3 Aluminum Foil Meal Ideas

Aluminum foil dinners, or “hobo dinners” as some would call them, are almost a right of passage when camping with friends or family. Their convenience factor allows them to be prepared and packaged ahead of time-a camper’s dream. As long as you’ve got fire, tin foil, and your necessary ingredients, you’ll be eating good in the wild.

One of our favorite things about aluminum foil meals is that they’re pre-portioned and personalized to each camper. Got a vegetarian or a food allergy in your group? Choose a foil buffet style option and let them create their own masterpieces! We hope these three tasty tin foil meals will give you the food inspiration you need to celebrate a successful for Father’s Day!

The Classic

The classic hobo dinner was invented by the Boy Scouts in order to hit every food group. Other vegetables can be added or substituted based on personal preferences. Enjoy this nutritious, filling campfire favorite.


  • 1/2 lb. hamburger
  • 2 whole cabbage leaves
  • 1 cup hashbrowns or potatoes
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 sliced whole carrot (approx. 1/4 in. thick)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. butter or margarine


Start with a base of cabbage leaves, add your veggies, followed by the hamburger, then top with your seasonings (salt & pepper) and butter. Complete your Classic with a top layer of cabbage leaves. Seal the sluminum foil packet and carefully place on mature coals for 25 minutes. Please note that open flames or still flaming coals will burn your food contents.

The Brekkie

Everyone needs to eat breakfast – try this breakfast aluminum foil scramble with all sorts of protein to jump-start your day.


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. of milk
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup hashbrowns or potatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped ham
  • 1/2 shredded cheese (we like cheddar)
  • 1 tbsp. butter for the foil
  • 1/4 cup salsa (optional)
  • Chopped chives (optional)


In a large resealable plastic bag, crack eggs, add milk, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in hash browns, ham, and cheese. Butter the aluminum foil square and add the mixture, and seal by folding tightly. Place foil packet over coals/grill for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted, eggs are cooked, and the hashbrowns are crispy. Garnish with chives and salsa for a unique breakfast at the campground.

Shrimp Boil

Spice things up – literally. Between the andouille sausage, cajun seasoning, and zesty shrimp, you’ll be eating like kings.


  • 3/4 cup shrimp
  • 1 smoked andouille sausage
  • 1/4 an ear of corn
  • 1 cup baby red potatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp. chopped parsley (optional)


To prep: Peel the shrimp, thinly slice the andouille sausage, half the baby reds, and cut the corn into four pieces, crosswise. Cut your foil to the desired size and divide the corn, sausage, potatoes, and shrimp. Add olive oil, cajun seasoning, salt and pepper,  gently toss to combine. Seal by folding the foil tightly. Place foil packet over coals/grill for about 15 minutes or until the food is done. Serve immediately, garnish with the fresh parsley, if desired.

Bonus: Banana Boat Dessert

Life is too short to not eat dessert – am I right?! Save the traditional s’mores for another time and mix things up with this s’more Banana Boat. The best part of these is that they can be tailored to everyone. Try something sweet, something melty, and something crunchy.


  • 1 banana
  • mini marshmallows
  • mini chocolate chips
  • Crumbled graham crackers


With your banana peel still on, carefully make a slit it down the middle (along the concave side.) Be sure to not to cut all the way through. Gently pull the banana slight open to reveal a blank canvas. Start loading in your toppings in a line down the center of the banana. Once you’re satisfied, completely wrap your banana with foil sealing the contents in. Carefully place the banana boat topping side up on the campfire. We advise you to make an educated decision, based on the condition of your fire where to place the banana boat. You need only to warm your banana boat just enough to melt the chocolate and marshmallows. You can test your doneness by squeezing your banana boat with a pair of tongs. If it’s squishy you are good to go. Carefully remove the banana boat with a pair of tongs, let it rise for a couple of minutes, and begin to unwrap. Eat directly out of the foil and banana shell to save on paper/plastic waste. Enjoy!

These recipes don’t only require campfire coals, but they can also be used in conjunction with an over the fire grate, on the grill over charcoal briquettes, or even in your home oven. Have you made Hobo Dinners? If so, what’s your favorite combination?