A kielbasa sandwich is a delicious combination of grilled kielbasa sausage, served up on an Italian style roll and topped with cooked onions, green peppers and cheese.
Summer barbecues just got a little tastier!
Yes, I’m looking at your farm families, but this also applies to being on the run with sports, school, 4-H and everything else life throws atcha!
What is kielbasa?
Smoked kielbasa is a traditional Polish sausage made from ground pork and spices like paprika and garlic. It’s often served with sauerkraut and it is incredibly flavorful!
It’s also something my picky eaters will eat, which is always a win!
You'll love this recipe because it only has five ingredients. All can be found at your everyday grocery store.
- kielbasa sausage
- olive oil
- Italian style hoagie rolls or crusty buns
- green pepper
See recipe card for quantities.
TIP: Crusty rolls can be bought ahead of time and frozen until they're needed.
It's super easy to make these. Start by pre-heating your oven to 350°F. Cut the rolls in half stopping before they completely split open.
Heat a skillet over medium low heat, then add oil. Once heated, add the onions. Stir occasionally, until they're light golden brown.
Add the green peppers and stir to incorporate.
Add the whole kielbasa sausage and nestle it into the veggies. Brown it on one side and then flip it to the other until bowl sides are brown.
If the sausage isn't quite browned, you can remove the veggies and let the kielbasa finish cooking. It'll look like this.
You have two options here and it's up to you to decide what's best!
Slice the sausage into rounds and add to the bun.
Top with cooked sautéed veggies.
Add cheese (of course) which will help keep everything in its place.
Bake until the cheese is nice and melty.
Variation: Cut the sausage into 3 pieces, then cut it lengthwise. (This makes it easier to bite into!). Top with the onions and peppers and then a slice of cheese.
Grilled kielbasa sandwiches: If it's grilling season, you can cook the polish sausage on the grill. Add the peppers and onions in a foil packet alongside and cook until softened.
Kielbasa and sauerkraut sandwiches: Top the sausages with sauerkraut.
On the go sandwiches
To keep warm for transport: On the go meals are one of my favorite things!
Sauerkraut, mustard or pickles are nice additions.
What to serve with this dish
Below are my favorite dishes to serve with kielbasa sandwiches. Coleslaw
Cheesy Kielbasa Sandwiches
- 14 ounces kielbasa sausage
- 1 Tablespoons olive oil divided
- 3 Italian style hoagie rolls
- 1 onion sliced into strips
- 1 green bell pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut rolls in half lengthwise and place on a baking sheet, cut side up.
- Heat a medium sized skillet over medium low heat. Add 1 Tablespoon oil and the sliced onions. Cook for 5-8 minutes until onions begin to soften and caramelize.
- Add the cut green peppers and the entire kielbasa sausage. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, then flip the sausage, stirring the onions and peppers occasionally.
- When heated through, remove the pan from heat. Cut the kielbasa into rounds and add to the buns.
- Then top with a third of the onion and pepper mixture. Top with a slice of provolone cheese (you may want to tear it in half to cover the entire bun.
- Repeat with the remaining two sandwiches.
- Cook in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 4-5 minutes.