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Knockwurst Sandwich on a tray with a pretzel bun and sauerkraut.
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4.28 from 11 votes

German Knockwurst Sandwich with Sauerkraut and Muenster Cheese

Fried German knockwurst sausage is topped with melted cheese, sauerkraut, and a zippy horseradish sauce and then served on a garlic toasted pretzel roll.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: German Cuisine
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 758kcal


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: 1sandwich | Calories: 758kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1733mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1330IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 423mg | Iron: 2mg