Easy Homemade Breakfast Sausage


My husband was sick last week. He had a bad cold. My 4 year old got sick too. So did my baby.

Not me!! I stayed immune…until Sunday. This virus sort of snuck up on me and showed his ugly head a few days ago. I wanted to kill someone. Aaaand, sort of still do because I feel like trash 24/7.

On the bright side: I’m the only one sick now.

On the sucky side: I have to somehow manage to do everything I used to do when I was healthy.

YEAH, that’s not happening. Papa Murphy’s for all!!!

Again, on the bright side, my kids go hang out with our nanny every Tuesday and Thursday, so I get to nap, work and enjoy all the Tim Riggins I want.

In other news, I’ve successfully hooked my husband onto season 2 of Friday Night Lights. And he thought he could stay away!! The whole Landry/murder plot sucked him in. Just like I thought it would….mwahahahaha…..last night we watched 3 episodes together. It was glorious. I laid on the couch drinking tea, coughing and blowing my nose through the ENTIRE thing. He was on the ground doing a workout. #showoff

I love being sick….said nobody EVER.

Le sigh.

Anyways, one day last week when I was feeling perfectly fine, I tried making some breakfast sausage and they were sooooo good! And really simple to make :) I had all the spices on hand and it certainly beats buying store bought breakfast sausage {with ingredients I can’t pronounce!} Also, cheaper! Hey Safeway: put THAT in your pipe and smoke it! Suckas!

We like putting these in little breakfast burritos or on the side of our pancakes. A little drizzle of maple syrup on these guys is kind of a dreamy combination. If you’ve never made your own, I’d highly recommend it! Here’s how you make my version:


Start out with one pound of ground pork. Plop that into a small bowl.

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Next measure out all your spices. There are sort of a lot of these involved, but every one adds a little je-ne-sais-qua that makes these taste better than the store bought version. Also, not pictured: brown sugar, salt and pepper.


I also had some of this on hand. It’s probably one of my favorite spices to use in the Fall. Delicious!! I added a teaspoon of this to the mix too.


Stir all the spices into the meat and mix well! Then scoop them out into 12 even balls and flatten into patties. IMG_0054

Cook in your pan until thoroughly cooked and drain on paper towels and serve as you like! That’s it :) See? Totally doable!

Here’s the printable:

Easy Homemade Breakfast Sausage

If you love breakfast sausage, try this homemade version. Super tasty and surprisingly easy...just a bunch of seasonings mixed together with ground pork!

Yield: 12 mini patties

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


1 lb. ground pork
1 tablespoon brown sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
½ teaspoon dried sage
1/8 teaspoon marjoram
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon smokehouse maple seasoning {optional}


In a large bowl, stir seasonings together with ground pork. Scoop into 12 even balls {I used a cookie scoop for this}, form into patties and fry in a nonstick skillet with a little cooking spray. Once fully cooked, remove to paper towels and serve as desired.

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25 Responses to “Easy Homemade Breakfast Sausage”

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    Courtney — September 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I really love the idea of having control of portions. I’m hoping these freeze well :) Would be perfect for quick breakfast sandwiches too!


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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — September 25, 2013 at 5:56 am

    It has never occurred to me to try to make my own breakfast sausage, but that would be so fun to experiment with different spices. I have also never heard of that smokehouse maple seasoning but I think I need it!


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    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — September 25, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Sounds great! I’ve never made my own sausage. Can’t wait to try this!


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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — September 25, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I hated being sick when my kids were really little… now I can just tell them to get their own toast while I nap on the couch, so it gets easier… promise! Ps..This is on my to do list fo sho!


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    Jodie @jbmaryn — September 25, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I hope you feel better soon. I’ve never made my own sausages and really look forward to trying it out.


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    SuperCutePetContest — September 25, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I hope you are feeling better! I have never made breakfast sausage like that but definitely will! The smokehouse maple seasoning is SO good! I love to use it when I bake salmon.


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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — September 25, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Every year my family gets together to make large batches of homemade sausage. (like over 200lbs.) By about August we are out of sausage. This recipe is great to have on hand for those mornings you want the good homemade stuff.

    Hope you feel better soon!


