Hearty Bangers and Mash Recipe – An easy Brittish Comfort food

Hearty Bangers and Mash Recipe: Succulent sausages atop creamy mashed potatoes, drizzled with rich onion gravy. A comforting British classic. Ready in just 30 minutes!

A white bowl containing yukon Gold Mashed potatoes, onion ale gravy, and two sausages (bangers). A sausage is cut open revealing the inside

Savory, succulent sausages atop creamy mashed potatoes, bathed in a luscious onion-ale gravy. Elevate your comfort food game with this British classic dish – a symphony of flavors that’ll leave you craving more!

Ingredients for Bangers and Mash Recipe

Premium sausages, buttery potatoes, savory onions, and a medley of herbs and spices. Elevate your palate with our Bangers and Mash Recipe!

  • Milk: Adds creaminess to mashed potatoes, creating a smooth and velvety texture.
  • Butter: Enhances flavor and richness in both the mashed potatoes and the gravy, contributing to a luscious taste.
  • Potatoes: Yukon Gold Potatoes provide a hearty and buttery base for the dish, ensuring a satisfying and filling meal.
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste): Seasonings that elevate the overall flavor profile, bringing out the best in each component.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Acts as a thickening agent for the gravy, giving it a desirable consistency.
  • Onions: Adds depth and sweetness to the gravy, complementing the savory sausages.
  • Fresh Artisan Sausages: The star protein, contributes a rich and savory element to the dish.
  • Irish Ale: Infuses a unique and robust flavor, adding complexity to the dish. Any preferred brand or flavor can be used.
  • Water, Chicken, or Vegetable Stock: Creates a balanced and flavorful gravy, ensuring moisture and depth.
A pan of sausages that have been simmered in onion ale gravy

How to make Bangers and Mash Recipe

  1. Prepare the Potatoes: Mash boiled Yukon Gold potatoes with milk and butter.
  2. Sear fresh sausages.
  3. Prepare the gravy.
  4. Serve sausages on creamy mash, and top with onion gravy.
  5. Enjoy the perfect Bangers and Mash!

Why this recipe works

This Hearty Bangers and Mash Recipe works because it combines quality ingredients harmoniously. Creamy mashed potatoes, savory sausages, and a rich onion gravy create a balanced and satisfying dish. The infusion of Irish ale adds depth, making it a flavorful and comforting culinary experience. The step-by-step instructions ensure a successful execution, delivering a delicious Bangers and Mash that delights the senses.

Recipe tips and kitchen tricks

  1. Perfect Potatoes: Use Yukon Gold potatoes for a buttery texture in mashed potatoes. Boil until fork-tender for the ideal consistency.
  2. Sausage Sizzle: Sear fresh artisan sausages for a flavorful crust. This enhances the overall taste and adds a delightful depth to the dish.
  3. Gravy Mastery: When making the gravy, slowly incorporate Irish ale for a nuanced flavor. Simmer to let the ingredients meld, creating a rich and aromatic sauce.

Recipe Variations

  1. Vegetarian Twist: Substitute meat sausages with plant-based sausages.
  2. Spicy Kick: Opt for spicy sausages or add red pepper flakes to the mashed potatoes for heat.
  3. International Fusion: Experiment with different sausage flavors such as chorizo or bratwurst. Create a mushroom and onion gravy for a savory, vegetarian option. Use vegetable stock instead of Irish ale for a different flavor profile. Infuse the gravy with a dash of hot sauce or chili powder for an extra kick. Garnish with chopped jalapeños or fresh herbs for added spice. Replace Irish ale with a different type of beer or wine for a unique twist. Introduce global spices like cumin, coriander, or curry powder for an international flavor infusion.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Green Veggie Side: Serve Bangers and Mash alongside steamed broccoli, sautéed spinach, or a crisp green salad for a balanced and nutritious meal.
  2. Pickled Delights: Add a zing with pickled onions, gherkins, or sauerkraut on the side to complement the richness of the dish.
  3. Mustard Medley: Offer a variety of mustards like Dijon, whole grain, or spicy mustard for guests to customize and enhance the flavors.
  4. Soda Bread Basket: Include a basket of Soda Bread or rolls to mop up the delicious gravy and elevate the dining experience.
  5. Mashed Potato Upgrade: Experiment with flavored mashed potatoes, such as garlic-infused or cheesy variations, to add an extra layer of taste and excitement to the dish.
A bowl of bangers and mash in onon ale gravy

Storing, Freezing, and Reheating Instructions


  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly, within 2 hours of cooking.
  • Store mashed potatoes and sausages separately in airtight containers.
  • Gravy can be stored in a separate container.


