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Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe

This country breakfast sausage recipe with homemade seasoning (no MSG!) is an absolute game changer and our favorite way to start the day.

Homemade country breakfast sausage patties in a skillet.

Justin’s Mom raises pigs, and a couple times a year we are fortunate enough to get a half of a hog from her. It’s the BEST pork. But after learning the butcher uses MSG in the breakfast sausage seasoning, we decided to get plain ground pork and make both the breakfast sausage and breakfast sausage seasoning at home.

A healthy breakfast sausage

When doing a Whole30 or following the Keto diet, it can be hard to find a breakfast sausage made without sugar. Because this recipe is made with only ground pork and some simple seasonings, it’s perfect for any diet and 100% Paleo, Whole30 and Keto friendly!

Homemade country breakfast sausage patties on a plate.

Our homemade breakfast sausage seasoning recipe

Justin is really great at coming up with flavorful seasoning combinations and he was on a mission with this homemade breakfast sausage recipe. To start we tried some recipes from a couple of our go-to paleo cookbooks –  Make it Paleo II and Primal Cravings. These were both pretty good but not quite the “classic” breakfast sausage we were looking for.

After some trials in the kitchen, we came it with this simple homemade breakfast sausage recipe. It has a classic breakfast sausage taste from only a handful of seasonings. This recipe is even better than store-bought versions and quick and easy to make!

Lifting one homemade country breakfast sausage patty from the skillet with a spatula.

Why breakfast sausage is perfect for meal prep

These homemade breakfast sausage patties are perfect for meal prep. Here are some options to prep and store them:

  • The patties can be cooked and frozen for 6 months. We recommend freezing the sausage in the portions you’ll want to eat. Just thaw, reheat and eat!
  • You can prep the sausage with the seasoning mixture and freeze it to cook later. Either keep it as bulk sausage or form it into patties before freezing for speedy cooking after you defrost it!
  • Simply cook the sausage over the weekend to use for breakfast or other meals during the week. Store in an airtight container for up to one week in the fridge.
Overhead image of homemade country breakfast sausage patties on a plate with sage leaves.

Breakfast casseroles with homemade sausage to try

Your turn to try our homemade country breakfast sausage recipe

Whether you’re meal prepping or making a weekend breakfast, try out this homemade breakfast sausage! It’s an easy recipe the whole family will enjoy. Leave a comment below, and let us know what you think. Also, take a pic and tag it on Instagram @realsimplegood, we love to see what you’re making!

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Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe

4.09 from 226 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 6 Patties
Calories: 303kcal
This country breakfast sausage recipe with homemade seasoning (no MSG!) is an absolute game changer and our favorite way to start the day.
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  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1.5 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika (optional)
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  • Place the ground pork in a medium sized bowl.
  • Mix the seasonings together in a separate bowl or ramekin.
  • Pour the seasonings in with the pork and mix it together well with your hands. Make sure the seasonings are evenly incorporated throughout the pork but don't overmix.
  • Shape the sausage into 4-6 patties.
  • Heat a pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add in the sausage to cook.
  • Cook about 5 minutes per side, until the sausage is cooked through the center.
  • Serve and enjoy.


Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet.  See our full nutrition information disclosure here

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Fiber: 1g
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Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe

36 thoughts on “Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe

  • I got some pigs butchered and the sausage meat had a funky flavor. Whatever seasoning they used was garbage. Used this recipe to make it better and it worked! Yummy!!!

  • Good Morning, I would like to try this recipe but I have about 12 lbs. of fresh shoulder pork. I can ad as much fat as needed . Do you see any problem areas with ingrediants using this recipe for this much pork? Thank you

  • Delicious and easy! I love breakfast sausage and this is a healthy alternative to store bought/processed sausages.

  • This recipe has great flavor and is so easy to mix up!! It’s great for breakfast for two as patties. I like to fry it up as crumbles in five pound batches and freeze it in one pound containers. Then it’s perfect to add to an egg bake at the holidays or a lazy Saturday, or toss it into a batch of biscuits with shredded cheese. So yummy!! Thanks!!!

  • This is a great recipe. I used half ground pork and a half lamb. I added some red pepper flakes since we like a little zip.

  • I run a prison kitchen, and we used your recipe with 50% ground beef and 50% ground turkey. Simply amazing! No Name or email, please.

  • OMG, This is fantastic. I will personally never go back to store bought sausage. It was easy to make, in fact it actually surprised me how easy and with no weird additives, sugar etc. My son really liked it too. I did use a high quality meat, so it was more expensive than Jimmy Dean; however, the flavor and quality is just so much better. I can really taste the oregano but still it compliments the sage very nicely. I think next time I’ll add a little more paprika for a little more smoky flavor. I think it will go great with biscuits and gravy. Again, thank you for the great recipe .

  • Can I use ground beef since I don’t eat pork ? Kroger used to sell beef breakfast sausage and now doesn’t. Hoping to make my own

  • The spice combinations are excellent. My ground pork was on the lean side so I added a tablespoon of olive oil to the meat. My skillet test proved it to be very tasty. I also tested it as a sausage ball which was simmered for 25 min. This was also very good. Imo, this reciepe has a great appeal for a variety of dishes. Thanks.

  • After trying multiple other sausage recipes, (many going straight from pan to trash) yours is a keeper.
    My search is over. Thanks for sharing.

  • These sausages are seriously yum. I don’t eat pork, so I make with turkey. I also make the mix the night before and let sit overnight before frying up in the morning. OMG, so much flavor. I also caramelized some onions and added into the mix. Now we always add the onion, it’s so amazing.

  • Just butchered my own back yard pig did 25 lbs of your recipe useing most of the trimming froze it and It turned out amazing. best and easiest sausage recipe i have used. Will be my go to breakfast sausage for sure

  • AMAZING! We just bought a commercial meat grinder and saved a lot by grinding ourselves. Fantastic recipe! Better than anything in the store.

    • We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe! And that’s impressive – grinding your own meat! Justin’s mom has a meat grinder out on the farm, and it’s always nice to get fresh made sausage from her! Thanks for trying our recipe and coming back to share! 🙂

  • Made this today, You nailed it, Very Good, not too much seasoning or salt
    Store bought pork. Pasture raised pork is $12 pound here ,and that’s for the cheapest cuts.

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