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You know I got to create a post on the Classic Bologna Sandwich. It’s a simple sandwich, but there are tons of people who prefer it a certain way. In this post, I attempt to get creative and share all the different ways to make it.

I grew up eating these sandwiches. It was Quick, Easy, Cheap, and Good and is still a classic that has to be had from time to time. Although there are many ways to make it, sometimes just the simplistic classic will only do.

Bologna Sandwich Categories

I place these into three main categories. The Cold, Warm and Hot Bologna Sandwich.

Bologna with Mayo and Mustard

Cold Bologna Sandwich

This is just your Classic Bologna Sandwich. No frying the bologna or toasting the bread. Optionally with Cold Veggies like Tomatoes, Onions, and Lettuce and a Cold Cheese Slice.

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Warm Bologna Sandwich

This is a Hot Fried Bologna Slice or two on Bread. Optionally with Cold Veggies and Cheese for a nice contrast between heat and cold.

Toasted Fried Bologna Sandwich

Hot Bologna Sandwich

This is Hot Fried Bologna on Toast, or Bread and then Pan Fried much like grilled cheese or placed into a panini grill. Optionally with Cheese.

Bologna Sandwich Bread

Classic Bologna Sandwich

The Classic Bologna Sandwich is enjoyed on buttered Plain White or Whole Wheat bread.

Bread such as Sour Dough, Focaccia, Deli Rolls or Hoagies, Rye Bread, English Muffins, Tortillas, Pita Bread, Hard/Soft Rolls, Croissants, Biscuits, or Hamburger Buns all can be used to make a Sandwich or Wrap.

For Hamburger Buns or English muffins. Slice the Bologna into 4 equal pieces to stack on the bread so that the bologna only sticks out a bit, or Shave it and stack it like Arby’s.

Toasted Bread

You can also have it on toasted bread. Either both slices toasted and buttered, or both pieces of bread toasted in one slot.

Single Slot Toast

Single Slot Toast

Two slices of Bread placed into a single toaster slot to toast.

This creates a toasted outside but soft inside or the other way around, up to you which side you like for the outside.

Grilled Cheese Bologna Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Bologna

Assemble and grill it like grilled cheese or with a Panini Maker for a Panini Bologna Sandwich.

Use Butter or Mayo to brush the outside of the bread that comes into contact with the heat source. Optionally sprinkle it with Parmesan Cheese, Aleppo Pepper, and Parsley before cooking.

Toasted Hamburger Buns

Toasted Buns

If having this on English muffins or Hamburger buns, you can butter and toast these over medium heat in a skillet.


The Bologna Meat comes in made with Pork, Beef, Chicken, or a mix. They also come in presliced packages. Depending on how thick you like it, you may have to double or even triple stack the Bologna.

Some people prefer thin slices, while others prefer thick slices. You can also very thinly shave the Bologna and stack on your sandwiches, much like Arby’s.

I remember the Logs of Bologna covered in that wax wrap. Picking up these are a lot cheaper in the long run. Simply slice to your desired thickness and place them into Ziploc bags to freeze. Take them out the night before you plan on making sandwiches.

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Fried, to create a nice warm sandwich. There’s just something about it. Sometimes with Cold veggies like Lettuce or Tomatoes to get that contrast between a freshly Hot Fried Bologna Slice and cold veggies.

Cut one slit from the center out or numerous slits all the way to the outside to prevent the Bologna from lifting from the pan and fry it in some Bacon Grease, or Butter over medium heat. I often use Bacon Grease or JAH Meat Oil to fry the Bologna.

Fry the Bologna until your desired level of crispness. Some like a light frying, while others like it almost burnt.

Sliced Bologna

Bologna Slit

Some people cut 4 slits around which creates a flower-like shape when fried or a Pac Man cut on one or both sides.

Arbys Bologna Sandwich

This is a Bologna sandwich served up Arby’s Style. With Arby’s Red Sauce or Mayo & Horseradish, with or without added mustard. You could also do a BBQ Sauce or other sauces. Even heat the Bologna up in a frying pan before stacking on the Toasted Hamburger Buns.

Arbys Bologna Sandwich
Arbys Bologna Sandwich

Shaved Bologna

You can buy the Waxed Log of Bologna and Shave it yourself with a meat slicer. Another option is to visit your local deli to get them to slice it for you.

Since these are shaved thin, they tend to stick together, so keep the portions to 1/4 lb or about 100 g per bag. If you place them all into one bag, they get compressed under their own weight, and then you will have to separate them to get the nice folds associated with Arbys Sandwiches.

Serve the Meat Cold, or Heat it up in a Microwave or Oven for a Hot Sandwich. The heat can also help separate the slices, since it is only when they are cold that the fat content causes them to stick.

Arbys Bologna Sandwich with Red Sauce

Arbys Red Sauce

Head over to Arbys Red Sauce to make this sauce up if you want to serve this sauce with the Sandwiches. Optionally add a Cheese Slice.

Arbys Bologna Sandwich with Mayo Sauce

Mayo & Horseradish Sauce

Combine 2 Tbl of Mayo & Horseradish to taste and mix well. With or without 1 tsp of Mustard or more. Add Salt & Pepper to taste. Optionally add a Cheese Slice.

Smoked Bologna Sandwich

This is seriously good. Serve it with Coleslaw. When Smoking Bologna, I do the Whole Log. It creates a nice smoke ring around the outside, which really ups the flavor. These can also be basted with a BBQ Sauce while smoking.

Smoke at 225 F – 250 F for about 3-4 hours.

Bologna Wrap

Sliced Bologna, Cheddar Cheese, Cucumbers on a Tortilla with your choice of spread.

