinner foil packets on a baking sheet in case any liquid leaks out.
  • If you use extra lean beef you may need to add a bit of extra butter or other liquid to keep your meat nice and moist. 
  • Use a vegetable brush to easily clean your carrots and potatoes
  • Customize each packet, add extra veggies, leave out onions, don’t add the seasonings if your kids are super picky. Use toothpicks with colored ends to help tell which belongs to which person. 

I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine!


Hamburger Foil Packet Hobo Dinners

Hamburger Foil Packet Hobo Dinners

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
These mini pot roast pockets are easy and delicious. And my favorite part...they require very little cleanup! Can be done in the oven, on the grill, or over the campfire on camping trips.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4-5 med carrots
  • 2-3 med potatoes
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 packets of onion soup mix
  • 1 onion, Optional. I don't use onions as I'm not a big fan but they would make a nice addition.
  • 4 pieces aluminum foil, 1.5 feet each


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Divide ground beef into 4 even hamburger patties about 1 inch thick. If you are feeding children you may want to make their portions smaller. Optional: Mix a small amount of the onion soup mix into the meat before making your patties.
  3. Wash your veggies. I like to use a vegetable brush to clean mine off under cold water. Cut carrots into 1 inch pieces and potatoes into 1-2 inch pieces. Optional: Cut onion into large pieces or strips.
  4. Place hamburger patties in the center of each piece of aluminum foil. Surround each patty with pieces of carrots, potatoes, and onions if you choose. oven baked hamburgers in foil
  5. Place 1/2-1 tbsp butter on the center of each patty. Sprinkles approx 1-2 tbsp of onion soup mix over the ingredients.
  6. Gather the corners of the foil up and scrunch together to seal each pocket. Place sealed pockets onto a baking sheet in case any sauce leaks out during baking.
  7. Bake at 350 for 40-60 minutes. Carefully unwrap one pocket keeping face away as steam escaping will be hot. Poke carrots and potatoes with a fork to check for doneness. Once vegetables are done the meat should be cooked through as well. You can check with a meat thermometer. Meat should read 140 degrees or more.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 packet
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 629 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 131mg Sodium: 1808mg Carbohydrates: 50g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 7g Protein: 37g
Nutrition is a rough approximation. Will vary based on the size of your hamburger patties, type of meat used, and how much you put into each packet.

That’s all there is to it! Keep yours wrapped up tight while you cut up your kids meals and mom will even get to eat a hot dinner! If you like this please pin it for later and check out my other Easy Mom Meals by clicking the menu button. 

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