by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

Frankly, My Dear . . . : Hobo Dinner

Frankly, My Dear . . . : Hobo Dinner

The Menagerie’s not helping with this recipe. This one’s all mine. (Like I want to share this with a frog or zebra, anyway.)

Can I get a hello for another family favorite recipe that’s easily changeable? I love love love the meat-and-potatoes flavors, the easy clean up, and of course, the wallet-friendly ingredients. I mean, who wouldn’t? Even the Catford Manor felines drool for this savory meal.

So, on a busy week like this (writing NOLA, working the new day job, watching NCIS season premieres), it’s nice to have a quick dinner fix. Am I right? Especially when it’s midnight and you finally remember to do a blog post. [Note to self: Make more notes to self.]

Now, this is a foil dinner, which means you can also make this on the backyard grill or when you’re camping. Cool, huh? Just make sure you use the extra strength foil to avoid any leaks.

The Unemployment Cookbook: Hobo Dinner

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 packet

The Unemployment Cookbook: Hobo Dinner


  • 1 lb. ground beef, make into four patties
  • 1 medium onion, sliced. Thick or thin. Doesn't matter. Well, depends who you're breathing next to.
  • 2 or 3 medium potatoes, sliced or quartered. You can peel or not peel. User's preference.
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup.
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Tear four large squares of heavy duty cooking foil. Not large enough to cover a window, but you know.
  2. In the center of each square, layer a hamburger patty, onion slice, potato, and approximately 1/4 can of soup. Salt and pepper each layer to taste.
  3. Wrap tightly.
  4. Place on a cookie sheet or in a cake pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
  5. Remove from oven.
  6. Be careful upon opening as packets will be very hot and steamy. But also very delicious.


Use heavy duty cooking foil. Line your pan with foil also for easy clean up.

I like to serve up a side of mac-n-cheese, maybe a nice greens salad, and of course, a tall glass of sweet tea.


  • Season the meat with smoke or hickory flavorings
  • Indulge in a sweet potato or yam
  • Add a few French-cut green beans
  • For a Mexican flavor, season the meat with taco spices and add diced green chilis

TWEET THIS: Need a good meal for your busy schedule? The Unemployment #Cookbook: Hobo Dinner @RealMojo68 #recipe

With a busy schedule and healthy appetite,
Happy eating!
~Molly Jo

And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!

you can find this and many more recipes in The Unemployment Cookbook available through New Inklings Press.

Frankly, My Dear . . . : My Favorite Cookbooks

Frankly, My Dear . . . : My Favorite Cookbooks

National North Carolina Day
Can We Talk?
Sweeten my tea and share: