I enjoy making my own things. It can be so easy to pull out a roll of your favorite brand of sausage, but do you know what’s in it? I don’t. I’ve noticed as I get older I start to question a lot of those things I can’t pronounce. So I started buying fresh ground pork from my local grocer and freezing it. I buy a large package when they do their monthly meat sale and then divide it into 1 pound packages and freeze it. Pulling it out of my freezer and making homemade sausage patties really doesn’t take much more time than a premade frozen log.
If you want, you can make the sausage all at once and then freeze it. I use the ground pork for other things so I don’t do it that way. When morning rolls around and we decide to want some sausage patties or crumbled sausage to put in our grits I can just pull one of these out of the freezer, shake in a few seasonings and make breakfast. I don’t have to worry about MSG or high sodium counts that the husband should stay away from. I don’t have to worry about the chemicals in the food that kiddo shouldn’t have. I don’t want any of it.
Here’s a simple sausage recipe that you can either prepare in advance and freeze or the morning of. You’ll be surprise at how quick and easy it is and may never return to oh Jimmy whats-his-name 😉
It’s also a lot cheaper.
The best part about this recipe is that you can mix and match your spices to make it your own. Don’t like garlic? That’s ok. Leave it out and add something you do like. Want to try it with Paprika? Feel free. I have and it’s great.
Homemade Breakfast Sausage
- 1.5 - 2 pounds ground pork
- 1 TBSP black pepper
- 1 TBSP oregano
- 1 TBSP garlic powder
- 1 TBSP onion powder
- 1 TBSP salt free seasoning
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp dried chives
- In a bowl combine all ingredients.
- Using clean, dry hands mix all ingredients thoroughly.
- If you are going to make crumbles crumble the meat mixture into a frying pan and cook over low to medium heat.
- If you are going to make into patties roll meat mixture into a small ball and then smash into a patty shape.
- Place patties in a frying pan or cast iron skillet and cook on low to medium heat until meat is thoroughly cooked.
Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life says
Hi Chrystal! I’m stopping in from Let’s Get Real today. I was super excited to see your sausage recipe. I have a favorite sausage that I buy from my butcher shop and then I found out that there is MSG in their seasoning. What!? MSG gives me horrible headaches. I thought I was going to have to give up sausage. Thanks for letting me know how to make my own. I’ll have to ask for the ground pork next time I go to the butcher shop. You are awesome!
My local mom & pop shop has homemade sausage but I am unsure what they put in it. I stumbled upon making my own quite by accident. I found some ground pork for a $1 and one more decided to toss in some seasoning and try making some patties for breakfast. That is how my sausage came to be. Works for us and we don’t have to worry about weird chemicals!
So smart. I think it’s great to make your own stuff, especially since you can really control what goes into it, not only for health reasons but for taste as well – make it how you like it! HUGS
I have been trying to do this more and more.
Liz Mays says
My mom used to do this a lot. I love the idea of changing up the seasoning every time too. Must follow your lead!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I am a big fan of making big batches of things and then freezing what I don’t need for later. It makes life much easier later on.
I am thankful I have an upright freezer in the garage. Not only is it a time saver it saves us money too.
I think it is a fabulous idea to make your own breakfast sausage. That stuff is over $4 a roll at the grocery store! Yikes! And yours looks so tasty too!
I can get a pound of ground pork for about $2.50 regular price and often its on the clearance section for $2. So I buy them all up and freeze them.
My husband is supposed to stay away from sodium thanks to his blood pressure. This would be a great recipe to try, because he is missing sausage!
My husband is the same. High BP and triglycerides. So I try to reduce where I can.
fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin) says
My husband would LOVE this. Garlic and meat.. yum!
This is such a great idea. I like that you suggest to use different spices to create different flavors and then freeze them.
Yum this looks delicious! Confession I’ve NEVER made my own breakfast sausage and now I’m wishing I do.. Yum!
It’s so easy! You should try it!
Debbie Denny says
This is a great idea. I love making my own.
You make it sound so easy! What a fantastic idea that I wish I would have though of earlier. We love sausage!
It is really simple. Give it a try!
Catherine S says
This looks really good. We love to make breakfast for dinner. This will be a perfect addition.
I hope you like it!
Pauline C. says
Wow! I love homemade breakfast sausage! Hope I have time to make one tomorrow.
Let me know how it turns out for you!
Hmm, I have never tried making my own breakfast sausage. But, like you, I am getting more aware of the unpronounceable ingredients packed in foods these days. I want to eat fresh foods that I can pronounce!
For me it was more of a medical choice. I have some issues that so many prepackaged foods tend to work against. So, it was just better for me to start making as much as I could myself.
This is a great way to switch up the breakfast meat. Hubby’s home from work today and he always likes a big breakfast, maybe I’ll give it a go.
I hope he likes it!
Krystal's Kitsch says
I always run out of oregano because I use it so much! IT’s definitely my favorite spice for dishes like this.
I buy the large one of oregano and parsley from GFS, which is similar to Costco and Sams Club. So much easier that way.
Jocelyn McGafficq says
What a great recipe. Will be trying this for sure. So much fresher than store bought!
And less processed with less additives which is why I started making my own. Plus, its super easy and really doesn’t take much extra time. Kiddo and hubs get involved so its a win-win for me.
This looks so good! Will make a nice break from my usual smoothie breakfast!
We save these for the weekend when kiddo is here. I am a smoothie lover!
Ann Bacciaglia says
This is so easy to make and looks so good. I will have to try making some for our weekend breakfast.
If you do, please let me know how they turn out for you.
I love making homemade sausage for breakfast, this is a great list of options to make it with too. Thanks for sharing this yummy idea!
You are welcome. I use a similar recipe to make sausage links too.
You had me at sausage. I would love to eat during any meal, really!
I completely understand! This recipe makes great meatballs!
I love making my own things. I’d totally do this. thanks for the recipe.
You are very welcome.
I really never thought to make my own breakfast sausage but that is an awesome idea! I would just substitute the pork for ground beef!
It really is simple and you can control the ingredients!
I’ve never made my own sausage. Thanks for the easy recipe!
Amy Desrosiers says
I had no idea that you could make your own breakfast sausage from pork. This sounds so darn easy and delish!! I hate store bought sausage because it usually has tons of bones in it.
I love making my own breakfast sausage. Perfect to freeze too! I will have to check out this recipe next time I need to make a batch!
Camesha | Mama Motivator says
What a great recipe. My husband would love. He’s a huge fan of breakfast sausage. I apparently don’t buy it enough. 🙂