Homemade Country Breakfast Sausage Recipe (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) (2024)

Why you’ll love this easy pork sausage recipe

  • The old-fashioned breakfast sausage seasoning is made from 6 common spices and you can add some red pepper flakes if you want to make it a spicy sausage.
  • These breakfast sausage patties are super-fast to make! They’re ready from scratch in about 15-minutes.
  • It has that classic country breakfast sausage flavor without any added MSG or sugar so it’s a great recipe for anyone with dietary restrictions (gluten-free, keto, whole30, paleo).

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What other’s are saying about it

This recipe has great flavor and is so easy to mix up!! It’s great for breakfast for two as patties. I like to fry it up as crumbles in five pound batches and freeze it in one pound containers. Then it’s perfect to add to an egg bake at the holidays or a lazy Saturday, or toss it into a batch of biscuits with shredded cheese. So yummy!! Thanks!!!


How to make breakfast sausage (step-by-step)

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Breakfast sausage seasoning ingredient notes

Exact measurements – It’s important to use the exact measurements noted in the recipe for the seasoning. It’s a fine line to walk when seasoning sausage and it can be over-seasoned easily.

Try it first – Before you adjust any seasonings to suit your taste, try the recipe as written first. You may desire more or less garlic, oregano, or other. But it’s easier to adjust after tasting the cooked sausage.

Spicy option – If you like spicy sausage, you can add in some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

Sweet option – If you like a sweet breakfast sausage, you can add in a little sugar or maple syrup.

Paprika – The paprika is optional, but I like the color it adds to the sausage. You can also use smoked paprika for a smoky flavor.

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Tips from an expert home chef

  • This recipe works great for pork sausage, but you can use it with ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey (or a mixture of ground meats).
  • It’s a freezer friendly recipe. You can prep the sausage with the seasoning mixture and freeze it to cook later. Either keep it as bulk sausage or form it into patties before freezing for speedy cooking after you defrost it!
  • The patties can also be cooked and then frozen for 6 months. We recommend freezing the sausage in the portions you’ll want to eat.
  • If you’re doing some meal prep, simply cook the sausage over the weekend to use for breakfast or other meals during the week. Store in an airtight container for up to one week in the fridge.
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Homemade (15-Minute!) Breakfast Sausage Recipe

Prep: 5 minutes mins

Cook: 10 minutes mins

Total: 15 minutes mins

Servings: 6 Patties

This country breakfast sausage recipe with homemade seasoning (no MSG!) is an absolute game changer and our favorite way to start the day. Ready from scratch in only 15-minutes!

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  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1.5 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika, (optional)


  • Place the ground pork in a medium sized bowl.

  • Mix the seasonings together in a separate bowl or ramekin.

  • Pour the seasonings in with the pork and mix it together well with your hands. Make sure the seasonings are evenly incorporated throughout the pork but don't overmix.

  • Shape the sausage into 4-6 patties.

  • Heat a pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add in the sausage to cook.

  • Cook about 5 minutes per side, until the sausage is cooked through the center.

  • Serve and enjoy.

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Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosurehere.

Calories: 303kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Fiber: 1g

Course: Breakfast

Author: Justin Winn

Cuisine: American

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  1. Kelley Reply

    The best breakfast sausage I have ever made. Well…it’s really the only breakfast sausage I’ve ever made and we loved it! Over time I’ve increased the amount of paprika I’ve used and def love the cayenne in ours. Hands down easy, affordable and just darn tasty!

  2. Rhonda Porterfield Reply

    Delicious and my family loved it. A recipe I will keep. Saved me money making this at home.

    • Justin Winn Reply

      Happy to hear that Rhonda! Thanks for coming back to leave a review, we appreciate it 🙂

  3. Anonymous Reply

    Great! Exactly what I was looking for! Just a tad salty for me, so I will use less salt when I make it again. Thank you’

    • Justin Winn Reply

      You’re welcome, glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  4. Anonymous Reply

    Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for. Making lasagna and wanted an american style breakfast tupe sausage., but with real and healthy ingredients

  5. Willie Bare Reply

    Great recipe and like mom used to make. Using beef as my niece cannot eat pork. Good for diabetics as fat can be controlled.

  6. Jessica Rupe Reply

    Fantastic recipe! Loved the peppery bite. Due to religious reasons I used ground turkey instead of the pork. Still turned out delicious. Thinking maybe next time I’ll make it using ground beef. Tip: Poultry seasoning is a good substitute for ground sage if you don’t have it on hand. Use 1 teaspoon of the poultry seasoning instead of 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground sage, as poultry seasoning has other seasonings in it (marjoram, thyme, nutmeg).

