How to Cook Vienna Sausages to Your Taste? (7+ Options)

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Wieners may seem like a simple food, but there are a surprising number of ways to prepare them.

Most of the recipes are quite easy to follow which lets even inexperienced chefs cook wonderful Vienna sausages.

These delicious sausages can be pan-fried on the stove top, grilled on the barbecue or simply cooked in the microwave.

In this article, I’ll share some of my favorite ways to eat Vienna sausages.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

How to cook the perfect Vienna sausages to your taste?

Vienna sausages have a soft texture which allows them to be cooked in a variety of different ways.

And since the amount of options is nearly endless, I decided to stick with the most practical ones.

Let’s take a look.

Make pigs in a blanket with pickles

A close up of freshly baked crescent pigs in a blanket.

For a delicious twist on Vienna sausages, try these pillowy soft crescent pigs in a blanket.

This recipe combines classic wieners with a surprise tangy pickle filling, all wrapped in a buttery, homemade dough.

Perfect for a fun appetizer or snack, these crescent rolls offer a delightful balance of flavors and textures.

Easy to prepare, this dish involves simple steps and minimal kneading, making it an ideal option for cooking with friends or family.

Serve these savory treats with mustard or ketchup for an extra burst of flavor.

Consider adding this to your Vienna sausage repertoire!

For full details, check the recipe here.

Incorporate sausages into an omelet

an omelet with vienna sausages sprinkled with parsley

by ronnie_suburban

This is one of my favorite recipes for a Sunday breakfast because it’s easy, delicious, and fast.

To make it you’ll need a can of Vienna sausages, three eggs and some parsley.

Start by slicing the sausages and frying them in a skillet until they’re browned.

Transfer the sausages onto a plate once they’re ready and set them aside.

Crack the eggs open and whisk them using a fork or a wire whisk.

If you suspect that your eggs are bad, you should check their texture and smell.

Continue by seasoning the eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper, then pour them in a skillet.

Spread the egg mixture over the skillet and top with the sliced sausages.

Cook until the omelet firms up, then fold it in half with a spatula and sprinkle the parsley on top.

If you want to make this omelet taste even better, you can add cheese to the list of ingredients.

The preparation of this delicious breakfast from start to finish shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes. For more quick breakfast ideas check out my recipe for Scrambled Eggs With Ricotta Cheese!

Bake them in the oven

bacon wrapped vienna sausages

Another great way to prepare Vienna sausages is to wrap them in bacon and bake them in the oven.

All you need to do is cut each sausage lengthwise, insert a piece of emmental and wrap it in bacon.

Once done, you pop the sausages in an oven set to 350 °F (177 °C) and bake until the cheese melts.

You can also microwave them, but I prefer to cook mine in the oven since they turn out less greasy and cook more evenly.

Whichever cooking method you choose, be careful not to overcook them since they’ll split apart if you do.

Speaking of microwaving simple meals maybe check this article out too: Easy Bagel Bites Microwave Instructions

Fry sausages in a pan and serve with mashed potatoes

fried vienna sausages over a canopy of mashed potatoes

by WingsAndCheese

Another easy way to cook Vienna sausages is to simply fry them in a pan and serve them with a side of mashed potatoes.

The rich flavor of mashed potatoes goes really well with the juiciness of the sausages.

If you’re not a big fan of mashed potatoes, you can substitute them with cauliflower puree or roasted vegetables.

The preparation of the sausages is pretty straightforward.

You simply slice the sausages into pieces and fry them until they brown.

To make this meal more appealing, you can turn the sausages into the shape of a flower and fry an egg yolk in the center.

Here’s how this looks like:

vienna sausages shaped as a sunflower with a fried egg in the center


  1. Cut two Vienna sausages lengthwise.
  2. Make small vertical slashes on top of each piece.
  3. Spread each of the pieces apart and connect them with a toothpick.

These lovely sausages are a great meal for kid parties and lazy Sundays.

You won’t regret giving them a try.

I actually use this same sausage technique in my recipe about baked sunny clouds eggs.

Here’s a preview of that recipe:

A close up of a baked sunny side up egg with puffy egg white and a vienna sausage around the egg yolk

As an alternative to these recipes, you can slice a couple of Vienna wieners, deep fry them and serve them with some french fries.

Add sausages to a stew

lentil stew with vegetables and sausage

by Ohherewegooo

The soft texture of Vienna sausages makes them an excellent addition to stews.

You can add them to pretty much any type of lentils, beans or potato stew.

The only thing you’ll need to remember is to saute them before you add any of the other ingredients.

Barbecue sausages along with some vegetables

vienna sausages being barbecued next to a skillet full of grilled vegetables

by LotsOfMeatBBQ

Start by taking the sausages out of the can and patting them dry with a paper towel.

Barbecue the sausages for about two minutes on both sides and set them aside.

