Pie Iron Cooking

Pie Irons

What is a Pie Iron?

A Pie Iron is a campers best friend when it comes to cooking over hot campfire coals. The pie iron is mold of cast Iron with handles that serves as a small skillet. Bread is placed in first, a slice on either side, the cavities are filled generously with delicious mixtures, then the two sides are sandwiched together and placed over hot coals. Because the irons are made of cast iron they hold up to heat of the campfire but must be watched to avoid burning. Pie irons come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A must have for camping!!  Pie irons are fun to use as well make delicious sandwiches, breakfast surprises and desserts. Don't forget the irons and filling get very hot!

Basic instructions

  1. Place slice of bread, butter side down, on lower half of cooker. Spoon fruit, meat, or other filling on center of bread (see recipes).
  2. Place second slice of bread, butter side up, on top of fillings. Latch hand; trim off excess bread if necessary.
  3. Toast over campfire, stove, fireplace or charcoal until golden brown on both sides. A delicious meal in 3 to 6 minutes.

Pie Iron Recipes  

Apple or Cherry Turnovers Peanut Butter Cup Melt
Bread Pizza Perfect Pie Iron Pizza
Mountain Pies Pie Iron Reubens
Breakfast Mountain Pie Pie Iron Sloppy Joes
Homemade Campfire Pie Sausage & Eggs Muffins
Cinnamon Pie Sunny Peach Sandwich
Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Grilled Salmon Sandwich Rocky Road Treat
Hobo Pies Corn Bread
Hot Meat and Cheese Sandwiches Fried Potatoes
Iced Pie Dessert Hot Ham and Cheese
Mountain Pie Burrito Beef Pie
Eggs Bacon and Tomato Special
French Toast Garlic Buns
Grilled Onions  


Apple or Cherry Turnovers

  • Slices of Bread
  • Can of Favorite Pie Filling or Peanut Butter/Jelly Butter

Butter a piece of bread and lay it butter side to the iron. Open the pie filling and spoon some on that slice of bread (not too much that it squirts out though!). Place another piece of bread on top and butter and close the pie iron. Place in coals of fire for a few minutes on each side checking to make sure it doesn't burn.


Bread Pizza

  • 2 Pieces of White Bread with Butter
  • 6-9 Pepperoni Slices
  • 1 tsp. Onions (partially cooked)
  • 1 tsp. Mushrooms (canned)
  • 2 Tbsp. Pizza Sauce
  • 2 Slices Mozzarella Cheese

Spread butter on one side of 2 pieces of bread. Place the first piece of bread, with the butter side out, into he pie iron. Layer with pepperoni slices, onions, mushrooms, pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Cover with second piece of bread (butter side out). Close pie iron. Cook on hot coals for 2-3 minutes, each side. Check often and turn over when brown.


Mountain Pies

Mountain pies are the best for camping! Try this variation for breakfast:

Before leaving for your trip, scramble some eggs and put them in a zip lock bag and store in the cooler. When morning comes at the camp site, put eggs, cheese and diced ham (bacon or sausage will also work) together in between bread and make the pie.


Breakfast Mountain Pie

  • Bacon
  • Egg
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • Pam

Spray your pie iron with Pam, then cut your bacon strips in half and lay them in the pie iron. Then put 1 piece of bread on top of the bacon. Gently pat down the bread and crack and egg on the bread. The put some cheese in and cover with the other piece of bread and then close it and cook slowly. When the bacon is cooked the egg inside will be cooked.


Homemade Campfire Pie

  • Pie Crust
  • Canned Pie Filling
  • Cooking Spray


Cut enough pie crust to make several pies and place waxed paper between the crusts. Place in a gallon zip lock bag keeping them ref. Spray pie iron with Pam Cooking Spray and place a crust on each side. Fill with your favorite pie filling close the iron and trim the crust on the outside. Bake over hot coals laying on a grill that is about 5-6" above the coals. Watch carefully, check often and turn as needed, cooked in about 10-15 minutes at the most.


