Deutsch: Lyoner / Español: Lyoner / Português: Lyoner / Français: Lyoner / Italiano: Lyoner

Lyoner refers to a type of sausage that originated in the Saarland region of Germany and is closely associated with French cuisine, particularly from the Lyon area. Known also as Fleischwurst, Lyoner is a finely ground sausage made from pork, and sometimes beef or veal, seasoned with various spices.


Lyoner sausage is typically pale in color and smooth in texture. It is encased in a large synthetic casing, which is not meant to be eaten. The sausage is cured, smoked, and fully cooked, making it ready to eat out of the package. It is commonly sliced and served cold in sandwiches or salads, and can also be included in stews or cooked dishes for added flavor.

The Secret

The secret of this delicate boiled sausage which allegedly originated in Lyon (hence, the name) are the specific herbs used and the special method of curing it. It is mostly used for cold cuts and eaten with bread or served grilled or fried. No matter if cold or hot, the "Lyoner" is part and parcel of cooking in the Saarland.

Application Areas

Lyoner is versatile in its culinary uses:

  • Sandwiches and Cold Cuts: Often served as a cold cut in sandwiches, on charcuterie boards, or as part of a cold platter with cheeses and other meats.
  • Salads: Sliced Lyoner can be added to salads for a protein boost.
  • Cooking: It can be diced and added to dishes such as casseroles, omelets, and pasta for added flavor.

Well-Known Examples

A common dish using Lyoner is the "Wurstsalat," a German sausage salad typically made with thinly sliced Lyoner, onions, vinegar, oil, and often pickles or capers.


Basic Wurstsalat Recipe: Ingredients:


  1. Prepare Ingredients: In a bowl, combine the thinly sliced Lyoner, onion, and pickles.
  2. Make Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, mustard, salt, pepper, and sugar until well blended.
  3. Combine and Marinate: Pour the dressing over the sausage mixture and toss to coat evenly. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Serve: Garnish with fresh parsley before serving, if using.


Lyoner is a popular type of sausage known for its delicate flavor and smooth texture, making it a versatile ingredient in various dishes, from cold cuts to cooked meals. Its readiness to eat and compatibility with different flavors make it a favorite in both simple home cooking and more elaborate culinary preparations.


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