Hobo Sheet Pan Dinner + Scary Movie

Summer time is always a busy time but doesn’t have to be with this easy take on a traditional hobo dinner. We turn this meal into a hobo sheet pan dinner to simplify your time in the kitchen and make dinner easy but still tasting like the campfire favorite! 

hobo dinner

Note to parents of teens during the summer who want to stay up and watch a scary movie.


Just DON’T do it.

Well, you can do it, but just know that you will not be sleeping that night. Make sure you don’t have to work the next day if you choose to do it.

For our scary movie night we came up with ‘The Sixth Sense.’ I never remembered it as being too scary and it was well done. Also, I overanalzyed the crap out of it psychologically when it came out so I kindof maybe thought the kids would to.


My son is NOT a fan of horror movies. Give him a comedy or an action film and he is just fine. Throw in a classic Star Wars or Marvel sci-fi and he’s good. Horror movie? Not good. He was not a fan and early on in the movie brought out his pillows and blankets and staked couch #1 for the night. He knew he wasn’t going to sleep that night.

He then volunteered me to get my pillow and blanket and stake the other couch as mine. Apparently I wasn’t going to be sleeping in my room tonight. It was his subtle hint to say “I’m scared but I’m NOT telling you because I’m too cool. but you should really get your pillow and blanket because if you do you’ll fall asleep on the couch, and I will have you here to be with me while I’m scared and I don’t even have to tell you I’m scared!” (i speak teenager).

The teenager teenager was NOT scared and didn’t think it was a scary movie at all. However, she dragged her bed and bedding to the living room to help her brother “not be scared.” When I told her we were fine and I was staying out on the couch with him, she said, “Oh it’s not a big deal. I can stay with him too.”

Can we say….


but not wanting to admit it?

I’m not saying a word because she was NOT scared.

We ended up surviving the night and were all grumpy tired the next morning. Swimming lessons were in order and this girl was ready for them.

swimming lessons

While she was swimming, dinner was at home cooking. Our easy hobo sheet pan dinner was so easy to throw together. It’s all the same ingredients as a traditional tin foil dinner (aka hobo dinner) but with the ease of throwing it all on a sheet pan and cooking it up.

sheet pan dinner

When we got home I threw on the carrots and green beans and let them cook while she showered and then dinner was done! The kids were excited about their dinner and loved that it tasted just like their favorite summer tin foil dinner. The only thing they missed was being able to package it in their own little foil packets and then label it and cook it themselves. but we were in a time crunch! I only worked, took them to get haircuts, opened a bank account, made dinner, ran kids to their youth activity and swimming lessons. I was a wee bit tired. This meal definetely works for those busy running everywhere kind of nights.

Hobo Sheet Pan Dinner + Scary Movie

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 red potatoes
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup green beans, ends cut off
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package onion soup
  • 2 tbsp oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cooking sheet with tin foil. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, and 1/2 package of the onion soup. Mix with hands until thorughly combined. Form the meat into 4 balls. Place on baking sheet (NOTE: If you are using a high fat meat, you may want to take a second piece of tin foil and form a bowl inside the sheet pan to place them in while cooking so the fat stays in the piece of tin foil.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining onion soup mix and oil. Stir until combined. Toss the vegetables and potatoes in the mixture to coat, drizzling any of the remaining mixture over the potatoes and vegetables once on the baking sheet.
  4. Arrange the potatoes on the baking sheet. Set the vegetables aside for now.
  5. Place the meat and potatoes in the oven and bake for twenty minutes at 350 degrees. Remove the meat and potatoes from the oven and arrange the vegetables on the baking sheet. Cook an additional 20-25 minutes until potatoes and meat are cooked. (You may need to cover the meat with some tin foil the last few minutes of cooking time to avoid drying out the meat).
  6. Serve with salt and pepper to taste.

PS: Note the hack for cooking the meat:

hobo dinner

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