Sausage, fingerling potatoes and veggies foil pack or hobo pies. Garlicky and delicious!

This blog post is sponsored by FinaMill. 

Summer is officially here! With warm weather, we love to spend time outside and have dinners on the grill. Recently we tried a version of a dinner we make inside, but converted it a bit for the grill. We both really loved it and plan to make it regularly this summer. I thought I’d share it with you all as well! This is a sausage & veggie hobo pie or sausage & veggie foil packet, with garlic & onion seasoning. 

Before we get into the recipe, a quick note! In this recipe I use my FinaMill whole spice grinder. If you purchase through the Fermat widget below, you’ll save 11% and get free shipping!

Garlicky Sausage & veggie foil pack or hobo pie meal.

A hobo pie or a foil packet? What is the difference?

Hobo pies and foil packets are two names for the same thing. When I was a kid we’d toss whatever meat and veggies we had on hand into what we called “hobo pies” when camping. The name seems a bit crude, which I think is the reason why many have begun to call them “foil packets” instead. It also just makes sense though! They are packets of foil. 

@emilyreviewsblog This sausage and veggies #foilpack or #hobopie is my top favorite of my #grillrecipes right now. I am generous with the onion flakes and dried garlic which makes it really flavorful. #grilling #tastyfood #dinneronthegrill ♬ Taste It – Ikson

Sausage & Veggie Foil Pack On The Grill

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Garlicky Smoked Sausage & Veggies Foil Packet or Hobo Pie
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 3
Garlicky smoked sauage, fingerling potatoes and veggies foil packet or hobo pie recipe.
  • 12oz smoked sausage
  • 1lb fingerling potatoes
  • 7-8oz Canned Green Beans
  • 7-8oz Canned Carrots
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • ½ tspn olive oil
  • Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Dried Minced Garlic
  • Dried toasted onion
  1. Cut sausage into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Wash fingerling potatoes and cut them in half.
  3. Brush olive oil on all sides of all of the potatoes.
  4. Lay a long strip of heavy duty foil on a table or counter. If you don't have heavy duty foil, use multple layers of regular foil. Fold edges along two sides of the foil.
  5. Pile sausage, potatoes, carrots and green beans in the center of the foil.
  6. Season generously with sea salt, black pepper, dried minced garlic and dried toasted onion.
  7. Add two tablespoons of salted butter on top.
  8. Bend the long ends of the foil up over the top, making a foil packet. Pinch edges of the foil together to seal it.
  9. Place on medium-heat grill for 40 minutes.

I’d encourage you to make this on a charcoal grill if you have one. Aim for a medium heat on your grill to ensure that your potatoes will soften rather than get crispy.  Why charcoal? I like the way it makes food taste, personally. If you have a gas grill, use that on medium heat as well. 

FinaMill Whole Spice Grinder

A while back we got a FinaMill spice grinder. I hadn’t owned a pepper grinder before, so I was impressed with how much more flavor we got when grinding black pepper in our FinaMill vs using pre-ground black pepper. You can really taste a difference when it’s fresh!

The FinaMill grinder isn’t just for peppercorns though, it can grind other whole spices as well. I’ve found that I love using it to grind other things as well. Garlic and onion are two of my go-to seasonings. With the FinaMill I can freshly grind dried minced garlic and dried toasted onion flakes. It adds SO much flavor vs store-bought, pre-ground seasonings. 

The slight downside to the FinaMill is you can’t easily measure how much you are putting on. For this recipe, I used all four seasonings (sea salt, black peppercorns, dried minced garlic and dried toasted onion) generously so that I could see a seasoning coating across all the veggies. 

We’ve really loved having our FinaMill whole spice grinder. It really enhances the flavors that we cook with. We keep our go-to seasonings (pepper, garlic and onion) in different FinaPods so they’re always ready to be popped in the FinaMill grinder. I’m excited to eventually experiment with using more whole spices with our FinaMill. 

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How Long Does A Foil Packet Take To Cook?

How long foil packets take to cook will vary depending on the ingredients. This recipe takes around 40 minutes but the potatoes are the only product that really requires that cook time, the other ingredients could be done as soon as they’re warmed. If you add other veggies or use larger potatoes that would require more cook time. 

Can You Make A Foil Packet In The Oven?

You can cook a foil packet in your oven if you prefer. Medium heat on a grill is approximately 350 degrees, so if converting this recipe to use in your oven go with 350. 

