Grilled Meat and Veggie Foil Packets…Yum!

I sense a new obsession coming on…and it’s food grilled in foil packets! What could be more perfect for outdoor cookouts, camping trips, and upcoming long holiday weekends? I just love the unique presentation and tasty goodness of this cooking technique and can’t wait to make them again and again and again this summer.

Think of this dish as “deconstructed kabobs” that basically marinates in the homemade sauce until cooking time. Once you are ready to cook simply throw them on the grill or directly into the hot coals of a campfire (or backyard fire pit). I can’t think of a better way to soak up the great outdoors!

Recipe: veggie and meat foil packets - 100 Days of Real Food

Grilled Meat and Veggie Foil Packets

Grilled Meat and Veggie Foil Packets

I sense a new obsession coming on…and it's food grilled in foil packets! What could be more perfect for outdoor cookouts, camping trips, and upcoming long holiday weekends? I just love the unique presentation and tasty goodness of this cooking technique and can't wait to make them again and again and again this summer. Think of this dish as "deconstructed kabobs" that basically marinate in the homemade sauce until cooking time. Once you are ready to cook simply throw them on the grill or directly into the hot coals of a campfire (or backyard fire pit). I can't think of a better way to soak up the great outdoors!
4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
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Servings: 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + extra for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken beef, or other combination
  • 1 bell pepper cut into 1″ dice, any color
  • 1 onion cut into 1″ dice, we prefer red onion this recipe but another variety will work
  • 2 zucchini small, cut into 1″ dice
  • 1 potato medium, cut into 1/4″ to 1/2″ dice
  • 8 oz mushrooms baby bella or white button mushrooms, left whole
  • 1 jalapeño diced small (optional but recommended…they mellow when cooked)
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, garlic, and spices. Set aside.
  • Cut 8 large pieces (about 14-16″ long each) of foil and lay them out double stacked (to form sort of a plus sign shape) to start 4 grill packets. At this point you can line them with parchment paper if desired – simply put a single layer just on top of the foil. Evenly distribute the diced meat and veggies onto each stack of foil and somewhat “flatten” out the contents for even cooking. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then finish off each packet with equal amounts of marinade drizzled right on top.
  • Carefully bring together the two ends of the foil from the bottom piece so the edges meet at the center. Fold the two edges together over at least three times. Then rotate and fold up the edges on the open sides at least two to three times and crimp those together with your fingers as well. If you are throwing these onto the campfire coals (directly on the fire is not recommended) you do not want any chance of ashes making their way inside!
  • Let the food marinate for a minimum of 1 to 2 hours. Grill the packets over (or in the coals of) an open fire flipping them once until the meat is cooked to desired doneness, about 20 to 25 minutes total. Can also be baked in the oven. Carefully open each foil packet to let steam release before eating. Serve as is and enjoy!

Notes

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Meat and Veggie Foil Packets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 504 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 369mg16%
Potassium 925mg26%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1280IU26%
Vitamin C 71.2mg86%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

5/23/13 Update: For those interested in learning more about why we think it’s okay to occasionally cook with foil you may find this scientific article helpful.

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105 thoughts on “Grilled Meat and Veggie Foil Packets…Yum!”

  1. Hi there! I’m headed out of town for a couple weeks, leaving my husband and sons to fend for themselves. If I prepare these ahead and freeze them do you think they’d be ok? If yes, freeze with or without marinade? Put on the grill/in the oven frozen, or thaw overnight? Advice much appreciated, thanks.

    1. We have not tried freezing these, but I think it would work although some veggies would probably hold up better than others. I would recommend putting the foil packets in a freezer-safe bag to do so. Adding the marinade is fine. And I would thaw in the fridge overnight. Let us know how it turns out! :) – Nicole

  2. How far in advance can these be assembled? We are traveling 8 hours to the Ozarks and will be feeding 9 people either on night 1 or 2. So if I prep them the day before we leave, is it okay for them to sit and marinate for 48 hours?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      As long as everything is kept cold at a safe temperature, it should be okay but your veggies will be softer because of the liquid they absorb.