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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — September 25, 2013 at 9:18 am

    My husband is a high school football coach and we are expecting our first baby come December so I have been saving Parenthood and Friday Night Lights for us to watch during feedings and rare moments of downtime during the holidays. I know he will be so hooked too! These are so easy, I need to get on this and make a batch and pop them in the freezer for later.


  9. #
    Karli — September 25, 2013 at 10:12 am

    LOVE this idea! I have some frozen in my freezer as we speak.


  10. #
    Karen — September 25, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I love making breakfast sausage. I have a great recipe that uses ground turkey.


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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — September 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Ugh. I totally feel you on the sick front. The hubby and I are both sick right now so I can’t even get him to make me tea and give me sympathy back rubs. The two of us together are ultra pathetic. But it does make for some great snotty TV watching.

    When we’re healthy we put sausage in EVERYTHING, so I’ll definitely have to try this!


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    Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks — September 26, 2013 at 2:09 am

    What a great idea – I bet it’s delicious! And I so have to try the smokehouse maple seasoning.


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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — September 26, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I’ve made homemade breakfast sausage once before, but I want to try this one now too!


  14. #
    Aimee K. — October 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Looks yummy!


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    Joel Cuervo — December 30, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Best breakfast sausages EVER!!!!! When I did the steps I thought ‘oh this isn’t that difficult at all’. I called over my kids to try it out and they thought that I bought it in the store . Next thing you know I had to make some more of how good it was .


    • Lauren — December 31st, 2013 @ 9:19 am

      Awesome! So glad you {and your kids!!} liked it!


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    Megan — January 21, 2014 at 10:11 am

    We love homemade breakfast sausage (I’ve used Alton Brown’s recipe in the past). I’ll have to try yours w/ the maple seasoning – sounds yummy! By the way, we have had great success at using ground turkey too, for those who want a leaner option.


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    Rodrigo — March 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I made this recipe today. Have to say im a little disappointed, it doesnt taste like those breakfast sausages you buy on the supermarket, it has too much rosemary and it dominates the flavors.

    I didnt have the last one, the smoked….maybe this is the problem.

    All the ingredients were weighed on a digital scale to cut weight errors.

    Made 2 separate batches of pork loin and pork leg.

    But thank you anyway for sharing the recipe.


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    Mark Viduk — April 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Your breakfast sausages are amazing and you are a caring wife.
    However, if your husband is sick, it’s better if he’s eating hot soup.
    Go back to your breakfast sausage, it is easy to do. I will try to do it this weekend with the kids.


  19. #
    Connie Choi — April 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    This looks so awesome! I will be trying your recipe this weekend (:

    Ps. I love the picture of the plated spices!


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    Katie Thibeau — May 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I made these for without the optional seasoning (because I didn’t have it) and used maple syrup instead and they were GREAT!!! I have tried a few other recipes for breakfast sausage and this is the BEST one! Thank you.. This is going in my recipe catalog!!!


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    Jackie — January 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I don’t do sugar. If I leave the sugar out, will it affect the taste too much?


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    Kelly — January 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I just tried a half batch of this with a 1/2 pound of ground turkey I had. I mixed it all thoroughly and took a tsp of the mixture and made a mini patty to taste test. I was impressed. I’m making a biscuit sized patty for my hubby to have in the morning. That will be the real test for me! Regardless, I love it and it’s definitely something I can tweak, if needed. Thank you!


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    Lester Booher — March 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I am going to try this,I am after a spicy sausage,I am not sure what the Marjoram is,I don’t think I have used it b4.This sounds like what I am wanting to make.I am taking Pork,and making spicy sausage out of it.Then taking Burger,Mixing it and Making Chile.Not quite sure what I am expecting,I just know I want something different.I am open to suggestions if any one has made Chile Like this b4.I think I’m wanting hot with a Spicy sausage taste.I know I’m probably not making since but it’s just a thought and I wanted to see if I can do that.After all thats what experimenting with cooking is about,a Idea then Try and c Right? Thanks for ur Receipt and Thanks to who ever sends me any help for What I think I want.lol.


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    Sue R — April 28, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Do u think it would work with ground beef instead?


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