How To Make It Low Calorie

If you’d like to make this low calorie, you could use turkey smoked sausage in place of regular smoked sausage. You could also adjust the ratio of ingredients. Using less meat and more vegges would reduce the calories. You could also experiment with adding in additional veggies like onions, zucchini and others. 

How To Make It Keto

Use a sugar-free smoked sausage, and reduce the ratio of potatoes and carrots, focusing more on low starch veggies. 

This post currently has 31 responses.

  • Peggy Nunn

    This looks so good. Thank you for the recipe.

  • gloira patterson

    I had totally forgot about this. Way back in girl scouts we made something like this only using hambur ger. And mother used to make these when she was busy. So many years I will have to make this

  • Leela

    That looks delicious!

  • Mia E.

    I have made a similar dish in the oven but never on the grill. This looks even better and tastier on the grill.

  • Brittany Gilley

    When I was a Girl Scout, we’d make something similar

  • Lauryn R

    This recipe sounds delicious and so easy! I am definitely going to have to try this very soon, I am always looking for new things to make. My family gets bored with the same old things. The spice mill sounds really cool too; I know that freshly ground is always best for flavor. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • We’ve really been loving it! And yes freshly ground spices definitely have more flavor than others. The garlic and onion on this is really flavorful because it’s freshly ground.

  • Anita Jude

    It looks like a great idea for my family to make this summer on the grill and thanks for sharing

  • Dana

    Wonder how this might taste with vegetarian sausage

  • gloria patterson

    While talking to my niece recently I mentioned making these and she jumped on the ideal. They go camping a lot and she made these pack up and while they were setting up their camp they had these cooking. Said they made a great camp meal and no clean up

  • Thomas Gibson

    Great recipe for any camping trip. Or home too. I prefer camping at home.

  • Brett

    Loved this recipe. It sounds simple and basic but sometimes that’s the best food. It seems like a great backyard bbq addition to steaks or burgers that is relatively easily and not as demanding to watch on the grill other techniques. It could also be great for camping and smelling it after a long hike or swim and looking forward to eating and gathering. I’ll have to give it a try plus it’s not completely unhealthy!

  • Tara Enright

    Looks so yummy. I do not know what it is about potatoes but they look really delicious. The grilling of them just gets me in the mood for them.

  • Sandy C.

    A great looking recipe! We have to no way to grill outdoors, so thanks for including the option to make it in the oven at home.

  • Anita C

    I have made something almost the same in the oven. Instead of green beans and carrots I put red, yellow, orange bell peppers. I love recipes with simple ingredients that create delicious meals

  • Brandon Sparks

    This looks so amazing. Thank you so much for this. My whole family will love this..

  • Judy E Metcalf

    I made a similar foil dinner with brauts, which was delicious. I will have to try this one too!

  • Lisa P.

    I never thought to make the smoked sausage and vegetable packets on the grill. We have smoked sausage, potatoes, and sauerkraut a lot in cooler weather. I hadn’t heard the term “hobo pies” before. Maybe it’s a regional thing.

  • Maryann D.

    I would love to have a FinaMill whole spice grinder. This recipe seems terrific and super for a party.

  • Rajee Pandi

    I use fresh vegetables not canned so I think I can follow the same method

  • Shirley O

    A delicious recipe for the bbq and great for camping as well. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  • paula peterson

    I love the foil packets idea for cooking veggies, I’m going to try this with chicken instead of sausage.

  • Sandra Dufoe

    This is always a great idea for dinner its delicious.

  • Brandon Sparks

    Now this looks amazing. The whole family would love this.. Thanks

  • Helga

    I have never heard of hobo pie. This is something our family would love.

  • kim zoby

    We make this recipe and enjoy it around the fire pit when we star watch. It is incredible.

  • Betty Curran

    Thanks for the reminder. We used to make this a lot when we were camping.

  • Sarah L

    Fresh ground spices always make things better. This is a fun and easy recipe.

  • Sue E

    WOW! You mentioned a bunch of different scenarios on how to make this yummy dish! I agree with you that using a charcoal grill gives many a meal a yummy flavor! I like the name hobo pie 🥧 It’s fun 🤩 and people don’t mean nothing by it. Thank you for sharing!

  • sheila ressel

    This looks amazing! I love how easy it is to make with virtually no clean up. Will have to show this to hubby so he can grill it up for us this week.

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