Be careful to not overcook them as their inside will burst through the skin.

After the sausages are ready, you can start preparing the vegetables for the grill.

You’ll need 3 medium sized zucchini, 1 large onion, 8 ounces of cremini mushrooms and 3 small eggplants.

Cut the zucchini and eggplant into meaty rectangles, and remove the stems from the mushrooms.

When you’re done, peel the onion and cut it into quarters through the root.

Even though you can grill the vegetables at this point, they’ll have a rather plain taste without any additional ingredients.

To turn this around I recommend making a simple marinade to bring out their flavors.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup lime juice or balsamic vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Mix all of the ingredients, then pour the marinade over the vegetables and set them aside for half an hour.

Take the vegetables and grill them on both sides until they’re done. This should generally take you about 7 to 10 minutes.

If you want to go a step further, you can get some hot dog buns and make yourself a Vienna Sausage Dog.

To do this, simply cut the buns, brush their inside with melted salted butter and throw them on the grill.

Turn sausages into Corn dogs

corn dogs made from vienna sausages served on a plate with mustard and ketchup

by b2bb34

Vienna sausages share a lot of similarities with hot dogs, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise you can use them to make homemade Corn dogs.

All you need to make this recipe is a box of corn muffin mix and a can of vienna sausages.

Mix the cornbread batter in a bowl by carefully following the instructions on the box.

After you’re ready with the batter, pick a sausage with a fork and dip it in the batter.

Once all of the sausages are covered in batter, heat up a frying pan and add about an inch of neutral vegetable oil such as canola.

Proceed by skewering the corn dogs and frying them in the cooking oil.

This should generally take you between 3 and 5 minutes per corn dog.

Finally, take the fried corn dogs out with a cooking tong and place them on a paper towel-lined plate.

This will soak up the grease and make the corn dogs more crispy.

Warm sausages for a quick snack

a quick snack with vienna sausages, olives and pickles

by stevecobb76

The easiest way you can cook Vienna sausages is by simply warming them up on the stove.

You can do this by discarding the broth and placing the sausages in a small pot filled with water.

Since the sausages are partially cooked, you only need to warm them up until the water starts boiling.

Some people like warming theirs directly in the broth, but I’m not a big fan of its taste.

Once the sausages are ready, you can eat them with a bowl of rice or use them to make a sandwich.

sandwich with vienna sausages

by davestarr

I’ve found they go really well with green olives and pickles.

Suggested: Do Pickles Need to Be Refrigerated After Opening?

If you want to make your sandwich taste even better, you can add a slice of cheddar on top of the Vienna sausage.

Since they’re nearly identical to frankfurters, you can also use them to make yourself a quick hot dog.

Fun fact: The Vienna sausages sold in Europe are typically longer and have a similar taste to hot dogs.

Can you eat raw Vienna sausages straight from the can?

a can of vienna sausages

by hamshake

Canned Vienna sausages are typically made from mechanically separated pork and beef.

Before this ‘meat’ turns into the tasty sausages we all know, however, it undergoes additional treatment.

First, all of the bits and pieces left from the deboning are turned into a puree by being passed through a sieve.

The puree is then partially cooked through a cooking technique known as parboiling, before finally being put to a low-temperature smoking.

So in brief, Vienna sausages don’t have to be cooked and can be eaten raw, but that still doesn’t mean you should pop open the nearest can.

Since most commercially available wieners are canned, they carry a low risk of being contaminated with botulinum neurotoxins.

Botulinum neurotoxins are typically produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium which thrives in anaerobic environments with low amounts of water and acidity.

These properties make canned foods an excellent breeding ground for these bacteria.

So even though you’re not supposed to cook Vienna sausages, it’s still a good idea to do it if you want to be on the safe side.

My Short Recap

As you see you can do miracles with a simple can of Vienna sausages and some imagination.

Feel free to give these recipes a try and don’t forget to take a snap so you can show us how they’ve turned out.

how to cook vienna sausages
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How to Cook Vienna Sausages

These juicy little Vienna Sausages are made with just some Emmental cheese and bacon. They're the perfect calorie bomb for a quick dinner and go great with any potato salad.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
by: Aya
Servings: 4
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: German


  • 9.25 oz Vienna Sausages one can
  • 3 slices of high quality bacon
  • 1/2 oz emmental
  • Horseradish optional


  • Start by cutting each sausage lengthwise, but not all the way through.
    9.25 oz Vienna Sausages
  • Cut the cheese into thin strips so you can stuff each sausage.
    1/2 oz emmental
  • Wrap the stuffed sausages in bacon and place them in a baking tray.
    3 slices of high quality bacon, Horseradish
  • Bake in a preheated oven until the cheese starts to melt.


My advice:
Serve with french fries or red potato salad.
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Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 762mg | Potassium: 122mg | Vitamin A: 39IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

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