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Homemade Sausage Rolls

August 20, 2018 (Last Updated: November 1, 2022) by Chris Collins

You’d never guess these luxury sausage rolls are made with such simple ingredients! Easy to make and perfect to plait, homemade sausage rolls don’t come more delicious than these!

Because really, who can resist the sausage rolls at a party spread? In fact, if you’re anything like me then it’s the first thing you stock up on! But let’s keep it real here, those sausage rolls are always store-bought and have been sat there for at least 6 hours. And if we’re keeping it even more real here, do they even taste that nice? Or are you just eating them because it’s a damn sausage roll 😂 I know it’s certainly the latter for me!

sausage rolls stacked on chopping board with ketchup next to them

Sausage Roll Filling

My point is after you try making your own sausage rolls there’s just no comparison to store-bought. SO SO SOOOO much tastier! Here’s what you’ll need for these delicious luxury sausage rolls:

Sausage Roll Filling Ingredients

  • Puff Pastry – Pre-made and pre-rolled does the trick perfectly!
  • Ground Pork – NOT sausage meat! You’ll want it quite fatty, so step away from the lean meat.
  • Bacon – Yup! An absolutely essential for homemade sausage rolls. Adds texture and a yummy salty flavour.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – A  gorgeous douse of flavour that pairs perfectly with pork.
  • Breadcrumbs – To lock in moisture. Panko work great.
  • Egg – To bind the meat and glaze the pastry.
  • Carrot, Onion & Garlic – These add a great base flavour and texture.
  • Fennel & Sage – Two absolute game changers, both of which go hand-in-hand with pork.

All of these ingredients combined make for a truly gourmet sausage roll, but as you can see no real ‘gourmet’ ingredients are used! All pantry staples or easy-to-access ingredients.

Process shots: add bacon to pan (photo 1), fry until crisp (photo 2), fry carrot & onion (photo 3), fry garlic (photo 4), cool then add to bowl with pork, breadcrumbs, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, fennel, sage, salt & white pepper (photo 5), combine (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make sausage roll filling

Sausage Plait

First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room because I can already hear people screaming ‘THAT’S NOT A SAUSAGE ROLL IT’S A SAUSAGE PLAIT’. Look, I hear ya. Could I have just rolled the sausage in puff pastry like a normal human? Yes. But it looks pretty neat, right? 😏

Either way, the filling is exactly the same, so let’s quickly discuss how to get the most out of your sausage rolls!

Tips for the best Homemade Sausage Rolls

  • Sausage meat vs minced pork – Personally I like starting with a blank canvas, so I always opt for minced pork. I’m never really sure what’s in sausage meat and I’m way too anal over the fact that different sausage meats taste differently.
  • Fennel Seeds – Umm pork and fennel? A marriage I am NOT here to break up. It’s really important to crush the seeds (there’s a section on this in the recipe card – very easy to do).
  • Fry the veg – By putting in raw veg, it releases too much moisture during the cooking process and makes for a soggy pastry! Plus, the extra flavour from frying is worth the effort.
  • Sesame seeds – Not just a pretty garnish, the sesame flavour actually goes gorgeously with the pork and fennel.

Now you can simply roll the sausage rolls, but like I mentioned I like to plait them. Very easy to do and makes them slightly more ‘luxurious’ looking!

How to make sausage plaits

  1. Lay the meat in a log shape and slice the pastry around 1.5″ either side.
  2. At a 45-degree angle, slice equal strips around 0.5″ wide, ensuring you slice an even number on both sides.
  3. Starting from the bottom, braid your strips.
  4. Keep whole or slice into mini sausage rolls.

How to make sausage plait - step by step

Baked Sausage Rolls

When it comes to baking the sausage rolls, the first and most important thing you’ll need to ensure is that you’re using a decent greaseproof baking tray. I talk from experience when I say it’s one of the most upsetting things in life when a sausage roll simply will not detach itself from the pan 🥲. If you’re not confident in your tray, just lightly coat it in oil, or use parchment paper.

From there, whack on some egg wash, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake until golden!

Process shots: add sausage rolls to baking tray and brush with egg wash (photo 1), add sesame seeds and bake (photo 2).

2 step by step photos showing how to cook sausage rolls

Sausage Rolls FAQ

How do I prevent sausage meat from drying out in the oven?

