The Favorite HoboHey there!  How are ya’?  Good to have you drop by!  Do you make these?  Hobos.  Probably my kids’ favorite summer meal.  Super easy and leaves the kitchen pretty darn spotless.  Not to mention a great way to work through the ground beef you have boatloads of when you buy beef in bulk!  It is also a GREAT recipe to let the kids help with, layering on vegetables, sprinkling on spices, tearing off aluminum foil, and folding up the foil.

We use onions, potatoes, carrots, and ground beef.  But you can use sweet potatoes, green beans, chicken, pork, or mix and match!  We do these on the grill for great flavor and low mess, but you could also do them in an oven, too!  My kids don’t eat sweet potatoes all that well, so I usually opt for potatoes.  I peel them, which deprives them of some of the mineral nutrients, but right underneath the peel are “lectins.”  Lectins can lead to increased intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) and some people have sensitivity reactions to lectins.  Since I’m working hard to reverse some of these issues (with finally some fair success, I think), I choose to peel them if I eat potatoes.  Also, for a make-ahead meal, these could be prepped ahead of time and stored in the fridge until ready to cook.  Or cooked ahead of time and reheated in the oven.

Here is how we make our hobos or “hot pockets.”


This makes five packets for me, but it could EASILY make more!  I just get lazy.

2 pounds ground beef (grass fed beef imparts some extra health benefits)
1 and 1/2 onions, sliced into circles or as desired
1/2-1 potato or sweet potato per person, sliced
1 carrot per person, peeled and cut into coins, not painfully thin, but not so thick it takes them forever to cook
Garlic powder, optional
Onion powder, optional
Olive oil, just enough to lightly coat the vegetables
Aluminum foil
Parchment paper, optional (I recently learned to use it to minimize aluminum transfer to foods cooked in foil.  Compliments of salixisme.wordpress.com)

1.  Mix all of your vegetables together in a large bowl.  Toss with just a little olive oil to coat, and sprinkle if desired with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders.  I found if I don’t use a tad of oil, the vegetables want to stick to the foil or parchment.

2.  In a medium-sized bowl, place your ground beef.  Season it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste.  I probably use a teaspoonful of salt, 3-4 shakes of ground pepper, and a couple shakes each of garlic and onion powder.

3.  Lay out large rectangles of aluminum foil and line with parchment paper if desired!

4.  Place a pat of ground beef (remember this makes 5 pats for us, but it can easily be divided into more) on each rectangle of aluminum foil.  I push the pats down into irregularly shaped patties.  Top with the mixed vegetables.

5.  Fold the packets such that all the contents will stay enclosed, or draw up all the sides like a “hobo” bag.

6.  Place on hot grill for about 20-30 minutes.  (Sometimes I cheat and open one up, checking to make sure the beef is done as I like it.)  If you make them in the oven, it takes about twice as long.  You just want to make sure your carrots and potatoes are tender and the beef is done.  Steam escapes when you open so be very careful!

7.   Remove from heat, and serve in packet or transfer onto a plate.  I usually divide one in half for each of my kids.

8.  My kids like to top with mustard and ketchup.

Family “gustar” report:  100% success (5/5 of us)!  When a friend asked about what in the world to do with all of her ground beef, I suggested these.  Her family of six loved them, too!

Certainly hope you’re having a great week!

photo (7) Hobos


16 thoughts on “Hobos

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      You’re welcome! I find it strange how excited my kids get about these! But I love having a meal they think is so much fun! And which keeps the kitchen pretty clean. Happy and safe travels to you!

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      They are super easy! I ate them as a picky teen-ager at a friend’s house, wrinkling my nose in my head because I didn’t know what in the heck they were, but I loved them once I tried them! I think kids must love the name and the image of a hobo eating them and the smoky grill flavor and eating out of aluminum foil which is all charred! Whatever works for them works for me! Have a great week!

  1. Ioana Hojda

    This is a great idea!!! I’m just thinking of all the possible variations now…chicken breasts with sweet peas, or spinach/kale broccoli…anything that can steam inside!!! even apples or peaches! Yum. got my dinner figured out!!!

  2. IrishMum

    Looks great! I wonder were they named because vagabonds eat parcels of food like this? I think I would be too lazy to do individual ones, and would just chuck the whole lot in a pot, and stick it in the oven. I ruin all the kids’ fun 😉

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      I don’t know! I’m thinking because they were thrown into the fire like a hobo would but I don’t know.
      Yeah, Irish Mum, that would pretty much spoil the fun. I’ll bet you wouldn’t even slice the carrots, would you? (Poke.)
      These are really good and I’ve subbed out the potatoes (of whatever kind) in mine before. The family gets their meal and I get mine. No extra work!
      Have a great, great week. Hope the weather brings some sun, even if it’s a lot cooler!

  3. FitMomPam

    My son loves anything remotely looking like a hamburger so this is intriguing to me! I am wondering what veggies he would actually eat on top….I’ll get back to you!

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      These are so easy. I think they’d really fit into a “Fit Mom, Full Plate” schedule nicely. I would be curious to hear if and what he ends up liking in his hobo! My kids and my friend’s kids like the carrot, potato, onion combo, but mine don’t end up eating all the onions. No biggie–I love onions! Another friend of mine suggested doing this with fish, too. Interesting idea! Hope your summer is going great!

      1. FitMomPam

        He would totally do carrot and potato. I actually just pulled out some pork liver to mix into beef for hamburgers. I am thinking a 50/50 mix using this idea.
        Summer is going great so far. I need to get out of the “hurry up and clean everything” mode like it’s a weekend and I am short on time. I just can’t sit still!

  4. Youngish Sister

    Yum! We made these when I was at Jungle Huts at Rainbow Camp with Uncle Larry and Aunt Margery!


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