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How To Reheat Sausage Rolls [I Test 4 Methods]

Sausage rolls are always best freshly baked. I’m sure we can all agree on that. But sometimes, you just end up with a few more than you bargained for (looking at you, Greggs free sausage roll offer).

If this is you, you may be wondering what the best way of reheating sausage rolls is. 

I have experimented with several different reheat techniques to find out what method delivers the flakiest, most flavourful reheated sausage roll.

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What’s the best way to reheat a sausage roll? The best way to reheat a sausage roll is in an air fryer. Preheat your air fryer to 180°C (350°F). Next, place your sausage rolls at least 1 inch apart in the air fryer basket. Reheat the sausage rolls for approximately 6-8 minutes, depending on the quantity being prepared.

A note about my experiment

I purchased a few sausage rolls from my local bakery and stored them overnight to conduct the reheating experiments the following day.

I have based my verdict on the following:

  • How flakey the crust/pastry turns out
  • Any flavor loss
  • The ease of reheating (no one wants a 10-step process to get a sausage roll hot again!)

Reheating sausage rolls in the oven

To reheat sausage rolls in the oven, place them on an oven-safe wire rack. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and cook the sausage rolls for 8-10 minutes. The sausage rolls need to be reheated to an internal temperature of 74°C (165°F) to be safe to eat.

How to reheat sausage rolls in the oven:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Place the sausage rolls on a wire rack.
  3. Reheat the sausage rolls for 8-10 minutes or until piping hot.
  4. Serve immediately.

Note – I tested using foil to cover the sausage roll and reheating a sausage roll without foil. I do not recommend using foil as it prevents the pastry from regaining any flakiness.

Verdict

Using the oven is a reliable, easy way of getting hot, flakey sausage rolls. The only issue you may encounter is a soggy bottom. To combat this, I placed the sausage roll on a wire rack.

The oven reheating method is also great if you have a lot of sausage rolls to heat up in one go.

Reheating sausage rolls in the air fryer

To reheat sausage rolls in the air fryer, start by preheating it to 180°C (350°F). Next, place your sausage rolls at least 1 inch apart in the air fryer basket. Reheat the sausage rolls for approximately 6-8 minutes, depending on the quantity being prepared.

How to reheat sausage rolls in the air fryer:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Place the sausage rolls in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they have 1” space between each roll.
  3. Reheat the sausage rolls for 6-8 minutes or until they’re piping hot.
  4. Reheat sausage rolls to a minimum internal temperature of 74°C (165°F) to be safe to eat.
  5. Serve immediately.

Verdict

The air fryer blows the competition out of the water when it comes to reviving leftover sausage rolls. It managed to deliver an extremely flakey pastry – nearly as close to when the sausage roll was first baked.

The only downside to the air fryer is that it can’t reheat many sausage rolls at once. So if you have a large batch, the oven will be more convenient. (plus the fact not everyone has one)

Reheating sausage rolls in the microwave

To reheat sausage rolls in the microwave, place them on a microwave-safe plate and cover them with a dry paper towel. Microwave each sausage roll on full power for 40-60 seconds, or until piping hot. For best results, let the reheated sausage rolls rest for one minute before serving.

How to reheat sausage rolls in the microwave:

  1. Place the sausage rolls on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a dry paper towel.
  2. Microwave each sausage roll on full power for 40-60 seconds, or until piping hot.
  3. Reheat sausage rolls to a minimum internal temperature of 74°C (165°F) to be safe to eat.
  4. Let the sausage rolls rest for one minute before serving immediately.

Verdict

I’m not a fan of the microwave at the best of times, so it may come as no surprise that it was pretty disappointing at reheating sausage rolls.

The sausage roll was soggy, limp, and just a bit lifeless. If you’re hoping for a secret trick to stop this from happening in the microwave, I’m afraid I don’t have one.

The dry paper towel is supposed to trap excess steam before it settles back on the pastry, making it soggy. But in reality, it doesn’t help enough to make a noticeable difference.

The microwave is still completely safe to use, but I would only recommend it when you don’t have access to any other reheating device. 

Heck, I would prefer a cold sausage roll to one reheated in the microwave. But that’s just me. Do you enjoy microwaved sausage rolls? Let me know in the comments.

How to reheat Greggs sausage rolls & vegan sausage rolls

To reheat a Greggs sausage roll, preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Next, place the sausage roll on a parchment-paper-lined baking tray. Reheat the Greggs sausage roll for approximately 8-10 minutes or until it’s piping hot. This method also works for Greggs vegan sausage rolls.

How to store sausage rolls

Sausage rolls are best stored in an airtight container with a paper towel to absorb excess grease and moisture. Keep the sausage rolls refrigerated, where they will be good for up to 3 days. For longer-term storage, you can freeze the sausage rolls, where they’ll last for up to 3 months.

Freezing and defrosting sausage rolls

You can freeze sausage rolls to extend their shelf life. The primary consideration when freezing sausage rolls is freezer burn. The following steps aim to minimise freezer burn so the sausage rolls can be preserved without any degradation in quality.

How to freeze sausage rolls:

  1. Tightly wrap each individual sausage roll in cling film.
  2. Place the individually wrapped sausage rolls in a large freezer bag.
  3. Remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag. A straw works well for this.
  4. Freeze the sausage rolls for up to 3 months.
  5. To defrost a sausage roll, simply leave it in the fridge overnight. 
  6. Alternatively, you can reheat sausage rolls straight from frozen. Simply increase the cooking times by 50%.

How to reheat mini sausage rolls

Reheating mini sausage rolls is exactly the same as reheating regular-sized rolls. Simply reduce the cooking times slightly to account for their smaller size. See my notes on how to reheat mini sausage rolls above.

Can you reheat sausage rolls more than once?

Sausage rolls can technically be reheated multiple times, as long as the correct food handling procedures have been followed. However, the quality of the sausage roll is likely to suffer after being reheated once, so it’s best to avoid reheating multiple times where possible. 

It’s also worth noting that the Food Standards Agency only recommends reheating leftovers once.

How long do sausage rolls last?

  • Stored in the fridge, a sausage roll can last up to 3 days.
  • Stored in the freezer, a sausage roll can last up to 3 months.
  • At room temperature, a sausage roll will last up to 2 hours before being classed as unsafe to eat.

The above timelines also apply for sausage rolls sold by Greggs and Morrisons.

Can you eat a sausage roll left out overnight?

Simply put, no, you should not eat a sausage roll if it has been left at room temperature overnight. Sausage meat is only safe to consume if left at room temperature for a maximum of 2 hours. If in doubt, throw it out.

The BEST Way To Reheat Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls are always best freshly baked. I’m sure we can all agree on that. But sometimes, you just end up with a few more than you bargained for (looking at you, Greggs free sausage roll offer).
If this is you, you may be wondering what the best way of reheating sausage rolls is.
I have experimented with several different reheat techniques to find out what method delivers the flakiest, most flavourful reheated sausage roll.
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Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 1 person
Calories 328 kcal

Equipment

Air fryer

Ingredients
 

  • 1 unit sausage roll
  • 1 spray cooking oil optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 180°C (350°F).
  • Place the sausage rolls in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they have 1” space between each roll.
  • Reheat the sausage rolls for 6-8 minutes or until they’re piping hot.
  • Reheat sausage rolls to a minimum internal temperature of 74°C (165°F) to be safe to eat.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

If you don’t have an air fryer, don’t worry. Just see the oven reheating notes in the post above (it’s nearly as good!).

Nutrition

Serving: 103gCalories: 328kcal
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