Hobo Dinners & Wax Overview

Anyone remember those foil covered meals that you would throw in the coals to cook while reminiscing around a hot fire? Our family referred to them as Hobo Dinners. Usually they would consist of hamburger meat in the form of a patty, onions, peppers and carrots for the veggies then sliced potatoes for the starch.

Well that is exactly what I made this past Saturday. Just without the coals and fire.

There will be a link for the recipe below as I won’t have exact measurements of what I personally used and usually after making something a few times, I sort of do my own thing and make it my own as does everyone in their kitchen.



Here is what I used:

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef (I suggest a lower fat content so there is less grease for your food to sit in)
  • Half a Package of Onion Soup Mix (when making burgers I love using this as a mix in seasoning)
  • Great Value Carrot Chips-Produce (Add As Desired)
  • Bag of Mixed Frozen Peppers & Onion. (Add As Desired)
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped  Fresh Red Onion (optional)
  • Microwave Bag of Potatoes ( I made these smaller potatoes work on account of being out of the large potatoes to chop up and add into our Hobo Dinners so I served these on the side)
  • Salt & Pepper for Taste
  • Aluminum Foil & Reynolds Wraps Pop-Up Sheets (if you do not have the pre-cut sheets, aluminum foil is fine)
  • Baking Pan


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees.
  2. Line your pan with aluminum foil.
  3. For my “prepping station” I took 2 single Reynolds wrap sheets and placed them flat on my counter apart from one another.
  4. In a bowl mix the hamburger meat and onion soup mix until well blended or until you no longer see dark patches of seasoning.
  5. Next I simply patted out a handful of the hamburger meat and formed a patty. I made enough for two patties a bit bigger than the palm of my hand and will use the left over meat for another meal.
  6. Place each patty on their single Reynolds sheet.
  7. TOPPINGS: For my toppings I added the two tablespoons of fresh chopped onion and a handful of the frozen onions strips ( I like onion) from the mixed onions and peppers before finishing off with a few carrot chips on top. On my husbands I added a handful of mixed frozen onions and peppers with the carrot chips on top.
  8. Season with salt and pepper as you see fit
  9. When you are finished adding the desired toppings, collect the ends of the wrap sheet (aluminum foil) and seal all edges end to end.


9. Place on baking pan and then in oven.

10.Cook for 1 hour. Depending on how thick you made your patty, an hour should be plenty but always cut into it and check for pink.


The meat wasn’t dry and was well cooked within the hour. The onion soup mix helped in seasoning the meat and the vegetables on top of the meat. Overall I was pleased with the outcome of this dish.





Recent Melts: 

Nilla Wafer 7-up Pound Cake from Rose Girls -Heavenly!!!! A must try for anyone who loves a little fizz and buttery bakery goodness.

Blood Orange & Teakwood Scent Burst– These are just FABULOUS! Earthy citrus with a hint of sugar. They throw like no other too! Definite repurchase because I have been able to smell them from across the room in my kitchen/ living room area while plugged in and the scent lingers after the warmer is turned off. Plus if spilled they can be easily cleaned up from the carpet instead of wax.

Sexx Bomb from Wild Vine Soapery – Floral, Jasmine creates a luxurious aroma that would make any girl feel pampered. I would suggest pairing this one with a soak in the tub and a nice read!

Gone with the Wind Fabulous from the Fakery Bakery Wax – Confused on the scent and melted the full cup in my kitchen without receiving any throw sadly.

Peaches & Pink Sugar from Front Porch Candle Co.- A kind of chemical peach scent with a sweet sweet pink sugar. The pink sugar saved this melt but I still didn’t melt it for long.

Sassy Girl Aroma Cider Lane Whipped Cream– Delicious.

Pink Sugar from Front Porch Candle Co.– Always a fan of Front Porch’s pink sugar with the sweet spun sugar frosting scent.

The Black Flame Candle from House of Usher Wax Museum– This melt didn’t have much of a scent throw on cold nor on warm. It was just a muted vanilla fragrance that I could detect while hovering over the warmer.



Recent Candles: 

Finished a Cider Lane from Bath and Body Works -Strong, almost headache inducing at times. This is a scent I have to be in the mood for. This scent in my opinion, is better in  vendor wax which I have already stocked up for fall this year! (FALLLL!!!)

Finished Cranberry Pear from Yankee Candle  – Smelled amazing on cold, didn’t want to burn it but finally gave in. Believe it was probably to small to smell anything but I also usually do not have good luck with Yankee.

Working on Peppermint Marshmallow from White Barn Starting off very strong, I’ll keep you posted on what I think and maybe do a review!



Until Next Melt,




5 thoughts on “Hobo Dinners & Wax Overview

  1. jaybird says:

    Oh yes, when we go on our yearly camping trips, I’m in charge of the hobo packs. I don’t eat beef anymore, but I’ve done some w/sweet and reg potatoes w/lots of olive oil and veggies. I’ve tried with chicken and spices too. I don’t think I’ve cooked them at home, but if made the night before, they’d be an easy weeknight dinner:)
    Looks like your wax has been really hit or miss lately. I’ve had a pretty good wax month, so I can’t complain. Those scent bursts sound great, especially the clean up part:)

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  2. Sandra Lewrey says:

    I burnt that Peppermint Marshmallow candle all through the holiday season (including when my husband’s rather picky family came to visit) and it was fantastic. *Right* about the halfway mark, it began to take on a weird sooty smell and the wicks were drowning, so the next time it cooled down, I dug out a bit of wax from around the wicks with a spoon, lit it back up again and everything was fine from there on out! I’m interested to know what you thought about it.

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    • themeltdownblog says:

      When I first burned this scent, I believe it was first called Joy? Something like that, anywho, it Smelled wonderful! This time around it smells a bit different. Not bad different, just different. Almost like a sugar cookie resemblance.

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