Slow cooker sausage and sauerkraut is a classic combination that’s extremely tasty. It requires very little prep, perfect if you’re low on time.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut

One of the best things about this dish is that it is very fulfilling and doesn’t need any side dishes. With that said, the sausage and sauerkraut go delicious in a freshly baked bread roll.

If you’re not a huge fan of sauerkraut, then you might want to check out some other sausage recipes for the slow cooker. For example, something like sausage and peppers will appeal to more people.

The type of sauerkraut you use can heavily impact the outcome of this dish. I recommend that you stick to your favorite brand of sauerkraut for the best results.

I mention in the cooking tips further down this page that you can use other types of sausage. I have seen people use German sausage or even Italian sausage. It’s up to you what you use, but I recommend using a smoked variety.

Sausage and Sauerkraut

You don’t need to have this dish with any extra side dishes and is perfect on its own. I do sometimes like to have it with some fresh bread so I can soak up all those tasty juices.

The leftovers of this dish are great the next day for lunch or dinner. It’s perfect cold, but you can heat the leftovers in the microwave, oven or over the stove. I love to have the leftovers inside a nice bread roll.

I have put together a video that goes through all the steps to making some sausage and sauerkraut in the slow cooker. You can find the video below and right underneath that is the full recipe.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut Recipe

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Prep time
15 Minutes
Cook time
6 Hours
Total time
6 Hours & 15 Minutes


  • 800g (1.8 lb) polish sausage, sliced into 1-2 cm (0.5-1 inch) pieces
  • 500g (1.1 lb) sauerkraut, drained
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup lager beer


  1. Add all the ingredients into a slow cooker and stir slightly.
  2. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  3. Serve & Enjoy

Cooking Tips

  • The polish sausage can be replaced with some regular pork sausages or Italian sausages. Both will work fine, but I highly recommend that you pick up some kielbasa.
  • If you’re not a fan of beer, then this can be swapped for something like chicken stock or water.
  • I recommend using a lager beer, but you can swap it to something more to your liking. Just keep in mind a heavier beer such as stout, may not work as nicely.
  • The brown sugar is important as it helps takes a bit of the bitterness away from the sauerkraut and beer.
  • If you're not a fan of sauerkraut, you can try replacing this with just regular cabbage. This substitution will make the dish less bitter and might appeal to more people.
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Nutritional Information

The nutritional information for this delicious slow cooker sausage and sauerkraut dish can be found right below.

The values below are only an estimate as I made use of an online tool to calculate them. Please also remember to add any extras that you might have with this dish.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 4 4
Servings Per Recipe: 393
Amount Per Serving
Calories 730 Calories from Fat 518.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57.6g 89%
Saturated Fat 20.7g 104%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 2140mg 89%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 30g 60%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Another sausage dish that you should try in your slow cooker is the sausage casserole. It’s packed with delicious vegetables and a ton of delicious beef sausages. Certainly, worth trying, especially if you need to feed a crowd.

I absolutely love this slow cooker sausage and sauerkraut recipe. It was a combination I wasn’t too sure on at first, but after the first taste, I was going back for seconds.  If you have any feedback, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.