Hurka Sausage

Hurka Sausage

Hurka is a well known Hungarian water cooked sausage made originally from organ meats such as pork liver, lungs, head meat, rice and onions. Blood is sometimes added.

Meats Metric US
pork liver 300 g 0.66 lbs.
pork butt 700 g 1.32 lbs.

Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat

salt 12 g 2 tsp.
pepper 2.5 g 1 tsp.
garlic 3.5 g 1 clove
½ small onion, chopped 30 g 2 Tbsp.
cooked rice 150 g 1 cup
cold water 125 ml ½ cup


  1. Boil all meats (except liver) for about 2 hours. Poach liver in hot water until no traces of blood are visible (cut the liver to test).
  2. Grind meats through 3/16” plate (5 mm). Grind liver through a 3/16" (3 mm) plate.
  3. Cook rice for about 15 minutes. Place some bacon fat or lard on a frying pan and fry onions until light brown.
  4. Mix everything together, adding 125 ml (½ cup) water. You may substitute some water with white wine.
  5. Stuff loosely into 36 mm hog or synthetic casings.
  6. Cook for 30 minutes in water at 85º C (185º F).


Frozen Hurka sausage can be baked at 180º C (350º F) for about 50 minutes (leave the lid on or cover with aluminum foil). Then uncover the sausage and continue baking for 5 more minutes until brown. Fresh Hurka sausage can be pan fried or grilled. Goes well with pickles.

Hurka was originally made with 30% pork liver, 30% pork tongues and 10% pork back fat, bacon or lard.