Foil Dinner and Dessert/Recipe

Enjoy Foil Dinners and Dessert/Recipes in your own back yard around the fire or even on the grill. Learn how to make a Hobo Dinner and Banana Boat Dessert over the grill or the fire without cooking indoors.

When most people think of camping, they think hotdogs over the fire or burgers on a grill.  I enjoy Making Hobos, and Banana Boats every summer.

Fire Pit
Hobo Foil Dinner
Hobo Foil Dinner

Foil Dinner

 Recipe for Hobos on the Campfire or the Grill

One Hobo packet serves one adult or two kids.

  • 2 pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • 1 potato peeled and cut into small bite-size pieces
  • 6 baby carrots cut up
  • ¼ of an onion cut into pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ pound of raw ground beef crumbled into Hobo
  • 3-4 TBSP catsup, tomato sauce or salsa
  • 1 slice of cheddar cheese to melt on top after done.

Cut vegetables up and place on top of foil overlapping each piece of foil. Add the ground beef and salt/pepper and catsup, tomato sauce, or salsa.  Mix together. Fold each Hobo foil with center together and roll up ends as pictured. 

Cook for 10 minutes on each side when grilling. Cook 7-10 minutes on each side on hot coals of a fire. Time will depend on how hot the grill and fire get.  Test by opening and if the meat is done and potatoes are tender, it’s done!  Add one slice of cheddar cheese to the top and shut foil so it melts.  Delish. This is like a hotdish on the grill or the fire. Hotdish is a Minnesota thing.  

Hobos wrapped

Use Catsup, Tomato Sauce or Salsa

My kids like the taste of catsup and when it is cooked, it doesn’t taste like catsup. I just made it with catsup this week and it was good. The tomato sauce is healthier but more neutral in flavor. My sister likes to add salsa and jazz up her Hobos.  

Don’t Burn Your Dinner

One year we had company over and my husband and his three guy friends were to cook the Hobos on the Fire. The gals and I each made two Hobos. One for our husband and one for ourselves.  Our job was done.   As we were talking and the guys were talking we started to wonder what was taking so long.  

Unfortunately, the guys had so much catching up to do, they forget about the Hobos on the fire.  They told us they would be a little crispy.  One of the guys said, “that’s okay a little burnt is good.” We all sat down to eat them, opened them up and the smoke rose above the table. 

The Hobos were literally charred and disgusting and we ended up throwing them out and ordering pizza.   That was the last time I let my husband and his guy friends cook them on the fire for company.   It is just easier when we are at home to throw them on the grill.

If you would like more grilled vegetable recipes, check out my blog on Grilled Vegetables.

Hobo Foil Dinner
Banana Boat ingredients

Foil Dessert

Banana Boats Instead of Smores

I prefer Banana Boats over a SMORE. When we took another family camping the family said they always disliked the graham cracker in smores. They were happy I introduced them to Banana Boats.

  • 1 Banana
  • 4 chocolate squares or 12 chocolate chips
  • 6-8 mini marshmallows
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil

Cut a Banana down the middle with its peel on.  Slit banana halfway.   Squeeze open and stuff with mini marshmallows, chocolate squares, or chocolate chips.   Tent wrap the banana in heavy aluminum foil and set upright in coals. 

Cook 4-10 minutes depending on how hot the coals are.  When they are done the banana will be hot and soft and the marshmallows and chocolate melted. Eat with a spoon out of the peel.   The banana peel will be dark brown.

Banana Boat Prep
Banana Boats

Winter Banana Boat Fixes

In the winter I slice a banana in a cereal bowl and add chips and nuts or marshmallows and microwave for 30 seconds. Feels like its summer. Plus, I get rid of the chocolate craving with mostly fruit and nuts.

Enjoy Dinner and Dessert Outside this Summer

We make Hobos on the grill at least 2-3 times a month in the summer. Enjoy the outdoors and the campfire or grilled recipes you can eat with friends and neighbors sitting in your back yard this summer and fall. If you would like more recipes for inviting friends over, see blog on Company’s Coming Meals.

I had friends over the past week and we made Banana Boats over the fire instead of smores and then we Kayaking. Plan a Foil Dinner and Dessert/Recipe into your summer fun!

Foil Dinner and Dessert

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2 thoughts on “Foil Dinner and Dessert/Recipe”

  1. I think we will have these Hobos this weekend camping 😊 Thanks for reminding me how yummy they are ☺️

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