Homemade Breakfast Sausage

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

This recipe uses the perfect combination of savory and spice mixed into ground pork. Casing free, they can be shaped like patties or even cooked in a pan to add to breakfast casseroles.

Breakfast Sausage on a plate

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

We love this popular recipe because not only is breakfast sausages fun to make but it tastes great.

Make it your own. Milder? Spicier? Simply add or subtract the amounts of the seasonings you like best.

Want to make it healthy? Sub out ground turkey for pork to lean it up a little bit.

What Gives Breakfast Sausage Its Flavor?

Pork has a mild flavor that can be mixed and matched with many different seasonings and spices. Fennel, sage, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and smoked paprika, all of the most savory spices with a depth of flavor are what make this breakfast sausage recipe so delicious!

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.

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 mixing bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Divide mixture into 6 equal patties. Fry in a hot skillet (add a little butter if you like) until both sides are browned and crispy, about 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Breakfast Sausage before cooking on a plate

Tips and Tricks

  • It’s easier to blend the seasonings together first, then add them to the ground pork so they are evenly dispersed during the mixing process.
  • Sausage patties can be pan-fried or baked, but we prefer pan-fried so both sides get a little bit crispy!
  • Swap out bacon and add these to your favorite Breakfast Sandwich.

How to Store Breakfast Sausage

  • Keep cooked patties in the fridge for about a week in an airtight container.
  • Patties are easy to freeze in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside and they will keep about 2 months.

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Breakfast Sausage on a plate
4.75 from 8 votes
Review Recipe

Homemade Breakfast Sausages

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


  • 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

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  • 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.

Recipe Notes

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.

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.)

Keyword best breakfast sausage recipe, Breakfast Sausages, homemade Breakfast Sausages, how to make breakfast sausages
Course Breakfast, Pork
Cuisine American
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    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!

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.