Best premium-style pork sausages
In April 2021, our panel of taste testers rated branded sausages from Heck, Jolly Hog and The Black Farmer alongside seven supermarket own-label premium pork sausages including ones from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda.
Our two Best Buys won tasters over with their juicy texture and delicious meaty flavour - but the worst sausages lost marks for their lack of seasoning, dry texture and unappetising appearance.
Best pork sausages
All sausages are gluten-free. Prices correct as of May 2021.
Asda Extra Special Classic Pork Sausages
£2.25 (£5.62 per kg)
Our panel rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of these Asda pork sausages. Could they be the ultimate addition to your weekend fry up?
The Black Farmer Premium Pork Sausages
£3 (£7.50 per kg)
The Black Farmer pork sausages have the lowest calories per 100g compared to other sausages we tested. But does that mean compromising on taste?
Heck 6 97% Pork Sausages
£3 (£7.50 per kg)
Heck promises ‘flavour you can swear by’. Did they win over our panel of tasters?
Jolly Hog Proper Porker Sausages
£3 (£7.50 per kg)
Jolly Hog describe its sausages as ‘bursting with juicy pork flavour’. Did our panel of tasters agree?
Lidl Deluxe 6 Outdoor Bred British Pork Sausages
£1.99 (£4.98 per kg)
Lidl’s sausages are the cheapest we tested. Do they taste cheap or are they a genuinely good-value option?
M&S Our Best Ever Pork Sausage
£3.50 (£7.29 per kg)
M&S say it uses prime cuts of pork blended with roast pork stock to give its sausages a rich, intense flavour. Does it make for a top-scoring sausage?
Morrisons The Best Thick Pork Sausages
£2.65 (£6.63 per kg)
Morrisons sausages are seasoned with black pepper and nutmeg. Could they be the star of the show at your next barbecue?
Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Pork Sausages
£2.75 (£6.88 per kg)
Sainsbury’s sausages are made with 97% pork. Does their high meat content make them a tasty option?
Tesco Finest 6 Pork Sausages
£2.50 (£6.25 per kg)
Tesco describe its pork sausages as ‘succulent and meaty’. Should Tesco shoppers favour them over popular brands Heck and Jolly Hog?
Waitrose No.1 Free Range Pork Sausages
£3.50 (£8.75 per kg)
Waitrose sausages are the most expensive we tested, but are they worth paying more for?
Does higher meat content make a tastier sausage?
We tested premium pork sausages, all of which have a relatively high meat content, ranging from 84% (Jolly Hog) to 97% (Sainsbury’s, Heck and Waitrose). We found that higher meat content didn’t necessarily make for a higher overall score for these products when it came to taste.
Shelling out more doesn’t necessarily guarantee higher meat content either. Of all the sausages we tested, Jolly Hog had the lowest meat content (84%) but was one of the most expensive per kg. Lidl had a higher meat content (95%) than most of the other sausages despite being the cheapest tested.
How many calories do sausages have?
The calorie content of the sausages we tested varied from 241 calories to 324 calories per 100g.
You can compare the calories per 100g of all the sausages we tested in the table below.
Number of calories per 100g
|The Black Farmer Premium Pork Sausages||241 (as sold)|
|Asda Extra Special Classic Pork Sausages||262 (grilled)|
|Morrisons The Best Thick Pork Sausages||262 (grilled)|
|M&S Our Best Ever Pork Sausage||267*|
|Jolly Hog Proper Porker Sausages||295 (grilled)|
|Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Pork Sausages||299 (grilled)|
|Heck 97% Pork Sausages||301 (grilled)|
|Tesco Finest Pork Sausages||308 (grilled)|
|Waitrose No.1 Free Range Pork Sausages||323*|
|Lidl Deluxe Outdoor Bred British Pork Sausages||324 (grilled)|
*Pack does not specify whether typical values per 100g are based on cooked or raw sausages
Which sausages are free-range?
If you want to buy higher-welfare pork sausages, it’s best to look for products labelled as outdoor bred, outdoor reared, free-range or organic.
Of the sausages we tested, only Waitrose are free-range. This means the piglets are born and reared outside for the whole of their lives.
Sainsburys, Lidl, M&S and Jolly Hog all use outdoor bred pork, which means the piglets are born outside, then moved inside after weaning.
How to cook sausages
Most sausages recommend grilling, but you can also oven-cook or fry them.
Grilling or frying sausages typically takes between 15-20 minutes on a medium heat. Cooking sausages in the oven takes longer – usually around 25-30 minutes at 180°C - 200°C.
How we tested
The products were assessed by a large panel of consumers who regularly buy and eat pork sausages.
The make-up of the panel broadly represents the demographic profile of adults in the UK.
Each sausage was assessed by 61 people.
The panellists rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of each product and told us what they liked and disliked about each one.
The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which brand they were trying. The order they sampled the sausages in was fully rotated to avoid any bias.
Each panellist had a private booth so they couldn’t discuss what they were tasting or be influenced by others.
The overall score is based on:
- 50% flavour
- 20% appearance
- 15% texture
- 15% aroma