Last Updated on August 12, 2021 by Christina
You’ve probably made your fair share of meals over a campfire, but some recipes are destined to become instant crowd-pleasers – and we’re here to help you find them! Our favorite tool for campfire cooking is the pie iron. Just like your best friend, these versatile cast iron pieces are dependable and always ready for a good time.
We’ve been searching for mouth-watering meals to add to our camp menu and rounded up these amazing lunch and dinner options (check out our breakfast ideas). So grab a snack, because these will make you hungry, and start reading. We guarantee these recipes will have everyone coming back for seconds.
Pie Iron Lunch & Dinner Recipes
It’s amazing how only three ingredients come together for something that’s so satisfying. This simple recipe (crispy, salty, and tangy!) from Pudgie Revolution will become a favorite on your menu.
- Frozen tater tots, thawed
- Prosciutto, sliced
- Blue cheese crumbles
Let’s be honest. It’s always a good time for pizza. With Twin Dragonfly Design‘s recipe and a camp cooker, you can easily make a personal pizza pie for everyone in your family during your next camping trip.
- Refrigerated pizza crust
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Sliced pepperoni (or other favorite toppings)
- Pizza sauce
Think of this as a grilled cheese sandwich all grown up. Dirty Gourmet‘s combination of smoky turkey, sharp cheddar and flavorful pesto will make the whole campground think you’re a gourmet chef.
- Turkey, sliced
- Cheddar cheese
Full of flavor, ready in minutes, and crowd-pleasing, it’s tough to beat these campfire Philly sandwiches. This recipe from 50 Campfires is especially satisfying in cooler weather. Pair with your favorite beer and prepare for compliments from your guests. Try them at your next tailgate party!
- White sandwich bread
- Roast beef
- Provolone cheese, sliced
- Green pepper
Fajitas are one of our favorite foods, so these fajita quesadillas from The Camp Gal are a must on our camping trips. Just fill tortillas with veggies and cheese for a simple and delicious dinner option. Tortillas work well in the pie iron and you can just tear off any edges that don’t fit inside it.
- Bell peppers, sliced
- Onion, sliced
- Olive oil
- Fajita seasoning
- Salsa and guacamole (optional)
This vegetarian-friendly Dirty Gourmet recipe uses ciabatta bread and Swiss cheese for a filling and meatless meal. Peas and walnuts add a healthy dose of flavor (plus vitamins and nutrients). Enjoy all the flavor and none of the guilt.
- Frozen peas
- Garlic clove
- Olive oil
- Ciabatta rolls
- Swiss cheese
Sophisticated flavor meets campfire goodness thanks to Twin Dragonfly Designs. The results speak for themselves. Just look at this sandwich… we’re already drooling.
- Sliced roasted chicken
- Goat cheese
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Refrigerated crescent rolls
This no-fork-required spaghetti sandwich is great for using up leftovers! We recommend adding some mozzarella cheese to help everything stick together (and because cheese makes everything better). Check it out at Clean & Scentsible.
- Precooked spaghetti (about 1/2 cup per sandwich)
- Spaghetti sauce
- Garlic (powder or crushed)
- Italian seasoning
Here’s another vegetarian-friendly option from Dirty Gourmet. The sweet cinnamon raisin bread contrasts well with the sharp cheese and the tartness of the apple. We highly recommend trying this recipe in the fall, with fresh apples from your nearest U-pick orchard.
- Cinnamon raisin bread
- Granny Smith Apple, sliced
- Sharp cheddar cheese
Finally – a less-messy version of the classic Sloppy Joe! Use a round pie iron that crimps the bread to create a seal, and you’ve got a portable dinner option that everyone will enjoy. There are actually two versions of this Toas-Tite recipe if you click the photo: a healthy version and a classic recipe. Since camping is all about relaxing and fun, we prefer the classic recipe.
- Sloppy joe filling, canned
- Sandwich bread
We know that pizza with pineapple can be controversial. But if this flavor combo is a thumbs up in your book, you’ve gotta try these pizza pockets from Clean & Scentsible!
- Sliced ham
- Pineapple, crushed
- Pizza sauce
You’ve probably had hot dogs on the fire, but have you ever had corn dogs?? This recipe from Dirty Gourmet uses corn muffin mix and sliced hot dogs for a handheld, campfire pie.
- Corn muffin mix (boxed)
- Chili powder
- Cayenne pepper sauce
- Scallions, finely chopped
- Hot dogs
- BBQ sauce
Tips for Tastier Pies
While all these recipes are delicious, feel free to modify them to your family’s tastes. The great thing about pie irons is that they allow for lots of customization without hassle!
Keep in mind that a pie iron generally makes one serving at a time (unless you have the Double cooker). If you prefer that everyone eat at the same time, pick up enough irons for your crew.
Make sure you have a can of cooking spray or some butter on hand. While well-seasoned cast iron is non-stick, using butter or cooking spray will help make removal and cleanup even easier.