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German Knockwurst Sausage Sandwich

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This copycat German knockwurst sandwich is my version of a terrific sausage sandwich I’d had while on vacation in Northern Wisconsin.

An open face German knockwurst sandwich with melted cheese and sauerkraut on a tray with chips.

I loved the German sausage sandwich I had SO much, I had it twice during the six days we were on vacation.

And after that first bite, I knew I wanted to replicate it as soon as possible when we got home…so I did!

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My Kudos Kitchen copycat version of their knockwurst sandwich is just as delicious as I remember the original sandwich tasting, and now I can eat one whenever I want, without having to travel 6 hours to get one!! 

The video below is another popular Kudos Kitchen German recipe I know you’ll also enjoy!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making this knockwurst sandwich is available near the end of this post. OR click on the “jump to recipe” button (below) to be taken directly to the recipe. 

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Enjoy the delicious TASTE OF GERMANY delivered straight to your home!

Vertical title text collage image of a knockwurst sandwich with melted Muenster cheese and sauerkraut.

The ingredients list:

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Below is the photo I took at the Northern Wisconsin Pub (Otto’s Beer and Brat Garden) of the knockwurst sandwich I had had.

I don’t always take photos of my food at restaurants unless I’m on vacation, or unless it’s something I want to try and recreate.

This time, this sandwich ticked both of those boxes!

In the following photo from Otto’s, you’ll notice they served their sandwich with super crispy kettle chips, and a side of thousand islands dressing.

I wanted to mimic the entire gastronomic experience, so I did the same. Sadly, I forgot the pickle spear. 🙁

Overhead photo of a Knockwurst sandwich on a pretzel roll.

Below is my Kudos Kitchen knockwurst sausage sandwich version.

German sausage sandwich on a tray with a German vase in the background with pinecones.

What if I don’t have, or don’t like knockwurst? Can I substitute another type of sausage?

  • By all means, substitute any type of sausage you like. Bratwurst, smoked sausage, Polish sausage, and even hot dogs would be a great substitution.
  • I suggest, however, if using bratwurst to cook it first, slice it lengthwise and then pan fry it to get the maximum flavor, just like with the knockwurst.

My local grocery store doesn’t carry knockwurst. Where can I purchase it?

I purchased mine at our local butcher shop but sadly, they don’t ship.

You can, however, purchase knockwurst sausage through I’m leaving the affiliate link in the ingredient list.

What if I don’t like sauerkraut? What then?

Well, since this sandwich is all about Oktoberfest, I would suggest you only add a tiny bit, and then get over it. Just kidding (sort of).

OR, what about using coleslaw as a substitution? It will be a completely different sandwich as far as taste, but still tasty none the less!

For additional German recipes, please click on the following titles for;

*German Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich) – (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen A yeasted cake with a beautiful texture, fantastic honey flavor (hence the name), a beautifully caramelized almond topping, not to mention a thick, creamy vanilla filling. It’s honestly the best cake I think I’ve ever made, and it’s a recipe I’m super excited to share it with you!

Vertical closeup image of a German bee sting cake with honeyed almonds and a cream filling on a glass cake stand.

*Homemade German Pretzels from West Via Midwest

*German Onion Soup with Bratwurst (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen “German Onion Soup has plenty of caramelized onions, beer, bratwurst and pretzel roll croutons which will soon become a family favorite! Surprise! I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming.

A bowl of German onion soup with cheese on top and a glass of beer in the background.

*Rye Sourdough Spaetzle from The Good Hearted Woman

*German Meatballs with Caraway Cream Mushroom Sauce (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen “My love of German flavors and ingredients was the original inspiration for this dish of Hearty German Meatballs with Caraway Mushroom Cream Sauce. It’s a delicious comfort-food recipe, with a German twist.

Closeup vertical photo of a bowl of German meatballs with a large spoon and parsley.

*German Onion Pie from An Affair from the Heart

*Slow Cooker German Pork Ribs and Sauerkraut (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen “Nothing speaks to the flavors of a German dinner more than pork and sauerkraut. This easy recipe for German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the slow cooker brings the family to the dinner table with a minimum of effort.”

Closeup photo of a bowl of German Pork Ribs and Sauerkraut with carrots and mushrooms

*German Brat Bites (pictured below and the featured video) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen “Easy Bratwurst Bites Wrapped in Crescent Dough with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce are just the thing to serve during a party or for tailgating. They’re also super simple to make and everybody loves them!”

Overhead photo of a tray of bratwurst bites wrapped with crescent rolls and topped with poppy seeds.

*German Knockwurst Sandwich (pictured below)…This is the place!

What is the difference between a knockwurst and a hot dog?

They’re actually very similar except that a knockwurst is sometimes shorter in length and wider in width.

