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Campfire Grilled Cheese Two Ways

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.

a grilled cheese sandwich on a log

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.

ingredients for a cast iron grilled cheese

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.

close up of a pie iron grilled cheese sandwich

With the limited space inside a pie iron, we opted for sourdough over Texas toast. We used rye when we made Campfire Reuben Sandwiches.

close up of a perfectly grilled cheese sandwich on a paper plate

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.

2 sandwiches being grilled on foil over a campfire

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.

close up of the melted cheese on a sandwich

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.

cheese sandwich being dipped into a bowl of tomato soup

If you love cheese, check out our Bacon-Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks or Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Dogs. For dessert, try Campfire Cookies or Pudgy Pies.

close up of 2 cast iron grilled cheese sandwiches

Yield: 6 sandwiches

Campfire Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

a perfectly grilled cheese sandwich

Make everyone's favorite sandwich two ways on your next camping trip: in a pie iron or over the campfire on foil or a cast-iron griddle.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • Sliced Bread
  • Butter
  • Sliced Cheese


  1. Generously butter the outside of two pieces of bread.
  2. Place 1-3 slices of cheese in between the pieces of bread, with the butter side out.
  3. Pie Iron Method: Place the sandwich in the pie iron between 2 pieces of parchment paper.
  4. Campfire Method: Place a piece of heavy-duty foil on the grate OR heat a cast-iron griddle over the campfire.
  5. Grill each side of the sandwich for 4-5 minutes per side or until the cheese is melted.

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