In Germany, there are approximately 1500 types of sausages. And it can be rather overwhelming. A good number of them are sliced thin and laid on bread as Aufschnitt (Cold Cuts), and other soft sausages are spread on bread. Some of my FAVORITE German Sausages are the ones you get to eat whole. Where can you buy German Sausage, and how do you know what to order? What are the different German Sausages types like? Whether it’s a grilled Bratwurst, a steamed Weisswurst or a snappy Knackwurst, there are many German sausages, and all are all delicious, and need little to top them, except a bit of mustard…or possibly some Curry Ketchup.
July 22 is National Hot Dog Day!
Celebrate with a wieners, mustard, pickles, and Sauerkraut!
Different German Sausages Types to Try for Dinner
Confused about what to order? Take a look at this handy guide to German Wurst…
Wieners – This is most like an American version of a Hot Dog or Frankfurter. (Get it- Frankfurter/Frankfurt). This longer thin sausage is made from finely ground beef or pork, lots of seasonings, and is then smoked. You can serve them up off the grill, or boil them for a quick dinner. Sometimes you will see them sold in the US as Knockwurst… that’s just a mispronunciation. These sausages get their name from the “KNACK” or snap sound you get when you bite into it. Serve with Extra Hot German Mustard or Curry Ketchup.
Bratwurst– There are almost as many types of Bratwurst as there are cities in Germany. It seems like each region is famous for THEIR special Bratwurst. Generally these sausages are made from coarsely ground beef, veal or pork. Then seasoned and stuffed into casings. The most common shape it the fat bratwurst that are around 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Bratwurst are best off the grill, but you can also fry them. Serve with spicy mustard!
Nurenberger Bratwurst– My favorite Bratwurst gets its distinction from being so thin. These Nurenberger brats cook up fast, and pack a lot of flavor into a little bite. Grill or fry them, either way is quite yummy. (Plus, you can eat more than one without the guilt.)
Weisswurst– This pale sausage is a bit upscale… it’s a finely ground sausage made from veal, back bacon and spices like parsley, mace and even cardamom. This is a fresh sausage, not smoked. It’s very common in Bavaria where most people boil the sausage, then peel off the skin before eating. I commit sausage blasphemy…because I find that it is fabulous off the grill, and at home I generally pan fry it, and serve it with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Curry Wurst- Curry wurst is not sausage made with curry… It’s a bratwurst that is cut into pieces, and then served with a curry/ketchup sauce. Learn all about it here–>Currywurst
Have I made You Hungry?
So, invite a few friends fire up the grill, get out the mustard, and get ready to enjoy some Wurst!
Toppings for Sausage in Germany aren’t wild or complex…. Usually a spicy Mustard or Curry Ketchup will be enough.
Landjäger– For snacking, picnics and hiking… nothing beats Landjäger. Think of it as a jerky type of sausage, since it doesn’t need cooking. I put a stick or two in my bag when we head on a hike, and it’s super satisfying. It’s also delicious sliced up and served with some crackers or bread with a beer.
Don’t forget the Senf!
Do you like your mustard sweet? Or spicy!
Check our German Restaurant, Bakery and Deli Page …
You will find a list of Online Sites who ship German Sausage all over the US. You might even find a German Deli near you! —> Geman food Online