I love the flavor of breakfast sausage and it’s even better when it’s homemade!

These homemade breakfast sausage patties have a savory blend of spices and add lots of delicious flavor to your morning plate!

Casing-free, they can be shaped like patties or even cooked in a pan to add to breakfast casseroles.

Breakfast Sausage patties on a plate

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

  • Great Flavor: These homemade sausages are full of flavor
  • Make It Your Way: Adjust the spices to suit your taste. Make it mild, spicy, or even sweet by adding a tablespoon of brown sugar or maple syrup.
  • Any Time of Day: Sausage isn’t just for breakfast, it’s great in casseroles or even for appetizers.
  • Make it Lean: Use ground turkey or lean ground beef if you’d like.

What Gives Breakfast Sausage Its Flavor?

Pork has a little bit of fat and a mild flavor that pairs well with seasonings and spices. A blend of fennel, sage, and smoked paprika adds flavor to this homemade breakfast sausage.

seasoning to make Breakfast Sausage

How to Make Breakfast Sausages from Scratch

  1. Using your hands, combine all of the seasonings with ground pork in a large bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Divide the mixture into 6 equal patties and fry in a hot skillet.
Breakfast Sausage before cooking on a plate

Time Saving Tip

We like to make the spice blend in advance and store it in a jar so it’s always ready to add to meat for a quick sausage! This is perfect to use in all kinds of recipes that call for sausage from breakfast strata to an omelette, or sausage breakfast casserole!

Recipe Tips

  • For an even flavor, combine the seasonings first, and then add them to the ground pork.
  • Be sure to let the sausage mixture rest before cooking.
  • Cook sausage in the oven, air fryer or in a skillet.
  • Double the batch and freeze, this homemade breakfast sausage recipe is great for breakfast sandwiches.

Storage and Reheating

Keep cooked sausage in the fridge for up to 4 days, reheat in the microwave just until heated through.

Patties are easy to freeze in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside and they will keep about 2 months.

Ways to Use Breakfast Sausage

Homemade sausage patties are great alongside fried eggs or in breakfast sandwiches. It can also be browned in a skillet and added to casseroles or breakfast burritos.

Did you make these Homemade Breakfast Sausages? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

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Homemade Breakfast Sausages

These breakfast sausages are perfectly seasoned and so savory!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 patties



  • 1 pound ground pork

Seasoning Mixture

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds crushed
  • ½ teaspoon dried ground sage
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • teaspoon thyme leaves
  • teaspoon rosemary crushed
  • teaspoon smoked paprika
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes optional


  • Combine pork and all seasonings in a medium bowl. Mix very well.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Divide meat into 6 patties, ½" thick.

To Cook

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add patties (and a pat of butter if you'd like) and cook 4 minutes per side or until lightly browned.


For a sweeter sausage, add 1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar.
For a spicy sausage, add 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or extra chili flakes.
To crush spices place them in a small sandwich bag and crush them with a rolling pin or meat mallet.
Ground turkey can be substituted for some or all of the ground pork.
4.97 from 53 votes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1patty | Calories: 201 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Pork
Cuisine American
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  1. my husband loves sausage and I’ve tried different sausage recipes many times and he hasn’t liked them. BUT today he said this is a keeper. yah!
    Thank you for sharing.5 stars

  2. Third time to make, adjusted the spices a bit, adding 1T oil helps sausage stay moist. Not buying ready made sausage any more. Love it. ♥️

  3. I made these HM breakfast sausage patties tonight with our breakfast dinner. I refrigerated for about 45 minutes. They were great! My husband commented how great they were and he’s picky. This will be our new go-to sausage! I definitely recommend. Thank you!5 stars

    1. I forgot to mention in my post earlier that I left out the red pepper flakes, poultry seasoning, and fennel seeds and it was still great! Thanks!5 stars

  4. I followed the recipe as written minus the red pepper flakes, due to preference. I really liked the flavor that the fennel gives to the sausage. I had been looking for a breakfast sausage recipe that didn’t contain a sweetener and now I have found one. Even husband said he liked it better.
    Yeah! Thanks Holly.

    1. Hi Angela, we love the flavor it gives to these breakfast sausages but you can definitely adapt this recipe to your liking and leave the fennel seed out!

  5. Thanks for such a great recipe. Some have said this doesnt taste like store-bought, but that’s the point! I have yet to find sausage in the store that doesn’t have MSG, and something in commercial recipes doesn’t agree with my stomach. This is a win-win!

  6. These have a very good taste but they just aren’t sausage. Served them for breakfast and everybody liked them but they just aren’t sausage. These are basically little pork burgers with a different spice.
    As I said they are good and I will make them again but I will form them into burger size patties and cook them on the grill. I think I will stick to store bought sausage.3 stars

    1. There are different types of sausages, and these are a patty style sausage. Great idea to cook on the grill, I’m sure that’d be delicious!

  7. Do you have measurements for mixing the spices in bulk and how much of the combined spices would you add to a pound of meat?

    1. I haven’t Jeannie. You could make 4 or 10 (or any number of) times the recipe if you’d like. Measure out the final result and divide it out to know how much of the final mixture per recipe.

  8. Thank you for this recipe. When you want to freeze the patties, do you cook them first or freeze them uncooked?

  9. I am sitting in AR Heart Hosp following a massive coded heart attack of my husband. He will live sodium and salt free from now in. One of his favorite foods is sausage. Thank you for the recipe. I will be searching many things to Change our eating for his health.

      1. Thank you for the sausage Recipe. I like to make the Recipes just as you suggest ….at least the first time. I must say , I’m glad I did. This was so tasty… .All of the spices were perfect. It’s the family “go to” for breakfast.5 stars