Wilderness Recipe: Hobo Dinners

alaska lake campingSometimes the simplest dinners are the most delicious. On the river (or when car camping), this is a great meal to cook for a group, because everyone gets to personalize their own dish. And the tin foil makes clean-up a snap so you can get right back to your Alaska hike!

Here’s what you need:

  • Several raw vegetables, chopped (potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, peppers, mushrooms)
  • Ground beef
  • Bacon or sausage
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings (hot sauces, worcestershire sauce, spices all work great)
  • Shredded cheese
  • Tin foil


Combine the ingredients of your choice (vegetables and meat) together in the center of your tin foil. Mix in olive oil to prevent sticking, and season to your liking. We’ve found it best to be generous with the seasonings. Wrap up your hobo dinner in the tin foil, and add a second layer of foil to prevent leaking. Place it in the campfire (a nice bed of coals works best) or on top of the grill for 25-30 minutes, or until vegetables and meat are thoroughly cooked. Using tongs, remove your hobo dinner from the fire, being careful to not get burned. Open it up, top it with cheese, and dig in!


Skip to content