Homemade Ground Bologna Sandwich Spread

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ring bologna sandwich on a plate

Don’t you love ground bologna sandwiches?  Growing up we used a meat grinder and they were good.  When my husband came into the picture, he shared a secret ingredient his mom used to brighten up the color and I was surprised.

We make these old fashioned sandwiches in small batches.  We try to find the smallest package of ring bologna we can, so we can make 3-4 sandwiches.

This is a great sandwich spread to make for lunches.  Make it larger batches for parties.  You could also serve with butter crackers instead of sandwiches.

How does your family enjoy this sandwich spread?

grinding bologna

Do You Need a Food Processor or Can You Use A Grinder?

You can use either one you have.  We have an attachment from our Kitchen Aid, and it works well, we sometimes run the meat through the food processor twice to grind it up to the consistency we want.  You can grind pickles up too if you don’t have relish, which is handy.

grind ring bologna

How Do You Eat This Sandwich Spread?

Enjoy this ground bologna on your favorite sandwich bread. You can also enjoy as a dip on Ritz crackers.

jello in ground bologna

How Can you Enhance The Color of the Sandwich Spread?

Adding a packet of red powder drink mix, strawberry or cherry flavor enhances to color of the sandwich spread.  This is something my husband’s mother did at the hospital cafeteria she worked at.

grinding pickles

Can You Use Mayonnaise Instead of Salad Dressing?

You can, but it will totally change the taste of the sandwich spread.    Do what you works for your tastes. You can also use salad dressing (Miracle Whip) instead of mayonnaise.

mayonnaise and bologna

What Are Some Alternative Ways to Make This?

You can adjust the ingredients to your taste. 

  • don’t like pickles or dill pickle relish as much, reduce the amount.
  • use sweet pickles instead of dill pickles
  • add shredded cheddar cheese or sliced cheese
  • top with yellow mustard or dijon mustard
  • chopped yellow onions or white onions
  • pepper to taste
sandwich spread

How Long Does the Sandwich Spread Last?

We only keep this for a week in the refrigerator. This is not something that we would freeze and serve later. The texture would be different.

open faced sandwich
ring bologna sandwich on a plate
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Ground Bologna Sandwich Spread

Looking for a easy, inexpensive sandwich? You need to make a ground bologna sandwich. This is easy to make and perfect for Summer or anytime.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • 1 ring bologna
  • 1 cup dill pickles
  • 1 cup mayonaise
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry/cherry jello this is optional and for coloring


  • Using your meat grinder, remove the casing from the ring bologna and grind the entire ring.  We use a low profile bowl or plate.
  • Grind the pickles next.  If you do not have dill pickles, you can use relish instead.
  • Move the mix into a larger bowl for mixing.
  • Add the miracle whip and mix well.
  • Add your optional red fruit drink mix for color and mix well.
  • Serve on top of your favorite bread and enjoy.
  • Leftovers should be refrigerated.  If you are sending with someone for lunch, be sure you have an ice pack in their lunch bag.
Looking for a easy, inexpensive sandwich? You need to make a ground bologna sandwich. This is easy to make and perfect for Summer or anytime.

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  1. What I make is similar to this. I don’t use the drink mix and I grind the same amount of colby cheese as the meat I use.

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