Hobo Hamburger Recipe: A Fourth of July Staple

Happy 6th of July! 

It has been ridiculously hot here in the city.  I think it has reached 100 degrees each of the past three days.  It’s sad when it is to hot to even go to the beach!  But relief is in sight.  A cool, 90 degrees is forecasted tomorrow. 

We stayed out of the sun and in the air conditioning for the entire holiday.  And we rounded out the afternoon with a Fourth of July staple.  Hobo Hamburgers. 

We used to make these at the lake every summer.  And as soon as we broke out the ingredients, every one else had a story to tell about their experience with Hobo Hamburgers.  So just in case you have never had a hobo hamburger (or have just forgotten how to make them), I feel like it is my duty to impart my recently regained knowledge. 

Hobo Hamburger recipe:

Ingredient List:  4 Red Potatoes, 1 Large Yellow Onion, 4 Hamburger Patties (See additional recipe at the bottom), Carrots, 1 Stick of Butter, Black Pepper, and Garlic Seasonings (Serves 4).

Step One: Cut the potatoes and onions into thin slices.

Step Two:  Lay out 4 pieces of tinfoil with each piece about 2 feet long.

Step Three:  Place a tiny dollop of butter on the bottom of the tin foil followed by 1/4 of the potatoes, 1/4 of the onions, carrots, one tablespoon of butter, seasonings, and the hamburger patty on top.

Step Four:  Wrap the tin foil so that each packet is self-contained and there is no place for the juices to escape.

Step Five:  Place on grill for 30 – 40 minutes.  (Some people bake them in the oven, other cooks them in the coals of a camp fire.  It really doesn’t matter since all of the flavor is self-contained in the tin foil.)

Step Six:  Unwrap and enjoy.  Keith put his entire packet on a hamburger bun complete with ketchup but everyone else just ate right out of the tinfoil. 

Things I learned during my first attempt at cooking these on my own. 

1.  Use a lot of butter.  We went overboard with two tablespoons of butter per packet.  It was delicious but that is a lot of butter so one tablespoon is more than enough.  

2.  Buy pre-made hamburger patties if you are in a hurry.  I personally love the ultimate burgers from Whole Foods and they were absolutely perfect for this meal.  However, this is the recipe I was going to use before I got lazy.

Ingredients:  1.5 lbs Ground Sirloin, 1 cup cracker crumbs, 2 Tbls Worcestershire Sauce, 2 Tsp Lemon Juice, 1 egg, 1/2 cup chives, 2 Tsp Garlic Powder, and 1 cup grated cheddar cheese.

Step One:  Mix all ingredients in a bowl including the ground sirloin.

Step Two:  Shape into patties

Easy peasy.

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