Homemade Breakfast Sausage


Homemade breakfast sausage patties made with ground pork, brown sugar, and sage deliver sweet and savory flavor in every bite. These are better than store-bought since you can flavor them as you like! Serve a patty alongside scrambled eggs and hash brown potatoes or layer one with a fried egg and a slice of cheese to make a tasty breakfast sandwich.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
6 patties

Wake up on the right side of the bed with this top-rated recipe for breakfast sausage patties. You're going to want to save this breakfast sausage recipe — you'll come back to it again and again.

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Breakfast Sausage Ingredients

In this top-rated recipe, ground pork is seasoned with the following ingredients: brown sugar, sage, salt, black pepper, marjoram, red pepper flakes, and cloves. These spices and seasonings give the breakfast sausage a sweet, savory, and slightly spicy flavor that's impossible to resist.

How to Cook Breakfast Sausage

These patties come together in just 20 minutes. You'll find the full recipe below, but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this top-rated breakfast sausage recipe:

Season Pork

Mix the spices and seasonings in a small bowl. In a large bowl, use your hands to combine the ground pork with the spice mixture.

Form Patties

Shape the seasoned sausage into patties by rolling evenly sized portions into balls, then pressing into a disc shape. This recipe should result in about six patties.

Cook Sausage

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the patties until brown and crispy on each side.

What to Serve With Breakfast Sausage

Sandwich this breakfast sausage between two biscuit halves to make a restaurant-worthy sausage biscuit — use store-bought biscuits or try one of our best from-scratch recipes. Of course, these patties pair well with all the usual breakfast fare (such as scrambled eggs, grits, waffles, or pancakes).

How to Store Breakfast Sausage

Store cooked breakfast sausages in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat until warmed through on the stove, in the microwave, or in the oven.

Can You Freeze Breakfast Sausage?

Yes! These breakfast sausage patties freeze and reheat very well. To freeze them: Arrange cooled patties in a single layer on a baking sheet, cover, and flash freeze for a few hours or up to overnight. Transfer the now-frozen patties to a zip-top freezer bag labeled with the date. Squeeze out the excess air, seal, and freeze for up to three months.

Microwave or bake the patties from frozen until heated through.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Good strong flavor," according to nevergone. "I cooked scrambled eggs after pouring some of the grease out of the pan. You just have to let the pan cool down a little bit first so they don't burn."

"This sausage is incredibly simple and was delicious," raves Chels. "I formed the patties and froze them individually (didn't cook them straight away). I cooked them from frozen and threw them onto English muffins with fried eggs for breakfast."

"I won't need to purchase breakfast sausage again," says CASSIEBEL. "This is very easy to do and you know exactly what's in the sausage. The flavor is really good. I may experiment on other flavors."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons dried sage

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram

  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 pinch ground cloves

  • 2 pounds ground pork


  1. Gather all ingredients.

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  2. Mix together brown sugar, sage, salt, black pepper, marjoram, red pepper flakes, and cloves in a small bowl until well combined.

    brown sugar, sage, salt, black pepper, marjoram, red pepper flakes, and cloves in a small bowl mixed until well combined.

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  3. Place pork in a large bowl. Add spice mixture and mix with your hands until well combined. Form mixture into 6 patties.

    pork and seasoning mixed together in a glass mixing bowl.

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  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties and saute until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (71 degrees C).

    a top down view of 6 golden-brown sausage patties cooking in a skillet.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

409 Calories
32g Fat
3g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 409
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 861mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 447mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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