  3. Still cooking in foil??? Real food or not aluminum foil is bad. Line that foil with parchment between the food and the foil.

  4. These look good, but aluminium foil is toxic and should not be used to cook food in, or to store food.

  5. Sarah Dickison

    Ok, so we’re making this today for dinner on the firepit, we’re unsure of the flavor of the marinade (we have 7 littles) is it “kid friendly” for picky eaters? Thank you! :) also adding your baked beans and my whole wheat cornbread recipe.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Sarah. How did it turn out? We are rarely able to respond to recipe questions in real time.

  6. 5 stars
    Hi! I didn’t read through all comments, so sorry if this is a repeat. Just a suggestion — it’s not quite clear to me what you mean with the 8 pieces of foil in a “plus sign.” I guess I’m confused because it only makes 4-5 servings, so are we making 8 packets? Or are 4 packets double-lined with foil? Perhaps some photos of the “stacks” you’re talking about would clear it up. Overall, not a crucial issue, as we can just wing it. Looking forward to trying these tonight!

  7. Setting aside ethics, climate change and health issues – 55% of the water in the country is used by animals it takes 2000 gallons of water 40 pounds of grain to produce a single pound of beef, considering there are 7.125 billion people on the planet and an estimated 9.5 billion by 2050, it is impossible to continue your dietary choices !
    1/2 of all food produced is used as feed ! 60% of the worlds fish stocks have been depleted along with the declining bee populations due to pesticides and the fact that 1/3 of all food is pollinated by bees. Only uneducated people like yourselves can not comprehend the precipice society and our species face in our not so distant future !

      1. You have some good points, but you basically negated everything you said by the “uneducated people” comment. People are open to change, but they don’t want to be denigrated.

  8. Hi! Do you have any advice for preparing these ahead of time and freezing? Can you include all ingredients? Would you defrost before grilling? Thanks!!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Christine. Freezing can effect the texture of the veggies. I personally would add fresh veg. As for defrosting first, I would. The packets will cook more quickly and more evenly. All that said, it will work either way. :)

  9. I wanted to do steak any suggestions on what type of steak or the cut. steak for beef stew/or a rib eye steak/or steak cut up? just not sure.

  10. Would this work on an indoor grill or baking in the oven? If so, what temps and for how long would you recommend? TIA!

  11. For those that are concerned about the foil marinate In glass dish and then you can use a grill basket as has been suggested, or we like good old kabobs skewers. These wouldn’t work over a campfire however.

  12. 5 stars
    We grill out all summer and to make life easy, we do grill packets every week. I vary the veggies, meat and spices/marinades every time depending on what I have in the house. I either use potatoes or will make rice, and clean up is a snap. It’s great for camping but makes busy summer dinners so easy to clean up. Thanks for the tip on parchment paper…I’ll probably use less foil. Great article. Thanks!

  13. I make these with my Girl Scout troop every time we camp. We call them silver turtles. A hint: if you use two pieces of foil with a damp paper towel in between the layers of foil, the paper towel insulates the food & prevents burns plus adds to the moisture of the food in the packet. Helpful when cooking directly on coals.
    We also individualize our packets & write our names on the outside just under the foil closure flap

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Susan. Some prefer to not have the food be in direct contact with the foil. ~Amy

  14. How far in advance can these be made? We are leaving town on a camping trip and want these for sat/sun and was wanting to prepare then on thurs. Is that too long? Some with chicken and some with steak.
    Thanks

  15. 5 stars
    I made this tonight (with organic chicken and veggies). I recently purchased some infused olive oils, and I used mostly chipotle-infused olive oil and a little regular. This was AMAZING! Everything, including the chicken, was so tender, and my 3-year-old loved it! We cooked it low and slow over our grill. Will definitely make again (gonna try steak next time).

