Enjoy a Campfire Grilled Cheese Sandwich prepared two different ways. You will definitely like it better than homemade.
Everyone loves grilled cheese! All that gooey melted cheese between two perfectly grilled pieces of bread. I ate so many of them as a kid.
Best Camping Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The ingredients for a grilled cheese sandwich are few. You just need bread, butter, and cheese. With so many different breads and cheeses, you are bound to make a delicious creation.
The key to the perfect sandwich is the toastiness of the bread and the melt of the cheese. The best way to achieve this is to use a cast-iron pie iron sandwich maker or grilling directly over the campfire on foil or a griddle.
Pie Iron Grilled Cheese
Like our Campfire Pizza Sandwiches, you can make cast iron grilled cheese in a pudgy pie maker. These cast iron sandwich makers grill a sandwich to perfection.
We use a piece of parchment paper on each side of the sammie for easy clean-up. Cooking in pie iron without parchment paper works just as well.
With the limited space inside a pie iron, we opted for sourdough over Texas toast. We used rye when we made Campfire Reuben Sandwiches.
Direct Campfire Grilling Method
We also like to use the campfire to grill our sandwiches. While you could grill directly on the grate or on a griddle, we use heavy-duty foil on top of the grate.
Since the cheese will melt along the edge of the sandwich, we recommend using a thin metal spatula to pull it away from the foil. We usually get impatient and flip it a few times.
Tips for the Making a Campfire Grilled Cheese
- Plenty of hot coals with no or very low flame is the key to cooking either with a pie iron or on a grate. If there are too many flames, your food will burn quickly.
- Plenty of butter or cooking spray is vital for a camping grilled cheese sandwich. This will also be helpful in making sure the bread does not stick to the metal.
- Use a cheese that melts well. This would be American slices, cheddar, gruyere, gouda, or pepper jack.
- Finally, a watchful eye is needed. A sandwich could take anywhere from 4 to 8 minutes or longer to reach your desired toastiness, so keep a close watch. It is ok to open the pie iron to check.
- Sliced Bread
- Sliced Cheese
- Generously butter the outside of two pieces of bread.
- Place 1-3 slices of cheese in between the pieces of bread, with the butter side out.
- Pie Iron Method: Place the sandwich in the pie iron between 2 pieces of parchment paper.
- Campfire Method: Place a piece of heavy-duty foil on the grate OR heat a cast-iron griddle over the campfire.
- Grill each side of the sandwich for 4-5 minutes per side or until the cheese is melted.