Iowa's Largest Frying Pan

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Iowa's largest frying pan draws tourists to Brandon, even through the coldest months. The Pride of Brandon measures approximately 14 feet and 3 inches from rim to its handle's end—here, a traveling man stands before the frying pan for comparison. There are six comparably "largest" pans in the world, and Brandon's is reportedly the most photographed.

Iowa’s Largest Frying Pan is located in the small city of Brandon, Iowa, United States.

The pan was built in 2004 by men of the local community of Brandon. It took these men a little over forty volunteer man hours to construct the frying pan. It is made out of scrap steel that was donated by local farmers. The pan was originally built as a promotional tool for the Brandon Area Community Club’s semi-annual fundraiser, the "cowboy breakfast". They chose to build a large frying pan because the cowboy breakfast is cooked over open flames using mostly cast iron frying pans.


It is quantitatively 10 times the size of a 10-inch frying pan.

  • Weight: 1,200 pounds
  • Total length: 14 feet 3 inches
  • Rim diameter: 9 feet 3 inches
  • Base diameter: 8 feet
  • Handle length: 5 feet


The frying pan is calculated to hold 88 times as much as a 10-inch frying pan.

World ranking[edit]

When the Brandon area locals built the frying pan they never considered checking to see if there were any other large frying pans anywhere else in the world. They later found out that in Long Beach, Washington, the world’s largest frying pan existed measuring 14 feet 6 inches in total length and 9 feet 6 inches rim diameter, a mere 3 inches larger than Iowa's largest frying pan. After much research the creators realized that there were many frying pans that claimed to be the world's largest pan so they just called it Iowa's largest frying pan. It probably ranks second or third in the world depending on the size of the pans in Maine and North Carolina.

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Coordinates: 42°18′53″N 92°0′26.73″W / 42.31472°N 92.0074250°W / 42.31472; -92.0074250