  16. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi Liz. Read through the reader comments and you can see a bit of discussion about that. If you are worried about the occasional use of foil, you could instead use a kabob/grill basket after you have marinated. ~Amy

  17. I don’t have the grill cover for the campfire, but I’m taking a cast iron skillet to cook on our camping stove…could I put them in there to heat up?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Amanda. You mean put the skillet on the coals? I think that would work. Or, you can just throw the foil packets on the coals if you have a safe way to retrieve them. ~Amy

  18. 3 stars
    Made this recipe tonight on a grill and 20 minutes was just too long. The meat was very well done and 3 of my packets burnt the veggies/meat inside. It was not flavorful at all. Love the premise of the recipe and will try it again, but this time cook less and add more marinade.

  19. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight with chicken using veggies from our CSA box. Turned out great! Will be in the regular rotation. I was worried that the jalapeno would make it too spicy for the kids, but once it cooked it wasn’t spicy at all.

  20. Has anyone tried freezing these to have on hand? How long do they keep in the freezer? Can you cook from frozen or do you thaw in the fridge first? Thank you!

    1. Yes, Id love to know too – if you freeze, do you need to thaw them first or just straight to cooking, add some time to the cook time? Thanks!

    2. Jenny – I have not tried freezing these myself, but I think it would work although some veggies would probably hold up better than others. I would recommend putting the foil packets in a freezer safe bag to do so. And I would thaw in the fridge overnight. Let us know how it turns out! :)

  21. I am trying to stock my freezer for when my August baby arrives and this recipe sounds perfect for freezing and then just throwing on the grill for dinner! I’m going to double it and throw half of the foil packets into a freezer bag. Thanks for another great meal idea!

    1. We made these last year for a canyon trip, then weather turned on us so took out of foil and baked in a glass dish. Was wonderful. Have cooked on grill in foil and served over quinoa too. Made these for a spring break cabin trip this weekend. Thanks for all the “keepers”! Keep them coming!

  22. nieves cardona

    I definitely can use some recipes and healthy advices , need to know more vegetarian recipes.

  23. Sounds amazing and will be utilizing this as a staple form of cooking on our up and coming Mt. Lassen trip. This way I can get all the veggies I want and everyone else in the house can get theirs. For all the people with concerns regarding aluminum foil exposure from an acid reaction I plan on adding a third layer of parchment paper to create a barrier between food a foil….

  24. I made this recipe not once, but TWICE this past weekend! It was a hit and my whole family loved it. This one’s definitely going in “The notebook” (where I keep GOOD recipes I find on the internet! :) We made it both times with chicken, but I’m looking forward to trying it with beef. Thanks for sharing such a delicious and versatile recipe!

  25. We have been grilling vegetables in a large tub (I guess that’s what you would call it) of aluminum foil. I never thought about making individual servings and adding meat to it.
    Also I never have used a marinade for it. This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to get the grill out this weekend. I missed the holiday, but I’ll be ready for the 4th of July.

  26. We tried these tonight over a campfire with a grill plate and it was so much fun. Unfortunately the food was burnt to a crisp. Only one survived and it was so delicious but sad as we had to divide it between a family of 6. I guess I will try this again but use the grill next time.

  27. I suppose one alternative to this concept that would not use foil would be an old fashioned cast iron dutch oven with a lid. That wouldn’t be individual, but you could stick it in a fire or bed of coals successfully. If it’s properly oiled and seasoned, the food shouldn’t stick to it much.

    On the other hand, we almost always have these foil packets when we go camping as it provides a yummy meal with minimal clean-up and for us the occasional use on a trip makes it worth making an exception on the increased waste and more intense use of aluminum. And the food comes out so moist this way compared to kebobs that can easily be dried out and tougher for kids to enjoy. We always called them “silver turtles”.

    1. Hi Jasmine – In this case we used grass fed beef (steak) and chicken from our local farmers’ market, although this method will work with other types of meat (ground or not) as well. In high school I remember camping and using ground meat with the veggies diced up small and mixed in.

      It’s worth pointing out that we have significantly reduced our meat intake overall in the past few years (and we rarely eat steak any more), so our veggie to meat ratio was pretty high when we made these last weekend. They turned out great!

