Easy Homemade Lorne Sausage Recipe

Is it Lorne Sausage or Square Sausage? We asked the members on our Scottish Scran Facebook and there was much debate, alongside all sorts of extra names too!

Slice” or “Sliced“, “Square Slice” or “Flat Sausage” or our new favourite, “Squasage”, were a few of the other suggestions as well. But whatever name you decide to go with, this simple but tasty meat square is a Scottish classic and is perfect packed inside a morning roll or as part of a full Scottish breakfast.

Scottish Square Sausage Lorne Sausage Recipe

Unlike a traditional sausage, a Scottish square sausage has no casing which means it’s easy to make at home, hence why we thought it was about time we came up with our own Lorne sausage recipe.

For the rest of the recipe we’ll mostly refer to it as Lorne or Lorne sausage since that seemed to be the most popular, but rest assured we’re well aware of all its wonderful names!

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Scottish Square Sausage Lorne Sausage Recipe

Where does Lorne Sausage come from?

The exact origins of Lorne sausage, like many traditional Scottish foods, is unclear. It’s likely it was in the latter 19th century when metal tins also became more popular, and it would have been cheaper to shape the sausage in these than in a casing.

Why is it called Lorne Sausage?

Of course, there is contention about the origins of the name “Lorne Sausage” as well. A popular story is that it was because of Glaswegian comedian Tommy Lorne, who made jokes about square sausages looking a bit like doormats. However, there is evidence of advertisements from butchers for “Lorne Sausage” at least 6 years before Tommy Lorne was even more.

More likely is that it was named for the extinct district of Lorne, which was part of what is now known as Argyll and Bute, although there is no direct evidence for this either.

Another option is that it was named for the Marquess of Lorne, which was the name given to the son of the Duke of Argyll. The Marquess of Lorne, in the late 19th century, was well-known for marrying one of Queen Victoria’s daughters, so it’s possible the sausage was named for him for some reason. I mean, who doesn’t want a sausage named after them?!

The truth is we’ll never know, but however it happened the name has stuck in many households and shops across Scotland.

So let’s get to making our own Lorne or Square Sausage Recipe then!

Things you’ll need to make this Lorne Sausage Recipe

  • Loaf tin to pack it into – we have one like this
  • Cling Film or Beeswax wrap – we used cling film as we had some in our draw, but you could use a beeswax wrap to stop it from sticking to the tin as well

Ingredients for this Homemade Lorne Sausage Recipe

  • 450g (1lb) minced beef
  • 450g (1lb) minced pork
  • 250g (1.5 cups) breadcrumbs (not fresh)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt ( add to taste)
  • 1.5 tsp coriander
  • 0.5 tsp nutmeg
  • 0.5 tsp mace
  • 120ml (0.5 cups) cold water
Scottish Square Sausage Lorne Sausage Recipe

Using the right meat

You need to use meat that has a high percentage of fat, otherwise the sausage will be dry. Often these sausages shrink a lot when cooked as the fat content is high! We used meat that was 20% fat and would say this should be a minimum.

Breadcrumbs or Rusk?

Using breadcrumbs or rusks also means the sausage won’t be dry and chewy. They help to absorb moisture. We used natural breadcrumbs in our Lorne sausage recipe, but you could also use rusk.

Rusk is a cereal ingredient made of wheat flour versus breadcrumbs which are dried bread. It’s often used to bulk up sausages and used when a large number of sausages are being prepared. We found breadcrumbs to be just as good if not better, but you can use either.

Scottish Square Sausage Lorne Sausage Recipe

How to make Lorne Sausage – Step by step method

Line your loaf tin or whatever you’re using to make the square sausage, with clingfilm, with enough hanging over the edges to wrap over the opening once you’ve put the sausage meat in it.

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and use your hands to thoroughly combine.

Squash the sausage meat into the loaf tin as densely as possible. If you have any left over, you can set it aside to make meat patties out of it!

Wrap the clingfilm over the top so it’s fully covered and place in the freezer for 2 hours, or until firm enough to slice. Note, you should not use pre-frozen meat for this recipe as meat should only be frozen and thawed once. Alternatively, leave it in the refrigerator for 24 hours until it is firm.

Remove the sausage from the tin using the clingfilm to lift it out and then cut into 1cm slices.

You can use immediately, put in the fridge to be used within the next 2 days, or put pieces of baking paper between slices and place them in a container to fully freeze and pull out to use as you wish.

