breakfast sausage patties

breakfast sausage patties

These breakfast sausage patties have the perfect balance of salt, herb, and sweet with just a touch of maple syrup. I’ve been searching for a “clean” sausage patty for some time now. As much as I avoid processed foods, I can’t deny the deliciousness of packaged breakfast sausage found in the grocer’s freezer. In search of a healthier alternative, I’ve tried various brands of sausage from Whole Foods and Trader Joes, but unfortunately they were either under-seasoned or too sweet.

Unwilling to forego my dreams of the perfect homemade breakfast sandwich, I began experimenting with different herbs, meats, and spices. A winning combination of ground pork, grated garlic, maple syrup, and sage emerged from the kitchen one night. I cooked a pea-sized piece of the mixture to test the seasoning and I was pretty happy with the results. Since I was planning to serve the sausage for breakfast the next morning, I covered the raw, seasoned meat and let it rest in the fridge overnight.

breakfast sausage patties

Morning came and I enthusiastically rushed downstairs to prepare breakfast sandwiches. We love hosting people for breakfast and my parents were the guests of honor that particular morning. I started grilling up the refrigerated sausage mixture and something was different. As soon as the meat hit the pan, I could smell the flavorful aroma that was more intense than what I had sampled the night before. Curious, I snuck a piece of the sausage and sure enough it had gotten better! The flavors had deepened during their night of rest in the fridge and the salt almost cured the pork, making it taste even more sausage-y.

A light bulb went off, I ran to my notebook of scribbled recipes, and I immediately included an 8 hour refrigeration as an integral step in this recipe. My entire family raved about the sausages and I knew this recipe was a winner.

I’m so glad to have found an all-natural, unprocessed, version of my favorite breakfast sausage patties. I’m even more glad to share it with all of you! I hope you give this recipe a try and please don’t forego the refrigerator time…it really brings the flavors together!

You can serve these sausage on their own or with scrambled eggs and cheese on a breakfast sandwich. Bake your own biscuits or use store-bought English muffins for the best breakfast sandwiches you’ve had!

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breakfast sausage patties

breakfast sausage patties

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  • Author: Sepideh Esmaili Campos


  • 1 pound ground pork (you can also use ground turkey but I prefer pork for this recipe)
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • ¾ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ¾ teaspoon fennel seeds 
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, minced (about 5 leaves) (can also use ½ teaspoon dried sage instead)
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • ½ Tablespoon olive oil (for cooking)


  1. Mix all the ingredients except the olive oil together in a large bowl. Thoroughly combine the ingredients. 
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the meat overnight (or at least 30 minutes if you’re in a hurry). 
  3. The next morning, divide the meat into 4 or 6 equal size portions (depending on how big you want your sausage patties to be). 
  4. Flatten the meat into round patties. 
  5. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. 
  6. Cook the patties until they are golden brown on the exterior and fully cooked throughout, 5-7 minutes per side depending on the size of your patties. 
  7. Serve with eggs or in a breakfast sandwich. 
  8. Leftovers can be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for two days. 
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