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Waldo Burgers or Grilled Bologna Burgers

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Waldo Burgers pack thick slices of bologna grilled until crispy, then layered on a soft bakery bun and topped with cheese and crisp pickles. I know they sound unusual, but don’t knock ’em until you’ve tried ’em!

Waldo Burgers? Otherwise known as Grilled Bologna Burgers! We love these tasty, savory burgers topped with cheese and pickles!

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I know. I know.

What in the world are Waldo Burgers? Are they really grilled bologna burgers?


And they are delicious!

Waldo Burgers or Grilled Bologna Burgers

Waldo Burgers (or Grilled Bologna Burgers) are a regional specialty from the Midwest and our family LOVES them!

Waldo Burgers (from what I can tell) are a regional dish. (I’d love for you to chime in down in the comments if your family eats Waldo Burgers and where you are from!)

My family is from north eastern Ohio – just a little south of the Michigan border and west of Lake Erie. Every fall, when the local festival rolled around, my grandma would man a Waldo Burger food cart – selling these grilled bologna burgers topped with cheese, dill pickle slices and white onion slices for $3 each. On my recent trip to visit my family in Ohio just a few weeks ago, my Uncle Kevin showed up with 10 thick slices of bologna and I finally got my first taste of a Waldo burger.

I was hooked!

The edges of the grilled bologna get crispy and a little caramelized and the simple cheese + pickles (and sliced onions if you like them) are the perfect toppings. Jam it all in a super soft bakery roll … YUM!!

The star is obviously the bologna. Go to your deli and get the best quality bologna you can buy. Don’t worry – it’s still relatively inexpensive.) Have the deli slice it in 1/4 – 1/2 inch slices. The first couple of slices weren’t cut thick enough, so I just had to assure my deli associate that I really wanted thick slices of bologna 🙂

Once your grill is heated to about medium heat, lay your bologna slices on the grill.

Fire up the grill for a batch of Waldo Burgers! We love these simple, tasty grilled bologna burgers!

When you get some good grill marks and the edges start to brown and crisp up a little, you can remove them and assemble your burgers. (Bologna is already fully cooked and safe to eat, so you can heat/grill it as much or little as you like!)

Waldo Burgers - or Grilled Bologna Burgers! Don't knock 'em until you try 'em!

If you don’t have a grill, use an indoor grill pan, griddle or skillet to heat and crisp the bologna slices.

Grab a soft bakery bun, add a slice of cheese (good ol’ American or cheddar are our favorites), your grilled bologna burger and some crisp dill pickle slices and DIG IN!!

Tired of boring burgers? Try Waldo Burgers! These grilled bologna burgers are a regional family dish and SO yummy!

These really are a taste of home and family to me. I can just picture my big extended family – tons of cousins and kiddos – sitting around my aunt’s pool, surrounded by fields of wheat and corn, chowing down on these grilled Waldo Burgers 🙂

Ready to give these a go?! Be sure to rate and comment below and let me know what you think!

Fire up that grill for more great grilling recipes:

  • Shrimp Boil on the Grill – this got RAVE reviews from our family!!
  • Greek Pork Burgers & Feta Fries – love the crunch of cucumbers and that slab of feta!
  • BBQ Onions – one of our favorite toppings for sausages & hot dogs
  • Easy Grilled Sweet Corn – that garlic Parmesan butter is delish!!
  • Grilled Donuts a la Mode – yep, even dessert on the grill!
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Waldo Burgers or Grilled Bologna Burgers

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  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Waldo burgers 1x


Waldo Burgers pack thick slices of bologna grilled until crispy, then layered on a soft bakery bun and topped with cheese and crisp pickles.


  • Four 1/41/2 inch thick slices of high quality bologna
  • 4 slices cheese (American or cheddar)
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Sliced dill pickles
  • Thinly sliced onions (optional)


  1. Heat grill to medium/medium high heat.
  2. Place bologna slices on grill.
  3. Flip as bologna get grill marks and crisps around the edges.
  4. Place grilled bologna on the bun and top with cheese, onions and pickles.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: sandwich
  • Method: grill
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 357
  • Sugar: 9.3 g
  • Sodium: 708 mg
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.8 g
  • Protein: 10.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 42.3 mg




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  1. OK, these really do sound pretty ridiculous, but I think I have to try them! We’ve been in the part of Ohio that you mentioned quite a bit lately for Kennedy’s soccer, so we might as well try the local flavors!

  2. I personally have never heard of Waldo Burgers until your post. I even live in Ohio. However growing up, my Dad used to make fried bologna sandwiches. I even do this for my family when you just need a “not counting calories” night. I grill my bologna first and then put together 2 pieces of bread, Colby jack, a little mayo and then butter the outsides of the bread and toast it like a grilled cheese. It’s A-Mazing! I’m going to be on the look out for the Waldo Burgers!

  3. It comes from town call Waldo, OH. G&R Tavern is famous for them. I don’t know the whole history of the burger. I notice that a restaurant in Oregon Oh (Toledo Area) is doing them now. “Paddy Joe’s Pub & Grub” It was very good. But during the summer months, you can definitely find them at the local festival.

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