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The Best Sausages in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 24, 2013

Sausages TorontoThe 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.

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The Best Butcher Shops in Toronto

Medium Rare

Medium Rare

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 »

Blue Danube Sausage House

Blue Danube Sausage House

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 »

Butcher by Nature

Butcher by Nature

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 »

Sausage King by Olliffe

Sausage King by Olliffe

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 »

Sanagan's Meat Locker

Sanagan's Meat Locker

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 »

Cumbrae's

Cumbrae's

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

Royal Beef

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 »

Close to the Bone

Close to the Bone

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 »

Meating on Queen

Meating on Queen

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 »

Healthy Butcher

Healthy Butcher

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 »

St. Jamestown Steak and Chops

St. Jamestown Steak and Chops

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 Outlet

European Quality Meats Outlet

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 »

Discussion

37 Comments

bhuuuuh? / May 24, 2013 at 01:41 pm
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Where the heck is Segovia Meats on this list? Not ONLY should they be on the list, they should be the top. And European? Really? The author of this is out to lunch.
Michael / May 24, 2013 at 01:44 pm
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#13 My Pants... BAAAZINGGAAA
Derek replying to a comment from bhuuuuh? / May 24, 2013 at 01:54 pm
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Read intro. Feel silly. Move on.
bhuuuh replying to a comment from Derek / May 24, 2013 at 02:02 pm
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No. My point is they are the best. And if European can make the list then they need to be ON it not in the preamble.
local replying to a comment from bhuuuh / May 24, 2013 at 02:07 pm
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These lists are voted on by readers.
trickydisco / May 24, 2013 at 02:11 pm
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Gasparro's on Bloor Street near Ossington should be at the top of this list. All meat hormone free from Mennonite farmers in Wellington County. And cheaper i'd bet than 80% of these guys.
The fact they don't appear here when the posers at Sanagan's do loses this list all credibility. lol.
C MORE / May 24, 2013 at 02:13 pm
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Soloway's Hot Dog Factory is a wholesaler and (no TAX on purchases) - they make burgers and hot dogs (different flavors) and sell packaged buns and industrial size jars of mustar. pickles, relish etc. open 6 days a week....I am a regular during the summer months..my cottage is well stocked because of them....price is hard to beat..call and find out for yourself..Soloway's Hot Dog Factory**917 Alness St,
North York ON, M3J 2J1 tel: 416-661-9383

duder replying to a comment from bhuuuh / May 24, 2013 at 02:13 pm
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Idiot
big ol sausage / May 24, 2013 at 02:16 pm
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The only time I've had food poisoning was c/o European Meats
Collin Ng / May 24, 2013 at 02:17 pm
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i'm not going to argue why they were omitted from the list (i understand that this is reader's choice), but the sausages at the Cheese Boutique are pretty amazing.
bo knows / May 24, 2013 at 02:19 pm
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My sausage is the tastiest.
johnsonstarfish replying to a comment from trickydisco / May 24, 2013 at 02:25 pm
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I agree with you 100%.
johnsonstarfish replying to a comment from trickydisco / May 24, 2013 at 02:26 pm
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I agree with you 100%.
Poopdawg / May 24, 2013 at 02:27 pm
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I really, really like the lamb & feta sausages from Meat Dept. on the Danforth.
C / May 24, 2013 at 02:31 pm
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LOVE St.Jamestown! They're just up the street from me. Great selection. Omnomnom.
Craig / May 24, 2013 at 02:33 pm
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Glad to see Butcher by Nature on the list. I can not recommend enough their pork and leek sausage.
AV / May 24, 2013 at 02:53 pm
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Medium Rare!? HAH... Average cost of 30$ for 4 sausages? Good Luck with that
Astin / May 24, 2013 at 04:04 pm
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El Goucho Chorizo in St. Lawrence North Market on Saturdays. End of story.
Mike / May 24, 2013 at 04:49 pm
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BRANDT meats is missing from that list!! GERMAN sausages are the best. Everyone knows that
Blargh / May 24, 2013 at 05:12 pm
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portugese disco meet shop at dundas/gladstone. boo-ya.
4ChanApologist / May 24, 2013 at 05:14 pm
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Can't speak for many others, but Olliffe definitely earns their spot on this list. Their location in the "Five Thieves" sells some of the best meat in the city and the natural sausage casings hold up better than the synthetic variety.
The Lonely Troll / May 24, 2013 at 05:46 pm
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Superior Sausage y'all. For a superior sausage....
Josh / May 24, 2013 at 11:28 pm
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AGREED! Superior Sausage CO, 1004 Dundas St W at Bellwoods Park
Saucisse / May 25, 2013 at 07:07 pm
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The new version of European Meats aka Sanagan's (the meat store on Baldwin) is expensive and awful for sausages. We've tried about 5 or 6 varieties because I was in disbelief that homemade could be so terrible at each visit. Bottom line: disappointing, so very greasy and no flavour. Either too much heat (with no flavour) or some exaggerated spice that renders it inedible (along with the grease). We had to toss the last batch we bought - so sad. But it is the last batch we'll buy.
Claire / May 28, 2013 at 01:13 pm
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Everyone should avoid European Meats - I worked there a couple of years ago one summer and they were always selling expired products, mistreating their staff and selling previously frozen products under the pre tense of it being 'fresh.'
Kevin / May 28, 2013 at 03:14 pm
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The ONLY place to get sausage in this city is Blue Danube Sausage House! Always fresh, always delcious, can't miss it.
Chefoff replying to a comment from Michael / May 31, 2013 at 02:48 pm
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Might we suggest that you and bo knows place your sausages on a grill and turn them over until they are well charred and crispy. The smoke will chase mosquitoes away, too.
Rose / July 17, 2013 at 11:46 am
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Close to the Bone is amazing! Their sausages (and everything else they serve) are always delicious, and Mary and Daryl are awesome people.
Kevin / July 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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What about Wvrst on Queen street?
Jesse / July 23, 2013 at 10:08 am
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anyone know where i can find moroccan merguez sausages the flavor at Sausage King by Olliffe are good but they are not the right size and could use a bit more spice.
thanks
Meatyyyy / July 23, 2013 at 10:17 am
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Butchers by Distinction in Riverside.

Just opened.

Hands down the best sausage in the GTA.
Da / August 15, 2013 at 09:46 am
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No Gasparro's? Laugh. This list is flawed.
George / November 18, 2013 at 08:39 am
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The maple smoked turkey sausage at Eco Yum Yum is really good. They also came out with a holiday turkey sausage a few weeks ago that I tried and it tastes like stuffing! Their sausages are all natural with no fillers and other crap. They do not have a shop, they are online and deliver to my house, most of the time the same day. http://ecoyumyum.com/order-now.html
Deb / December 10, 2013 at 02:11 pm
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Amazing! Its truly remarkable paragraph, I have got much
clear idea about from this article.
Hafizul Chowdhury / May 18, 2014 at 07:48 am
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I have got a clear idea of the manufacturing process of sausage. Do you import beef casings from Bangladesh?
Hafizul Chowdhury / May 18, 2014 at 07:50 am
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If you do import beef casings from Bangladesh then I'll be able to help you out to deliver them from Bangladesh!!!
Christa Kull / September 10, 2014 at 11:24 am
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My friend just told me about Soloway's Hot Dog Factory. I tried their mild polish and hot italian sausages, as well as their jumbo hotdogs, for my son's birthday bbq party. Everyone had seconds. Great deal and pricing. They have condiments as well, large containers, but good for big parties and what not. www.soloways.ca has all the info you need. Highly recommend.

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