Cinnamon Pie

  • 1 Package Pillsbury Crescent Roll Dough
  • Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture
  • Butter

Coat the pie irons with vegetable oil (you can use butter or margarine but the pies usually stick to the irons). Unroll the crescent roll dough and fill each half of the pie iron (1 package of dough will make 2 pies). Butter each piece of dough, pour a generous amount of cinnamon/sugar mixture onto 1 half and close the irons. Cook over the fire, turning frequently until golden brown. They usually cook in less than 10 minutes.


Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches

  • Sliced Bread
  • Hershey's Chocolate bar - (can be Milk Chocolate or Dark)
  • Margarine or butter

Bring out the camp pie iron. Use two slices of bread for each sandwich. Butter one side of each slice. The butter side will face out! Top the first slice with a chocolate bar broken in 1/2. Place the other side of bread on, butter side up! Place in pie iron and onto coals of Fire. Cook until bread is toasted.


Grilled Salmon Sandwich

  • 1 Can of Salmon (or Tuna)
  • Mayo
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion Powder or however you make tuna salad
  • 8 Slices of Bread (I use wheat)
  • 4 or 5 Eggs, scrambled
  • Butter

Make salmon/tuna salad, spread on bread to make like a sandwich. Melt a tab of butter in pan, dip sandwich in eggs and place in pan. Cook like french toast.


Hobo Pies

  • Slices of Bread
  • Two or three tablespoons of your favorite pie filling
  • Two tablespoons cheesecake

Roast and Enjoy!


Hot Meat and Cheese Sandwiches

  • 2 Slices of buttered bread.
  • 1 slice of cheese (American slices or Swiss)
  • 1 or 2 slices of meat (ham, turkey, roast beef)

Using your pie iron, place bread inside buttered side out. Put in meat and cheese. Close and cook over fire pit, until toasted brown!


Iced Pie Dessert

  • 2 Slices Bread
  • Canned Apples, Blueberries, or Cherries
  • Canned Icing

Just slap some fruit on your bread, butter both sides of course, cook over your fire and top with the canned icing ... enjoy!


Mountain Pie Burrito

  • Prepared Taco Meat
  • Salsa
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Burrito Size Tortillas
  • Optional: Grilled Onions, Bell Peppers

At home prepare taco meat. Put in zip-lock bags and place in camping cooler. You can also sauté some onions and bell peppers and put in zip-lock bags too. At camp: Place a large tortilla on the pie iron. The tortilla will cover both sides of the open pie iron. You will place your ingredients on one side only! Fill with 2 tbs. of taco meat, a spoon of salsa, cheddar cheese and a few onions and peppers. Don't fill too full! Fold the burrito in half and fold in the edges to make a square packet. Close the pie iron and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Check to make sure you don't burn it! When the tortilla is golden brown it's done!


Peanut Butter Cup Melt

  • Two Slices Bread
  • Peanut Butter
  • Hershey's Chocolate Bar or Morsels
  • Butter

Butter two slices of bread and place them butter side down in your pie iron. Spread desired amount of peanut butter on both slices of bread in pie iron. Sprinkle broken chocolate pieces or morsels on top of peanut butter. Close pie iron and bake until golden brown.


Perfect Pie Iron Pizza

  • 1 Canister of Pillsbury Croissant Dough
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Onions, Etc.
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray

You should use a pie iron that breaks down into two pieces. Spray non-stick cooking spray onto one half of the pie iron. Take two sections (making one square) of the raw croissant dough and cover the bottom of the pie iron. Add sauce and cheese (and any other topping) as desired. Lay pie iron on hot coals "open faced" for about 5 minutes. Dough will rise and cheese will melt making the perfect pie iron pizza!


Pie Iron Reubens

  • 2 Slices Rye Bread, outside buttered
  • 1 Slice Swiss Cheese
  • 2-3 Slices Corned Beef
  • 2-3 Spoonfuls Sauerkraut (don't forget the can opener!)
  • 1-2 Spoonfuls 1000 Island Dressing

Assemble and toast over the campfire.


