Sausage toppings for summer barbecues

7 Mild-to-wild sausage toppings

Here’s a challenge: Find someone who doesn’t love a sausage or hot dog topped with their favourite things. Mission not accomplished, right? That’s because sausages are like playlists: there’s one for every mood. From homey comfort to weird twists, let’s take a journey of a few bang-on flavour combinations that’ll help take your next grill party to the next level.

Whatever you call them – sausages, dogs, wursts or brats – they are irresistible partly because they are the ideal vehicle for your fave condiments. When it comes to dressing up our seriously delicious sausage varieties, we give you license to go simple or all-out. Let your taste buds guide you on how to pile on the toppings: Some are best nestled in bun-side, while others do surprisingly well balanced on top. It’s your decision whether to go with a bun or a plate, and the only rule is to enjoy every bite.

Shopping list:

  • Oktoberfest Sausages®†
  • Mild Italian Sausages
  • Turkey Sausages
  • Mozza Marinara Dip
  • Classic Poutine
  • Onion Rings 
  • Maple Bacon BBQ Sauce

If you’re feeling mild

Cooked from frozen Turkey Sausages with classic toppings

The classic

Need to keep it simple? Then go with the combo that can never disappoint. Start with a juicy, lean Turkey Sausage, then grab the condiments you know and love: ketchup, ballpark mustard, relish and diced onions. Time to bite into that nostalgic flavour from the hot dog stand of your youth!

Turkey sausages on buns topped with bacon and cheese

Whistle dog

When the Whistle dog is your mood, it should hit the same spot as a cheeseburger from your favourite diner. Our take on this famous fast-food combo involves a bacon-and-cheese situation layered on a butterflied Turkey Sausage – specifically a slice of processed cheese and a slice of bacon.

BBQ Sausages topped with Sauerkraut

Kraut dog

Our one-and-only Oktoberfest Sausage®† has a natural affinity for German-inspired pairings, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pile this wurst high with sauerkraut and grainy mustard. Serve this combo on a fluffy sausage bun or make a dinner board out of it and add steamed mini potatoes.

If you're feeling wild

Grilled from frozen sausages on buns topped with mariana and cheese

The parmigiana

Pizza margarita as a sausage topper? Consider it the perfect match for our traditionally spiced Mild Italian Sausage. Heat up some Mozza Marinara Dip and dollop it generously onto the sausage. Grate fresh Parmesan overtop and finish with torn fresh basil leaves. Ciao bello!

Chili dogs

Chili dog

This one is a for a wild mood because honestly, it’s messy. Best enjoyed next to a campfire, we make it easy with our heat-and-serve Beef Chili. Scoop big spoonfuls of the chili onto a chargrilled Mild Italian Sausage, then add a small handful each of shredded cheddar and chopped green onions.

Sausages topped with poutine

Poutine dog

For a Canadian twist on the over-the-top saucy sausage concept, roast or grill a savoury Oktoberfest Sausage®†, nestle it into a bun and spoon some hot Classic Poutine on top. Don’t skimp on the cheese curds and gravy! Keep a big stack of napkins handy though, eh?

Onion ring topped hot dog

BBQ ring-a-ding dog

If intense flavour is your mood, this sausage is your go-to. Start with a hot-off-the-grill Oktoberfest Sausage®†, then balance as many Onion Rings as you can on top. Sprinkle on chopped red onion and sliced jalapeno. Give it a last smoky-sweet flavour boost with a drizzle of Maple Bacon BBQ Sauce.

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