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Foil Packet Recipe - Fast Food Made Simple

Updated on August 4, 2012

One Dish Meal

Super Simple, Super Tasty!
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Simple, fast and delicious!

This is a recipe that I make all year round but summer is always the best time to cook this recipe. I live near several farmer's markets and I change this recipe according to what is freshest and looks best when I am shopping.

This meal can be made if you are in a hurry and just want to throw together a bunch of stuff that you have on hand. I use this as a camping recipe because it can be made ahead and when you arrive at your camping spot you can throw them on the grill and have supper by the time your camp is set up.

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4.6 stars from 8 ratings of Foil Packet Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 5 Servings

Herbs

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef, made into 5 patties
  • 3 Carrots, sliced into rings
  • 1 head Broccoli, Cut into florets
  • 3 lbs Fingerling, Cut into halves
  • 1 Med Sweet Onion, Cut into rings
  • Fresh Herbs
  • 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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  1. Mix carrots, potatoes and herbs together and drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Place hamburger patty on top of aluminum foil.
  3. Layer the onion slices and vegetables on top of the patty.
  4. Wrap loosely with foil leaving a small hole in the top of the first piece of foil.
  5. Take a second piece of foil (I use heavy duty for the second piece) and wrap it but don't wrap it too tightly just make sure you close it completely.
  6. Place your packet on the grill and cook for approximately 30 minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender.

This recipe is so versatile. You can choose any vegetables or herbs that suit your taste buds. It can be prepared ahead for a fast one dish meal anytime. You can bake it at approximately 350` for about 30 - 40 minutes if you want to cook indoors. This can also be made right over hot coals or a campfire.

I have two young daughters so I love this recipe too because I can easily change each packet according to their personal taste. One likes onions, the other doesn't. I also make one larger packet for my husband and smaller patties for the girls so that nothing has to go to waste. I tend to throw together whatever I have on hand. Garlic salt/powder, Onion powder or dried herbs will work in a pinch. This meal is delicious, healthy and won't hurt your pocketbook either!

Angel Food Cake & Strawberries

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    So true...I'm always thinking about the grocery list, menu and how much trouble is a dish to cook and how's the clean up? Lol.

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    Real Housewife: I agreee, taste is first, but easy is always good.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Carol7777! Lol. Thank you very much - that is what I like second best, the taste is first though! Lol. Yummy steamed potatoes sound so good right now:)

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    Great and quick idea. I like anything that is easy.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Melovy - you absolutely could! I love vegetables and could be a vegetarian myself. The potatoes steam perfectly and the onion, herbs and butter add all the flavor you really need.

    I think I am going to experiment with Salmon in a foil packet tonight. I thought I would layer the fish, then potatoes, an onion slice a little spinach and a lemon slice. I bet the spinach will wilt perfectly! We shall see!

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    Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

    Presumably you could do this without the meat? I think my kids would enjoy making food this way, and I love stuff you can cook in the oven so it can be left to cook while you get on with other things - but we are veggie.

    And very good use of the photo booth!

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Cool idea Kelly; I'm all for fast and easy! I know, typical male, right? LOL

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi toomuchmint - oh that's a great point - yeah it doesn't mess up the grill. Which makes it an even better camping dinner!

    Thank you!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey love doctor - thank you! The strawberries - now that would make anyone fall in love huh? Simple berries and Amish cooked Angel Food Cake! What could be more heavenly?! Lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Ruchira!

    Strawberries and pound cake? Gulp! Now that's a mouth watering favorite of mine!

    Oh that's right - you are a vegetarian - well yeah you could just add more delicious vegetables - I love the way it steams them to perfection!

    I've been running - like a mad woman since summer began! The kids - always needing a ride to the park - pool or a friends. Sydney has softball games and practice - I just finished putting th garden in so let the weeding begin! Lol. Oh woman, I always look forward to summer and not having a schedule - I think it sounds so lazy - I'm still waiting for a lazy day! Lol. Thanks - and I know you've been busy too huh? I'm sure your son has lots for you and him to do! Well - maybe tomorrow will be that lazy daynfor us both huh?

    Quickly - that thought just entered my mind "tomorrow never comes!" omg!

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    toomuchmint 5 years ago

    This is a great idea. It keeps the grill so clean. No more scraping sticky caramelized veggies and burnt hamburger. Thanks for the recipe. :-)

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    lovedoctor926 5 years ago

    This recipe looks fantastic and simple to prepare. The Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and whip cream is heavenly. vote up awesome!

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    haha...loved this fast food but, will omit the meat. However, can indulge in the pound cake with yum strawberries and cream.

    how have you been, RHW?

    sharing across this recipe.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    That is so funny! Lol. Oh my...I bet you were LOL!! Kids say the funniest things but they are always so truthful. I love that...I still have the Patches btw...haha! They are in a memory box...oh my ... Instant proof that I was doing 'other' things!

