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November 13, 2020 3 min read

There’s nothing better than sitting down around a roaring fire pit in the backwoods while you wait for your hobo pie to cook in the flames!

Also known as the pudgy pie, mountain pie, or hobo sandwich, this is one of the simplest yet tastiest snacks you can cook around the campfire. Hobo pie recipes require just three ingredients, including bread, butter, and your favorite pie fillings and, of course, a trusty hobo pie maker (otherwise known as a pie iron!)

Keep reading for what could be the simplest hobo pies camping recipes going!


What is a hobo pie?

Hobo pies are a campfire favorite across much of the USA, although you’ll find that each region has its own unique name for them (and their own favorite campfire pie iron recipes too.)

Hobo pies are super-simple. Select two pieces of bread, and cover those two pieces of bread in butter. Then you fill the sandwich with your favorite sandwich filling, be it cheese, ham, or peanut butter and jelly. Place the sandwich in a hobo pie maker, then place your pie iron into the fire!

It’s a simple way to cook up delicious hobo campfire meals with limited ingredients and limited equipment. Here’s our simple canned fruit recipe, one of our favorite campfire pie iron dessert recipes!   

Hobo pie filling ideas

Canned fruit fillings make for simple yet delicious hobo meals camping recipes, but there’s a lot more scope for budding campfire chefs to enjoy too!

You don’t just have to stick to sweet fillings, either, because some of the best hobo pies are stacked full of savory goodness. Here are a few of our top hobo pie ‘recipies’ (pun intended!)

Banana Nutella hobo pie sandwich

This one is a rich mixture of chocolate and banana goodness. You need to chop the banana into small slices, butter your bread, then spoon on heaps of Nutella for this incredible dessert (or breakfast) pie. 

Peanut butter and jelly hobo pie

This one’s a real crowd-pleaser, and all you need is a tub of peanut butter and a jar of jelly. You don’t need directions for this hobo pie because everyone knows how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The only difference here is that you’re cooking it in the campfire!

Butter your bread, make the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, stick it in the pie iron. Watch your favorite childhood sandwich transform into a delicious pie!

Hobo pizza pie

One of our favorite hobo pies is the hobo pizza pie. For this wonderful delicacy, you need mozzarella cheese and slices of pepperoni. Stack them up between the bread and let the fire melt the cheese deliciously! 

Avocado breakfast pie

You can take your hobo pie game to the next level with the avocado breakfast pie. This elegant hobo pie has all the trappings of a fine brunch, but it’s prepared in the pie iron!

Slice your avocado, scramble a few eggs, fry some bacon, and cook some tomatoes. Add everything to your sandwich, butter it up and crisp it in the fire. You can add cheese or switch the bacon for sausage, too (or you can cook bacon and sausage if there’s room in the sandwich)!

Hobo pie takeaways

Give your hobo pies campfire flavor! Try any variation you can think of!

This recipe is so simple if you’re low on cash, but still want to go camping. Don’t worry about needing fancy foods. If you’re that dedicated, try a different variation of hobo pies for every meal!

Bookmark this article to try a fun new way of making sandwiches and pies over the campfire. 

If you enjoyed this recipe, you may also like our mountain pie and pudgy pie recipes.

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