Homemade breakfast sausage patties are a perfect way to start your day! This recipe is easy and quick, made with fresh ground pork, maple syrup, and seasonings. They're freezer friendly and great for using in homemade breakfast sandwiches too!
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What are breakfast sausage patties made of?
This recipe for breakfast sausage patties are made with a combination of seasonings including sage, thyme, garlic powder, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, cloves and salt and pepper. These seasonings are combined with ground pork and a little bit of maple syrup.
Personally, I prefer using just ground pork in my breakfast sausage, but you could also try the recipe with ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground beef.
Is there a difference between breakfast sausage and regular sausage?
Typically, breakfast sausage is made with different kinds of spices and seasonings than other kinds of sausage. One of the main differences is that breakfast sausage usually contains sage, fennel seeds and are sweetened with maple syrup.
How to Make Perfect Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties
Making homemade breakfast sausage patties is super simple! Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl (ground pork, seasonings, etc) and form them into patties. At this point you can cook them and serve right away or you can freeze them (wax paper or parchment between each).
A tip to make your patties taste even more flavourful: I like to grind my seasonings in a small coffee grinder before adding them to my meat. I find that this helps bring out the flavour, especially as it breaks apart the fennel seeds. If you don't have a grinder, no worries! Adding the seasonings as they are will be tasty too!
How do you keep sausage patties from falling apart?
To help prevent your patties from falling apart when cooking, chill them in the fridge for about 10 minutes before cooking them in the frying pan. This will help them hold their shape.
How to form Sausage Patties
For this recipe, I find using my hands to form the sausage patties works best. This method works well for me, but you could also try placing the meat between a couple layers of plastic wrap, rolling it out with a rolling pin, remove the wrap, then cut patties using a cookie cutter.
How to Prepare Sausage Patties Ahead of Time
Homemade breakfast sausage patties are simple to prepare ahead of time! All you have to do to prepare them ahead of time is combine the seasonings with the ground pork and form them into patties as described in the recipe.
To prepare the night before: If you'd like to make your sausage patties for breakfast tomorrow, you can place the patties in the fridge overnight in an air tight container. Be sure to place pieces of wax paper or parchment paper between them so they don't stick together. The next day, cook them as usual in a frying pan with a little oil.
To Freeze for future use: Frozen patties are a great way to to add convenience to your morning meal! Store in the freezer by placing the patties in an air tight container or zip lock baggie with sheets of wax paper or parchment in between. When its time to cook your homemade patties, simply take out what you need and fry them in a pan with a little oil. Since they're frozen, keep in mind it may take a little longer than the usual 5 minutes to cook on each side.
When frozen, the patties should be good for about 6 months.
Can I Freeze Leftover Breakfast Sausage Patties?
Yes, you can freeze leftover cooked patties to use in the future. I find they taste best when cooked fresh or from frozen (not precooked), but leftover frozen pre-cooked patties are yummy too!
Can I combine the ground pork with other meat?
Yes, if you'd like you can make a ground pork mixture with other kinds of meat such as ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground beef. I find that in order to maintain the right texture and moisture of the homemade sausage patties, it's best to use more pork than the other meat you choose. So I'd recommend using a ratio of about 2 parts pork and 1 part other ground meat.
- 2 lbs ground pork
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp thyme
- ½ tsp ground sage
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- pinch of cloves
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- 1–2 tbsp maple syrup
Optional: I like to grind my seasonings in a small coffee grinder before adding them to my meat. I find that this helps bring out the flavour, especially as it breaks apart the fennel seeds. If you don't have a grinder, no worries! Adding the seasonings as they are will be tasty too!
- In a mixing bowl, combine ground pork with all seasonings.
- Form the meat into patties. The size is up to you! I find I enjoy nice thin wide patties to work best in sandwiches, but you can make them however works best for you. 😋
- NOTE: To prevent your patties from falling apart when cooking, chill them in the fridge for about 10 minutes before cooking them in the frying pan. This will help them hold their shape.
- Add a little oil to your frying pan, on medium-high heat and cook the patties for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden. Lay on a paper towel to drain any excess fat before serving.
- Serve as they are, or on homemade breakfast sandwiches!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American