Homemade Merguez Sausages

homemade merguez sausages served on a flatbread with yogurt, tomato, onion and herbs

Homemade merguez sausages are full of attitude thanks to the harissa, paprika, garlic and other spices with which theyʼre made. Merguez are a powerhouse of spicy lamb making them one of the tastiest sausages around.

homemade merguez sausages ingredients laid out ready to mix

Merguez are found all over North Africa and are hugely popular in France. Itʼs really easy to make up the mixture and serve them with our mint and lemon yogurt. Yum!

homemade merguez sausages ingredients in a glass bowl ready to mix
ready to mix

We love to make this using lamb mince (ground) and we will often make up a mix for barbequing. Grab a heap of friends and flatbreads, some red onion, mint, olives, tomato,……and let everyone help themselves. Too easy!

Prepare ahead

Today we have rolled these and let them hang out in the fridge overnight (optional) to let the flavour develop further, a quick panfry, then oven baked.

homemade merguez sausages oven baked on alfoil in a baking tray with fat and pan drippings
straight from the oven


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What’s your favourite mince (ground meat) recipe? We would love to hear from you in the comments below when you make these delicious, spicy homemade merguez sausages.

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Homemade Merguez Sausages

  • Author: Recipe Winners, recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes plus refrigeration time
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 sausages


Homemade merguez sausages are full of flavour thanks to the harissa, garlic and loads of spices.


  • 500 g (1 pound) lamb mince (ground) 20% fat
  • 2 fat cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons harissa paste 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and lightly crushed 
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds, toasted and lightly crushed
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, toasted and lightly crushed
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 80 g (2 1/2 ounces) fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • put all ingredients into a large bowl
  • using your hands mix until combined
  • shape sausages into eight 10 cm ( 4 inch) pieces
  • refrigerate the mixture for half an hour or overnight for the flavours to marry
  • preheat oven to 200 c (390 f)
  • heat a frypan on medium-high heat and fry sausages for 2-3 minutes until brown all over
  • transfer sausages to a small tray and bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through
  • serve and enjoy!
  • Category: meat and chicken
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: North African

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