Fried Bologna Sandwich

Old fashioned fried baloney sandwich on squishy white bread

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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

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 πŸ™‚ 

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 Fried Baloney 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

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
  • 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:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g
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Old fashioned fried bologna (baloney) sandwich on squishy white bread. A classic favorite sandwich for lunch or dinner. #sausage #sandwiches #baloney #bologna #SouthernFood

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  • Reply
    Suellen Dehnke
    April 3, 2019 at 9:11 am

    My Dad was a salesman for a meat packing company. We had all the meat and lunch meat that we could eat. Fried bologna sandwiches were a staple. It’s been years since I’ve had one and now I feel a need to run out to the store.

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      April 3, 2019 at 9:26 am

      You should, enjoy the nostalgia and have a bologna sandwich πŸ™‚

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    Denise Clements
    April 3, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    My grandmother was from Lebanon (the country) and her bread of choice was pita. She would fry the bologna then put the hot bologna into the pocket and put bread back in the frying pan. The outside of the pita would get buttery and sticky. It was delicious.

  • Reply
    April 7, 2019 at 9:17 am

    My parents did make fried bologna on occasion, and I continue to make in once in a while. I will have to ask them if they learned fried bologna during their time living in North Carolina, because I sure don’t know anyone else that makes this! But, I’ve never had it as a sandwich, just as a meat side for breakfast. I will be trying this as a sandwich when I get some squishy white bread!

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      Julia Jordan
      April 7, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      It makes a tasty sammich πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy it.

  • Reply
    April 7, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Love “baloney” sandwiches with just barely warm meat on soft white bread with lots of dukes mayo & lots of black pepper! AND sometimes American cheese!

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    April 8, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I really love the old-time Southern recpies.

    I ‘m a Northern girl with a Southern heart.

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      April 8, 2019 at 10:20 am

      Well, I am tickled to have you here and hope you’ll stop by often!

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    Gerri Fessler
    April 8, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I, like you, love my fried baloney sandwich with just a dash of mustard….this brought back a ton of memories. I am 81 yrs. old now, and I can still recall my mama making these sandwiches alot, but she also made them with good old Lebanon Bologna…have you tried it….you can also steam it…makes a great sandwich. Thanks.

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      Julia Jordan
      April 8, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful memory. I truly need to get myself some Lebanon bologna because you’re the second person who has mentioned it to me. I’ve never tried it but intend on changing that as soon as I can.

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    May 6, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Two slices of white bread, lightly toasted, fry up two slices of bologna with a slice of American cheese in between, slather on some mayo…the bomb! Thanks for the reminder, I think I feel a craving coming on ?

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    Dee Dee Jones
    June 24, 2019 at 9:55 am

    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!

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      June 24, 2019 at 9:57 am

      That is exactly the way my husband prefers his baloney sandwiches πŸ˜‰

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