Lorne sausage

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Square sausage (lower right) served with black pudding, baked beans, mushrooms and fried bread

The lorne sausage, also known as square sausage, slice sausage or a flat sausage, is a traditional Scottish food usually made from ground meat and rusk. It is commonplace in traditional Scottish breakfasts and is said to originate in Lorne, Argyll.


The exact origins of the sausage remain unclear, however the lorne sausage remains a favourite in Scottish cooked breakfasts and is often eaten in the Scottish variant of the full breakfast or in a breakfast roll. The sausage is also an appropriate size to make a sandwich using one or two slices from a plain loaf of bread.[1]

In 2009 there was a campaign to grant protected status to the lorne sausage, meaning it could only bear the name 'lorne sausage' if it was made in Scotland.[2]


Sausage meat – which is a mixture of pork and beef – is minced and then mixed with rusk and spices and is set in a rectangular cuboid tin. Once set, it is sliced into pieces generally about 10 cm square by about 1 cm thick.[3] The sausage is rarely a perfect square given the minced state of the meat. Unlike other forms of traditional sausage, square sausage is not encased in anything and needs to be tightly packed into a mould to hold it together.[1]


There are two main theories as to where the name of the sausage originates:

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  1. ^ a b c d "Lorne Sausage, Argyll". Information Britain. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bid to protect the square sausage". www.bbc.co.uk/news. British Broadcasting Corporation. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lorne Sausage". http://www.dsl.ac.uk. Dictionary of the Scots Language. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ The History of the Square Sausage