Pie Iron Sloppy Joes

  • 1 Lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Can Sloppy Joe Mix
  • Butter
  • Cheese

Prepare Sloppy Joe mix and ground beef at home and store in plastic container or zip-lock bags and put in cooler. When ready to cook, butter both slices of bread, add cheese of your choice and sloppy joe mixture. Cook over campfire until toasty and warm.


Sausage & Egg Muffins

  • 1 Lb. Sausage - formed into patties
  • 8-10 Eggs - scrambled
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 1/2 C. Cheese
  • Butter or Vegetable Spray (butter tastes better!)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Pkg. English Muffins - split in half

Butter or spray side of muffin, put butter side toward iron, then start to layer ingredients: sausage patty, a little egg (it will run but set when cooked) sprinkle with cheese and top with other muffin that has been buttered too! Cook over campfire until sausage and egg are set.


Sunny Peach Sandwich

  • 2 Slices Buttered White Bread
  • 1 Canned Peach Half
  • 1 Marshmallow
  • Powdered Sugar

Place one slice of bread buttered side down on one side of the iron, then a peach half with the marshmallow in the hollow. Now put the other slice of bread on top with the butter side facing up. Close the iron and toast over the fire. When your sandwich is toasted just right remove from the iron and dust with powder sugar.


Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

  • 2 Pieces of Bread
  • 1 Banana
  • Peanut Butter
  • Margarine or Butter
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar

Spread peanut butter to desired depth on bread. Slick bananas enough to cover peanut butter and then stick them in the peanut butter. Sprinkle bananas with brown sugar. Place together and butter outside of bread. Place in the pie iron and cook until golden brown, but not too long - the peanut butter will be runny.


Rocky Road Treat

Spread peanut butter on 2 slices of bread. Add one large marshmallow and one chocolate bar square between buttered bread slices. Toast pie iron until bread is golden brown.



Prepare cornbread mix according to direction on package. Into a well greased cooker, fill cavity about one third with mix. Close, latch handles and bake over very low heat until done.


Fried Potatoes

Place sliced potatoes in cooker, add butter, salt and pepper (to taste) and close. Grill on both sides over low heat.


Hot Ham and Cheese

Place slice of bread, buttered side down, into cooker. Place slice of ham and slice of cheese on bread. Add Dijon mustard and cover with remaining slice of bread, buttered side up. Close cooker, latch handles and grill to golden brown.


Beef Pie

Place one piece of pie dough loosely in cooker cavity, buttered side down. Add cubed, cooked beef, cooked potato slices, onions and pepper. Cover with remaining piece of pie crust, buttered side up. Close grill and latch handles. Bake for approximately 5 minutes.


Bacon and Tomato Special

Fill whole wheat bread with sliced tomatoes, crisp bacon, lettuce and mayonnaise. Toast sandwich for 3 to 4 minutes in pie iron.



Open cooker and use as two skillets, place one egg in each side of cooker. Use cooker in closed position for scrambled eggs; add onion, cheese, pepper, and mushrooms for omelettes.


French Toast

Dip 2 bread slices into egg batter, place both slices into cooker, placing strawberry jam between bread slices. Toast until browned.


Grilled Onions

Place thinly sliced sweet Spanish onions (or Vandalia onions) into cooker cavity. Add a little celery, salt, parsley and a splash of white wine or beer. Close cooker and grill until onions are soft.


Garlic Buns

Spread inside of buns with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and paprika. Turn each bun inside out and place into cooker cavity. Grill until golden brown.


Check out this cookbook!!

I purchased this Pie Iron Recipes cookbook for a friend of mine and purchased his first pie iron for him and if you can get your hands on this book, it is wonderful to have along while camping. Make sure to check it over before you head into the woods, so you have all the ingredients when you are out camping. I purchased his cookbook at Campers Village.

Terrific Pie Iron Cookbook


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