A problem we too often experience is a dry sausage. Here are my 3 killer tips for producing juicy sausage rolls:

  • Breadcrumbs – Contrary to popular belief, breadcrumbs aren’t just there to help mould the sausage. In fact, breadcrumbs help keep the sausage moist. As the meat cooks and releases fat, the breadcrumbs capture it and keep it locked up within the meat. Obviously if you use too many breadcrumbs it’s going to have the reverse effect, but just a small amount will work wonders.
  • Non-lean pork – You want to aim for pork at least 15% fat, 20-25% is best though. Unfortunately, this is not the recipe to use that lean pork you’ve got waiting in the fridge!
  • Don’t work the meat too much – Just like when you’re making meatballs, you only want to mix the ingredients until they’re just about evenly spread. No more. If you overwork the meat it’s gonna come out tough and gross.

Mini Sausage Rolls vs Giant Sausage Roll

It depends on what the occasion is. For dinner, I’ll keep them as large sausage rolls, but obviously, if it’s for a buffet or party I’ll slice them up. The best way to make mini sausage rolls is to slice them before they go in the oven. You may need to pop them in the fridge beforehand the firm up the pastry. Either way be very gentle with the knife to ensure you don’t ruin the shape.

Can I make these sausage rolls ahead of time?

Yep, keep them uncooked in the fridge and apply the egg wash just before you put them in the oven. Add an extra 5/10mins onto the cooking time and ensure they’re piping hot through the centre.

Homemade sausage rolls dipping into ketchup on wooden board

Serving Sausage Rolls

If I’m keeping these whole I’ll serve them for Dinner with Fries or Wedges and a side salad. If they’re mini, I typically serve them for a gathering at lunch or a party. Either, yes, there’s gotta be ketchup 😜

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these homemade sausage rolls shall we?!

overhead shot of sausage roll on large white plate with fries and salad

How to make Sausages Rolls (Full Recipe & Video)

Homemade Sausage Rolls with ketchup

Homemade Sausage Rolls

You'd never guess these luxury sausage rolls are made with such simple ingredients! Easy to make and perfect to plait, homemade sausage rolls don't come more delicious than these!
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Servings (click & slide): 4 large sausage rolls
Course: Appetizer / Finger Food
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Calories per serving: 198kcal
Cost per serving: £2.50 / $3


  • Large Greaseproof Baking Tray
  • Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Pot & Brush (for egg wash)

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1.5 sheets Pre-rolled Puff Pastry (see notes)
  • 1lb / 500g Ground Pork, non-lean (see notes)
  • 3.5oz / 100g Streaky Bacon, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup / 35g Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium Carrot, very finely diced
  • 1 small/medium White Onion, very finely diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Sage, finely diced (can sub 1 tsp dried sage)
  • 1 tsp Whole Fennel Seeds, crushed (see notes)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper
  • 2 Eggs (1 beaten for egg wash, 1 for meat mixture)
  • Sesame seeds, to garnish


  • In a pan over low-medium heat add the bacon and fry until crisp with the fat rendered. Add in carrot & onion and continue frying until soft & golden, then add in the garlic and fry for 1-2mins longer. Remove from pan, place in a large mixing bowl and leave to cool for 5-10mins.
  • In the same bowl add pork, fennel, sage, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, 1 egg and gently combine. Make sure you don't over work the meat or the sausage rolls will come out tough and dry. Only mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Split the first sheet of pastry into 3 even rectangles. Take a slice out of the second sheet at the same size, so you're left with 4 even-sized rectangles. Evenly distribute your sausage meat into 4 log shapes in the centre of each. At a 45-degree angle, slice equal strips around 0.5" wide, ensuring you slice an even number on both sides. Starting from the bottom, braid the strips by pulling each one right over the meat to cover it and nearly touch the other side. You can either leave the sausage roll giant, or gently slice into mini sauce rolls (5 per giant sausage roll).
  • Place on a lightly oiled baking tray, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 180C/356F for 30mins or until a deep golden colour and piping hot through the centre.


a) Puff Pastry - The size of 1 slice of pastry I use is 14"x9" (35.5cmx22cm). The weight of each pastry sheet (before dividing) is 320g/11.3oz, so if you are buying puff pastry that is not pre-rolled (i.e a slab of pastry) make sure you are using that much weight and roll out to the dimensions above. Just to confirm, it's 1 and a half sheets of that size/weight you'll need.
b) Non-lean pork - Try and get a pack of pork at least 15% fat, with 20-25% being optimum. Stores should sell up to 20%, anything above it's a butcher's job!
c) Mini vs Giant - If you're going for mini sausage rolls, then cut them before they go in the oven. In doing this you might find it easier to slice after a stint in the fridge to firm up the pastry. Either way just slice gently so you don't squash the shape.
d) Classic Sausage Rolls vs Sausage Plait - If you don't feel like being as extra as me and plaiting the pastry, simply roll the pastry. Try and leave a small overlap and fasten it with egg wash. Cook seam side down to prevent them from unfolding. 
e) Breadcrumbs - Panko works great because they're very big and light, so lock in a good amount of moisture (i.e. juicer sausage rolls). If you're using regular fine dry breadcrumbs, 35g is more like 1/3 cup.
f) White Pepper sub - I use white pepper as it adds a nice little bit of heat. You can sub 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper or just use 1/4 tsp black pepper.
g) Crushing Fennel Seeds - You can do this with a pestle and mortar or smash them in a zip-locked bag. Failing that just drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil over them on a chopping board and dice with a knife. The olive oil will stop them from bouncing over the kitchen.
h) Calories - based per sausage roll (20 in total)