      1. I remember doing it with ground beef too, when I was younger.
        The picture threw me off! I’ll definitely have to try it out with steak or chicken. Since I found this site outer meat intake has been significantly reduced. But this sounds wonderful!
        Thanks for the reply! :)

  28. Thank you very much! We did these tonight on an outdoor grill. We didnt marinate- I was out of time, so we splashed on the oil, vinegar and (gasp) garlic powder (I was REALLY out of time!). Hadnt read the comments til now, so we were straight on foil, but it was a big hit with everyone, and I think the kids actually ate zucchini (shhh!)

  29. In response to the health concerns about using aluminum foil. What I do when I make these foil packets for the BBQ is I first wrap my food in parchment paper then in aluminum foil so the food is protected from aluminum leaching into it. You have to be careful not to have the heat too high as the parchment will burn. I have seen products that are a foil/parchment combination but have never used them. Martha Stewart has one called “Martha Wrap Foil and Parchment in 1” that can be found on Amazon.

    1. We also use the parchment within foil method when we make HOBOs when camping. Works like a charm, and I feel a bit better about cooking with the foil for those times.

  30. Hi Lisa,
    Just so you know cooking food directly into foil isn’t recommended because toxic particles in the aluminum leak into the food, especially with acidic food such as tomatoes or citrus. You know that foil has leaked when it looked brownish after being in contact with the food. I used to cook with foil a lot and stopped. Foil can be replaced by baking paper when making this type of wrap in an oven. If it is occasional, it is OK, just not too often!

  31. I recently learned from a WF’s employee at the seafood counter that, “foil heated beyond 400 degrees will leech aluminum into food and that is a known health risk.” When grilling, if you have a basic grill, how do you know what the temperature is? Especially using foil packets? Can you, please, respond to: jeriannsphoto@aol.com. Thank you!

  32. I was wondering about the marinade time. Did you put them back in a cooler for that? I am thinking it might be even more convenient to cut the meat up and marinade it before we left for camp, then that step would be done – just add some extra marinade in the packet for the veggies. You have me thinking about a camping trip, that’s for sure! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Shelby. Yes, I would marinade in the cooler to keep the meat at a safe temperature. Camping is SO much fun! ~Amy

  33. Hi Lisa, love your blog. We have some long-handled metal grill baskets for exactly this situation. They have a finer weave so the food doesn’t fall through. I really like them for entertaining…it’s a much faster way to make kabobs (well, without the skewers). I would still do foil packets for camping, though, so they are ready to throw right on the grill or fire.

    Just checked Amazon…they are actually called “kabob baskets”.
    Thanks for all the great ideas and recipes!

  34. I used to do this all the time and loved it! Unfortunately, I recently found out that the aluminum leaches into the food, especially when heated above 185 degrees. I like the idea of using banana leaf. There is a similar “indian wax paper” plant growing near my home I will try this year.

  35. I have wondered about the cooking with foil, not as much for the eco issue, but the issue of anything getting into the food? For example, I eliminated aluminum from my deodorant, but does it get into the food when you cook with it? This is a question I really don’t know the answer to.

  36. Fantastic idea!! I could see using this as a “make-your-own” bar and then each person could put their own choices in their packets. We do something similar with breakfast burritos. :)

  37. These look great! Thanks, Lisa. I prepare fish in the oven like this sometimes: a bit of butter, slice of lemon and seasoning, on a “bed” of frozen veggies (I like green beans, wax beans, carrots mix). And the packets freeze well, so I’m sure these would, too.

    I am sensitive to vinegars, so I would probably use citrus juices (like a mojo type of marinade). Not sure if/how the acid reacts with the foil.

  38. So…..this scares me because of all I’ve read about cooking with aluminum foil. Even though there’s been no proven health risks (yet!), it has been shown that when foil is heated, aluminum is released into the food. Is there another way to do this without using foil at all? I love this idea but make it a habit to never let foil touch my food (especially hot food). Thanks.

  39. Ah, reminded me of camping before kids, when I actually had time to make gourmet meals over the campfire, sigh. Sliced skin on potatoes, though technically not a vegetable, are a fun camping treat to do in packets as well. I used to make them with butter and chives. Also, small loaves of bread are nice in packets. I used to use french bread, obviously I’d use crusty whole grain now, and slice it 3/4 of the way down then smear butter and sprinkle Penzy’s fox point seasoning in between(garlic salt would also work well). Went great with our campfire pasta.

