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Fried Bologna Sandwich Recipe

In this post I am sharing the classic Fried Bologna Sandwich.

The other night, I made fried bologna sandwiches for supper. It is rare for us to share this as a meal together but Mr. Simply Southern requested it


It got me wondering….how often do you enjoy a classic fried bologna sandwich?

By the way, we call it baloney in my neck of the woods (pronounced BA-LON-EEEEE). 

“If you were raised in the South, a bologna sandwich was a crucial part of childhood.” ~ Jenn Rice

If I’m being completely honest, I don’t love bologna as much as the mister does. He will grab one of those pre-packaged deals with the red snappy plastic ring around it to snack on.

I however will only eat bologna if it is fried and these days I get it from the deli. Growing up though, there was no deli to get fancier bologna. It was all the stuff with that red plastic ring and we were glad to have it.

I think that bologna was a popular choice because it was cheap and you never knew if you’d just be feeding your own children or all of the kids from the neighborhood. 

I can remember my mama even frying it up for breakfast if there was no bacon or sausage. 

Fried Bologna Sandwich on White Bread

Homemade fried bologna sandwiches

What do I need to make a bologna Sandwich?

  • Bologna
  • Bread
  • Condiments – like mustard or mayonnaise
  • Cheese – if desired
  • Toppings – like lettuce, tomato or onion if desired.

There is only but one rule to a bologna sandwich. It must be made on squishy white bread. No exception!

What do you put on a bologna sandwich? Toppings can vary according to taste. I prefer my fried bologna sandwich pretty basic with some yellow mustard. The hubs prefers Duke’s mayonnaise, melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and thin slivers of onion. 

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you prefer on your baloney sandwich 🙂 

Needless to say that we enjoyed our supper the other night. It was delicious and the deli bologna I picked up had a bit of a spicy kick to it.

Lunch Box Sandwich

Gourmet fried bologna sandwich

One of the things that I love about growing up and and living in South Carolina is that there are countless local favorite lunch spots with the best food ever. 

You’re guaranteed to find a fried bologna sandwich on the menu too, in case you have a hankering for one. Plenty of people do too. 

How to Make a Fried Baloney Sandwich

Boar's Head gourmet bologna with slits cut for frying

It takes just a few minutes to make yourself a fried bologna sandwich. The first thing you gotta do it cut some slits around the bologna.

I cut four, just like mama always did, to keep it from bubbling up in the pan. If you don’t cut the slits then the center of the bologna will rise up in the pan like something is hiding up under it. 

The slits just help keep it flat so it gets caramelized all over and fits on the bread good. 

Skillet frying baloney

Add a drizzle of cooking oil to the skillet and heat over medium. Bologna is a pretty fatty sausage meat so a teaspoon or so will do. As it fries, the baloney will release some of it own fat into the pan.

Fry the baloney until browned as desired on both sides. Then place it on your squishy white bread and finish making your delicious sandwich. 

It just so happened that I had baked a loaf of fresh white bread on the day we made our sandwiches and boy oh boy was that a special treat!

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Yield: 1 Sandwich

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Old fashioned fried baloney sandwich on squishy white bread

Classic fried bologna sandwich on white bread

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 1 tsp Vegetable Oil or Butter
  • Thick Sliced Bologna
  • 2 Slices of Fresh White Sandwich Bread
  • Mayonnaise or Yellow Mustard
  • Crispy Lettuce (optional)
  • Sliced Ripe Tomato (optional)
  • Sliced American Cheese (optional)


  1. Add a drizzle of cooking oil or a small pat of butter to a small skillet and heat over medium.
  2. Make 4 small slices around the outer edges of each bologna slice.
  3. When the skillet is hot, cook each slice of bologna until browned on each side as desired.
  4. Place on squishy white bread and top with your favorite toppings and condiments.
  5. Always slice your sandwich in a diagonal then enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Sandwich

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

What goes with a fried baloney sandwich? The sandwich is great itself or you can have it along with chips, fries, a pickle or macaroni salad.

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Y’all, I hope this blog post has tickled your taste buds and brought back some sweet memories of simpler times.

There’s just something special about a good ol’ fried bologna sandwich that warms the heart and fills the belly.

So, next time you’re in the mood for a little Southern comfort, don’t forget to whip up one of these darling sandwiches. And remember, it’s all about sharing love and good food with the ones you hold dear.

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Until next time, love and happy cooking!

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Wednesday 21st of February 2024

As a kid in elementary school we had what they called pizza burgers and it was fried bologna on white bread with melted cheese and pasta sauce. We couldn't wait for lunch on the day they were serving that.

Julia Jordan

Thursday 22nd of February 2024

Back in the day, we had some really great school lunches. I don't recall that one specifically but it sounds yummy!

Barbara Miller

Saturday 3rd of June 2023

My Daddy loved his fried bologna sandwich with a thick slice of onion and yellow mustard. He liked using the "Heels" of the loaf. He said he always got the heels growing up. That is how I like mine.


Sunday 18th of September 2022

Thank you for this memory. I LOVE bologna sandwiches, fried and either plain on white bread, with a smidgen of yellow mustard or with a fried egg (with or without cheese). At the age of 9, having had my tonsils out and being restricted to soft foods, as soon as the doctor said I could eat “anything” I wanted, I requested a bologna sandwich (not fried this time), with mayo and crunchy iceberg lettuce. (Also good with mayo, Vidalia onion, and lots of black pepper). Bologna Heaven!


Sunday 2nd of August 2020

As kids in New Jersey, my brother and I made these all the time. Just Wonder bread and ketchup with our fried balogna! It is delicious with Lebanon bologna as well! Mustard only on those....

Dee Dee Jones

Monday 24th of June 2019

My family is from Kentucky. I grew up eating fried baloney sandwiches with yellow mustard, American cheese, and sliced onions. I still make them sometimes. They are so good!

Julia Jordan

Monday 24th of June 2019

That is exactly the way my husband prefers his baloney sandwiches ;)

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