Garlic Butter Steak and Potato Foil Packets


Whether you’re setting off on an exciting camping trip, planning a cozy cookout in the backyard or you just want to sink your teeth into something tasty, these steak and potato foil packets are sure to hit the spot. They’re buttery, garlicky and delicious.

You can cook these at home or on the road. Also known as hobo packets, these foil packets call for very few ingredients and you can always customize them adding other veggies, spices or seasonings. It’s easiest to use small potatoes as you don’t have to waste time peeling them. As for the steak, top sirloin is a great choice as it comes out juicy when cooked in foil like this.

It’s best to par-boil the potatoes before adding them to the foil packets, otherwise you’re running the risk of them still being hard when the steak is done. Let them cool enough so you can handle them and then proceed with the recipe.

Why You’ll Love the Recipe:

You can put all kinds of tasty ingredients in foil packets and grill them or cook over a campfire. This is a simple recipe which doesn’t take long to make.


How to Serve Them:

Enjoy these hot, perhaps with some crusty bread to mop up the tasty juices.

Ingredients needed:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Softened butter
  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • Crunchy peanut butter
  • Chocolate candy coating, as needed
  • Mini muffin paper cups

This easy recipe offers a delicious and juicy result. The steak should come out succulent, paired with tender potatoes. You can add other veggies, cheese or anything else you want to the foil packets. If you’re looking for a fun meal to make on a campfire, this one is ideal.

Garlic Butter Steak and Potato Foil Packets

Garlic Butter Steak and Potato Foil Packets

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

You can put all kinds of tasty ingredients in foil packets and grill them or cook over a campfire. This is a simple recipe which doesn’t take long to make.


  • 1 pound baby potatoes in ½-inch chunks
  • 1½ pounds sirloin steak
  • 1 peeled, halved and sliced onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped butter
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes, then drain and then them cool down.
  2. Cut the steak into 5-inch pieces for rare, 3 to 4-inch pieces for medium or 2½ to 3-inch pieces for well done.
  3. Toss the meat, potatoes, onion, parsley, oil, garlic, and seasonings in a large bowl.
  4. Divide this mixture between 4 squares of foil that are about 12 inches long.
  5. Top with butter cubes, fold the foil over and seal well.
  6. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes per side on a hot grill or over a hot campfire. If there’s no grilling rack, put the packets on a 2-inch pile of coals.
  7. If you prefer, bake them in a 425 degrees F oven. When the steak is cooked to your liking and the potatoes are tender, they’re done.
  8. Open the packets (carefully! There will be steam) and serve hot.

Can You Make Them Ahead?

You can prepare them ahead and cook them when you’re ready.

Storage Instructions:

Leftovers will keep for up to 3 days and can be warmed back up in a warm over or (if you’re still camping) over the campfire!

Variations and Substitutions:

Add some shredded cheese and/or chopped bacon to the foil packets before sealing them, or add some chopped vegetables for added color, flavor and nutrients. If you want to marinate the steak ahead, you can.


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