Leave the additives on the shelves and use this extremely easy Breakfast Sausage recipe to make homemade breakfast sausage that not only tastes better and is better for you, but is a money-saver as well!
My family loves breakfast sausage, Italian sausage, and truthfully, just about any form of sausage! Whether eaten alone or used as an ingredient in a recipe, it packs a one-two punch in the flavor department.
While the flavor of sausage is intense, it is simple ground meat cured with seasonings. But most store-bought brands are loaded with "extra" additives or extremely high in sodium. And good quality sausage can cost an arm and leg.
Thankfully, it is ridiculously easy (and much more affordable) to make homemade breakfast right in the comfort of your kitchen.
Reasons to Love This Breakfast Sausage Recipe
- Simple Recipe. This easy breakfast sausage recipe only requires a few ingredients and 5 minutes of hands-on prep work.
- Amazing Flavor. This recipe is seasoned with maple, sage, cloves, and thyme to create the most flavorful breakfast sausage ever!
- Quality Control. Most brands of store-bought breakfast sausage have added corn syrup, preservatives, gluten, MSG, and extremely high sodium content. You can leave all the added ingredients on the shelf and enjoy simple, yet deliciously flavored, breakfast sausage with this easy recipe.
- Flavor Your Way. Because you are making the breakfast sausage, YOU get to be in control of the ingredients! Hate sage? Omit it. On a low-sodium diet? Cut the salt in half. Want lower-fat breakfast sausage? Use ground chicken or turkey. You get the idea.
- Versatile. This breakfast sausage recipe produces delicious homemade sausage that can be made into sausage patties or used in any recipe calling for bulk breakfast sausage.
Ingredients for Breakfast Sausage
- Ground Meat: Pork is traditional when preparing sausage, but ground turkey or ground chicken is also a great base for breakfast sausage. Using a protein-to-fat ratio of 80/20 creates the juiciest, most flavorful sausage, but you can opt to use leaner ground meat to save on fat and calories if desired.
- Maple Syrup: Maple syrup and sausage go hand in hand. Pure maple syrup gives this sausage incredible flavor, just be sure to use 100% maple syrup! If you happen to not have maple syrup on hand, brown sugar is the perfect substitute. Do not use granulated sugar or honey.
- Spices: This recipe uses sage, onion powder, black pepper, thyme, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and a pinch of cloves to create the perfect combination of spices for the most flavorful breakfast sausage.
- Sweetness Level: This recipe for maple breakfast sausage is just kissed with maple flavor and is not overwhelmingly sweet. You can also opt to add up to 1 tablespoon of additional maple syrup (or brown sugar) if you like really sweet breakfast sausage.
- Sodium Level: If you need to cut back on sodium in your diet, feel free to omit or cut the salt in half.
- Seasoning for Breakfast Sausage: You can change up the spices to fit your taste preference. If you like things spicy, add in a bit more red pepper flakes. If you despise sage, omit it for sage-free breakfast sausage.
How to Make Breakfast Sausage
The following tips are provided to help you achieve perfect results. You will find the detailed instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Step One: Make the Breakfast Sausage. Making breakfast sausage at home is as easy as mixing the ground meat of your choice with the spices, salt, and maple syrup to flavor. An important key for making flavorful homemade breakfast sausage is to allow time for the sausage to cure in the fridge. This will give the meat time to absorb all the flavor added to the meat. I recommend preparing the breakfast sausage at least 12 hours before you intend to cook it.
Step Two: Cook the Sausage. Once the sausage mixture has been refrigerated and the meat has had time to cure, it is time to prepare the sausage. You can opt to form the meat into patties for breakfast sausage patties, use it in a recipe calling for raw bulk sausage, or you can brown the raw sausage meat and use it as desired.
How to Serve Breakfast Sausage
Whether you serve Maple Breakfast Sausage Patties alongside Whole Wheat Waffles and a Homemade Latte for a delicious, wholesome breakfast, or use this breakfast sausage to prepare Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole, Breakfast Tacos, or Breakfast Sliders, you will love this sausage recipe.
- Pair homemade sausage with French Toast Casserole, Banana Oat Pancakes, or Sheet Pan Pancakes for a delicious, complete breakfast.
- Use sausage patties in place of ham in Egg McMuffin Sandwiches.
- Use the ground breakfast sausage to make Sausage Balls, Breakfast Sliders, or Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of cooked ground breakfast sausage into Instant Pot Egg Bites in place of cooked bacon.
- Serve an Oven Poached Egg over a homemade sausage patty for a luscious, rich breakfast.
- Serve the sausage patties on Homemade Biscuits for a southern favorite.
How to Store Breakfast Sausage
Once you prepare the sausage mixture, it needs to either be frozen or cooked within 3 days of preparation.
- Freezing raw breakfast sausage: Place the raw sausage in a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Remove from the freezer and allow to defrost in the refrigerator overnight. Use in any recipe calling for raw breakfast sausage or pan-fry and use as desired.
- Storing cooked sausage patties: Cook the mixture as sausage patties and allow the patties to cool fully. Store the cooked patties in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Pull out as many sausage patties as desired from the freezer and heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or in a skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of water added to the skillet--this keeps the sausage from drying out as it reheats.
- Storing raw sausage patties: Stack the shaped patties between layers of parchment paper in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to three days. Or to freeze, arrange the patties in a single layer on a parchment paper or wax paper-lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then transfer to a freezer-thickness plastic baggie and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Storing cooked crumbled breakfast sausage: Brown the breakfast sausage as directed. Once cooked, allow the sausage to cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
More Favorite Homemade Breakfast Recipes
- Whole Wheat Pancakes
- Dutch Baby Pancake
- Homemade French Toast
- The Best Quiche Recipe
- Whole Wheat Waffles
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Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe
- 1 pound ground pork see notes
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground sage optional
- 1 teaspoon oil for cooking
- In a large mixing bowl, combine salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, onion powder, sage, and cloves together. Add the ground pork to the spice mixture, along with the maple syrup. Using your hands, or a fork, gently mix the spices and syrup into the meat, until everything is evenly distributed.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a tightly fitted lid and refrigerate for 12-24 hours, allowing the flavor to develop.
- Shape the sausage mixture into patties that are 2 to 3-inches wide and ½-inch thick. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook the patties for 4-5 minutes per side, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.
Ground Breakfast Sausage
- Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, add in the sausage and cook until no longer pink, breaking it into small pieces as it browns. Serve as desired or use in any recipe calling for cooked breakfast sausage.
This post was originally published in 2019 but updated in 2023 with a new video.