    As for reusable grilling containers, growing up we used aluminum foil pans baked goods came in, which could be washed and reused. They had to be covered with aluminum foil, but at least we were using half as much. Also, Renyold’s now makes recycled aluminum foil which could be washed and recycled after use. For just veggies, one could use a grill basket.

  40. Any issue with the vinegar coming into contact with the foil while everything marinates? (Any sciencE-y types on here that can respond?)

    Thanks!

    1. I am only half-sciencey (a civil engineer), but I am quite confident that the acid in the marinade will eat at the aluminum, causing you to eat some small amount of dissolved aluminum. Of course, people used to cook regularly in aluminum pots, so that would have been a much stronger Al dose than a little foil. Still, I wouldn’t do it this way, but that’s just me. I few years ago I had some overwhelmingly metallic-tasting Indian leftovers (plenty of acid in the tomato-based sauce) that had been stored in aluminum take home containers. After that experience I decided I would try really, really hard to keep my food, especially acids, away from direct contact with foil. In the oven, natural parchment paper usually can be used instead, but for the grill I’d think skewers would be the easiest substitution.

    2. Critical Reader

      Food Scientist here – aluminum leaches when in contact with acids, bases, or salts. How much leaches depends on how long the food is in contact with the foil, the temperature, and also the contact area. Letting acidic food marinate in foil and then heating it in the oven – I would not do it. From a health perspective, I find it more concerning than GMO and artificial food dyes and others that draw attention put together.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Amber. That is entirely up to you. The recipe suggests using beef or chicken or a combination. Look for local grass fed pastured beef and local free range organic chicken when possible. ~Amy

  41. Yum, I was just telling my husband that we needed to figure out a better way to grill our veggies, especially the small ones, since they tend to fall through the grate. This looks perfect! My husband likes to make his own marinades, so we could do this many different ways.

    1. We have a sheet pan with holes that goes right on the grill for smaller cuts of veggies and asparagus. These foil packs can’t be beat for camping.

      1. I think we got it at WalMart or somewhere like that for around $20. Like it way better than our basket even.

  42. For an eco friendly alternative why not use reusable skewers? These are essentially just deconstructed kebabs.

  43. I highly recommend grilling in banana leaves if you can get them! They have them where I live at farmers’ markets. We often wrap fish up in them with a pad of butter or some garlic cloves and oil. Voila: totally delicious!!

  44. Eons ago the kids cooked with foil packets in scouting. Since then foil packets have become a staple in grilling. A great way to use up small quantities of veggies/meats/specialty items.

    We prep the ingredients and let everyone pick and choose what they want as many of our guests have food allergies, have celiac disease, are vegetarians or limited eaters. We are the hang out place for teens and their families often join in. Being able to accommodate a wide variety of eating at any time is important to us.

  45. Hmmmm… sounds yummy… must find an eco-friendly alternative to the aluminum foil…. someone must have solved this problem already… or I smell a new product line :)

    1. Mary Jo Creech

      You can use recycled foil (I think I have seen 75 or 80% recycled material) and of course you can rinse and recycle it when done. Not great, but a good alternative, would love to know if there something else out there.

      We used to make “ho-bos” when I was growing up, it was a hamburger patty with carrots, onions, and potatoes all grilled together in foil. It was always so delicious. I have some meat in my freezer that will be perfect for this. Thanks for posting :)

    2. I agree–I wish there were an eco-alternative to the foil. I try to minimize my use of it, and I do reuse it when I can, but most of the time I can’t. It just gets too gross to clean, or (often) to recycle. I have tried–& failed–to find a good way to roast vegetables in the oven without it. I too would jump at a product that solved this problem, whether in the oven or on the grill!

