What’s Sugar Free at The Grocery Store: Sausage Edition!

What's Sugar Free at The Grocery Store: Sausage Edition!

It’s time for another What’s Sugar Free at the Grocery Store!  This week we are looking at the dinner sausages and a few breakfast sausages.  I was really excited about doing this because I LOVE sausage and cutting up a few sausages with peppers and onions is one of my favorite meals.  However, in doing this I was surprised to find out that most of them had sugars added, just not any of the sugar that contain fructose.

So in making this list, I’ve only included varieties that contain no added sugar with fructose but I’ve included the sugars with glucose in parenthesis after the product.  This way you can make an informed decision about what to buy.  This list was made by looking at the sausage at a Walmart so that’s why all the Great Value (Walmart’s house brand) products are included.  If you shop at a different store, you will need to check those house brands for yourself.


Johnsonville Brats Hot & Spicy Bratwurst (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Johnsonville Brats Beer & Bratwurst (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Johnsonville Italian Sausage (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose) (Hot Mild, or Sweet)


Johnsonville Brats Cheddar Cheese and Bacon (Contains Maltodextrin)


Johnsonville Original (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Johnsonville Chorizo (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Great Value Beer & Bratwurst (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Great Value Ground Italian Sausage (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose) (Regular, Hot, Mild or Sweet)



Great Value Pork Style Italian Meatballs with Parmesan Cheese (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)

Great Value Pork Meatballs with Jalapeno (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Great Value Premium Pork Sausage

Great Value Italian Breakfast Sausage


Hillshire Farm Kielbasa (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)

Oscar Mayer Select Uncured Turkey Sausage (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Butterball Everyday Turkey Sausage (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


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19 thoughts on “What’s Sugar Free at The Grocery Store: Sausage Edition!

  • This is the worst article I’ve ever seen! None of the sausage you listed was sugar free! That’s horrible. Ya know, jimmy Dean makes one, this list skills be what not to eat.

      • I don’t know about “wost article ever seen” but I understand being frustrated,, looking for a list of sausage with no sugar not the ones that have it.

        • Agreed this article sucks

          The author obviously did no research and should be ashamed to have posted this crap.

          There is a sugar free keilbasa but it’s not mentioned here at all.
          Completely lost my trust in this site now :/

          • Take a breath there Louis. This article was written 4 years ago and was the best information available at the time. The great thing about the comment section is as things evolve and new products are introduced, we can add them here. Instead of throwing a little hissyfit, tell us about the sugar free kielbasa and you can even link to it like this. https://pedersonsfarms.com/2016/12/09/uncured-no-sugar-added-smoked-kielbasa/

            You had the opportunity to make the next reader smarter and more well informed and you decided to be a troll. Spread sunshine when you can.

      • Hello Aarn. I was at my local Von’s grocery yesterday looking for sugar free sausage (I can’t have either sugar or corn syrup or any of the -ose items). Not a single one! I was crushed; I love Johnsonville brats as I spent many years in Wisconsin, but I can’t buy them. Go look for yourself at your local grocery. I will try the Walmart to see if they have the “great value” sausage listed in the article and read their label. So sad. It’s a pain to have to be sugar free, but if I don’t, I hurt. \

        • Yeah, it is TOUGH to find sausage without sugar. You might try calling a local butcher and asking if they make their sausage in-house and seeing if they can adjust the seasoning for you.

          • hey, look at trader joes chicken breakfast sausage.. zero carbs. does contain dextrose and some other ingredients. probably not much. also, I hear albertsons ivernios brand is even better. on the bacon, I would go with low sodium bacon. I havent found decent brats yet.

  • I also spent time today looking for sugar free,corn syrup free, dextrose free, lactose free and all the other names big food companies hide sugar under. vERY frustrating. So I just bought some ground pork and will add my own spices. Garlic, fennel,sage, rosemary, it’s going on a be a fun experiment experiment!

    • I’m not going to lie, this might be your best option. Another thing you might consider is finding an actual butcher/meat market that makes sausage in house. Of course when I did that trying to find bacon without sugar I struck out so your mileage may vary.

  • He is making the point that there are NO sugar free sausages. Apparently he missed Jimmy Dean (I have not independently verified this).

    Isn’t this better than just saying “none”?

    You have to make your own, IMHO. Don’t have to stuff sausage casings…

  • So none of the sausages youshow are sugar free, is that the kick here ? That there are no sugar free sausages ?

    Pedersen’s Farms makes a sugar free kielbasa 🙂

    Available at stop and shop

  • Just thought I would mention that breakfast sausage is not hard to make. Just get ground pork and add spices. Google the recipe. My husband’s parents raised hogs and my mother in law made the BEST home made pork sausage. Also, if you have not tried pork burgers, you are missing something good. Anyway, just wanted to tell everyone to try making their own breakfast sausage. It is very easy. Here’s a sample recipe: Just mix and chill. Hope this helps.
    1-1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    Pinch ground allspice
    1 pound ground pork

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