Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Camping Recipe

Buttering the bread, layering flavorful ingredients and toasting them in a skillet is all it takes to have this Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Camping Recipe on the table in minutes! This is one of our easy camping meals that is perfect for a fast dinner because there is next to zero prep required to make it.

Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Camp Recipe by CampingForFoodies

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How To Make This Recipe

Some of the easiest winter camping recipes include doing a simple grilled sandwich like this one.

Heat it up in the winter with a side of soup and mac & cheese.

Cool it down in the summer with a side of coleslaw and potato chips.

One of the reasons I absolutely LOVE making this Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Camp Recipe is because it is so fast and delicious.

Another reason I love it is because I can use my Fold N Go Propane Camp Stove which is a big plus when we are camping during times of fire restrictions and I can’t use a campfire or charcoal for cooking.

Camp Cooking Tip: Keep your camp kitchen simple and organized.

Prepare your cooking utensils and ingredients before you begin cooking.

If you are cooking on a camp stove using small propane bottles, make sure you have enough fuel to finish cooking this yummy sandwich … it just takes a few minutes!

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When I set up my cooking area at the campsite, I always have my Camping Flexible Cutting Mats on my workstation.

I like them because they are lightweight, flexible, easy to clean and hang from hooks when I am not using them. 

Six simple ingredients is all it takes to put this Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Camp Recipe on the table!

Because this sandwich has so few ingredients, I make sure to use high quality ones because their flavor really stands out … especially the bread and meat!

Scaling Servings

Individual sandwiches are great options for making camping meals for two.

They are also great when you need easy camping meals for large groups because you can get an assembly line going and really crank them out quickly.

The simplicity of this recipe makes for easy camping lunches if you’d rather have a heavier mid-day meal and just a snack later during the dinner hour.

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If you do a lot of cooking with your camp stove and use 1-pound propane bottles, you might want to refill them rather than throw them away … It is easy, safe, inexpensive and environmentally friendly.

Check out our post How To Refill 1 lb Propane Cylinders, Tanks And “Disposable” Small Camping Propane Bottles and you’ll see just how easy it is!

Camp Cooking Tips - Use Versatile Camp Cooking Utensils - Cast iron skillets can be used conveniently on table tops with portable camp stoves - They are also rugged enough to handle the heat of cooking directly over campfires for this Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

Camp Cooking Tip: Use versatile camp cooking utensils, like cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens … they can be easily used with a camp stove on top of a table but they are rugged enough to withstand the heat of a hot campfire!

For tips on making sure your camp cast iron cookware lasts for generations, check out our Cleaning And Seasoning Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cookware post for helpful tips!

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Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Camping Recipe

Kim Hanna
Camping For Foodies Dinner Camping Recipes: Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Camping Recipe
4.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner Camping Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 2586 kcal


  • 2 slices marble rye bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 pound pastrami sliced thin from the deli (NOTE: 1/4 pound of meat is a good amount for a “normal” sandwich but if you want that real “authentic deli” type of sandwich with the meat piled high then use closer to 1/2 pound of meat per sandwich
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • Layer of sauerkraut approximately 1/4 cup per sandwich
  • Layer of prepared Thousand Island salad dressing about 4 tablespoons per sandwich


  • This recipe makes 1 sandwich, multiply as necessary.
  • Thoroughly drain and squeeze as much moisture out of the sauerkraut as possible.
  • Slightly warm meat in pan to take the chill off.
  • Butter one side of each bread slice.
  • Lay one slice of bread (butter side down) in cast iron camp skillet.
  • Layer the remaining ingredients and top with second bread slice with the buttered side out.
  • Toast it in covered pan over medium heat.
  • Flip to toast other side and cheese is melted.


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Serving: 1gCalories: 2586kcalCarbohydrates: 183gProtein: 203gFat: 112gSaturated Fat: 44gPolyunsaturated Fat: 55gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 584mgSodium: 4810mgFiber: 20gSugar: 27g
Cuisine American
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