Grilled Bologna Burger

If I was still in college, I think I’d have to figure out how to finagle my way as an intern onto the Sandwich King, hosted by Jeff Mauro. So many great ideas come out of his show. Once again he has worked his magic by conjuring up this ridiculously good burger, proving to me that bologna is not just a lunch meat!

I’ve had a sunny-side-up egg on my burger before, but not a frittata. I’ve also never used bologna as the primary meat. These were the two main components that intrigued me in this recipe. In looking at the other listed ingredients, I didn’t want to wait the two days it took in order to make Jeff’s homemade Hot Giardiniera, so I went with a shortcut and bought a jar.

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When I was ordering my bologna from the deli, I asked for thick slices. I should have specifically asked for 1/2-inch thick slices instead. No worries though, I still made this recipe work. Using TJ’s Cuisinart Griddler, I grilled the thinner slices individually and then stacked them to form full burgers at the end. I purchased some pepper jack cheese from the deli for his burger, but bought the lactose free Go Veggie option for myself. Since I couldn’t find Dusseldorf mustard, I used stone ground mustard.

We really enjoyed the different combination of textures and flavors in this burger, along with the balance of heat from the Hot Giardiniera. I’m definitely no sandwich “King” like Jeff Mauro, but I think I might be turning into a pretty decent sandwich “Knight” of his round table, lol.

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Here is the original recipe:


1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Giardiniera Frittata:
12 large eggs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
3/4 cup Homemade Hot Giardiniera, drained and chopped, recipe follows (or your favorite store brand)

Four 1/2-inch thick slices bologna (about 1 pound), such as Boar’s Head brand
4 to 8 slices pepper jack cheese

4 soft kaiser buns, buttered and lightly grilled
Dusseldorf mustard


For the onions: Heat a large oven proof 10-inch nonstick pan, with oil in it, to medium heat. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are soft and lightly caramelized, about 10 minutes. Once they are caramelized, pour them into a bowl and set aside.

For the giardiniera frittata: Set the oven to broil. Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Wipe the skillet you cooked the onions in and place back over medium-low heat, then add the butter and olive oil. Add the eggs and slowly cook until the bottom is set but the top is still wet, 4 to 6 minutes. Sprinkle the Hot Giardiniera evenly over the eggs and season with salt and pepper.

Place the skillet in the broiler on the middle rack and broil until the top is spotty brown and puffy, about 5 minutes. Let the frittata cool slightly and, using a 3- to 4-inch ring mold, cut out circles that will match the size of your bread.

For the burger: Heat a grill pan to medium-high heat. Grill each side of bologna until grill marks form, 3 to 4 minutes a side. Once you flip to the second side, top each slice with a piece of cheese and cover with a metal bowl until melted.

For the sandwich build: Layer the bottom bun with a dollop of the Dusseldorf mustard, bologna with cheese, onions and the frittata. Schmear the top bun with another dollop of Dusseldorf mustard. Close the sandwich, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and eat whole.

Homemade Hot Giardiniera:

1/4 cup table salt
1 cup small-diced carrots
1 cup tiny cauliflower florets
4 to 8 serrano peppers, sliced (depending on heat level desired)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 stalk celery, diced small
1 red bell pepper, diced small
2 cups canola oil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine 2 cups water and the salt in a glass or non-reactive bowl. Mix until the salt is dissolved. Add the carrots, cauliflower, serranos, garlic, celery and bell pepper to the salt water and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Day 2, drain and rinse the vegetables. In a clean bowl, mix together the oil with the oregano and pepper. Add the vegetables and mix to combine. Allow to marinate overnight. Giardiniera will only get better with time. After 2 days at the most in the bowl, you can place in air-tight mason jars and keep in the fridge for at least 2 to 3 weeks.

2 thoughts on “Grilled Bologna Burger

    1. Dana Post author

      I don’t know if it’s a NY thing Joanne. I’ve never had it before, although I have had fried salami and eggs growing up! Either way, this sandwich is certainly one I’ll try again…hmm, maybe this time with grilled chicken or turkey breast?


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