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Gourmet backpacking dinner recipes

By: Laura Moss on June 21, 2011, 7:44 a.m.
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Hobo Dinner

This campfire classic can easily go from cliché to gourmet.
Hobo Dinner


  • 1 potato
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 burger crumbled, or use dehydrated meat, TVP or veggie patty
  • Seasonings *
  1. At home: Chop vegetables and potato and store in bag or container. If you're using meat or a veggie patty that's not dehydrated, freeze it and make this meal your first night.
  2. On the trail: Place vegetables and meat or TVP in tin foil and season to taste. Add about a teaspoon of water and then wrap tin foil around the food. Carefully place your dinner on hot campfire coals and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes, rotating as needed. Unwrap, add any condiments (ketchup, cheese, hot sauce), and enjoy!

Serves 1-2

* The great thing about hobo meals is that anything goes! If you're a practiced forager, look for nuts, mushrooms or herbs to give your dinner a distinctly local taste.