Minced Bologna Sandwich

Add some Bologna into the food processor and run until desired consistency, or chop and mash it up with a fork.

Add Mayo & Mustard with Salt & Pepper or whatever sauce you want and mix. I like the sauce used for Ham Sandwiches. Slather on bread and serve.

Eggs N’ Bologna McMuffin

A piece of Bologna Fried or not on an Egg McMuffin.

Egg & Bologna McMuffin

Egg & Bologna McMuffin

Topped with a slice of Bologna sliced into 4 to fit the Egg McMuffin or thinly shaved bologna.

Bologna Sandwich Spread

This is where personal preference comes in and is most likely due to how these bologna sandwiches were made for yourself while growing up.

Bologna Sandwich with Cheese Mayo and Mustard

Bologna Sandwich Spread

Some prefer it with Just Mayo. Others with Mayo and Mustard like myself. I use 2 Tbl Mayo & 1 tsp Mustard, or just slather with Mayo and squeeze some mustard.

Others skip the Mayo and use just a Mustard or a Hot Mustard. There are some who just like Ketchup and others with BBQ Sauce or a mix of mayo and BBQ Sauce.

Some other ides below.

  • Hot Sauce by itself or added to either Mayo, Mustard, or Ketchup
  • With Dill Pickle Relish
  • Mild Mayo Sauce
  • Honey and Mustard
  • BBQ Sauce
  • HP Sauce & Mayo or HP Sauce & Ketchup
  • Arby’s Red Sauce
  • Mayo & Horseradish with or without Mustard
  • Deluxe Sauce (Mayo, Vinegar, and JAH Rotisserie Seasoning)
  • Dressings like Ranch or Caesar
  • Flavored Chip Dips as a spread

Taking it back to the Grandfather of Bologna Sandwiches (Mortadella), you can season the Mayo with Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Peppers, Garlic, Basil, Dijon Mustard, and other Herbs & Spices.

Most commonly Mayo, Dijon Mustard & sometimes Red Wine Vinegar is used or a Vinaigrette Dressing. But there are tons of different spreads for the Mortadella Sandwich. It’s been around much longer than the Bologna Sandwich.

Bologna Sandwich Fillers

There are tons of fillers that can be added to stack up the sandwich. Commonly, cheese slices or Velveeta Cheese is added. Although, Cheese Whiz is used as well. Other cheeses like Provolone, Mozzarella, Monterrey Jack Cheese, or other flavored cheeses can be used too.

Next is Fried Eggs, optionally with a soft yolk for a runny Bologna Sandwich or hard-boiled eggs.

Other fillers include :

  • Lettuce, Onions, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Radishes, Pickles, Peppers
  • Bacon
  • Coleslaw
  • Chow Chow or Bread & Butter Pickles
  • Chips, yes chips inside the sandwich. Hickory Sticks are good ones, Plain Chips too. Or on the side with your sandwich.

The Other BLT

Bologna, Lettuce, and Sliced Tomatoes with or without the Bacon is the Other BLT, or should it be called the BOLT Sandwich? I kinda like that… “BOLT Sandwich!”.

Bologna Seasoning

Salt & Pepper to season. Some season the bologna, while others season the condiment sauces. Additional Herbs & Spices can be added, like Onion & Garlic Powder, or the seasoning can go directly into the spread you are using.

Salt & Pepper Blend

Salt & Pepper Blend

  • 1 Tbl Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper
Bologna and Cheese

Bologna Sandwich

The Classic Bologna Sandwich. It's been around for a very long time, and for good reason. It's Quick, Cheap, Easy and Really Good. Make slits in the sliced bologna for even cooking. This recipe uses the Classic Mayo and Mustard, but can be exchanged with how you enjoy your Bologna Sandwich.
Servings: 1 Sandwich
Prep5 minutes
Cook 5 minutes


  • 1 Frying Pan


  • 2 Slices Bread - Buttered
  • 1 – 2 Slice Bologna - As Thick or Thin as Desired
  • 1 Tbl Fat - Bacon Fat, Butter, or JAH Meat Oil
  • 1 Slice Velveeta Cheese - Optional
  • Salt & Pepper - To Taste
  • Mayo - As Desired
  • Mustard - As Desired


Cold Bologna Sandwich

  • Butter 2 Slices of Bread, Spread Mayo and Mustard, Add Bologna seasoned with Salt & Pepper, optionally add a cheese slice or other fillers and serve.
    Bologna with Mayo and Mustard

Warm Bologna Sandwich

  • Same as above but Fry the Bologna. Heat a frying pan up over medium heat with a bit of fat.
    Slit the Bologna from the center outwards and fry both sides until the desired level of doneness. Season with Salt & Pepper.
    Butter Both Bread Slices and your choice of sauce. (Mayo, Mustard, etc…). Place on the bread any fillers like Cheese, Tomatoes, Onions, etc…
    Place the Fried Bologna on the Bread and cut the sandwich in half to serve.
    Fried Bologna Sandwich

Hot Bologna Sandwich

  • Fry the Bologna as above or not.
    Either Toast the Bread or assemble the sandwich with your choice of fillers and butter or mayo the outside for good browning. Optionally sprinkle the outside with Parmesan Cheese, Aleppo, and Parsley.
    Fry in a Pan, grilled cheese style over medium heat or in a Panini Grill.
    Grilled Cheese Bologna Sandwich


See the Post for a bunch of other ways to make a Bologna Sandwich!
Course: Lunch, Sandwich, Snack
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keywords: Bologna Sandwich, Fried Bologna Sandwich
Author: JAH

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