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Breakfast sausage is easy to make with ground pork, sage, and just the right seasonings. You can form it into patties or use it for recipes like biscuits and gravy. This recipe is super flavorful! 

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Why this recipe works:

Every delicious breakfast recipe is even better when accompanied by perfectly cooked tasty homemade sausage!

  • The ingredients are simple: just ground pork and some seasonings that you most likely already have in your pantry.
  • It just tastes better knowing you added all the spices yourself. So many kinds of store bought breakfast sausage contain preservatives and/or ingredients that I don’t want to eat. Homemade is always best!
  • Always keep some ground pork in the freezer and you can enjoy this recipe whenever the craving kicks in!

Ingredients:

My Sage Breakfast Sausage recipe contains the following ingredients that get mixed into the ground pork:

  • 1 tablespoon sage dried or minced fresh
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more if you like heat
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram fresh if you have it
  • pinch of ground cloves

Popular store bought breakfast sausage contains the following: PORK, WATER, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: CORN SYRUP, SALT, SPICES, DEXTROSE, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE. 

I’m sure you’ll agree homemade is so much better!

Here’s how to make it:

  1. In medium sized bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients. It’s easiest if you use your hands to mix.
  2. Form sausage into patties.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium low heat and add the sausage patties.
  4. Cook until brown, about 5 minutes per side.
step by step process photos of how to make breakfast sausage patties

Cooking tips:

  • To ensure that they are fully cooked, you can verify that the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees F when checked with an instant read thermometer.
  • Once you’ll make this recipe and taste it, take note if you want to adjust the seasonings for next time. Did you think it needed to be more salty, sweet, or spicy?
  • If you used dried herbs, try using fresh next time and see which you prefer.
  • These breakfast sausage patties can be made ahead and frozen. Just be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. To reheat, completely thaw in refrigerator and then cook in a pan over low heat until heated through.
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Sage Breakfast Sausage Recipe

Prep10 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Total20 minutes
Servings 8 patties
Breakfast sausage is easy to make with ground pork, sage, and just the right seasonings. This delicious recipe can be used to make sausage gravy.

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Ingredients 

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Instructions 

  • In medium sized bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients. It's easiest if you use your hands to mix.
  • Heat a skillet over medium low heat. Form sausage into patties and cook until brown, about 5 minutes per side depending on thickness.

Notes

Cooking tips:
  • To ensure that they are fully cooked, you can verify that the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees F when checked with an instant read thermometer.
  • Once you’ll make this recipe and taste it, take note if you want to adjust the seasonings for next time. Did you think it needed to be more salty, sweet, or spicy?
  • If you used dried herbs, try using fresh next time and see which you prefer.
  • These breakfast sausage patties can be made ahead and frozen. Just be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. To reheat, completely thaw in refrigerator and then cook in a pan over low heat until heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcal, Protein: 9g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 323mg, Potassium: 162mg, Vitamin A: 25IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published in November 2017 and has been updated with helpful information, ingredient and process photos, as well as recipe tips. Don’t worry – the recipe hasn’t changed!

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82 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made your recipe on 3/19/21, a day in advance of cooking! I like giving time for flavors to marry, I’m glad I did! I grind my own pork to use for many things, and your recipe did not disappoint! I have severe sodium issues and so I omitted the salt. I had 1.8 pounds of pork so increased ingredients to allow for extra weight! Next time adding some roasted Hatch chilies! Your recipe accompanied by fried country eggs and toast took me back to my Midwest farm days and Mom’s Sunday breakfasts. Sonoran Desert living and southwest breakfasts are nice, but your sausage recipe took me back! Thanks for sharing! C.J.

  2. I would note there are two places in the recipe where you list the ingredients. One section has the 1 lb of meat and the other just lists the other ingredients and no quantity for the meat. This might be why some people are confused. I’m going to try it later today with ground turkey and also frying up some pancetta first in the pan for the fat and taste. We’ll see how it goes.

  3. Can this recipe be prepared, vacuum sealed and frozen to be cooked at a later date? I am contemplating making around twenty pounds.

    1. 5 stars
      Made 17 lbs using pork butt & fresh pig fat (local pig farmer who butchers is a blessing). I do a 70/30 ratio. Only thing I changed was coriander instead of marjoram. I keep everything super cold. Do my rough grind, add spices , mix and then chill, then fine grind. Mix again and let sit overnight before I package for freezer. This is a fantastic recipe and will be my go to. Store bought sausage is fine but I want clean simple food that I can control the ingredients. Very grateful for her recipe and insight. Thanks

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve tried multiple sausage recipes, but they never quite hit the taste profile I was looking for. This recipe is very good, the best so far that I’ve tried. I used all dry herbs. I doubled the red pepper and cut the salt in half and was pleased with the results. Next time I’ll try fresh herbs! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    This was very good, as close to the discontinued Hormel sausage as I have found. I added two tablespoons of water and let the sausage rest overnight. Very tasty and easy.

  6. 5 stars
    This was my first attempt at making my own sausage. I told myself to be prepared to have to try several recipes, but this one was perfect. My kids didn’t even notice that it wasn’t Jimmy Dean (!). Thanks for sharing!