  7. valerie lee Reply

    i would like to try this and was wondering, can i use a little bacon fat to the mix. someone mentioned a little dry.

    • Justin Winn Reply

      If you need more fat, yes you can add bacon fat.

  8. Jacque Brandau Reply

    We now have ground pork from our own hogs and were wanting to make our own pork sausage patties. Your recipe looks great so we will give it a try and then pressure can the patties for future meals instead of freezing. Blessings and Thank you!

    • Justin Winn Reply

      You’re very welcome, enjoy!

  9. Polo Cash Reply

    I like fennel seed and thyme in mine.

  10. Joy Marie Rivera Reply

    I love getting your recipes. They are easy to follow and I don’t have to search high and low for ingredients; they are common and can be found easily.

    • Justin Winn Reply

      Thanks Joy! We try and make our recipes as approachable and easy as possible. We appreciate you coming over to leave a rating and review 🙂

  11. Kevin Spjut Reply

    Amazing With Wild Boar!

    I made this recipe using 1lb ground wild boar. I added about 1 thick slice of fatty bacon, chopped into about 1/8” dice (as the ground boar has a tendency to be a little dry). I also modified the recipe slightly with the addition of about 1/4tsp or so of red pepper flakes (add to taste) and about a scant tablespoon of maple syrup. The result was OUTSTANDING!
    This is a simple yet delicious recipe for amazing breakfast sausage! Yes the maple syrup kind of defeats the low carb idea for this recipe, but it sure expands the flavor when you include the red pepper flakes to offset the slight sweetness of the syrup. Also the little bit of bacon fat adds a slight hint of smoke. This is my new go-to for wild boar breakfast sausage. I may try stuffing into links sometime too!
    Thank you for an amazing recipe!

    – Kevin S

    • Justin Winn Reply

      You’re welcome Kevin. Thanks for coming back to share your version and a review, it sounds amazing!

  12. Roger Murphy Reply

    Very good recipe. I substituted adobo for the salt to cut down on sodium. Easy and tasty.

    • Justin Winn Reply

      Glad you liked it Roger! Thanks for coming back to leave a review, we appreciate it.

  13. Cyndy Guilford Reply

    I made this with a 60/40 deer to pork ground meat. It was fabulous!!! Thank you for sharing this recipie. You wouldn’t by chance have a chorizo this good up your sleeve? Thanks again

    • Justin Winn Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe! We don’t have a chorizo recipe, but enjoy the Mulay’s brand for a clean store-bought option.

  14. Nick Zambito Reply

    If I make 10lbs of sausage do I multiply the ingredients by 10?

    • Justin Winn Reply

      Hi Nick – Yes, you would scale it exactly. If you type in 60 servings instead of 6 in the recipe card it will automatically update the amounts for you.

  15. Jennifer Desjardins Reply

    I made these this morning the flavour were amazing. Unfortunately they were really dry. Do you have any ideas.

    • Justin Winn Reply

      If it was dry they were likely overcooked. Or, the pork mixture used didn’t have much fat in it (but that’s unlikely). Try cooking them a little less next time to keep them just brown in the middle but still juicy.

      • Anonymous Reply

        Thank you for the information. I will try it the next time I have them. The flavour was so good.

  16. Anonymous Reply

    I got some pigs butchered and the sausage meat had a funky flavor. Whatever seasoning they used was garbage. Used this recipe to make it better and it worked! Yummy!!!

    • Justin Winn Reply

      I love hearing that. It’s really easy to make your own sausage and we just get ground pork now whenever we get a pig and make our own.

  17. vallea rose Reply

    Good Morning, I would like to try this recipe but I have about 12 lbs. of fresh shoulder pork. I can ad as much fat as needed . Do you see any problem areas with ingrediants using this recipe for this much pork? Thank you

    • Justin Winn Reply

      Hi there – The ingredients should scale just fine. You can even adjust the servings in the recipe card and the ingredients will automatically scale for you.

  18. Diane Reply

    My breakfast sausage tastes great now without any sugar or MSG. Love it.

    • Justin Winn Reply

      It’s easy to make and better – a win win 🙂

  19. Mark Reply

    Delicious and easy! I love breakfast sausage and this is a healthy alternative to store bought/processed sausages.

