Goetta is a meat-and-grain sausage or mush of German inspiration that is popular in the greater Cincinnati/northern Kentucky area. It’s a German breakfast sausage that blends the textures and flavors of pork, beef, whole grain steel-cut oats, fresh onions and spices.


  • 1 pound ground round
  • 1 pound Bob Evans Zesty Pork Sausage
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups steel-cut oats


  1. Put water, salt and pepper in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on HIGH for 20 minutes.
  3. Add oats and cook on HIGH for 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Mix meat well and add to slow cooker with onion and bay leaves.
  5. Cook on LOW for 3 hours.
  6. Uncover and, if not thick enough, cook longer, stirring often. Remove bay leaves.
  7. Pour into greased bread pans and cool.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to fry.
  9. Slice the Goetta into half-inch patties. Making sure they do not touch each other (to be sure they will not stick together), place the patties in a nonstick skillet that has been preheated to a medium temperature, 350 degrees F. Let it cook for about 6 minutes, allowing the first side to brown completely. Flip, and brown the other side until crisp and golden brown.

Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 4 hr 50 min | Yield: 2 (9 x 4-inch) loaves