Scotch Eggs


Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs
20 Min

Did you know that many picnic baskets in the United Kingdom often include Scotch Eggs? That's cause they're an easy and tasty go-along. Our version of Scotch Eggs, made with ground beef instead of sausage, are a great variation that can be enjoyed anytime. (Don't forget the mustard sauce!)

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine beef, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; mix well. Shape mixture into 4 patties.
  3. Place a hard-boiled egg on each patty and carefully shape the meat around the egg. Pinch the seams together, making sure to seal all edges.
  4. Place beaten egg in bowl, flour in another bowl, and bread crumbs in a third bowl. Roll each meat-wrapped egg in flour, then in egg, and finally in bread crumbs.
  5. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil; brown all sides of scotch egg, about 1 minute per side. Place on baking sheet.
  6. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until crispy. Cut each scotch egg in half and serve.


  • To take these Scotch Eggs over the top, drizzle them with our Mustard Sauce. Just mix 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons sour cream, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, and 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper sauce.

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I love Scotch eggs, and it was a delight to find a recipe that doesn't involve deep frying. This recipe works great. Breakfast sausage is more traditional than ground beef. I use a breakfast sausage (pork) that I like prepared by my local grocer. If you have a good breakfast sausage recipe that you like, that should work well too. Enjoy!

One more question. If you use sausage would you still add the other ingredients to the meat? Thanks.

Hi there! No, you would not need to add the cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt or black pepper if using breakfast sausage as a substitute in this recipe. Feel free to send us a picture on Facebook and let us know how it turns out for you. Enjoy!

I watch a lot of British TV shows and have heard of Scotch eggs but never knew what they were until now. They are definitely different than what American's are used to, but I think they sound kind of good! I don't know why you can't find them on the menu in some better restaurants. One thing though, doesn't the egg get overcooked? It's already hardboiled.

You can use your choice but I prefer HOT sausage

Making with sausage sounds good but what kind? Italian? Breakfast? Thanks.

Hi there! If you are going to make this recipe with sausage, then we recommend using breakfast sausage. Enjoy!

Gotta be sausage, in my humble opinion.


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