Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns

Friday 5 November 2021

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns

This is a delicious twist on the traditional hot dog.  Perfect for bonfire night or any other night!  Quick and easy to do as well! 

In the UK you will find that any type of sausage, smoked or otherwise, tucked into a bun is called a hot dog.  😲  

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns


I suppose when you get right down to it, its all open to interpretation. Having said that however, being brought up in North America, a hot dog is a very different thing than merely any old sausage in a bun.

A hot dog is a frankfurter type of sausage, in or out of the bun. 

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 
I remember not too long after moving to the UK being down in London. We spied a "Hot Dog" cart on one of the streets and I was so excited to see it.

I could not wait to tuck into what I thought was going to be my definition of a Hot Dog. Oh my, how very disappointed I was when I got it.  😪 

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 
It was a sausage, and not a very nice one, tucked into a cheap roll.  I was so disappointed. So, so, SO disappointed.

I have never been able to bring myself to call a sausage in a bun a hot dog.  To me, no matter how tasty it is, it will always be a sausage in a bun, and I hope I don't insult any British by saying that, because I do not mean to do so!

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 
Tonight is Bonfire Night in the UK and all over the country people will be tucking into meals just like this one I am sharing with you today, Friday or not!

Bonfire night is THE night to enjoy bangers/sausages, hot drinks, hokey pokey and the like.  The recipe which I am sharing with you today was adapted by one I found on Good Food.

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 

When I lived in the UK, one of the first cooking magazines I subscribed to (and they do them VERY well) was the BBC Good Food Magazine.  I also used to watch all of their cooking shows and had several of their cookery books.

For the most part, their recipes were really wonderful and reliable.  But then again, you would expect nothing less from the BBC.

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 
I also used to go to the Good Food show in London every year when we were living down South. It was the ultimate experience in food for foodies!

There were hundreds of booths and displays, most with samples to try and to buy, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live entertainment, wine and drink, etc.  They were a fabulously fun and tasty day out.  

This is a photograph of me with Jean Christophe Novelli at one of the shows. That was the thrill of my life getting to meet him.  

Through the years I also got to meet Curtis Stone, Jamie Oliver, James Martin, Paul Rankin, and a few others, not to name drop or anything. 

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 
But back to these tasty sausage buns!  What you have here are grilled sausages on a bed of caramelized onions, with a honey and Dijon mustard cheese melted over top.

All tucked into a toasty brioche bun.  Can you say scrummy?  I hope so because they truly are! 

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 

Very simple ingredients and very few ingredients! 

  • Emmental cheese (this is a swiss type of cheese. You can also use Gruyere)
  • Strong Cheddar cheese ( use a good one, strong is the same as sharp)
  • Grainy Dijon mustard
  • Liquid honey (use a nicely flavored one)
  • Onions ( I used large cooking onions)
  • butter
  • 4 meaty banger type of sausages
  • 4 brioche style hot dog rolls 

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 

Lets talk sausages here, and about what constitutes a good sausage. In the UK they have some of the very best sausages in the world.  Meaty and rich flavored, so long as you buy a quality one.

Like anywhere in the world, there are also some pretty cheap and nasty ones. Its as simple as getting what you pay for. If you don't want to spend a bit more, you will always end up with something of substandard quality. 

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 

A good sausage should be rich and meaty, plump and juicy, with not a lot of fillers and a skin that snaps when you bite into it.

Here in Canada I favor the PC Free From Bangers.  They are quite simply the best in my opinion, or at least that I have tasted so far.  Not too fatty with a nice skin and tasty filling, without a lot of fillers. 

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 


Caramelized onions were my addition to this recipe. I adore caramelized onions and they work very well here.  There is a huge difference between grilled onions and caramelized onions. 

Grilled onions, delicious in their own right are cooked in fat over a high heat.  Caramelized onions are cooked much slower over a lower heat, which helps to really develop and bring out their natural sugars. 

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 

You want to use a good sweet cooking onion. I like to cut them in half lengthwise, peel and then cut them crosswise into 1/4-inch wide half moons.

I melt some butter in a skillet over medium low heat. Once the butter begins to foam I add the onions.  It will look like a lot, but onions tend to shrink by about half in cooking.  

You will need to keep moving them around in the pan with a wooden spoon so that they don't burn. Onions do naturally contain a lot of sugar and this lends them to becoming burnt very easily.

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 

At first they will appear soft and translucent, but keep going.  Eventually they will begin to turn into that lovely golden brown color we all know and love as being caramelized.

