Homemade Breakfast Sausage (2024)

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.

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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.

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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.
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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, orsausage 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.

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Homemade Breakfast Sausages

These breakfast sausages are perfectly seasoned and so savory!


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Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes minutes

Chill Time 2 hours hours

Total Time 2 hours hours 20 minutes minutes

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Servings 6 patties

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Author Holly Nilsson


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  • 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.

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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.

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Homemade Breakfast Sausage (16) Cuisine American

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