Our expert taste test of 17 premium sausages reveals that you don’t need to spend a premium price to get a good tasting sausage.
Our biggest ever premium sausage expert taste test has revealed a bargain Best Buy. Second-placed Asda Extra Special 6 Pork Sausages are only £2 for six, and were only narrowly beaten to the top by The Good Little Company Great Big Sausages (£2.69 for six).
The Asda Extra Special 6 Pork Sausages were awarded Best Buy status for being ‘very juicy and very herby’. The experts also liked that they were firm to cut through – the mark of a good sausage.
Supermarkets for sausage success
If you don’t shop at Asda you can still find a good supermarket sausage. Our top scorer, The Good Little Company Great Big Sausages, is available from Waitrose and Ocado. This sausage was praised for its succulent texture and for using herbs and spices well, resulting in a good balance of flavour.
You can buy our third Best Buy, Debbie & Andrew’s Harrogate 97% Pork Sausages (£2.56 for six), at all major supermarkets.
Gluten-free sausages have, according to our four experts, considerably improved. Two out of our three Best Buys, The Good Little Company and Debbie & Andrew’s, are gluten-free, showing you don’t need to compromise on taste if you can’t or don’t want to eat gluten.
Our four expert tasters were: Ryan Simpson, award-winning chef and restaurateur of Orwells; Frances Slade, former chair of pig industry championing organisation Ladies in Pigs (LIPs); Keith Fisher, butchery and product development manager at pork industry body BPEX; and Russell Allen, director of Aubrey Allen butchers.
Can you get a healthy sausage?
Our taste test results also show you can get a sausage that is both tasty and contains relatively healthy levels of salt and saturated fat. The Good Little Sausage Company Great Big Sausages, which topped our taste test, had one of the lowest salt ratings at 1.2g of salt per 100g.
They also contained the second least amount of saturated (sat) fat per 100g, coming in at 4.5g. Saturated fat is the fat to limit in your diet, as it can raise cholesterol and cause heart disease.