      1. What kind of vegetables? I have had tasty and not-messy success roasting carrots, winter squash, potatoes, etc. in the oven. I use a couple of pyrex 9×13 pans to try to keep things to one layer, and “paint” at the start and every 10 minutes with coconut oil or melted ghee (or butter, if I’m doing it at a lower temp). I also pull out each pan and stir it every 10 minutes, to make sure to scrape up any edges that are starting to stick. Sometimes I just do one veggie, but I love doing a variety (cubes of butternut squash, potato, sweet potato, carrot, etc., with a little salt, pepper, and rosemary–beets are good too but tend to make everything pink of course). For something like small farm carrots or asparagus I just lay them all parallel, pour on a drizzle of oil, then shake to coat, shaking to re-coat at least a couple more times during cooking.

      2. Thanks, Juliana! I use all kinds of vegetables. But I’ve always used metal pans. Never thought to try glass! I’ve found that unlined metal takes hours (sometimes days) of soaking and scrubbing to get clean after I do my vegetables; maybe it’s my cooking method. (I toss with olive oil, roast at 375, stir every 20 mins or so). I also tried using those Silpat mats, with disastrous results (they aren’t made for that kind of cooking). I see from the comments below that there are possible issues with leaching from the foil at high heat, which I frankly never thought about; ugh. Guess I’ll have to do some research, but first I will try glass pans.

      3. Hi Nancy! I use metal cookie sheets to roast vegetables (carrots, broccoli, zucchini, potatoes, asparagus) and have never had a problem cleaning the cookie sheets afterward. I wonder if the type of metal makes a difference? I just toss the veggies in olive oil and spices and roast at 400 – 425 for about 25 minutes.

      4. Thanks Annie. I wonder why I’ve had such a hard time…Maybe it is the type of pan; but I use several types. I don’t mind a little time or effort to clean things, which is why I tried roasting directly in the pan, but honestly, it was a huge ordeal. I am more curious than ever now!

      5. I use a stone bar pan for roasting. I do rub coconut oil on it, and between that and the coating on the veggies, it works great! Hope that helps! Good luck.

      6. Unfortunately I live in the Midwest and they do not recycle foil where we live :(. I found that you can make them in natural parchment paper in the oven (not on a grill or fire thought), and that it works just as well (Not verified but read that). Which is nice because natural untreated parchement can be composted. Perfect and no cleaning dishes! For a fire/grill friendly recipe… there are tiny little cast iron dutch pots, and clay pots with lids that can be used. Of course this means you have dishes but I would think you could still throw the ingredients in and travel with them with a little twine tying the lids on or something to that effect. Of course there is always the option of making an exception and just going for the foil when all else fails. After all I do my best, I don’t have time to be eco perfect :) Thanks for the other ideas guys!!!

      7. Parchment works wonderfully. I like doing fish on quinoa with broccoli this way. Everything steams perfectly.

      8. Sorry to be further diverting the discussion, but I just wanted to report back that last night I roasted vegetables in glass pans and was rewarded with a supereasy cleanup. My impression was that they took longer and didn’t brown quite as well, but that may be because I used a slightly lower heat than I do with metal (350 vs 375). Truthfully, we haven’t eaten the vegetables yet–I was taking advantage of an unusually cool day to turn my oven on, to have them ready for tonight. Pretty soon it will be too hot to have the oven on for long periods, so I may have to delay the rest of my experimentation till the fall! Thanks again Juliana!

    3. I was just on the zero waste home website, and I go right to this blog next. I was thinking to myself as I read this, “I wish the foil wasn’t going to be wasted.” Foil usually can not be recycled due to the food on it, and eventually it ends up as garbage.

      Solutions would be to get metal skewers and kabobs and brush the juice on them, or soak them in a pan before putting on the fire. You may also be able to put it all in a pan and put a pan of the same size over the top to cover it. Or if you have a pan that has a lid to it, I think it would work just fine. I think the point is to lock in the steam and juices.

    4. A mountain pie maker is an echo friendly choice. They come in cast iron or aluminum. Choose the iron. We use ours not only for camping but in our backyard fire pit and on the grill. Just coat with a little oil, put all the hobo packet ingredient in and cook away. We even make omlets in ours!

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