Lamb sausage plays a key part in numerous Mediterranean cuisines, with Greek and Tunisian dishes making particularly excellent use of it. Merguez, a spicy variety, has increased in popularity in recent years, and it isn't hard to see why: it's familiar in the approach, but has a slightly different consistency and spiciness. Merguez is generally thinner than bratwurst or Italian sausages. Turley noted that that diameter can also affect cooking times. "If you have a hot dog/merguez sized sausage," he said, "then you can generally expect 12 minutes to cook rather than 18-20 with a larger in diameter sausage." And Psilakis points out that one component of lamb sausages requires a slightly different approach to grilling. "Lamb sausage typically use a thinner casing than pork, giving them a nice sear if grilled over medium heat. Lamb sausages often, although not always, have less fat."