Homemade breakfast sausage patties are delicious and easy to make. The best thing is that you know exactly what has gone into them. These are sausages that you can feel great about!
If you’re new to making sausages at home, sausage patties are a great place to start. They don’t need any special equipment and they taste great. They’re really easy to make too!
All you need is two ingredients, a sheet pan, and a round cookie cutter (or a glass), and you’re ready to go!
Scroll down to read more about how it all comes together or click here to jump straight down to the recipe.
What Kind Of Pork For Breakfast Sausages?
This recipe is for pork sausage patties. You’ll therefore need ground pork. You can get it at the grocery store, or you can grind your own pork if you have a meat grinder. Actually, if you’re thinking about making more sausages, you might want to get a meat grinder and sausage stuffer. This is all-in-one and attaches to a KitchenAid mixer.
To the ground pork, you add your seasoning. You can buy breakfast sausage seasoning online or at your local butcher supply store, or you can make your own sausage seasoning. The ingredients for the seasoning are probably things that you already have at home, like sage, thyme, brown sugar, and cloves. I actually really like the cloves in there. It gives the sausage that sweet-treat breakfast flavor, and it goes so great with maple syrup!
How To Shape Sausage Patties
I have a really easy technique for shaping breakfast sausage patties. You can totally do them with your hands the way you would burger patties, but this is so much easier and less messy.
What you do is to spread your seasoned ground meat out in a large sheet pan. Spread it so that it is the thickness that you want your patties to be.
Then you put that tray into the freezer for about 20-30 minutes. You want it to firm up, but you don’t want it to freeze fully. If it freezes fully, the next step will be too difficult for sure.
After the meat is very very cold, maybe even a bit frozen in places but not fully frozen, get a round cookie cutter the size that you’d like your patties to be. You can alternatively use a glass with a diameter of the patties.
Use the cookie cutter or glass to cut your patties like this:
You’ll have the bits of meat that were around each patty. You can either spread that meat out on the tray and chill it and then cut it, or form those using your hands, or leave that meat to use as crumbled sausage meat (like for sausage gravy… mmm).
How To Freeze Sausage Patties
Once you’ve shaped your sausage patties, you can cook them immediately (see below), you can keep them in the fridge for a few days, or you can freeze them.
If you’re keeping them in the fridge, simply put some plastic wrap, wax paper, or parchment paper, between them so that they don’t stick to each other. Don’t put more than 2-3 in a pile though or else the top ones will weigh down and flatten lower ones. Alternatively, you can keep them in a single non-overlapping layer.
If you’re freezing the sausage patties, put a piece of wax paper or parchment on a sheet pan. Then arrange the patties in a single non-overlapping layer. Freeze them fully. After that, cut the paper and put it in between the frozen patties, and put them in a freezer bag. They won’t stick together this way since they are already frozen, and the paper will prevent it even more.
How To Cook Sausage Patties
There’s a lot of fat in the pork already so you don’t need to add any fat to the cooking surface before cooking these patties.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage patties in a single non-overlapping layer. Cook until well-browned underneath, about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook until well-browned on the other side. Cut into one and make sure it is no longer pink inside. Remove from the heat and serve.
Alternatively, you can cook sausage patties in the air fryer. Put them in a single non-overlapping layer in the air fryer. I can fit 4 in my air fryer. Set it to 400°F and let them cook for 5 minutes. Flip them over and cook for another 3-5 minutes, until they’re browned on both sides and no longer pink in the middle.
There you have it! That’s pretty much everything I know about sausage patties. I think you’re really going to love them!
More Homemade Sausage Recipes
- In a large mixing bowl, place ground pork.
- Add sausage seasoning and water. Mix well.
- Lightly spray a sheet pan with at least a 1/2 inch lip (I like these) with cooking spray.
- Place sausage mixture in the pan and spread it out so it is the thickness of your desired sausage patty thickness. Smooth it out.
- Place pan in freezer for about 30 minutes. Do not freeze solid.
- Using a circular cutter (cookie cutter, glass or cup) to cut the patties. If your cutter gets sticky just dip it in water.
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*You can buy different sausage seasoning mixtures but be sure to read the instructions on the seasoning packet to see how much to use with 2 and 1/2 pounds of meat as it will vary from brand to brand. The homemade sausage seasoning recipe that we’ve linked to is for 5 pounds of meat. That means that you will use half of the seasoning mixture when making the above recipe, which will be about 3 and 1/2 tablespoons. If you’re unsure about the amount of seasoning to use, you can find good instructions here for how to figure out how much seasoning you need when making sausages.
This post originally appeared in May 2021 and was revised and republished in November 2023.