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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
    This was nice. Simple recipes are almost always the best. Another good trick is to roll the sausage in cling wrap to make a tube and then let it sit in the fridge overnight. The flavors will have time to marry and it’s easy to cut into patties the next morning.

  2. 5 stars
    Hands down the best sausage I’ve ever made. I have tried tons of different recipes in the past without success. What I didn’t know I needed was the simplicity. Other recipes I’ve tried all called for a lot fresh garlic and/or onion powder. They just didn’t bring out that classic sausage flavor I was looking for. This recipe was right on the money. I can’t wait to try this in sausage gravy.

  3. 5 stars
    I sought out this recipe because I’ve been completely unable to find, specifically, sage breakfast sausage of any brand at multiple local grocery stores where I live…Maybe due to supply chain issues, the pandemic? Regardless, I’m happy it happened because this is so much better & incredibly simple. Thank you!

    1. 5 stars
      Good recipe. But, the comment “can’t find any sage sausage is kind of dumb. All breakfast sausage is sage based( sau”SAGE”) You were just looking for Jimmy Dean’s extra sage sausage I’m guessing. You could have just bought any breakfast sausage and added more sage to it and got the same results.

  4. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I’ve been looking for a sage breakfast sausage recipe that I could adjust to a lower sodium version as my husband must follow a sodium restricted diet. I used half the salt in this recipe and it is delicious! This will become a staple for my family’s breakfast! Thanks so much!

  5. Love sausage gravy and biscuits. Will try, and will try making my own sausage. I like jimmy dean’s sausage in a hurry. I now live alone and don’t cook like I use to. I need to start over.

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times, as patties and as biscuits and gravy. We experiment with more or less sugar and red pepper flakes. It never disappoints. Love it!

  7. 5 stars
    I used this with ground beef as a base for sausage gravy. I had to exclude the pepper and red pepper for sensitivity and subbed oregano for marjoram and it was still so delicious, even with the changes!! Thank you so much!
    I put it over fried eggs over gluten free bread made from rice, tapioca, and cassava flours. Super easy and quick, and made a dense & yummy Saturday breakfast!
    I will be back to use this and your other recipes! Thank you very much!