  • Freeze mashed potatoes and sausages in freezer-safe bags or containers.
  • Gravy can be frozen in a separate container.
  • Label containers with the date for easy tracking.


  • Thaw frozen components in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Reheat mashed potatoes in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of milk for creaminess.
  • Sausages can be reheated in the oven or skillet until heated through.
  • Gently warm the gravy on the stovetop, adding a bit of water or stock if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of sausage?

Absolutely! Experiment with your favorite sausages—bratwurst, chorizo, or veggie sausages for a personalized touch.

What’s a good substitute for Irish ale?

Any beer or even beef/chicken broth works well. Choose a flavorful option to enhance the gravy.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, prepare components separately, store in the fridge, and assemble when ready. Reheat each element as needed.

How do I prevent mashed potatoes from becoming gluey?

Use Yukon Gold potatoes, avoid over-mixing, and add warm milk gradually. This ensures fluffy, non-sticky mashed potatoes.

Can I freeze the leftovers?

Certainly! Freeze components separately, and thaw/reheat following the provided instructions for a quick and convenient meal later on.

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Bangers and Mash with Irish Ale & Onion Gravy

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Bangers and Mash with Irish Ale and Onion Gravy is a very traditional and inexpensive Irish supper. This version uses is ready in just 30-minutes! That’s something to celebrate!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Irish
Servings 4 people
Calories 975 kcal


For the Mashed Potatoes:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 7 tbsp butter , divided
  • 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes , peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes
  • salt & pepper , to taste

For the Sausages and Gravy:

  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 onions , thinly sliced
  • 8 Fresh Artisan Sausages
  • 12 oz Irish ale , any flavor or brand you prefer
  • 1/2 cup water or vegetable stock
  • salt & pepper , to taste


  • In a large pot fitted with a lid, cover the potatoes in cool water and bring them to a boil. Starting in cold water allows for even cooking.
  • Meanwhile, in a 12-inch skillet, over medium-high heat, saute sausages for about 4 minutes. Turn them over and cook for an additional two minutes or until done. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a small pan or microwave safe bowl, gently warm the butter and milk but do not scald. This will be for the mashed potatoes. The warmed ingredients make light and fluffy mashed potatoes over gluey or pasty mashed potatoes.
  • Next, add two tablespoons of butter to the skillet and saute the onions until tender.
  • Next, form the roux by sprinkling flour over the onions and allowing it to coat the onions. Once it’s coated and begins to dissolve, add the vegetable stock and the beer to the pan and bring to the boil. This will boil off most of the alcohol leaving behind the rich, deep, flavor of the ale.
  • Add sausages back into the skillet while the sauce thickens.
  • Adjust your seasonings by adding salt and pepper according to your tastes and simmer on low, covered.
  • When the potatoes have become tender enough to easily be pierced by a fork, drain the water and mash to desired texture. Add in warmed butter and milk, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Taste and re-season as necessary.
  • As a garnish, you may choose to sprinkle parsley over the sausages and gravy for plating. This adds a beautiful brightness to the dish.


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Serving: 2sausages and 1/4 of the potatoes and gravy.Calories: 975kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 36gFat: 66gSaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 177mgSodium: 1422mgPotassium: 1949mgFiber: 9gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 835IUVitamin C: 44.1mgCalcium: 157mgIron: 13.2mg
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19 thoughts on “Hearty Bangers and Mash Recipe – An easy Brittish Comfort food”

  1. I quite like reading through an article that will make people think. Also, many thanks for allowing for me to comment!

  2. Made the onion gravy but used apple juice instead of ale. Used chicken and apple sausages and served with a side of kraut. Did I make your Irish dish German? Lmao!!

  3. This looks so good. I have never tried this before but I think it is going to be added to my list of foods to try! Pinned!!

  4. I just made bangers for the first this week and my family really, really like them! Your recipe looks so good I like the idea of the onion gravy!


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