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Paleo Ground Beef Hobo foil packets opened up (gluten-free) - cooked over the fire while camping

Ground Beef Hobo Foil Packets (Paleo, Whole30)

Author: Michele
Servings: 4 people
These ground beef hobo foil packets are freakin delicious. Seriously! So comforting when outdoors. Filled will all sorts of goodness, they are Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and Whole30)
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr


  • 6 cups Frozen Hashbrowns (or freshly made)
  • 8 slices Bacon ((sugar-free for Whole30))
  • 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 2 4 oz cans Mild Green Chilis
  • 8 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • Mayo (optional – for topping)


At home:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix the ground beef with 1/2 tsp salt and the pepper. Form into 8 meatballs and place on the baking sheet. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Cook the bacon until done in a pan (or you can also cook it in the oven at 425 for around 15-20 min).
  • Assemble the packets by placing a large sheet (about 1.5 ft long) of aluminum foil on the counter. I add a sheet of parchment on top so my food doesn't touch the foil, but it's up to you. Put 1.5 cups of frozen hashbrowns on the bottom, sprinkle with some salt, and then break 2 slices of bacon up and sprinkle them over the hashbrowns. Then add 1/4 cup of cherry tomatoes, 1/2 can of mild green chilis, and finally, 2 ground beef meatballs (wait until these have cooled enough to handle). Then wrap the packet up and place in a labeled plastic bag. Repeat 3 more times. Store in the cooler. It's ok that the frozen hashbrowns are thawing 🙂
  • Into a glass jar or other container, crack 8 eggs. Try your best to keep them whole but don't worry if the yolks break. Also add some mayo to a small container. Store these in the cooler as well.

At the campsite:

  • Carefully open each foil packet and pour 2 eggs from the jar into them. Reseal the packets.
  • Once the fire has gotten good and hot and you have a lot of red hot embers, place the packets, seam side up, over the grate or onto the embers (off of the direct flame). Cook for 10 minutes and then flip over. After 20 minutes, take one out of the fire and check to make sure the egg has cooked. If not, cook longer, otherwise, carefully open, top with some mayo and enjoy!
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: American
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword: camping, fire, Paleo, Whole30
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