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A Family Hobo Dinner with Ranch Burgers

The rainy weather put a big dent in our plans for the long Labor Day weekend.  We had planned to gather at the river like most weekends and have a cook-out.  Even though fall is here, we’ll still spend a few more weekends at the campground with our family and friends so we still have a few opportunities ahead.  The rain didn’t let up enough to even pull out the grill this weekend, so we were forced inside.  Our original plans were to recreate these wonderful steak, pepper, & pineapple kabobs we made back in May.

Beef Peppers Pineapple Kabobs

Instead, we went with a back-up plan and threw a mini “cook-in” with my parents.  The great thing about this recipe from my mama is that is so versatile- on the grill or in the oven, it comes out delicious!  If you want to cook this on the grill, just follow the directions below, put it all in an aluminum grilling pan, cover with foil, heat the grill to 350 degrees, close the lid & let it bake until done, about 45 – 60 minutes is all it takes.

Hobo Dinner with Ranch Burgers

5.0 from 1 reviews
Hobo Dinner with Ranch Burgers
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Recipe type: Entree
  • 2lbs ground beef
  • 6 med. potatoes
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 envelope dry ranch mix
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. garlic salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix beef & ranch mix together, then pound mixture into 6 patties.
  3. Top each patty with a slice of onion in a 9x13 baking dish.
  4. Peel potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces, then place on top of beef & onion.
  5. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, & garlic salt.
  6. Slice carrots and add them to the pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
You'll need 2 baking dishes for this recipe as it makes a large amount. The recipe is also perfect for grilling -just follow the directions, place everything in 2 aluminum grilling pans, cover with foil, heat the grill to 350 degrees, close the lid & let it bake until finished, 45 - 60 minutes.

With this hobo dinner recipe, you can eat it as is, add a few sides, or do as my husband does- pull out the burger patties and have a ranch hamburger with potatoes and carrots on the side.

For more great beef recipes and grilling tips, visit  I think we’ll try the Mojo Beef Kabobs before grilling seasons ends! The infographic below contains some great information and would be handy to print out and keep around.

Beef-Grilling Infographic

Beef-Grilling tips infographic

What are your favorite beef grilling recipes?

Hobo Dinner Ranch Burgers

I wrote this review while participating in a In Home Party campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and received product samples to facilitate my party and review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.


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