    Hey Audrey - I guess the most important thing - is we were there with them:). We were behind them - pushing them to earn all those patches! So either way - we scored high!!

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    Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    You are too cute! OMG I had to let out a roar when I read that you failed as a girl scout mommy. I wasn't the brightest penny in the bunch either. When my boyscout son Randy was ask to give a talk in church about being a scout he pointed to all his badges and loudly remarked, "...and it wasn't my mom who sewed on all of these merit badges - it was me! She can't sew and she's not that great a cook either.

    But, well, I love her all the same."

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey VC! How are ya hot stuff? Lol.

    I love the scouts! My girls were in a troup for a few years...we only had four girls so it was a blast! I failed as a girl scout mommy - I never even sewed their patches on:) haha!

    I got one of those studio photo booths and they are SO cool - they work really well - but only if you can fit your subject into that little box! Haha

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    Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Hi Kelly - I used to put something like this together for Randy's scouting trips when he was a boy. The boys and scoutmaster all loved these foil wrapped dinners and raved about the flavor.

    Your angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream have me drooling. Your photos are gorgeous - and so are you! Big rating!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I'm so glad I posted this...I almost didn't - but I thought for a mom like me - if you've never heard of cooking like this - it's awesome. Now I've gotten several other ideas from commenters, so I'm going to try the salmon and some chicken too! This one is super good though - and right on super easy! Lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Sharyn! I should link one of your beauylicious desserts here, oh the strawberry one I can't seem to comment on:) lol. You're awesome:)

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi MommyDearest - (that's funny!) yes I agree - I'm always looking for a good no fuss no muss menu. With 3 kids - who needs extra dishes? Extra anything? Lol

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    craftarrific 5 years ago from California

    I love packet meals! They take one-dish-wonders to a whole other level, since there's no cooking dish to wash!

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    Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    This is a great idea. I love the thought of having the packets prepared for camping. So simple and easy. I really want that dessert too!!!

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    Eileen 5 years ago from Kildare, Ireland

    Love it..I am always looking for easy ways to cook, fast and nutritious and taste good! 1st - I am not a good cook, 2nd - Have a toddler around that I need eyes at the back of my head all the time..so no time to cook an elaborated meal, 3rd- I hate washing up the pots and pans...so this is ideal! thanks for sharing..

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Ray! Yep I am a real housewife for sure. For about OHHHHHH 10 more years. Then? Only the shadow knows:) lol. Sheesh - I just thought about how old I'll be in 10 years! Yikes...may be in the retirement home too? Haha! Thanks so much!

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    Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

    Hey RealHousewife, I guess you really keep putting up hubs that prove you're a Real Housewife. LOL! :P :) A very interesting recipe. I'm pretty sure for people who are unlike me(a picky eater LOL), it will be valuable. :) Voted up and interesting.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Stacy - Yeah you have to try it with a burger! lol It is really so good. That is a great idea - I should also let my kids make their own - then they won't complain about what I put on! lol

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    kelleyward 5 years ago

    Wow thanks for the great idea. I remember growing up cooking potatoes in foil over the grill but your idea here looks tastier! Thanks for sharing! Kelley

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Great idea in healthy cooking. This is a great way to avoid fats, grease, and tryglicerides that come from burnt food. This is how I cook corn on the cob on a grill. I will have to try these recipes too. Excellent!

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    Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    I use the packet idea for several meals, especially when cooking out. However I have never done it with a hamburger patty. A lot of times we do ours with salmon. It is so delicious! I am definitely going to have to try this one! Thanks for the awesome idea. I bet the kids will love making their own!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Brian! Thanks for the photoc compliment. I did get a new camera - and I bought one of those photo studios that Melovy wrote about! ha! It is so cool - and I took a dozen photos just to get good 1! I was practicing:)

    I had this the other night and I am always surprised about how you can grab a few things toss them on the grill and it's so good! lol

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    Brian Slater 5 years ago from England

    It's 21.30pm and reading this has made me hungry! Simple food and the way we cook them always taste and look great. We use this method to cook salmon fillets and stir fry vegetables which is also great. Love your pics btw they look real sharp! have you got a new camera or have your hands stopped shaking ha-ha :) voted up awesome.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh really? Are girls allowed to read those? Hmmm...I thought there was a code?

    Well if these are good enough for the boy scouts then they are good enough for me!

    Thanks so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Rosemay50 - thanks! This is best when camping - it always taste better when you're starving and dying of heat stroke:) haha!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I use this almost every camping trip, it's at least one meal - that's already done before I get there. Then I can get all drunk and not worry about the kids starving! Lol. Just kidding - I don't really drink ever. Lol.

