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Aussie Homemade Beef Sausage Rolls

12/01/2021

Crispy, flaky pastry wrapped around a soft, savoury meat filling is always a recipe for success. Our Aussie Beef Sausage Rolls are super quick and easy to prepare, and are freezer friendly, so you can make them ahead.

Stack of four beef sausage rolls.

Why We Love This

We’ve always got a batch of these frozen and ready to go. Perfect for a quick mid-week lunch when you’re having a busy week or when friends or family call over for an unexpected visit.

These are also a treat for those who aren’t fans of pork sausage rolls, but want the sausage roll experience none-the-less! Not to mention they’re way cheaper than buying them from the bakery!

Tray of beef sausage rolls with tomato sauce and thyme.

What are Beef Sausage Rolls? 

It’s probably safe to say that sausage rolls (okay yes and meat pies) are revered in Australia. At the bakery, you’ll usually find pork sausage rolls but we love the flavour of beef just as much.

Our beef sausage rolls are layered in flaky puff pastry and stuffed with beef mince with a touch of thyme and sautéed onions. They’re a real treat and taste quite gourmet if we don’t say so ourselves!

Just to make things that little bit extra Australian, we followed our sausage roll entrée with a batch of chicken pasta bake, then topped everything off with good old fashioned lamingtons for dessert.

Where We Learnt This Recipe

Way back in primary school days, well before the healthy fruits and salads took over, there were two humble Australian foods loved by kids everywhere.

You could either be a Sausage Roll Fan or a Meat Pie Fan, and it was like an unspoken code: You could NEVER be both.

I was am firmly on the sausage roll team. On days when Mum would give us money in a brown paper bag to order our lunch from the school canteen, I’d be there at lunch time in sausage roll bliss.

Some part of me realised there was a socially accepted “way” in which to properly eat a sausage roll. Something along the lines of:

  1. Poke holes in top and fill with tomato sauce
  2. Take a big bite
  3. Savour combined deliciousness of crispy, flaky pastry + savoury meat filling

Yeah, well. Not me. The only way I’d my eat my sausage roll was to completely unwrap the pastry, eat the sausage first, and then slowly devour that crispy pastry. Surely I’m not the only one who does this??

I mean, that gorgeously soft-yet-flaky-buttery-goodness should be given the praise it deserves until the very last bite.

Anyway, things have definitely not changed around here. It still is, and always will be, the only way I’ll eat sausage rolls. (Sarah’s eye rolls notwithstanding.)

Dipping a sausage roll into tomato sauce.

What You’ll Need

A few pantry staples for these sausage rolls, along with Sarah’s favourite ingredient – mace!

  • Puff Pastry Sheets – These work best for that real flaky, crispy pastry.
  • Beef Mince – If you don’t have beef mince, you can use sausage meat (squeezed out of the casings) instead or make the pork version.
  • Garlic Salt – You should find this at your local supermarket. Alternatively, use 1 tsp of minced garlic and a pinch of salt.
  • Mace – This peppery spice is actually the outer case of the nutmeg seed. Substitute with 1/2 tsp of pepper if you need.
Ingredients laid out to make sausage rolls with beef.

How to make Beef Sausage Rolls:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 360°F. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Saute the onions for a few minutes until translucent. Allow to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and add the milk to make the egg wash.
  3. Place beef mince in a large mixing bowl. Add half the egg wash, cooked onions, breadcrumbs, thyme, mace and garlic salt. Mix well with hands to combine and form into a large ball.
  1. Place equal portions of beef mixture across the middle of each sheet of puff pastry (mixture should be around 2 cm wide x 2 cm high).
  2. Fold the right hand side of the pastry over the mince, brush the top and open side with leftover egg wash mixture then continue to roll up.
  3. Place sausage roll on a lined baking tray (seal side down), then baste with remaining egg wash.
  4. Optional: Partially slice sausage rolls into 4-5 cm / 2 inch pieces (cut down around 3/4 of the way, leaving the base of the pastry intact).
  5. Bake for around 30-40 minutes or until meat is cooked and pastry is flaky and golden brown.
  6. Cut or break apart the sausage rolls into pieces. Serve immediately with tomato sauce.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Storage – Sausage Rolls will keep for up to a few months in the freezer. Wrap up uncooked sausage rolls in cling film and you’ll always have a tasty treat on hand. Once cooked, they’ll keep for a few days in a sealed container in the fridge, or you can freeze them if you need and just reheat in the microwave or oven. Watch out: If reheating in the microwave, your pastry will lose the crispiness, but should still taste okay!

FAQs

How do you make your sausage rolls not soggy?

Make sure your oven is pre-heated to the right temperature before popping in your tray of sausage rolls. Also make sure your meat mixture isn’t too wet. If you think it might be, try adding more breadcrumbs to soak up the moisture.

Can I cook sausage rolls the day before?

You can, however, for the freshest and crispiest results, it’s best to cook them on the day. If you have to cook them before hand, try warming them in the microwave first to get the middles heated, then finish off in the oven to re-crisp the pastry for another 5-10 minutes at 180°C / 360°F. This should be the best of both worlds where you avoid soggy pastry AND drying out the filling.

Variations

  • Add veggies – If you want to make them a little healthier, add 1 grated carrot and 1 grated celery stick to the beef mince mixture.
  • Make the more traditional Pork Sausage Rolls!
Crispy beef sausage rolls on a baking tray.

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Stack of three bite size beef sausage rolls.

