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Knockwurst Sandwich on a tray with a pretzel bun and sauerkraut.
German Knockwurst Sandwich with Sauerkraut and Muenster Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Fried German knockwurst sausage is topped with melted cheese, sauerkraut, and a zippy horseradish sauce and then served on a garlic toasted pretzel roll.

Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: German Cuisine
Keyword: German sausage, German sausage sandwich, knockwurst recipe, knockwurst sandwich
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 758 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
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;
  1. 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;
  1. 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.

  2. Cut the sausages in half lengthwise. Remove the outer casing from the sausage.

  3. In a large skillet, brown the cut sausages on both sides.

  4. Place one slice of muenster cheese on the bottom bun, top with 2 cooked sausage halves, sauerkraut, and another slice of cheese.

  5. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven until the cheese is melted.

  6. Add the top bun and serve hot along with the prepared 1000 sauce for spreading, or dipping.

Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment;

small bowl, spoon, measuring spoons, measuring cups, large skillet, chef's knife, butter knife, baking sheet, baking rack (optional).

Nutrition Facts
German Knockwurst Sandwich with Sauerkraut and Muenster Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 758 Calories from Fat 621
% Daily Value*
Fat 69g106%
Saturated Fat 29g181%
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 1733mg75%
Potassium 353mg10%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 1330IU27%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 423mg42%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.