  7. Krissy,

    From you article I can tell you are well intentioned. A word of caution to not bash commercial brands for something that you may or may not understand. From your remarks I take it that you may not have thought through your comments about Jimmy Dean brand sausage.It happens to be the most consumed sausage in the US.

    Regarding their ingredients you listed:
    PORK – obviously and it’s a good thing that it is the first ingredient.
    WATER – usually added to all pork sausages to keep it moist.
    CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: This is by volume so when you compare 1 pound of meat to the amount of spice it will most certainly be less than 2% of the completed recipe. And, when it is less than 2% only certain ingredients need to be named individually.
    CORN SYRUP – Sweetner
    SALT – Salt
    SPICES – maybe pepper, Sage, Marjoram, Thyme, Mace, Cayanne or any other spice that may be in the sausage but does not need to be individually named
    DEXTROSE – Sweetner and Binder so that it holds together.
    MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE – (Maybe considered Gross) but is used in commercial applications for several reasons but primarily it enhances flavor, even the flavor of those expensive spices that aren’t listed individually… so maybe they don’t use as much sage but it tastes like they used a lot… and MSG is almost an immeasurable fraction of the cost of spices.

    So, I wish you the best and only comment to help educate those who may not know what the list of ingredients really means.

    Here’s an example of breaking down the 2% stuff… 1 pound is equal to 453.6 grams, 1 ounce is equal to 28.35 grams

    Your Recipe
    My Sage Breakfast Sausage recipe contains the following:

    1 pound ground pork – 453 grams (99.97%)
    1 tablespoon sage dried or minced fresh – 2.04 grams (0.0045%)
    1 teaspoon kosher salt – 6 grams (0.0132%)
    1 teaspoon brown sugar – 4.17 grams (0.00092%)
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1.165 grams (0.00257%)
    1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more if you like heat .25 grams (2 grams per teaspoon) (0.00055%)
    1/4 teaspoon marjoram fresh if you have it .14 grams (.57 grams per teaspoon) (0.000309%)
    pinch of ground cloves

    All spices together equal 0.03%of total by weight.

    1. Are you an engineer? I only ask because I am and this totally looks like the kind of breakdown I would offer if I were giving someone feedback. I’m gonna stick with my story that my sausage is better than pre-packaged big name store bought… but you are totally right about quantities. 🙂

      1. Congrats from a fellow Engineer! Yeah, we love numbers and detail. Can’t wait to try your recipe. I used to grind my own Hamburger but not so much any more with beef prices. I will try this with fresh home ground pork, probably pork butt.
        Be back to rate later.
        Cheers

      2. 5 stars
        Krissy, I AND hoards of other people TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!

        REAL FOOD IS DEFINITELY BETTER (and TASTIER) than processed food for sure!!

        2% …May not seem like a lot but cheap and poor quality additives like dextrose (causes pathogenic bacterial gut growth in a high sugar diet which the FDA recommends is >35g for men + >25g for women), msg, undisclosed “spices” (really?! How lazy and shadier can this get?) and corn syrup (which IS genetically modified and a poor quality, cheap-o excuse for an “ingredient”) have been the primary contributor to my poor health in the past and to obese America via inflammatory pathways.

        I really appreciate this recipe that you’ve provided and look forward to making it! Thanks so much!!

    2. Why are you hating. If you read the comments, the only comparison was less unknown ingredients than store bought. Giving you the option of how much to include or not. The word homemade is the key. I’m on low sodium so I can eliminate the salt if I choose. Store bought I don’t have the option. Get over youself.

    3. The correct percentage according to your weights would be 3% of total by weight, not 0.03%, When calculating percentages, you have to move the decimal over 2 places to the right (use the percentage button on a calculator if in doubt).

    4. I made this yesterday. I doubled the recipe, put it all in the bowl of a kitchen aid mixer and ran it on medium speed with dough hook for about 5 minutes. Clean and easy and it mixed quite thoroughly and evenly. I will be making 20 pounds this weekend and freeze it in 1/4 lb. packages for breakfasts for 2. I fried a small patty for taste test and added 1tsp of sage to the 2 lb. batch.

      1. 5 stars
        Really great sage sausage recipe! We like to make biscuits and gravy on special holiday mornings, and I used to buy Jimmy Dean chubs, but no more! We mixed three pounds of pork butt and two pounds of ground elk from my husband’s hunt last year. Measured up all ingredients 5 times the recipe for our 5 pounds of meat, froze chubs in one pound packages and made several patties. This is so easy, and really outstanding! Thank you for sharing this recipe!😎

  8. 5 stars
    I live in Germany and have used another recipe for years. This one is by far the best recipe I have ever used. It is perfect just the way it is. When making it for pizza I add a Tablespoon of Cumin, 1 Tablespoon of red wine vinegar and 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper.

  9. 5 stars
    Hey Krissy!
    Traditionally my family used sage flavoured, regulat grind, pork sausage to stuff the kneck hole of our roast turkeys. It infused sage flavour to the breast, basted it, and was the treat that everybody competed for over and above the stuffing.
    For the first time in decades, I now have a recipe that will do that job.
    I have also tried, with partial succes, to make a sausage gravy by trial and mostly error.
    Now I have the right recipe.
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!