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Learn how to make a Fried Bologna Sandwich with melted cheese for a super easy dinner or lunch that’s very budget friendly.

fried bologna sandwich with provolone cheese and tomato on toasted bread on a plate

If you’ve never had a fried bologna and cheese sandwich, you’re missing out on cheap and easy comfort food. This budget friendly meal takes just a few minutes to make, so you can have lunch or dinner on the table in no time.

I grew up on fried bologna or fried jumbo sandwiches, as my mom called them. It’a a Pittsburgh thing.

So if you’ve never heard of frying bologna, no worries! One bite, and you’ll be glad you tried it!

You might also like to try a Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, Pizza Grilled Cheese or a Polish Sausage Dog.

How to Fry Bologna

If you’re not a bologna sandwich fan, frying bologna makes it completely different. The meat loses its fat and becomes nice and crispy around the edges.

You’ll want to allow for at least 2 or 3 slices per person. As the fat renders out, the slices get a lot smaller!

Just add your bologna slices to a frying pan, and cook on medium heat. When the middles bubble up and the edges curl up, it’s done.

sliced bologna in frying pan

Best Cheese for Bologna Sandwiches

When the meat is done, it’s time to add your favorite cheese. Mom and Grandma always used provolone, so I think that’s the way to go.

You can use your favorite cheese, though — American, cheddar and Swiss are also good. Just use cheese that melts easily.

Provolone melts almost instantly. So when it’s melted, it’s time to build the sandwich!

sliced bologna and melted provolone cheese in skillet

Toasted bread is definitely the way to go. You want the bread to be firm enough to hold the hot meat and cheese.

You can toast the bread in the toaster or air fryer. Then, spread some mayo on the insides, and add your meat and cheese.

Lettuce and tomato are optional, but so good. My favorite!

fried jumbo bologna sandwich with provolone and tomatoes
close up of bologna and cheese sandwich

Fried Bologna Sandwich Recipe

5 from 7 votes

Fried Bologna Sandwich

By: Dee
Learn how to make a Fried Bologna Sandwich with melted cheese for a super easy dinner or lunch that's very budget friendly.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 6 slices bologna
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
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  • Add sliced bologna to a medium skillet, and cook on medium heat until edges are slightly crispy and middles bubble up
  • Add sliced provolone cheese and allow to melt
  • Remove from skillet, and place on toasted bread slices. Top with lettuce and tomato, if desired


You can drain the fat from the skillet before adding the cheese or lift the meat and cheese out of the skillet and allow the grease to drip off before making the sandwiches.
You can use your favorite cheese for the sandwich.


Calories: 392kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 1139mg, Potassium: 317mg, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 405IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 359mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main, sandwich
Cuisine: American
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  1. Sandra says:

    This was really amazing! My family loved it!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      That’s SO nice to hear! Thanks, Sandra!

  2. Catalina says:

    wow! This fried sandwich sound so perfect for a quick dinner!5 stars

  3. Jacque Hastert says:

    I am going to have to give this a try. My husband loves bologna and anything fried. I can’t wait to surprise him with this.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Hope he likes the sandwich, Jacque!

  4. katerina @ says:

    This sounds really, reeeally GOOD!! A must try!!5 stars

  5. Cathy says:

    My dad used to make these for us growing up! SO good!

    1. Dee says:

      Same here, Cathy. There’s nothing quite like them!

  6. Sara Welch says:

    OMG I am drooling! I haven’t had bologna in such a long time! can’t wait to give this a try; looks too good to pass up!5 stars

  7. James says:

    These are great! Made them for the whole family over the weekend. A sure hit!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you liked the sandwiches, James. Thanks!