What could be more perfect for upcoming summer camping trips, backyard cookouts, and holiday weekends? Grilled foil meals like this ground beef and vegetable foil packets definitely are because they are complete meal that’s easy to make. PLUS they are a great way to get the family involved and get the kids to eat their veggies.
Keto Friendly Hobo Meal
This beef campfire meal is low carb, keto-friendly and filled with Greek inspired ingredients. I have taken out the potatoes of a traditional hobo meal and added in keto-friendly cauliflower. To that, I’ve added Kalamata olives, feta cheese, zucchini, onion, peppers, and Greek seasonings. It’s flavorful in EVERY bite!
Camping Meals For Where Ever You Camp
Every summer, we do as much tent camping as possible. In years past, we’ve even going RVing. This year, we’ve even added in more backyard camping where we are pitching the tent in the backyard and enjoying everything we’d normally do in the great outdoors, just a little closer to home.
My go-to camping recipes are ones I’ve adapted slightly from those I cook at home. So no matter where we “camp”, we can cook over the fire, on the grill, or in an oven. This grilled meat and vegetable foil packet is no exception.
Beef Foil Packet
When it comes to making foil packets meals, everything is simply thrown together in individually sized packages and cooked over a fire, on the grill, or in the oven.
When it comes to cooking beef, campfire meals cooked in tin foil are really easy. I find using ground beef is easiest. It’s really hard to overcook and it’s also budget-friendly. When you are out camping, the worst thing that can happen to dinner is you overcook it or worse, burn it. The result is a very unhappy family that may border on being hangry. No fun @*&^%!
HOW DO YOU COOK TIN FOIL DINNERS?
You can cook these ground beef and vegetable hobo meals one of three ways:
Over a campfire — Place a camping grate directly over the campfire where the heat is about medium/ 400˚F. You ca gauge the temperature using the hand test. Using your hand, place it just above the grate over the fire. You will know the temperature is medium if you can hold your hand there for 5 seconds before it gets too hot. Set beef foil packets on the grate and cook for 22-25 minutes. Rotate packets a few times to ensure even cooking.
Additionally, you can also charcoal or coals from the fire. Spread the coals oat away from the main fire and set your grate over them. Continue as you would as outlined above.
Note: you can check for doneness by opening up the foil and checking the ground beef. If still pink, then close up again and continue cooking. Because campfire cooking isn’t consistent heat, you may need to cook longer depending on outside air temperature and thickness of ingredients.
On the grill — Heat up your grill to 400°F/medium. Place tin foil dinners on grill, lower lid, and cook for 20-25 minutes. Heat is more uniform so you only need to rotate once or twice during cooking.
In the oven — Preheat oven to 400°F. Place beef foil dinners onto a sheet pan and cook for 20-25 minutes.
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Can You Freeze Hobo Meals?
One of questions I get asked most about campfire cooking with foil is “Can You Freeze Hobo Meals?” The short answer is yes. You can freeze them. I actually really like to prep these ahead of time at home, freeze them, and then transfer to the ice cooler when camping. When I make these at home, I will throw all the ingredients into a large bowl together and then portion out. It’s way EASIER!! You can freeze up to several weeks if you need to. Before cooking, I allow them to thaw slowly in the cooler just before cooking.
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into small, bite-sized florets
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 zucchini, cut into 1/2” cubes
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
- 1 pound lean ground beef, crumbled
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- heavy duty foil
- parchment paper
Tear off 4 large squares of heavy duty foil (about 18”x18”).
Tear off 4 large squares of parchment paper and lay one on top of each foil square.
Divide the cauliflower, onion, peppers, zucchini, olives, and crumbled ground beef onto each piece of paper/foil.
Combine the seasonings (garlic, coriander, thyme, paprika, and cinnamon) together and divide onto each of the 4 servings/sheets. Wrap the parchment paper around each set of ingredients and follow with foil. It’s best to fold or roll the edges of the foil together to seal and prevent leakage.
To cook over a campfire — Place a camping grate directly over the campfire where the heat is about medium/ 400˚F. Set beef foil packets on the grate and cook for 22-25 minutes. Rotate packets a few times to ensure even cooking.
To cook on the grill — Heat up your grill to 400°F/medium. Place tin foil dinners on grill, lower lid, and cook for 20-25 minutes. Heat is more uniform so you only need to rotate once or twice during cooking.
To cook in the oven — Preheat oven to 400°F. Place beef foil dinners onto a sheet pan and cook for 20-25 minutes.
Carefully open each foil packet to allow steam to escape and check for doneness. Place contents into individual bowls/plates or serve directly from the foil packets.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 413Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 400mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 39g
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