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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.)

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.
A tray of sausage rolls with dipping sauces.

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.
  3. Place beef mince in a large mixing bowl. Add 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). Fold the right hand side of the pastry over the mince, brush the top and open side with egg wash mixture then continue to roll up.
  2. Place sausage roll on a lined baking tray (seal side down), then baste with more egg wash.
  3. 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).
  4. Bake for around 40 minutes or until meat is cooked and pastry is flaky and golden brown.
  5. 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.
Crispy beef sausage rolls on a baking tray.

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★ Did you make this recipe? Please leave a comment and a star rating below!

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 oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Saute the onions for a few minutes until translucent. Allow to cool.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg and add the milk.
  • Place beef mince in a large mixing bowl. Add cooked onions, breadcrumbs, thyme, mace and garlic salt. Mix well with hands to combine and form into a large ball.
  • 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 egg wash mixture then continue to roll up.
  • Place sausage roll on a lined baking tray (seal side down), then baste with more 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 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.

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 1/2 tsp of pepper if you need.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 364mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg
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40 Comments

  • 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 😛

  • Reply
    Trish
    08/04/2016 at 1:12 am

    YUM! These sound sooooo delicious!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      08/04/2016 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Trish!

  • Reply
    sue|theviewfromgreatisland
    07/04/2016 at 9:08 am

    I’ve been wanting to recreate the wonderful meat pies we had in London for years, but never though of using puff pastry — that’s just the flaky texture I love, thanks for this wonderful inspiration!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      07/04/2016 at 10:25 am

      No problemo Sue, puff pastry will be your next best friend haha. Let us know how you go! 🙂

  • Reply
    Georgina Ingham | Culinary Travels
    07/04/2016 at 4:36 am

    I would never have thought to use beef in a sausage roll, I always expect them to be pork but these look lush.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      07/04/2016 at 10:26 am

      Pork is super popular but beef has to be tried to be believed 😀

  • Reply
    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats
    06/04/2016 at 9:58 pm

    I am not a big beef eater but these look delicious. My family would love them!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      07/04/2016 at 10:21 am

      Pork is a very popular alternative, or you could even be a rogue and try chicken instead. The options are (deliciously) endless. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kristy @ Southern In Law
    06/04/2016 at 2:51 pm

    These look absolutely perfect! Sausage rolls are definitely an Australian thing – Jesse had never heard of them or tried them before coming here. My mum made a batch of her famous ones on his first trip here and he’s been hooked ever since, haha!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 5:54 pm

      Oh that’s great so glad he liked them! I kinda want some of that famous batch too haha 🙂

      P.S. Just checked out your blog and I love it! You guys sound like an amazing couple and I enjoyed reading about how you met. All the best for the future you two! 🙂 x

  • Reply
    Immaculate
    06/04/2016 at 1:07 pm

    5 stars
    I remember my primary school years, always looked forward to meat pies , with very little beef in them . Nevertheless they were Delish! One of my fondest memories of after school activities.

    Give me these Beef Sausage rolls anytime and watch me eat them in one sitting. Can’t seem to get enough of anything with minced meat in them.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 1:41 pm

      Okay I’ll admit, meat pies ARE pretty delish too. Hope you enjoy these Sausage Rolls though! (Totally agree with you about minced meat too, so versatile to cook with and so much potential for yum!) x

  • Reply
    rachel @ athletic avocado
    06/04/2016 at 6:58 am

    I have never had a sausage roll ever in my life but these are making me want one right now!!!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 8:27 am

      Yay! Do it Rachel! 😛

  • Reply
    Kelly Hutchinson
    06/04/2016 at 3:43 am

    5 stars
    These look absolutely mouthwatering! My daughter loves sausage and I love Thyme, so its a win-win for us!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 8:24 am

      Excellent, gotta love that! Enjoy guys!

  • Reply
    Pat
    05/04/2016 at 10:59 pm

    I love this! Great idea for an appetizer and double-great they are fast and can be a do-ahead for the freezer. Thanks, I’ll try me some Aussie food 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 8:23 am

      Yay, hope you enjoy! Yep we love the convenience, make em up when you have some time then enjoy them when you really need a pick-me-up with basically zero effott. Sausage Rolls forever!

  • Reply
    Annie @ Annie's Noms
    05/04/2016 at 10:00 pm

    Homemade sausage rolls are the best! These look so flaky and perfect, I would definitely eat too many of these!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 8:22 am

      Let me just say they didn’t last a minute after the camera was switched off, that’s for sure. 😛

  • Reply
    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    05/04/2016 at 9:14 pm

    I must be deprived — I’ve never had either 🙁 They look delicious and oh so tasty! Now I would probably experiment on how to eat them. I don’t think I’d pick them apart. It would be like eating a calzone filling first and then eating the outside. Or it would be like picking the topping off a pizza then eating the crust. I would want the entire experience! But I would try it your way — just to see if I prefer the singular taste vs. the combination 🙂 Great recipes!!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 8:21 am

      Hey Marisa! You should definitely experiment and find the most perfectly delicious method for you haha. Um also? Yes I (Laura) do eat the calzone filling first.. :O But only for the last few bites I promise! Gotta finish on that crunchy crust! Same for pizza. Does that mean I play with my food too much? 😛

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    MyCookingSecrets.com | Krystallia Giamouridou
    05/04/2016 at 9:07 pm

    5 stars
    Never-ever heard of the Aussie Sausage Rolls, but you can say that the recipe is quite similar to beef wellington in terms of wrapping meat in pastry sheets. But… this recipe is so much easier to make and I believe it is ideal for the pic-nic menu too!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 8:19 am

      Oooh yes they are perfect for a picnic! Often if we go for a big drive out to the country we’ll pick up a sausage roll (or a meat pie… if we have to) and automatically the drive is 1000% better. They are pretty similar to a beef wellington aren’t they? But I think the mince meat is what makes a sausage roll easier to cook plus the size and shape is perfect to eat with one hand (especially good for those Sunday afternoon drives!)

  • Reply
    Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
    05/04/2016 at 8:38 pm

    5 stars
    I love sausage rolls, such a classic and so delicious.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 8:16 am

      Yay! A fellow Sausage Roll Fan! Question: Tomato Sauce or (gasp) BBQ sauce?? 😀

  • Reply
    swayam
    05/04/2016 at 8:12 pm

    Gosh!! I soo need these in my life.. Delicious!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 8:14 am

      There are just times in life when a sausage roll is NECESSARY. 😉

  • Reply
    Martin @ The Why Chef
    05/04/2016 at 6:37 pm

    I’m a bit miffed that, for all the thousands of sausage rolls I’ve eaten in my time, I’ve never once had a beef one! Emma is on a thyme kick at the moment and can’t seem to get enough of it, so I’m looking forward to trying these! 🙂

    Meat pies in the UK tend to be awful, so sausage rolls are killer in comparison. And food isn’t cool if you don’t play with it. Especially when the pastry sticks to the bottom of the meat so you have to nibble it off.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 8:13 am

      Yes, thyme is so delicious, hope you guys enjoy! That’s a pity about meat pies in the UK, although we did have a pretty epic steak and mushroom pie at a cool little beer house in Nottingham so if you’re heading that way we can spill the details haha.

      The best part about homemade sausage rolls is you can experiment and include anything you like. The beef was delicious, but pork or a mixture of pork and beef is also delish. You can even hide extra veggies like grated carrot or zucchini if that’s your thing – just don’t tell Emma, she’ll never know! ;). Plus it works great to up the juicy-factor as well.

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