  20. Jan Reply

    This recipe has great flavor and is so easy to mix up!! It’s great for breakfast for two as patties. I like to fry it up as crumbles in five pound batches and freeze it in one pound containers. Then it’s perfect to add to an egg bake at the holidays or a lazy Saturday, or toss it into a batch of biscuits with shredded cheese. So yummy!! Thanks!!!

    • Justin Winn Reply

      Thanks for the great review Jan, we appreciate it 🙂

  21. Anonymous Reply

    This is a great recipe. I used half ground pork and a half lamb. I added some red pepper flakes since we like a little zip.

    • Justin Winn Reply

      Sounds delicious, thanks for coming back to leave a rating and review!

  22. Anonymous Reply

    I run a prison kitchen, and we used your recipe with 50% ground beef and 50% ground turkey. Simply amazing! No Name or email, please.

  23. sherry Reply

    OMG, This is fantastic. I will personally never go back to store bought sausage. It was easy to make, in fact it actually surprised me how easy and with no weird additives, sugar etc. My son really liked it too. I did use a high quality meat, so it was more expensive than Jimmy Dean; however, the flavor and quality is just so much better. I can really taste the oregano but still it compliments the sage very nicely. I think next time I’ll add a little more paprika for a little more smoky flavor. I think it will go great with biscuits and gravy. Again, thank you for the great recipe .

    • Justin Winn Reply

      Glad you and your son enjoyed the recipe and thanks for coming back to leave a rating and review.

  24. Anonymous Reply

    diabetic thank you low carb recipes going to try to make gnocchi with sausage ( gocchi malloreddus

  25. Sandra Williams Reply

    Can I use ground beef since I don’t eat pork ? Kroger used to sell beef breakfast sausage and now doesn’t. Hoping to make my own

    • Justin Winn Reply

      Hi Sandra, we haven’t personally tried this with beef but I think it would be a great option. Please report back and let us know what you think!

  26. Pete Reply

    The spice combinations are excellent. My ground pork was on the lean side so I added a tablespoon of olive oil to the meat. My skillet test proved it to be very tasty. I also tested it as a sausage ball which was simmered for 25 min. This was also very good. Imo, this reciepe has a great appeal for a variety of dishes. Thanks.

    • Justin Winn Reply

      Thanks so much Pete, I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe!

  27. David Reply

    Great recipe. A bit heavy on the salt for my taste

  28. Pam Reply

    After trying multiple other sausage recipes, (many going straight from pan to trash) yours is a keeper.
    My search is over. Thanks for sharing.

    • Justin Winn Reply

      This is the best review, thank you so much! I’m happy you found our recipe.

  29. Liz P Reply

    These sausages are seriously yum. I don’t eat pork, so I make with turkey. I also make the mix the night before and let sit overnight before frying up in the morning. OMG, so much flavor. I also caramelized some onions and added into the mix. Now we always add the onion, it’s so amazing.

    • Justin Winn Reply

      The addition of onion sounds so good :).

  30. Chris Weaver Reply

    Turned out very good.. reminded me of my grandmothers sausage patties. Great recipe

    • Justin Winn Reply

      So glad you liked the recipe Chris, thanks for coming back to leave a comment.


    Just butchered my own back yard pig did 25 lbs of your recipe useing most of the trimming froze it and It turned out amazing. best and easiest sausage recipe i have used. Will be my go to breakfast sausage for sure

    • J+E | Real Simple Good Reply

      Alex – Simple and easy, that’s what we’re all about. Very happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe.

  32. Candi Straub Reply

    AMAZING! We just bought a commercial meat grinder and saved a lot by grinding ourselves. Fantastic recipe! Better than anything in the store.

    • J+E | Real Simple Good Reply

      We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe! And that’s impressive – grinding your own meat! Justin’s mom has a meat grinder out on the farm, and it’s always nice to get fresh made sausage from her! Thanks for trying our recipe and coming back to share! 🙂

  33. Nicole M Foster Reply

    This is really good! It will be my go to breakfast sausage recipe.

    • J+E | Real Simple Good Reply

      So happy to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for trying our recipe and coming back to share! 🙂

  34. Anonymous Reply

    Perfect! And, no sugar. Thank you, thank you.

    • J+E | Real Simple Good Reply

      You’re welcome! We’re so glad you found us! Enjoy! 🙂

  35. Mark Reply

    Made this today, You nailed it, Very Good, not too much seasoning or salt
    Store bought pork. Pasture raised pork is $12 pound here ,and that’s for the cheapest cuts.

    • J+E | Real Simple Good Reply

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe! We make this all the time, it’s such an easy (and cheap) way to have quality breakfast sausage.

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