How to Cook Sausage in the Oven

Learn how to make baked Italian sausages with this simple guide. It’s a quick, easy, and flavorful cooking method that leaves you with hearty and juicy sausages in 30 minutes or less!

When you’re craving perfectly cooked and ultra-juicy sausages, turn to the oven-baked method! This comprehensive guide teaches you how to cook sausage in the oven in 30 minutes or less. It’s a quick, simple, and hands-off cooking method that seals in the natural juices and works with almost every kind of sausage.

Sausages on baking sheet after cooking.

What kind of sausages are best for baking?

You can bake any type of sausage in the oven! I love this recipe with sweet Italian sausages because of their herbaceous and savory flavors. Spicy Italian sausages work just as well if you like a kick of heat! Both are delicious in sausage buns with condiments or sliced and mixed into Italian-inspired meals, like pasta and Sunday gravy, tortellini lasagna, and pumpkin pasta.

But this recipe isn’t only for Italian sausages! It works with practically any kind of sausage links you already love or have on hand, such as:

  • Chicken sausages
  • Bratwurst
  • Mexican chorizo
  • Kielbasa
  • Cajun sausages
  • Breakfast sausages
  • Smoked sausages

The only type of sausage that cannot be cooked in the oven is ground sausage. Instead, save the ground sausage for soups and stews, like Zuppa Toscana and this Hearty Italian Lentil Sausage Soup!

Raw sausaages on plate.

How to cook sausage in the oven

Baking sausages in the oven couldn’t be easier. This is all you need to do:

  1. Arrange the sausage links in a single layer on a foil or parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  2. Bake until the sausages are juicy and cooked through, flipping halfway through. 
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Tips and tricks

  • For a crispier exterior, finish the sausages under the broiler during the last 5 minutes of baking.
  • Always line your baking pan with foil or parchment paper. The lining makes cleaning up the sausage grease so much easier!
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the sausages are cooked all the way through. Italian sausages are safe to eat when their internal temperature reaches 160ºF. Chicken or turkey sausages should be cooked to 165ºF.
Raw sausages on baking sheet.

Serving suggestions

Baked Italian sausages are a fantastic summer dinner or add-in to other recipes! These are just a few delicious ways to enjoy them:

Cooked sausages on sheet pan with parchment.

FAQs

How long do you cook sausages in the oven at 400ºF?

One package of Italian sausages should only take between 20 to 25 minutes to roast in the oven. Smaller links, like breakfast sausages, will take even less time.

Can you bake frozen sausages in the oven?

You can definitely cook frozen sausages in the oven, but it’s best to thaw them in the fridge before baking for even cooking.

Do you need to pierce the sausage skin?

No! Piercing the sausage skin with a knife or fork will cause the natural meaty juices to leak even more as they bake, which could leave you with dry sausages.

Wine pairings for oven-baked sausages

Stick to these wine pairings when serving your Italian-baked sausages:

  • The earthy flavors in Italian sausage pair perfectly with medium-bodied, rustic wines, like Chianti, Cotes du Rhone, and Sangiovese.
Sausages on serving platter.

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Sausages on baking sheet after cooking.

How to Cook Sausage in the Oven

Learn how to cook Italian sausages in the oven with this simple guide. It’s a quick, easy, and flavorful cooking method that leaves you with hearty and juicy sausages in 30 minutes or less!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 package sweet Italian sausage (or other favorite sausages)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, if desired.
  • Arrange sausages on the baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping sausages halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy!
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Equipment

Foil
Parchment Paper

Nutrition

Serving: 1link | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 610mg

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