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Instant Pot Hobo Dinner Foil Packets: Sausage and Kraut Recipe Instant Pot Hobo Dinner Foil Packets: Sausage and Kraut Recipe


Instant Pot Hobo Dinner Foil Packets: Sausage and Kraut Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This hobo dinner is my go-to for a quick, hearty meal. Smoky sausage, tangy sauerkraut, and sweet onions, all bundled up in a foil packet and cooked to perfection in my trusty Instant Pot.

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Picture this - your kitchen flooding with the comforting scent of smoked sausage, onions, and sauerkraut all mingling together. That's what my instant pot hobo dinner foil packets bring to the table. Simple, flavorful, and oh-so-hearty, these foil packets are an easy shortcut to a satisfying meal. Prep is a breeze, and clean-up's even easier! This is a dish you'll be eager to dive into. Trust me, it's a game-changer.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Hobo Dinner Foil Packets

  • Smoked sausage: Adds savory flavor and protein to the dish, creating a hearty and satisfying meal in each bite.
  • Sauerkraut: Brings a tangy and slightly sour taste that complements the richness of the sausage, adding depth to the flavor.
  • Onion: Provides a sweet and aromatic element that enhances the overall taste profile of the dish, adding complexity.
  • Brown sugar: Balances out the tanginess of the sauerkraut and adds a touch of sweetness to the savory flavors.

Essential Tools for Making Hobo Dinner Foil Packets in the Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking process, infuses flavors, and ensures even cooking of ingredients.
  • Aluminum foil: Used to create individual packets for cooking, keeping ingredients separate and enhancing flavors.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 can sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a bowl, mix together the sausage, sauerkraut, onion, brown sugar, caraway seeds, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cut four large squares of aluminum foil and divide the sausage mixture evenly among them.
  3. Fold the foil over the sausage mixture and seal the edges to create packets.
  4. Place a trivet in the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water.
  5. Arrange the foil packets on the trivet.
  6. Close the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  7. Quick release the pressure and carefully open the lid.
  8. Serve the sausage and kraut hot from the foil packets.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 380 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 15 g | Total Fat: 30 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g | Cholesterol: 60 mg | Sodium: 1200 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 5 g | Calcium: 100 mg | Potassium: 400 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 50 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Prep Ahead and Freezing Tips for Hobo Dinner Foil Packets

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the foil packets as instructed, but do not cook them.
  • Store the assembled foil packets in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking.

Freezing Instructions

  • Assemble the foil packets with all the ingredients.
  • Place the packets in a single layer in a freezer-safe bag.
  • Label the bag with the date and cooking instructions.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To cook from frozen, add a few extra minutes to the cooking time in the Instant Pot.

One interesting fact about this instant pot hobo dinner foil packets recipe is that you can customize the ingredients to suit your taste preferences. Feel free to experiment with different types of sausage, vegetables, and seasonings to create your own unique flavor combinations!

Common Questions About Making Instant Pot Hobo Dinner Foil Packets

Can I use a different type of sausage for this recipe?
Yes, feel free to use your favorite type of sausage, such as kielbasa or bratwurst.
How can I add more vegetables to this dish?
You can add diced potatoes, bell peppers, or carrots to the foil packets along with the other ingredients.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
While it's best to cook the foil packets just before serving, you can prepare the ingredients in advance and assemble the packets when ready to cook.
Is there a vegetarian version of this hobo dinner?
To make a vegetarian version, you can substitute the sausage with vegetarian sausage or add more vegetables like mushrooms and zucchini.
Can I cook these foil packets in the oven instead of an instant pot?
Yes, you can bake the foil packets in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 25-30 minutes or until the ingredients are cooked through.

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