Hobo Hamburgers

Total Time:
1 hr
15 min
45 min

4 patties, approximately 6 ounces each

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Lady's House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 4 medium red potatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into strips
  • 4 slices bacon

In a large bowl combine ground beef, cracker crumbs, egg, lemon juice, cheese, green pepper and House Seasoning. Mix well. Shape into 4 patties.

Place each patty onto 2 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil (enough to cover and close). On each patty, place potato slices, onion slice, and carrots. Slice bacon in 1/2 and place both slices on top. Seal aluminum foil tightly and cook on campfire or in a preheated 350 degree F oven for approximately 45 minutes.

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

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    Only 5 stars after a few changes...otherwise, still a 4! I accidentally forgot to add the lemon juice...even after I squeezed it! Oops! ;- I used Pepper Jack cheese, added several dashes of Worcestershire sauce, put the bacon under the patty (as others suggested to crisp it up (DO NOT like soggy bacon and it worked beautifully! I wasn't certain if I would like/love/hate the bell pepper in this, but I absolutely think it would not have tasted as good without it. Don't get me wrong, I love bell pepper, but this is sort of meatloaf-ish and I've never added bell pepper to my meatloaf. One more thing, I did have to cook this for about an hour and the carrots were far beyond "al dente" and the potatoes much less so, but still had a little crunch although sliced VERY thinly. I am definitely going to make this again...this weekend actually, but I will slice the potatoes even thinner as well as slicing instead of quartering the carrots. And not sure I missed the lemon...
    It has been a while since I made them, but they are great. I make them for other people and they look at me funny when I tell them what I am going to cook. Then when there eating them they like em and want the recipe.
    I just made these for the 2nd time. I totally forgot the cheese, added some worchestershire and even my picky non-red meat teenagers liked it. This time I shaved the carrots, and substituted shaved yellow squash for my teen who doesn't like cooked carrots. I did cook them on the grill over indirect heat most of the time, (too hot here for the overn) but will try the idea of putting the bacon on the bottom so that it gets a little crispier. Thanks paula, we luv ya.
    Absolutely delish and full of flavor! If you are cooking on the grill watch your grill temp and time or they'll stick to the foil. Next time I think I'll try bacon side down to help crisp it up and avoid beef sticking to the foil or a higher fat content (used 92%)
    I never thought of cooking a burger in tinfoil in a fire! It reminds me so much of tinfoil dinners. This recipe is now one of my favorite .
    These are delicious! We have them often and experiment with the cheese using what ever is left over in the fridge. (I prefer using Cheddar) They do take a little longer than stated, but well worth it. The bacon does not get crispy in the foil, so you may want to open the foil packets and turn on the broiler for the last couple of minutes.
    First time I made this dinner I wasn't sure what type of cheese to use so I used Parmesean. Bad choice next time I will use Pepper Jack. This does take about 1 hour to cook and I will put the carrots on the side next time I make this since they did not cook all the way. But very tasty and very easy to make.
    Such a cool recipe! Who would have thought to put lemon juice and cheese in a burger patty? I love this recipe. Family favorite and lots of fun to make and talk about w/ friends.
    I have made this recipe many times. While visiting in Florida 4 years ago, I made this for a group of friends and family. Everyone loved them. I have sent this recipe out to many of my friends and relatives and I can only give thanks to Paula for this fantastic recipe. Thanks Paula......in fact, I am making them as we speak. The house smells sooooo good when they are baking. This one is a must to try.
    This is a great comfort meal on those days when you just want to kick back, put on some warm clothes and think about HOME!
    I loved these easy to make burgers that were full of flavor and very moist. Can't wait to go camping so we can have this recipe for dinner around a campfire.
    quick and easy to make looks good lots of healthy ingredients have not cooked it yet waiting in freezer until one night during work week when i dont have to cook just put in oven and eat thats also a plus will get 5 stars if taste good
    Wow these hamburgers were the greatest. I will be making this for my family often. They were so moist and juicy and the flavor was great. I did put the thin potatoes but no carrots. To me that didn't sound good. We all loved them they were the best!! Thanks Paula for another keeper...
    good easy and fast
    First, the prep took much longer than indicated. The cook time also took much longer than indicated, and I used only 1 layer of foil. I also increased the oven temp during the last 15 minutes to try to get it done quicker. The veggies, VERY thinly sliced, still did not get done, even after an hour of baking plus 15 minutes of high broiling on open packets at the end to crisp the bacon. I substituted kettle-cooked BBQ potato chips for the crackers to add flavor and try to avoid the final result ending up like meatloaf, as many had said, as husband hates meatloaf of any kind. I also added a fairly considerable amount of extra spices, but the dish was still very bland and lacked something. I took the meal out of the packets to serve because they were sitting in grease pools. Leaner beef and/or bacon might reduce this, but my beef was pretty lean. I cannot get away with reduced-fat or turkey bacon in this house of bacon lovers. All in all, this dish was a big disappointment for us, beginning to end. Sorry. Still love Paula, though!
    The meat was very flavorful, but the veggies were a little bland by comparison. Next time I would season them up a bit better. Otherwise, this was great!
    These were very easy...I didn't think they had much flavor, but my husband loved them.
    My husband and I really liked this recipe.Everything cooked perfect in the amount of time stated in the recipe and it was not greasy either.Very good Paula,you go girl!
    Easy, good, and nothing was left over!
    best way to have a GREAT meal even without the bun!!
    My family really enjoyed this. My kids are 19 and 21 and still live at home. Simple and delicious. I have cooked this many times.
    my daughter requests this recipe at least once a week. wonderful flavor in the meat and a good "prepare ahead of time" meal. i make it in the morning and store in the fridge until it is time to put them into the oven.
    As you can imagine from the ingredients and recipe, this really tastes more like meatloaf than a hamburger (not a bad thing!). I recommend chopping the green peppers as fine as you can. If you leave them too chunky, it makes it difficult to keep the patties together.
    I really liked the recipe. Even though I altered the recipe a little (I used turkey-bacon, instead of regular), the recipe still came out fantastic. The vegetables came out tender and flavorful. My family really liked it. I had no leftovers.
    Pretty good....really needeed something but I can't say what.
    Although these burgers along with their toppings are a bit of a mouthful, they are delicious and a lot of fun while sitting around a campfire! The recipe leaves the type of cheese open to the chef's own creativity and taste, but I used pepper jack. Trust!
    paula is the greatest, she taught me how to cook, but i think this recipe was just something she came up with when she ran out of ideas.
    My family loves these burgers. They are easy and fun to make.
    Great recipe. It also works well as a meatloaf. Just make as directed but put the whole thing in a meatloaf pan. Yum!
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