Aussie Homemade Beef Sausage Rolls

Crispy, flaky pastry wrapped around a soft, savoury meat filling is always a recipe for success. Our Aussie Beef Sausage Rolls are super quick and easy to prepare, and are freezer friendly, so you can make them ahead.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 20 sausage rolls
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $10

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 360°F.
  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Sauté the onions for a few minutes until translucent. Allow to cool.
    olive oil, 1/2 onion
  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg and add the milk to make the egg wash.
    1 egg, 1 tbsp milk
  • Place beef mince in a large mixing bowl. Add half the egg wash, cooked onions, breadcrumbs, thyme, mace and garlic salt. Mix well with hands to combine and form into a large ball.
    500 g beef mince, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp ground mace, 2 tsp garlic salt
  • Place equal portions of beef mixture across the middle of each sheet of puff pastry (mixture should be around 2 cm wide x 2 cm high). Fold the right hand side of the pastry over the mince, brush the top and open side with leftover egg wash then continue to roll up.
    3 puff pastry sheets
  • Place sausage roll on a lined baking tray (seal side down), then baste with remaining egg wash. (Freeze here if preparing ahead)
  • Optional: Partially slice sausage rolls into 4-5 cm / 2 inch pieces (cut down around 3/4 of the way, leaving the base of the pastry intact).
  • Bake for around 30-40 minutes or until meat is cooked and pastry is flaky and golden brown.
  • Cut or break apart the sausage rolls into pieces. Serve immediately with tomato sauce / ketchup.
    tomato sauce / ketchup

Recipe Notes

  • Storage – Sausage Rolls will keep for up to a few months in the freezer. Wrap up uncooked sausage rolls in cling film and you’ll always have a tasty treat on hand. Once cooked, they’ll keep for a few days in a sealed container in the fridge, or you can freeze them if you need and just reheat in the microwave or oven. Watch out: If reheating in the microwave, your pastry will lose the crispiness, but should still taste okay!
  • Add veggies – If you want to make them a little healthier, add 1 grated carrot and 1 grated celery stick to the beef mince mixture.
  • Beef Mince – If you don’t have beef mince, you can use sausage meat (squeezed out of the casings) instead or make the pork version.
  • Garlic Salt – You should find this at your local supermarket. Alternatively, use 1 tsp of minced garlic and a pinch of salt.
  • Mace – This peppery spice is actually the outer case of the nutmeg seed. Substitute with 1/4 tsp of pepper if you need.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Aussie Homemade Beef Sausage Rolls
Amount per Serving
Calories
282
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Cholesterol
 
26
mg
9
%
Sodium
 
364
mg
16
%
Potassium
 
102
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
17
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
16
mg
2
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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46 Comments

  • Reply
    lynda
    11/05/2022 at 11:38 am

    You do not put garlic in a sausage roll.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/05/2022 at 1:36 pm

      Hi Lynda, traditional sausage rolls are also made from pork, not beef. This is our take on a different style sausage roll, like if you were to make a chicken or spinach and cheese roll. If you don’t like garlic, just leave it out. Hope that helps!

  • Reply
    Mel
    29/03/2022 at 5:49 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!! Turned out even better than I’d expected!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      30/03/2022 at 10:29 am

      Yay, you’re very welcome Mel!

  • Reply
    Garry
    30/09/2021 at 5:27 pm

    I followed the recipe but added some grated cheese, 1 carrot and half a zucchini and the meat was still dry. Not bad but not great.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      21/10/2021 at 10:57 am

      Hey Garry, it sounds like there were a few changes to the original recipe, so we can’t compare with how yours turned out, as those changes are untested. We’ve made the original without issue, however please take into account beef will always be a little drier than using sausage/pork mince. Next time omit the bread crumbs and take it out the oven a few minutes earlier for a moister result.

  • Reply
    Shihoko
    03/05/2016 at 5:00 pm

    5 stars
    This is my daughter’s all time favourite! She is half Japanese but her taste buds are so Aussie. She will love this.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      05/05/2016 at 3:05 pm

      Oh yay, hope she enjoys! I wonder if we should try a fusion recipe next and bring in some tasty Japanese flavours… 🙂

  • Reply
    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    10/04/2016 at 9:10 am

    5 stars
    My husband, who is from The Netherlands, makes something similar, they are delicious and we call them Dutch Sausage Rolls (Saucijzenbroodjes). Your version sounds wonderful, I’m loving the addition of thyme, yum!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/04/2016 at 8:16 am

      Ooh yep, they sound almost exactly the same. What flavours/ingredients does he usually include in the Dutch version?

  • Reply
    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    09/04/2016 at 9:37 pm

    5 stars
    Such a simple recipe! I bet they taste gorgeous.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/04/2016 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Jemma!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    08/04/2016 at 8:11 pm

    5 stars
    These sausage rolls look great. They would be so perfect to serve at game-watch parties! My friends would devour these.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/04/2016 at 8:13 am

      Oh yeah, absolutely Amanda! Be warned thought, you’ll be lucky if they last 5 minutes. 😉

  • Reply
    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    08/04/2016 at 11:28 am

    5 stars
    Wow these look so good. We love sausage rolls, they are such a perfect party food. These look really good and much tastier than store bought.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      08/04/2016 at 1:20 pm

      Oh yes absolutely. They’re a MUST at parties here in Australia (as well as mini meat pies). It isn’t a real party without them haha 😛

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