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Bangers and mash with onion gravy

Bangers and mash with onion gravy

Sausage and Mash with Onion Gravy

Bangers and mash with onion gravy is a very typical British or Irish meal that you will find traditionally served up in many pubs across the British Isles. It is one of the many British comfort food recipes I have on this site.

I have listed a few more at the end of the post.

What is bangers and mash you may ask?

Bangers’ are of course ‘sausages’ and ‘mash’ is ‘mashed potato’. I understand the word ‘banger’ comes from when there were meat shortages during the war and the high water content led to the sausages popping away during cooking!

Contrary to popular belief, you should NOT prick your sausages before cooking. It will just release the fat and reduce the taste. If you are worried about fat content, then buy lean sausages.

This is obviously a very simple dish, which needs the onion gravy to keep it moist, as it could be too dry without. The trick is, of course, to find a fantastic sausage to make this a classic.

International Sausages

Nearly every country has its own types of sausage. Germans have their bratwurst and Knackwurst.

Italians have their salami and other dried sausage. The Dutch have their Braadworst and Rookworst.

The Americans have their pepperoni and hot dogs. The list goes on. Probably most would be good served up with mash.

It is just one of those combinations of foods that are meant to be together.

bangers and mashed potatoes

Bangers and mash with onion gravy

British sausages

This recipe works when you can get a good juicy British or Irish sausage to go with the mash. When you get a tasty one, really it cannot be beaten. Super British comfort food.

There are many different types of sausages in Britain. When I lived in the Netherlands I used to import sausages in a coolbox in the car when we travelled back to the UK.

We would always try and bring back as much as possible and freeze them, as the good old English Bangers just were not available in Holland.

british bangers and mash recipe


We used to get our sausages from one of the most famous sausage shops in the South of England: Kennedy’s.

Sadly Kennedy’s went bust a bit more than 10 years ago under competition from the supermarkets and rising costs. Their sausages were just fantastic and difficult to match.

These days however you can still get some tasty sausages in the good supermarkets if you shop around, or perhaps your local butcher does his own?

bangers and mash onion gravy

Here in Ireland, we are lucky to get a very good lean Irish Pork sausage. In England you will find a wide variety of flavoured English sausages: pork and leek, pork and spring onion, pork and apple, Cumberland sausage, honey and mustard, pork and thyme, garlic and basil, to name but a few.

And then there is venison sausage, beef sausage, chicken sausage. The combinations are endless for a variety of sausage dishes.

I recommend finding a flavour you like which will greatly enhance your eating pleasure. In these photos, we had a mix of pork and spring onion and Cumberland sausages, from Tescos which were very tasty.

The mashed potato recipe you can find in the link. The recipe below is really just for cooking the sausage and making the bangers and mash gravy.

I hope you enjoy it!

How to make Bangers and mash with Onion Gravy

Bangers and Mash with onion gravy

Bangers and mash with onion gravy

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This is traditional British comfort food - a sausage and mash recipe with an onion gravy that you will repeat over and over. Good at any time of the year, as long as you find some tasty sausages!


  • Sufficient tasty lean sausages to suit your taste and appetite
  • One large onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 beef OXO cube
  • 1 tbsp Bisto beef gravy granules
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce


  1. Make the mash according to this recipe.
  2. Fry the sausages in a pan being careful not to burn them and turning them regularly. Cook until all sides are nicely browned and they have been properly cooked, probably about 20 minutes.
  3. Add the onion to another skillet and gently fry in some oil until soft. Add the sugar, stir into the onion and let the onion caramelize. 
  4. Then add the OXO cube and two cups of water from the boiling potatoes into the skillet and let it come to the boil and let it simmer. 
  5. Then add the gravy granules, the Worcester sauce and the mustard to the pan. Stir well and let it simmer and let the gravy thicken. Season to suit.
  6. Add water to maintain the right consistency and amount.


What to serve with bangers and mash

Serve the bangers on top of the mash, with the onion gravy in a gravy jug. You could also serve up with some cranberry sauce, to add some sweet taste, or alternatively some mustard on the side if you prefer savoury.

You could also serve up with some sweet tasty petit pois. Up to you!

Best Mashed Potato Recipe
Mashed Parsnips

Some other British comfort food recipes:

Traditional Cottage Pie Recipe
Beef in Beer Stew, Slow Cooked
Sausage Casserole in the Oven

or these:

Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie
Healthy Fish Pie



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