Wednesday, June 6, 2012

summer eats: hobo sandwiches

 Grilling season is in full swing at our house as I'm sure it is else where in America, so I thought I'd share one of our favorite summer time meals today.  I do not claim to be a "food blogger", in any way, but cooking is something I love to do and if something is worth sharing with you, I will :)  I've eaten more steaks, hamburgers, brats, and hotdogs in the past few weeks than I typically do all year. This must mean that summer has officially arrived. Foil meals are some of my favorite things to make on the grill. They remind me of growing up in a tiny town, my grandparents, and camping.

I was first introduced to the "hobo sandwich" at my Grandma & Grandpa Bodmer's house. We used to walk a few blocks down to their house in summer time to have supper with them. They would make these hobo sandwiches for us like they did for my dad when he was growing up. Dad used to make them for us on all of our camping trips, carrying on the tradition after grandma and grandpa passed away. Thinking about this meal makes me homesick. Its amazing what emotions can be tied to a plate of food.

This dish in  my opinion, one of the most flavorful and delicious grill meals I've had and its so simple to throw together. How much of each ingredient you need will depend on how many you are making. I will break down the ingredients you need to make 1 of them.

enough ingredients to make 2 hobo sandwiches above
Hobo Sandwich
  • 1 medium sized, hand formed, hamburger patty (not sure how it will work with frozen patties)
  • 1 thick slice of a vidalia onion
  • 1 medium or large potato, sliced 1/4" thick
  • 1 medium/large carrot, sliced 1/4" thick
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • butter
  • tin foil
definitely forgot frozen peas at the store and tried using canned peas..
lets just say i highly recommend getting the frozen ones..

Tear off a piece of tin foil about 2 feet wide and lay it flat on the counter. In the center, make a circle of sliced potatoes, layering them about 8" wide. Form the hamburger patty and place on top of the potatoes. You should be able to see the potatoes sticking out a couple inches from beneath the burger. Now you can place your carrot slices evenly around the burger, on top of the potatoes.

Fold up the top and bottom edges of the foil a little so the peas don't roll away. Now sprinkled the frozen peas around the burger, on top of the potatoes and carrots. Generously season with salt & pepper. Now place the onion slice on top of the burger. Cut 1/2" wide piece of butter and put it on top of the onion.
Next, you pull the top and bottom edges towards the middle, creasing the foil once it meets the edge of the potatoes. Once this is done, you grab the left edge and the right edge of the foil and pull them towards the center where their edges will meet. Start folding them down towards the ingredients until they are snug and you can no longer see any of the ingredients. Place on the grill at medium heat for 20 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink at the center. Carefully unfold, and enjoy :)


  1. I've made these camping, but never thought to make them as a "normal" meal. Duh! :)

  2. This is hilarious, I'm literally posting about our own version of this on the blog this week. We must be channeling one another. Looks good!

    1. I just checked out your hobo meal and I'm trying it ASAP. I agree with you.. Cooking outdoors (preferably over and open fire) is the most enjoyable way to cook :)


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