Sausage is a staple breakfast item, whether tubular or patty shaped, and they are easy to make at home! Standard breakfast sausage is made with ground pork with seasonings which often includes something sweet like brown sugar. You can season breakfast sausage any way you like with my favourite being a combination of: salt, pepper, garlic, onion, sage, marjoram, thyme, paprika and red pepper flakes. The maple aroma really screams breakfast to me so I like to add a little maple syrup to the sausages for that aroma, the flavour and hint of sweetness. To make the sausage you simply mix all of the seasoning into the pork and then either form them into patties or place them into sausage skins. I like to fry these breakfast sausage patties up in a skillet and either serve them with eggs on the side or to throw them into breakfast sandwiches.
One of the great things about there sausages is that they freeze well so you can make a large batch and store them in the freezer for a quick breakfast any morning! I like to form them into patties, freeze them and then place them into a sealed container for storage in the freezer. Freezing them individually before throwing them all into one container helps prevent them from sticking to each other and you can then pull out a few when you need them!
Homemade Breakfast Sausage
Quick, easy and tasty homemade seasoned pork breakfast sausage patties with a hint of maple.
- 2 pounds ground pork
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or brown sugar), (optional)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Mix the everything into the ground pork, divide into 12-16 equal portions and form into patties.
- Cook the patties in a skillet over medium-high heat until lightly golden brown on both sides and cooked through.
Note: These freeze well! Place the uncooked patties on a sheet, freeze and then transfer the frozen patties to a sealed container to store in the freezer.
Option: Replace 1 pound of ground pork with 1 pound of ground turkey for a lighter version.
Option: Add 2 tablespoons sriracha for some heat!
Option: Add ground fennel seeds.
Option: Replace the sage, marjoram and thyme with 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon oregano and 2 chopped chipotle chilies in adobo for a more Southern flavour!