Pie iron, camp cooker, or sandwich maker. Pudgie, toastie, or jaffle. Whatever you call it, these handy devices make delicious meals over a camp fire in minutes. Just pack it with your favorite sweet or savory fillings and toast to perfection.
Because these cooking tools are made of cast iron, they are very durable and easy to use. In fact, with a little maintenance and regular seasoning, cast iron will last for decades. They also have extra-long handles with wooden grips so you can stay a safe distance from the fire while cooking.
Pie irons are available in multiple styles: Round, Square, Double Square, and more.
RVers know there’s no better way to start (or end) your day than with a piping hot meal, fresh off the campfire. And a pudgie pie is the perfect way to take the chill out of those foggy autumn mornings.
Of course, the main reason that so many people love pie irons is because they are fun. They bring everyone together, gathering around to talk about their adventures while cooking. So whether you go RVing with a friend or with family, we highly recommend adding one (or more) to your camping gear checklist.
While most pie iron recipes are pretty simple, we’ve found some tasty breakfast recipes that offer something extra special. Try one on your next camping trip! We’ve included what you’ll need for each below. Find full instructions for each recipe by clicking the recipe name or picture.
Pie Iron Breakfast Recipes
What happens when you take breakfast favorites and combine them in a campfire cooker? Pure breakfast magic. Find this delicious Pudgie Revolution recipe and many more in our favorite pie iron cookbook.
- Cake donuts
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Pecans or other nut, chopped
- Cooked bacon, chopped
- Maple syrup
Filled with sausage, egg and cheese, this portable protein-packed sandwich will give you energy to tackle any trail.
- Sandwich bread
- Vegetarian sausage patties (defrosted)
- Sharp cheddar cheese slices
Another great recipe for fueling your outdoor adventures from 50 Campfires, this omelet is packed with protein and veggies. This blogger recommends prepping as much as you can before you get to your campsite to make mealtime easy.
- Eggs, scrambled
- Green pepper, diced
- Red pepper, diced
- Onion, diced
- Shredded cheese
- Ham, chopped
- Crescent rolls
Is there anything better than a warm cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee on a cold morning? We didn’t think so. We’re ready to dive into the pools of icing on Dirty Gourmet‘s version of everyone’s favorite breakfast treat. Make sure to pick up the Rome Waffle Pie Iron to make these.
- 1/2 packet yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 10 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus a bit more for your hands
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
If you’ve got basic cooking skills, you can make your own cinnamon roll dough before heading out to the campground. Prefer to save time? Grab a can of refrigerated dough at the grocery store.
If you want the taste of cinnamon and sugar with less work than the previous recipe, try these pudgie pies from Jelly Toast. Made with cinnamon swirl bread and filled with sweet cream cheese filling, they’re easy, sweet, and satisfying.
- Cane sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Cinnamon swirl bread
- Cream cheese
Biscuits and gravy is another breakfast comfort food not often made over a campfire, but if you’re craving that gooey, gravy goodness this recipe will show you how to make it! Check it out at 50 Campfires.
- Refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
- Pork sausage, crumbled
- Salt and pepper
Kids (and adults) will love these stuffed breakfast sandwiches made with canned biscuits, hazelnut spread and bananas! You could even alter this recipe to make it a dessert – just add some chocolate bar pieces. Read more about it at The Fit Kitchen.
- Refrigerated biscuits
- Hazelnut spread
- Butter or non-stick cooking spray
If you’re craving french toast while camping, you can’t go wrong with this stuffed version. Get Out Camping‘s recipe calls for cream cheese, sliced banana and chopped walnuts. You could easily substitute for your family’s favorite fillings.
- Sandwich bread or cinnamon swirl bread
- Cream cheese
- Banana, sliced
- Walnuts, chopped
Love loaded baked potatoes? You’ve got to try this recipe from 50 Campfires! Made with sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon and green onion, it tastes just like your favorite dinner side.
- Hashbrowns, frozen
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Green onion
- Bacon, cooked and crumbled
Hungry for more?
We don’t blame you! Pie irons really are ideal for making any meal. When the weather’s hot, campfire cooking keeps the heat outside of your RV. When temperatures are dropping, nothing hits the spot quite like a hot meal. See our favorite pie iron lunch and dinners here. Got a craving for something sweet? Check out these dessert recipes. For even more ideas and tips, pick up a copy of Pudgie Revolution or check out our Pinterest boards!
No matter which recipe you choose, make sure your pie iron is well-seasoned and your pantry stocked with some camp cooking essentials: non-stick cooking spray or butter, tin foil, tongs, and towels or an oven mitt for handling the hot iron.