pie iron grilled cheese with caramelized apple

Pie Iron Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Apples

Sweet & Savory! Show off on your next camping trip with this pie iron grilled cheese with caramelized apples. It’s so easy to make it’ll become a camping favorite…

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Who says you can’t have cafe-worthy food while you camp? We sure don’t, and this grilled cheese with caramelized apples is proof!

You can easily make this sweet and savory sandwich in a pie iron over the campfire or grill. We tell you how in this easy recipe.

As an added bonus, the ingredients overlap with our Pie Iron Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sandwich. So, you can have two delicious sandwich options on your camping menu without packing excess ingredients.

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Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Apples Recipe

This pie iron recipe is so easy we don’t need to provide any extra tips or info. All you need is a pie iron and this recipe. (Although, a 9-in-1 camping cutting board comes in handy, too.)

Since you have syrup from this recipe, you should add Crockpot French Toast Casserole and Homemade Sweet Cream Pancakes Recipe to your camping menu!

You can also use stovetop baked apples with this recipe in lieu of steps 1 & 2. Plus, use the baked apples top your French toast and pancakes. See how your camping menu is coming together?!

Pie Iron Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Apple

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Camping Food Recipes Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Sweet & Savory! This recipe has overlapping ingredients with our Pie Iron Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sandwich. So, it’s a perfect sandwich variation for your camping lunch menu.


  • 1 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced (skin removed if desired)

  • 2 Tbsp 2 butter

  • 1 Tbsp 1 pure maple syrup

  • 4 slices 4 sourdough bread

  • 2 Tbsp 2 mayonnaise*

  • 4 slices 4 cheddar cheese


  • Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pie iron. Add the apple slices and cook over medium-high heat on the campfire or grill, until deeply browned.**
  • Flip the apples and drizzle them with maple syrup. Cook over medium-high heat until browned on this side.
  • Remove the caramelized apples from the pie iron and wipe the skillet clean, careful not to burn yourself.
  • Spread a 1/2 tablespoon of mayonnaise on one side of two slices of sourdough bread.
  • Place 1 slice of sourdough bread in the pie iron, mayo side down.
  • Add 1 slice of cheese, some caramelized apple slices, and another slice of cheese. Top with the other slice of sourdough bread, mayo side up.
  • Close the pie iron over the sandwich. Trim any excess bread.
  • Cook your sandwich for 4 to 7 minutes, turning pie iron halfway through, until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted. For best results, keep the pie iron in a hot area of coals, but not the hottest area. Otherwise, the bread might burn before the cheese melts.
  • Carefully remove the sandwich from the pie iron. Repeat steps 4-8 for the second sandwich.
  • Cook on Grill Alternative: Preheat the grill on medium heat (300 to 400 degrees). Place pie iron directly on the grill and cook for approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.



  • *You can substitute butter for the mayo, but mayo toasts better without burning as easily.
  • **If you prefer, you can caramelize the apples in a separate skillet using the same instructions.
  • Don’t forget to generously spray your pie iron for each sandwich!
  • Listed calories are an estimate using VeryWellFit.com and will vary depending on products used.

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