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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Sausage Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3.273g16%
Trans Fat 0.031g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.569g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.131g
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 195mg8%
Potassium 136mg4%
Carbohydrates 10.59g4%
Fiber 0.6g2%
Sugar 0.76g1%
Protein 7.43g15%
Vitamin A 1850IU37%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    July 6, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    5 stars
    I don’t think I’ve ever left a review on a cooks website before but I just came to say tha this is the only sausage roll recipe I ever use. I’ve been using your recipe for years now. I literally look for excuses to make them – picnics, day trips, movie night. Literally love making them because they’re so simple but pack so much flavour. Also because everyone always demolishes them and says how amazing they are. I even have friends who ask me to make them for them. I have also modified them before with a layer of sticky chilli jam underneath the mince and it just delivered that extra layer of heat. Thank you so much!!!!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 7, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      This is so lovely to read, Elle! Thank you so much for coming back to share your thoughts! Love the idea of chilli jam – will have to try that myself 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    Eric Stanway
    June 14, 2023 at 7:26 pm

    I’m in the states. All of the puff pastry we get here are in little piddling bits, and won’t work here. Guess I’m going back to using phyllo dough.

    • Reply
      November 29, 2023 at 8:37 pm

      What is wrong with use Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry sheets?

  • Reply
    June 14, 2023 at 2:39 am

    5 stars
    Are the oven temperatures in your recipes for Fan Forced or conventional oven?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 14, 2023 at 10:34 am

      Hey Emma! They’re in a fan oven 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    Anne Richardson
    November 3, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    5 stars
    Best ever!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 4, 2022 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks, Anne! 🙂

  • Reply
    January 1, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    5 stars
    OMG!! Best sausage roll recipe i’ve ever had the pleasure to make. This will be my go to now! Even the tough as old boots gluten free pastry couldn’t detract from the deliciousness of the filling, nom nom nom I can’t stop eating them 😀

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 2, 2022 at 11:42 am

      So awesome to hear, Jane! Thanks for popping back for a review 🙂 C.x

  • Reply
    August 10, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    5 stars
    OMG… L.O.V.E. this recipe. I’ve never ‘platted’ before, but this was super easy and the rolls turned out amazing… flavor, etc. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 13, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      That’s so great to hear, Susan! Thanks for popping back for a review 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary Cowells
    May 10, 2019 at 3:36 am

    It is much better on learning to make this kind of dishes that to occasionally buy at the grocery. You could definitely ensure the cleanliness and the ingredients used as well. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  • Reply
    August 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    This looks so great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    August 20, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    5 stars
    Ah, I love how this recipe brings up so many good memories. There are plenty of recipes that show good food but there are not so many that bring up memories. This is one of them – thank you for this experience 🙂 P.S. I always try to start with a blank canvas, too – whatever the dish is!

    • Reply
      August 21, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Ahhh, Elaine that’s the best comment! It’s all about a blank canvas right!? 🙂

  • Reply
    David @ Cooking Chat
    August 20, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    5 stars
    great pictures for breaking down the how – to’s here! I am with you about pork + fennel! Seems especially good with fall coming up soon.

    • Reply
      August 21, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Isn’t pork and fennel just the most glorious combo!?

  • Reply
    Taylor Kiser
    August 20, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so much better than anything store-bought! Definitely will be a crowd-pleasing appetizer!

    • Reply
      August 21, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Totally better than store-bought (if I do say so myself )! thanks Taylor 🙂

  • Reply
    Jamie Young
    August 20, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    5 stars
    My husband would love this! He may be asking me to make this for his next guy’s night! Delicious!

    • Reply
      August 21, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Amazing! Hope he enjoys! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    August 20, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    5 stars
    Oh, these are SO going on my must-make list! How perfect for football season?!!!

    • Reply
      August 21, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      You know what, I didn’t even think of that! Such good timing