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Breakfast Sausage

Breakfast Sausage is so simple to make at home. A simple mixture of ground pork and spices with a hint of brown sugar will be a great addition to any breakfast menu. 

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Breakfast Sausage

A hearty breakfast is always a great way to start any day. We don’t always have a big breakfast during the week but on the weekends, it’s a tradition. Our homemade breakfast sausage makes it something special. 


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How to Make Breakfast Sausage:

pork shoulder and bacon ends cut into chunks

  • Cut pork shoulder into large chunks. 

ground pork for sausage from meat grinder

  • Run through the course plate of meat grinder. 

Breakfast sausage seasonings

  • Mix seasonings together in a bowl: brown sugar, sage, salt, pepper, fresh rosemary and red pepper flakes. 

Bowl of ground pork with seasonings for sausage

  • Add to ground pork and mix to combine. 

Ground pork mixture going into meat grinder

  • Place mixture back into meat grinder. 

Meat grinder making pork sausage

  • Grind once more using the small plate.

ground pork sausage in freezer paper

  • Wrap in freezer paper or zip top plastic bags and store in refrigerator until ready to cook. 

If you don’t have a meat grinder, you can purchase ground pork and add in your spice blend when you are ready to cook your sausage. 

To Cook Breakfast Sausage Patties:

pork sausage patties on a plate

  • Form into patties.

cooked breakfast sausage patties

  • Cook over medium -high heat in a skillet for 8- 10 minutes, turning half way through. Sausage will no longer be pink and should reach a temperature of 160° when cooked through.

How long will breakfast sausage stay fresh?

Fresh made sausage stored in an airtight container will keep up to 2 days. Sausage will keep frozen up to 1 year but is best if used within 6 months. 

Cooked Sausage Patties on a white plate

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We have been on a sausage making kick. It is really easier than you might imagine and amazingly delicious.  We often use this sausage for a quick meal in this Sausage and Pepper Rice. It’s so good that there are rarely leftovers.

It’s also a great addition to Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms that we put on the grill.

Our Andouille Sausage is very similar to this breakfast sausage but it is stuffed into casings and smoked. We also tried our hand at Cajun Boudin and I really love the whole process.

Breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs and toast

Make any breakfast something special with homemade breakfast sausage. We love it with scrambled eggs and toast or layered on buttermilk biscuits with eggs and cheese. It’s also amazing to make homemade sausage gravy!

We also used this sausage to make Grilled Sausage Stuffed Zucchini. It was the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted! A must-try for dinner. Then we made these Air Fryer Mini Pizzas using our sausage and pepperoni, they were a huge hit!. 

Once you try making your own sausage, you may never go back to store bought again. It is quite nice to know exactly what goes into your sausage and you can customize it to your own tastes. 

plate of scrambled eggs, sausage patties and toast
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Breakfast Sausage

Delicious homemade Breakfast Sausage is so simple to make at home. A simple mixture of ground pork and spices with a hint of brown sugar will be a great addition to any breakfast menu. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Pork
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar sausage, country sausage, homemade sausage, pork sausage
Servings: 6 pounds
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 6 pounds pork shoulder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground sage
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Cut pork shoulder into about 2- 3 inch chunks.
  • Run through a meat grinder using the large plate.
  • In a bowl, combine brown sugar, salt, sage, pepper, rosemary and red pepper flakes.
  • Combine seasonings with ground pork.
  • Run mixture through meat grinder once more using the small plate.
  • Sausage can be refrigerated up to 2 days in an air tight container or frozen in a freezer bag for up to one year.
  • To cook sausage: form into patties and fry in a skillet over medium- high heat.
  • Flip to brown both sides, cooking for about 8 - 10 minutes total or until internal temperature reaches 160°.
  • Drain on a paper towel lined plate and serve immediately.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 607mg | Sugar: 4g

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