I could eat a plate of caramelized onions and nothing else!  They are also good in grilled cheese sandwiches, quiches, tarts, etc.  They are also an essential element in a good French Onion Soup

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns 


There is nothing complicated here.  Grilled sausages.  Caramelized onions, tucked into a toasted bun and topped with a lush honey, grainy mustard and cheese mixture.  Popped beneath a hot grill until the cheese melts and gets golden brown. 

Ooey, gooey, deliciousness in a bun.  You can't beat it!

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns

I served mine with a few crisp crinkled salted potato chips on the side for a really delicious, yet very simple supper.

These would also go well with cups of hot soup.  

One thing is for certain and that is that your family is sure to fall in love with these easy and delicious sausages in the bun.  Not a hog dog, but a tasty and succulent, crisp skinned sausage in a bun.

What's not to love!

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns

Cheese, Onion & Honey Mustard Sausage Buns

Yield: 4
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min
These easy grilled sausage in the buns with their fried onion base and honey mustard cheese toppings make an excellent mid-week supper!


  • 2 ounces (50g) grated Swiss cheese
  • 2 ounces (50g) grated strong Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 TBS liquid honey
  • 4 fat banger type of sausages
  • 4 Brioche hot dog rolls
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 TBS butter


  1. First prep and cook your onions. Peel the onions and cut them in half. Cut crosswise into half moons.  Heat the butter in a skillet until it begin to foam. Add the onions and cook, over medium low heat, stirring frequently until they are golden brown and beginning to caramelize. Scoop the onions out and keep them warm.
  2. Brown the sausages in the same pan as you cooked the onions in, turning them frequently.  Cook until they are cooked through the middle and no longer pink.  Keep warm.
  3. Mix the cheeses, honey and mustard together in a small bowl.
  4. Preheat the grill/broiler to high.
  5. Toast the buns on the cut side.
  6. Place 1/4th of the onions on the cut sides of each bun. Top with one sausage each and then 1/4th of the cheese mixture.  Pop under the grill for 1 to 2 minutes until the cheese has melted and is bubbling.
  7. Serve hot with your favorite sides and condiments.
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  1. These sure look delicious. I've put PC Bangers on my grocery list. These will be perfect for Saturday night's dinner with some baked beans. Have a good Friday. Love and hugs, Elaine

    1. Oh, you are in for a real treat Elaine! I hope you and Larry enjoy them! Love the idea of having them with baked beans! Love and hugs, xoxo

  2. I'm sure lots of these will be gobbled up all over the UK today.

    It always interests me how different cultures name food and like you I've experienced disappointment at being served something that I had anticipated being a particular thing, but finding it was something quite different in another country. I think the weirdest thing was ordering an iced coffee in Singapore and being served a cold cup of black coffee with an ice cube in it!

    In Australia, hot dogs were as you described them in North America - a frankfurter type of sausage in a bun. I can't recall that we ever had this British variation of a regular snag in a bun. "Sausage Sizzles" are very popular in Australia and they are ordinary sausages, cooked on a bbq, but we put them on a slice of white bread, add onions and ketchup and fold them into a triangle to eat. No bun as far as I can remember.

    1. Your Sausage Sizzles sound good Marie! I know people in the UK love either red sauce (ketchup) or brown sauce (HP) on their sausage butties! I can't get over the idea of drinking an iced coffee myself, but I do love an iced cappuccino! Weird that! xoxo

  3. Hi Marie, being a born and bred brit, I can only apologise at the awful experience you had.
    I myself would consider hotdogs to be a frankfurter in a long hot dog bun also, but I'm very picky with my frankfurters and only buy vaccumed packed ones from the chilled section in the supermarket.
    My favourite way to eat 'real sausages' is to cook, then slice each sausage lengthways, lay them flat on to toasted sliced white bread with a bit of ketchup!
    As a tradition of mine for bonfire night, i will be making your world's best gingerbread cake, traditionally in the UK it would be parkin cake but your is just too good!
    Thankyou Marie for posting as often as you do, your my go to blog everyday : )

    1. That's how I love to enjoy a sausage butty also Faye! But I prefer brown sauce on mine. I have never liked ketchup with bread of any kind! Happy Bonfire night! I hope you enjoy the cake! I will miss seeing all of the bonfire and firework displays this year! My friend Carolyn and her family always put on a spectacular one in their back garden. The price of admission, one large firework. In return all the good food and company you could want to enjoy! xoxo

  4. Not being able to cope with the concept of any sausage in a bun being referred to as a hot dog, my husband learned to be specific in order to get what he wanted, we now have hot dogs and sausage dogs! Took a bit of training though

  5. Hope you can find some fireworks and bonfires online to watch in the warm

  6. How wonderful that you were able to meet so many chefs, and that Good Food Show sounds amazing! Cute photo!


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