The Best Sausages in Toronto
The best sausages in Toronto are reason enough to run out and fill up on propane right away. Meat counters across the city are getting inventive when it comes to stuffings, but that doesn't diminish the deep reverence our butchers have for traditional methods.
Despite the strength of the list below, I'd argue that longtime purveyors like Segovia Meats and the Polish varieties at Starsky's deserve a nod in this space as well. And that's not to mention Thomas Lavers' vegan sausages and Dolce Lucano in Woodbridge, which supplies customizable cured varieties to establishments across the city.
Here is a list of where to find the best sausages in Toronto.
This Etobicoke-based, premium meat boutique sells 45 varieties of Frank's original gourmet sausages following the recipes and methods of the late butcher's two decade craft. Prices range from $9.95 to $19.95 per pound (the pricer varieties tend to be game meats) including the highly praised Goodfellas Molisana sausage blended with a puree of fresh, hot Spanish chilis. More »
This 20-year-old, family owned Etobicoke sausage house does housemade European specialties like debreceni (fully cooked) and fresh raw sausages in 8 to 10 varieties ranging from mild to hot. They also happen to be free of nitrates, gluten and trans fats. Of the raw sausages, the double garlic is the hands-down favourite, sold for about $10 per kilo. More »
This Junction butcher uses only the best cuts of chicken, turkey and pork for their handmade sausages. Various styles like Macedonian leek and onion, sun dried tomato, veal and spinach, and, prime rib are all on offer, as well as trusty favourites like hot or mild Italian and farmer’s breakfast types. More »
Made from meat supplied direct from Ontario farmers, the Sausage King does about 19 varieties ($7/lb) that are always hormone and antibiotic free, stuffed into natural pork casings and contain no fillers. These are big sausages that weigh in at about a third of a pound. For those who like spice, try the Hot Macedonian or for a milder palette opt for the Guinness or Sweet and Smokey variety flavoured with smoked paprika and honey. More »
Sausages at Sanagan’s are made in house from locally raised animals. There's a roster of 12-15 varieties ($7-$11/lb) that include traditional lamb merguez and an assortment of pork styles along with wild game options like wild boar with pistachio and red wine, or venison blended with sage and cranberries. More »
Two Toronto locations supply fresh, raw, housemade sausages in four to six varieties that are stuffed with select meats sourced from local farmers. Popular flavours include the fennel and chili packed hot Italian as well as the mustard and green onion flavoured chicken sausage. Prices range from $8 to $10 per pound. More »
Royal Beef has been serving the Danforth East neighbourhood since 1985. Here, sausages ($7-12) come in six kinds of naturally raised PEI pork plus an array of poultry, lamb and beef stuffed varieties. The most sought-after flavours include the smokey bacon and leek and the chicken sundried tomato coil. More »
Owned by a husband and wife team, sausage making here comes from a family tradition and is produced in small batches, 15 pounds at a time to ensure quality. Costs range from $6.50 to $9 and come in pork, beef, and lamb varieties, seasoned with Spice Trader spices and fresh onions and cilantro. Owner Mary Milovac cites the bacon banger flavoured with Ontario maple syrup, onions and pepper as one of neighbourhood favourites. More »
Of the 50 plus varieties made in house at this Queen Street East butcher, the Ecuadorian pork and beef sausages (available hot or mild) are among the most popular and are a family recipe passed down through generations. Sausages here are stuffed into all-natural beef casings and are priced at a consistent $6 per pound no matter how the exotic the fillings. More »
This organic butcher offers summer and winter varieties with about 50 different kinds on rotation. Organized by pork and pork free, prices range from $9 to $13 a pound. Among the signature flavours, the best sellers include a beer sausage made with Black Oak beer, jalapenos and cheddar cheese, as well as, a Thai chicken sausage flavoured with lemongrass and chili. More »
This Parliament Street butcher has been is business for 42 years and is family owned and operated three generations deep. Available at the counter are 16-18 varieties (ranging from $6-9/lb), that include inventive house-blended flavours like pear and stilton or smokey apple bacon. More »
European Quality Meats may have moved out of its Kensington Market home since 1959, but is still satisfying customers (and supplying hotdog carts around the city) from its Etobicoke-based factory outlet. Raw sausages are offered in pork and beef varieties like garlic and spice, hot Italian and bratwurst styles for $2.69 to $3.49 per pound. More »