    Hey that's a great idea...little foil packets all made up and ready to go! I think someone should surely scrap up that idea...me? Surely I'd get sued for something! Lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi moonlake - yeah it doesn't! I love those few meals I use repetitively for nights when I don't have a lot of time to cook. This is one because you can really use it any time of year or on any kind of hot surface. And - it's really tasty!

    Thanks so much!

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    You want a laugh? get your hands on a late 50's boy scout handbook.

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    Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

    This is a great idea for camping trips and so versatile.

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    drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

    What a great idea for a camping take-out meal, Kelly. I love it cause it's simple and easy. Maybe you could copyright the idea. Naw, too many folks would use your idea and you would have to spend your time and money going after them.

    I have a better idea. How about creatng little fire-resistant labels to be placed on the outside of each serving, e.g., onions, no onions, tomatoes, etc. They could be sold in packets and displayed in condiment sections of groceries. Whatcha think?

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    moonlake 5 years ago from America

    Sure can't get any easier than that. Looks very good. Voted.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh Lela! Thanks you SO much! I did leave potatoes out! Hahaha! Oh my!

    Yeah I'm all confused when it comes to the new hub layout! I messed around with it for a couple of hours last night for a recipe with just a few ingredients! Ugh!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hy gypzeema - I thought it would be good to try a chicken breast, red pepper, green pepper and onion with a little fajita seasoning. I plan to try that and throw it in a soft shell? I don't think anyone can go wrong with this one:). I did burn them once! Lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi peeples - you will not be dissatisfied! Fresh vegetables are so good roasted like this - and they maintain their nutritional value much better too. I wish I had a huge garden again...nothing better than that!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi WB! Oh I can see why a cowboy would love this meal:) LOL. I do love caramelized onions. I make them for just about any kind fo burger topping. I also have a killer recipe for a rueben sandwich I make - I mix up onions, sauerkraut and apples for the topping - for corned beef on rye! Yum!

    I do Frogmore stew which sounds a lot like the seafood combo you suggest and it is awesome. Now I haven't tried to do it in foil but I know it would work just like you said. I'd add the fish much later! Lol

    Have some breakfast and coffee cowboy and let me know if you get to try these bad boys!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Susan - I originally only did this for camping but I love the way the FLO Ora cook together so I decided why not make them at home too?

    I have a friend who used this recipe but she uses a bag of frozen mixed vegetables - it doesn't hold a candle to fresh veggies and herbs though! It can be done and it's good but this way is great!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Rebeccamealey - that's a great idea! Beef stew! I've been trying to come up with more variations for camping trips - I will have to think about that one!

    Thank you!

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    Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    We used to do this with stew beef. I had totally forgotten all about it. Boy, that strawberry shortcake photo makes me want some!

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    Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Can you edit the ratings capsule so that it is for "recipes". This one has been a puzzle for me too. I found that if you select the 'recipe layout' when you first start the hub that it works better. But if you add the ratings capsule by itself, you have to go in there and set it for recipes.

    Also - I think you meant to add the word 'potatoes' to the ingredients because I did a double take at "3 lbs Fingerling, Cut into halves" LOL!

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    gypzeeme 5 years ago from Englewood, Colorado

    Very interesting article...looking forward to trying this out with ground beef as well as chicken. There is the success of this hub...tempting the reader to try your recipe. Thanks!!!

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    Peeples 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Love this recipe, and found it right after I harvested our first round of veggies for this year this morning. Looks like it will be on the menu tonight! Thanks!

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    Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

    Great idea...I am definitely trying this! It reminds me of my time in Air Force Survival School when we cooked onions in the coals of the fire. Up to the point, I cared nothing for onions in any form. I was so hungry at that time, they were a true delicacy to my tastebuds. Today, many years later, I still enjoy cooking onions until they are soft and eating them. This recipe also reminds me somewhat of a "low-country boils" with seafood and fresh vegetable. I'll bet you could make little boils in foil using red potatoes, corn on the cob, onions, etc., let it cook a while, then add your seafood like shrimp, crawfish, or scallops...etc. Dang! Here it is 10:30 in the morning and I am hungry...thanks for that, Kelly! LOL! WB

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I've never thought of making a hamburger like this before. I'll try this as it looks like a great way to make a fast meal and all in little packets.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Ok just for the record - I figured out my issue. If you do not have the "recipe rating" in a hub it will not have it in the search for recipes!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Vicki1 I have had a devil of a time with this hub! lol I am getting a warning that it contains a recipe capsule but won't appear as a recipe in search results and I can't figure out why!

    I read that hub by Melovy about using a photo booth for taking food pictures and I got one! I have been messing around and taking photos of everything I can fit in it! lol

    I made this earlier tonight and it is so easy and so good! The flavors really go well together and it melts in your mouth!

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    Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Wow! So versatile. Great idea. And great on the grill for summertime. Definitely bookmarking this recipe. Thanks! Many votes and sharing. You're awesome! Pretty pics, too!