Poor Man’s Steaks & Baked Potatoes

If you like a well-seasoned, juicy hamburger steak with baked potatoes that’s simple to eat and easy to clean up after cooking, then this recipe is for you. You can even customize each individual serving to suit the tastes of each of your family members.

Some people call this recipe “Hobo Sacks,” because you use budget-friendly ingredients and wrap each serving inside an aluminum foil packet for baking in the oven. I’d never heard that term until I watched a video of reality TV star Julie Chrisley making a similar recipe with her son Grayson.

I think of these more as the cheaper version of a steak and baked potato. You have your hamburger steak, and you dice up a potato to bake with it, adding any extra ingredients you like into each packet. You can use other vegetables like mushrooms or carrots. You can add cheese. If you want it, try it.

This is a great recipe for a night when you want a filling meal but don’t want to spend a ton of money or a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and then cleaning up. Because it’s hearty, easy and cheap, this is definitely a #FoodieScore!

Poor Man’s Steaks & Baked Potatoes

What You Need:

2 pounds ground beef (80/20 is a good fat blend.)

2 eggs

10 butter crackers

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

salt, black pepper and garlic powder to taste

1 small or medium onion

4 baking potatoes (or 8 small gold or red potatoes)

What You Do:

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2. Thoroughly mix your beef, eggs, crushed crackers, Worcestershire, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

3. Tear 4 large pieces of aluminum foil and spread them out on a kitchen counter. Spray each with a little cooking oil.

4. Divide your beef mixture into 4 parts, and patty each out flat into the center of your foil pieces.

5. Slice your onions and spread across the steaks of the diners who want onions in theirs.

6. Add cheese and any other ingredients to the servings of diners who want those ingredients.

7. Dice your potatoes and spread them across the tops of each serving. Sprinkle each with a little more salt and, if you like, garlic powder and black pepper.

8. Close the foil around each steak-and-potato serving to make packets.

9. Place all of the packets on a sided baking pan, and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your oven. You want your potatoes–and carrots, if you use them–to be tender. Everything else will be cooked in that time.

10. Place each packet on a plate, add a fork, ketchup or steak sauce if you like, and serve!

Yield: Serves 4.

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