I have always hated the term “hobo packets” as it reminds me of a time in this county, about 100 years ago, when times were beyond tight and many of our country’s young men were forced to leave their families to try and find their fortune.
They were on the road for months, sometimes years, and if they were lucky enough to pull a few things together, they would enjoy a hot meal over a campfire.
Sitting by a fire under the starry night in a clearing next to the old train tracks, playing songs on a banjo or harmonica with trusty friends, these men added a layer to our history that is important to remember. Contrary to popular belief, tin foil WAS around back then – it was invented in 1910.
Camping is as close as we really want to get to those days of struggle, enjoying that camp fire experience under the stars with people we care about. To this day, foil packets are hugely popular as it is fast, free from mess and delicious.
You just need to put all the ingredients in foil, put on the fire, and have your meal without having to worry about cleaning the dirty dishes later on. We rounded up 40 great ideas for you to try, sure to help make those camping memories.
Before you get started, I want to share one important tip if you are preparing for a camping trip: do not assemble the foil packs in advance. Things like potatoes don’t age well if you cut them a few days in advance, even if you freeze them.
You are better off bringing all the ingredients with you, having most veggies pre-cut, and then assembling the foil packs just before you grill. Trust me on this. I thought I was being smart planning for a two-week-long camping trip through Indiana. Epic Fail.
40 Great Hobo Packets for Camping
- Shrimp Foil Packets
This simple seafood dinner packs in a lot of flavor.
- Campfire Apple Crisp Foil Packets
The apple crisp foil packet recipe is the easiest dessert recipe that you will ever come across.
- Three Cheese Bacon Campfire Potatoes
You will get hot steaming pockets of potatoes and butter with three cheese and bacon.
- Camping Foil Stew
The recipe is so tasty and delicious that you do not need to wait for camping to have the foil stew recipe.
- French Toast Foil Packet
It is a super easy foil packet recipe that is packed with cinnamon, walnuts, and strawberries.
- Campfire Zucchini Foil Packets
If you are into regular camping then you will love the Zucchini foil packets as they are a great side dish to be served with any kind of camping meal.
- Garlic Steak and Potato Foil Packs
The garlic steak and potato foil packs are an easy family dinner recipe and perfect for a campfire.
- Cajun Shrimp Foil Pack
The best part is that it can be made ahead and kept in the freezer.
- BBQ Chicken and Veggie Packets
BBQ chicken and veggie packets are a fun and delicious way to prepare family dinner.
- Cheesy Potato & Sausage Foil Hobo Packets
These cheesy potato and sausage foil packets help you to save a lot of time in the kitchen and are tasty for kids and adults alike.
- Keto Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
The keto chicken bacon ranch pizza is easy to make and has a crispy low carb crust. It is loaded with grilled chicken and bacon and tastes fantastic when you bite into a slice.
- Grilled Sesame Shrimp & Veggies
The grilled sesame shrimp and veggies are a hot favorite among small parties. It is very easy to prepare, simple to cook, and involves minimal cleaning afterward.
- Foil Packet Grilled Vegetables
The foil packet grilled vegetables are very flavorful and more comfortable to prepare. It is a healthy side dish, and although the foil packet ensures that there is no direct contact with the grill, the veggies still have a great grilled flavor.
- Foil Packet Fajitas
It is an ideal dish for summer where slices of chicken, peppers, and red onions are cooked together to create these fantastic fajitas!
- Easy Foil Pouch Seafood Boil
The easy foil pouch seafood boil is a minimum fuss meal; it can be made ahead of time too so that you can carry it on weekend getaways.
- Easy Weeknight Salmon in Foil with Veggies
The individual salmon fillets are cooked in foil with bell peppers, carrots, and broccolini making it highly nutritious.
- Keto Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
If you are on a keto diet, then it is the perfect recipe to satisfy your pizza cravings.
- Sausage Pierogie Campfire Foil Packets
If you want a whole meal in one small package, then the sausage pierogi campfire foil packets are a perfect choice.
- Chicken Broccoli Yam Campfire Foil Pack Dinner
This chicken broccoli yam campfire foil hobo packet dinner is a superb one-dish dinner.
- Grilled Stuffed Peppers
Grilled stuffed peppers have bright, Mediterranean flavors and are easy, gluten-free, and healthy dinner that everyone in the family will love.
- Asian Butter Salmon in Foil Packets
It is light, easy, and nutritious and gets ready in just 20 min.
- Sunset Picnic at the Beach
Did the name fool you? Well, it is actually grilled pineapple chicken and vegetable foil packets recipe.
- Coconut Lime Shrimp Packets
You can add a bit of tropical flair to your next BBQ with these coconut lime shrimp packets.
- Mediterranean Salmon Foil Packets
The Mediterranean Salmon Foil packets are a healthy and easy dinner that every family member will love, including the kids!
- Shrimp and Scallop Boil in Foil Hobo Packets
If you are yearning for an easy dinner party menu, then you can consider the shrimp and scallop boil in foil packets.
- Hamburger Foil Packets
The beef patties are marinated and seasoned with steak seasoning, cheese, butter, potatoes, vegetables, and the whole foil pack is then baked till perfect.
- Quick and Easy Pork Tenderloin with Foil Packet Potatoes
The meal gets ready in 40 min and is a great dinner option for the summer nights.
- Sausage Foil Hobo Packets
The sausage foil packets make a great dinner in the summertime.
- Pot Roast Foil Packets
Every family will love this pot roast foil packet not only for its flavor but also because there are no pots or pans to clean.
- Cajun Shrimp Boil Grill Packets
It tastes delicious when fresh lemon is squeezed over it and prepared with cocktail sauce.
- Six Ingredient Grilled Basil Chicken Packets
The six-ingredient grilled basil chicken packets are a fresh and simple dinner that can be ready on the table in just under 30 min.
- Foiled Potatoes – A Potato & Onion Recipe
It is a side dish, and basically, a potato and onion recipe put together that is so easy to make.
- Foiled Lemon Grilled Salmon
Even if you do not like fish, you will find this dish to be pure heaven!
- Easy HOBO Dinner
The hobo dinner is very delicious and an easy dinner cooked up in foil.
- BBQ Chicken and Veggie Packets
The potatoes, juicy BBQ chicken breasts, vegetables are all wrapped up in foil and grilled to perfection…yum!
- Grilled Wild Coho Salmon
It is an easy grilled salmon recipe that uses coho salmon.
- Foil Packet Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa
It is a very healthy 20-minute meal that is very easy to make and kid-friendly too.
- Herby Salmon Parcels
The succulent pieces of baked salmon are infused with an herby scent that makes it perfect for a midweek meal.
- Zucchini Red Potatoes and Drumsticks Foil Hobo Packets Dinner
The recipe is a one-dish dinner that has zucchini, cherry tomatoes, fresh corn, squash, and potatoes.
- Grilled Clams with Garlic Parmesan Basil Butter
It is the kind of summer dinner recipe that your friends and family will talk about for years to come. The clams cooked in hobo packets with garlic Parmesan basil butter brings out a different broth that is delicious!