Saturday, April 23, 2022

Cevapi (Grilled Serbian Sausages)

 Cevapi are easy to make, grilled sausages from Southeastern Europe that burst with smoky flavor and are perfect for serving with flatbread and sliced onions. 

For best flavor, let the sausages marinade in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to overnight.

PREP TIME20 minutes
COOK TIME10 minutes
TOTAL TIME30 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef, 85% lean
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp baking soda


  1. In a large bowl mix together all ingredients.
  2. Using slightly over 1 Tbsp of meat mixture per sausage, shape the mixture into sausages the size and shape of a fat finger (roughly 3 inches long and ¾ of an inch in diameter).
  3. Place all the formed sausages in a single layer on a platter. Cover the platter and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (up to overnight).*
  4. When you are ready to cook your sausages, preheat your grill to medium heat, 350-400⁰F. (You should be able to hold your hand a few inches from the cooking grate for 5-7 seconds.)
  5. Grill the sausages using a fine grate grill pan for 4-5 minutes a side, until golden and springy.
  6. Serve the cevapi with sliced sweet onions and flatbread (like lepinja or pita).


*The sausages can also be frozen at this point for cooking later. Simply freeze the sausages in a single layer on a platter for 2 hours. Then, transfer the frozen sausages to an air-tight container.
Frozen sausages will keep for 2-3 months.
To cook from frozen, simple place the frozen or thawed sausages on the grill and cook as directed.