Cook in a frying pan for a few minutes each slide or grill, and then serve in a morning roll with your choice or sauce, as part of a full Scottish breakfast, or even in your Stovies!

Scottish Square Sausage Lorne Sausage Recipe
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Yield: 12

Easy Homemade Lorne Sausage Recipe

Scottish Square Sausage Lorne Sausage Recipe

This simple but tasty meat square is a Scottish classic and is perfect packed inside a morning roll or as part of a full Scottish breakfast

Unlike a traditional sausage, a Scottish square sausage has no casing which means it’s easy to make at home, hence why we thought it was about time we came up with our own Lorne sausage recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cool Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 450g (1lb) minced beef
  • 450g (1lb) minced pork
  • 250g (1.5 cups) breadcrumbs (not fresh)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt ( add to taste)
  • 1.5 tsp coriander
  • 0.5 tsp nutmeg
  • 0.5 tsp mace
  • 120ml (1/2 cup) cold water

Instructions

  1. Line your loaf tin, or whatever you’re using to make the square sausage, with clingfilm, with enough hanging over the edges to wrap over the opening once you’ve put the sausage meat in it.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and use your hands to thoroughly combine.
  3. Squash the sausage meat into the loaf tin as densely as possible. If you have any leftover you can set aside to make meat patties out of it!
  4. Wrap the clingfilm over the top so it’s fully covered and place in the freezer for 2 hours, or until firm enough to slice.* Alternatively, leave it in the refrigerator for 24 hours until it is firm.
  5. Remove the sausage from the tin using the clingfilm to lift it out and then cut into 1cm slices.
  6. You can use it immediately, put it in the fridge to be used within the next 2 days, or put pieces of baking paper between slices and place them in a container to fully freeze and pull out to use as you wish.
  7. Cook in a frying pan for a few minutes each slide or grill and then serve in a morning roll with your choice of sauce, or as part of a full Scottish breakfast!

Notes

*Note: You should not use pre-frozen meat for this recipe as meat should only be frozen and thawed once.

Using High Fat Meat

You need to use meat that has a high percentage of fat, otherwise the sausage will be dry. Often these sausages shrink a lot when cooked as the fat content is high! We used meat that was 20% fat and would say this should be a minimum.

Using Breadcrumbs or Rusk

Using breadcrumbs or rusks also means the sausage won’t be dry and chewy. They help to absorb moisture. We used natural breadcrumbs in our Lorne sausage recipe, but you could also use rusk.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 23g

30 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Lorne Sausage Recipe”

    • I hate coriander too, and I honestly couldn’t taste it in our recipe because it blends nicely with the rest of the ingredients. By all means leave it out to avoid disappointment and then maybe experiment with other spices once you’ve tasted it. – Phil

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    • Hi Wendy,
      It could be a number of things, the meat needs to be very tightly packed in and frozen long enough. Another stumbling block we found was using mince with a high enough fat content or trying to cut the slices too thinly.

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  1. Been living in Ireland for so long and never even considered making my own! The coriander, is this leaf or powder form?

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      • Back to the lady who hates coriander. It should be pointed out that coriander powder is ground coriander seeds, which have a lemony flavour, not coriander leaf which (in my opinion) tastes like cheap soap. Two totally different products and tastes. She probably didn’t realise that.

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  2. Any recommendations for substituting Mace? I can’t get it here – i have googled and it suggested all spice or nutmeg (which is already in it!!)

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    • Hi Alex, Do you mean the breadcrumbs? We just used natural breadcrumbs bought from the store, Paxo I think. Any store-bought one will work though- Phil

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    • Just found your recipe yesterday and decided to give it a try as it’s so overpriced here in Oz. Easy to make, followed instructions by the letter. Left it to freeze a little more than three hours, was easy to slice. Cooked a couple of slices today and it was perfect. One recommendation for next time, I would add a little more spice. This will be my go to recipe now rather than spending a fortune for a Scottish butcher in Sydney to sell us it. Thank you.

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      • Spices are such a personal thing and always open for adaptation to suit your taste, so pleased you like it so much! Thank you for the lovely comment, do apologise to your butcher from us!

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  3. I am wanting to make Lorne sausage so badly but I don’t have any Mace. Can I double the nutmeg or is there something else I can use?

    Thanks

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