Knockwurst is also typically made with better cuts of meat than your standard run-of-the-mill hot dog.

What is the difference between knockwurst and bratwurst?

Knockwurst is made mainly out of pork and veal and is heavily flavored with garlic.

Bratwurst is made out of pork and beef and without the garlic.

What is the difference between knockwurst and knackwurst?

Only the spelling! LOL 😉

Overhead photo of a knockwurst sausage recipe on a pretzel roll with melted cheese, sauerkraut, chips, and sauce.

How to make this recipe:

  • In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, ketchup, sweet relish, prepared horseradish, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Chill until ready to serve.
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  • Butter both sides of pretzel rolls and sprinkle with garlic powder.
  • Bake the rolls in a preheated 350-degree oven until crisp. Approximately 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • Slice the knockwurst sausage in half lengthwise and fry them in a skillet with until browned on both sides.
  • Remove the skin from the sausage after cooking.
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  • Place sliced Munster cheese on the bottom buttered bun.
  • Top with 2 browned sausage halves, and a liberal helping of sauerkraut.
  • Top with additional Munster cheese and bake in a preheated oven until the cheese has melted.
  • Top the sandwich with the pretzel roll top, and serve with the 1000 islands dressing, and chips if desired.
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Closeup photo of a knockwurst sausage sandwich with sauerkraut and melted cheese on a pretzel roll.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for today’s Knockwurst Sandwich with Sauerkraut & Muenster Cheese

Knockwurst Sandwich on a tray with a pretzel bun and sauerkraut.

German Knockwurst Sandwich with Sauerkraut and Muenster Cheese

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Fried German knockwurst sausage is topped with melted cheese, sauerkraut, and a zippy horseradish sauce and then served on a garlic toasted pretzel roll.
4.28 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine German Cuisine
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 758 kcal


For the German sausage sandwich;

  • 4 knockwurst cut in half lengthwise
  • 4 pretzel rolls
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup sauerkraut
  • 8 slices Muenster cheese
  • ½ cup mayonnaise

To make the 1000 islands sauce;

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch black pepper


To make the 1000 islands sauce;

  • In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle relish, horseradish, smoked paprika, and black pepper. Chill until ready to serve.

To prepare the sausage sandwich;

  • Spread the softened butter on both cut sides of the pretzel rolls and sprinkle with garlic powder.
    Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven until golden and crispy (approximately 7 – 10 minutes, watching carefully). Remove.
  • Cut the sausages in half lengthwise. Remove the outer casing from the sausage.
  • In a large skillet, brown the cut sausages on both sides.
  • Place one slice of muenster cheese on the bottom bun, top with 2 cooked sausage halves, sauerkraut, and another slice of cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven until the cheese is melted.
  • Add the top bun and serve hot along with the prepared 1000 sauce for spreading, or dipping.


Tools and equipment;
small bowl, spoon, measuring spoons, measuring cups, large skillet, chef’s knife, butter knife, baking sheet, baking rack (optional).


Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 758kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 22gFat: 69gSaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 1733mgPotassium: 353mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1330IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 423mgIron: 2mg
Keyword German sausage, German sausage sandwich, knockwurst recipe, knockwurst sandwich
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Thank you so much for visiting me here today in my Kudos Kitchen! 

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s German knockwurst sausage sandwich as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Vertical image of a knockwurst sausage sandwich on a tray with sauce in the foreground and a German figurine in the background.

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Recipe Rating


Monday 3rd of August 2020

I used bottled 1000 island dressing and havarti cheese and cooked entirely on the grill. So delicious!! Will definitely make again!


Monday 3rd of August 2020

That sounds incredible!! I’d like one right now, Nancy!


Thursday 12th of September 2019

This is a mouthwatering post from beginning to end!! It just got bumped to the top of my "must try" list!


Thursday 12th of September 2019

Good call, Beth! It's a winner for sure. Enjoy! Renee


Thursday 12th of September 2019

I'm so pumped for Oktoberfest, but I've never had knockwurst before. What type of sausage is it exactly tysm


Thursday 12th of September 2019

Hi, Cindy! A knockwurst is like a shorter, fatter hot dog but with better cuts of meat...and garlic!! Happy Oktoberfest. Enjoy! Renee


Wednesday 31st of October 2018

I just tried this recipe over the weekend and I was SO happy with it!!!! Thank you for sharing!


Monday 5th of November 2018

That is wonderful. Thanks so much for letting me know! Have a great day!


Friday 26th of October 2018

WOW this looks amazing!! I don't know what I'm more excited about: that cheese or the pretzel bun!! I can't wait to try it out. Thank you so much for sharing!


Friday 26th of October 2018

I know you'll love this sandwich, Miranda. Enjoy!