Homemade Pork Breakfast Sausage

I talk about pork breakfast sausage on my blog on the reg. That means regular. That’s because it’s delicious. And I eat it almost every morning. I get it from Whole Foods, from US Wellness Meats, and then sometimes, when I’m feeling frisky I make it myself. That’s rarely. Because I’m lazy. Can’t help it, people. I just can’t. BUT, not all of you have a Whole Foods near you or want to order food online. Understandable. So I made this recipe for you non-lazy people.

Anywho, I’ve recently become completely obsessed with a new realty show. Yes, you can roll your eyes at me. I get it. You’re too good for trash T.V. and actually have a life that you don’t need to fill your time with a person’s fake life. No, I get it. But I’m not that cool. I like watching over people’s true/fake lives. Watching another person’s life unfold on a visual network is invigorating. Not really, but you know what I’m sayin’. That’s why we read blogs, right? Other people’s lives are always more fun than our own. Wait, that’s not true. I like my life most of the time, when I’m not bawling my eyes out because of a simple head cold. Back to the point, I’ve recently become competely obsessed with the new reality show ‘Total Divas’. Have you seen this sh*t? It’s awesome.

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That’s all you get. Now let’s get to eating some pork!


Homemade Pork Breakfast Sausage

  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon fennel
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • salt and pepper, to taste (I added a decent amount of salt)


  1. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Create 5-7 patties with the pork.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Cook on both sides for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  4. Serve with whatever else you like for breakfast!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


50 thoughts on “Homemade Pork Breakfast Sausage”

  1. Hmm, cloves, I’ll try that in mine (from Civilized Caveman). When I’m motivated, I make a bunch and freeze them raw. When I’m lazy I just cook it as sausage crumbles and freeze those for adding to scrambles. Love my vacu-sealer.

  2. I (almost) wish you’d stop finding yummies like this just kidding. Tx for discount codes. Love the backstory on rickaroons. Ordered from mycocoroons based on your say-so, waiting for my order. I can’t have too many of these things in the house, they’re only supposed 2b occasional treats! 🙂 Of course, I can’t have chocolate, so that does limit which treats I can eat. (can’t have citrus or coffee either, and don’t do dairy – so bummer on those yummy looking choc chip & freckled almond cookies- I SO would eat the whole stack! I can only have 1 flavor of rickaroons too, but that beats nothing…would be nice to see more places making treats with gf&vegan carob chips, which I’ve just found)

    You might enjoy the show on the Travel Channel called BBQ Crawl – BBQ Diva (from Canada) goes to 11 US cities to compete in BBQ competitions & showcases 1-2 local restaurants per city. LOTS of amazing meat photos and restaurants to hit.

  3. Love Love Love Breakfast sausage.. Question, do you think I could sub the Coconut Sugar for Maple Sugar and create a Maple Sausage?

  4. Those treats look soooo yummy. I would love to order but starting on the 7th I start the Whole Life Challenge (ugh!!) speaking of can I make this without the coconut sugar?
    Also dum question: what is a “selfie”? I don’t do Instagram. Just look at yours and civilized cavemans.. Stalker as I am.. Heehee!!

  5. Hi, Juli! I love your maple bacon breakfast meatballs, and now I’ll be able to make them without tracking down bulk sausage or busting open links (PITA)! Quick question – is the tsp of fennel a tsp of fennel seeds or ground fennel? Thanks!

  6. at first, I thought that show was the bra ladies on TLC. but then I remembered it’s double divas. that’s a great show, too. I did see total divas and its ok. not really too exciting yet. im hoping to see some actual cat fights.

  7. Does anyone have a substitute for fennel?? Not sure if I should leave it out or substitute. Don’t like it and it makes me burp…gross.

  8. I make this using Ground Turkey too. So Delish! I let it marinate for an hour or more to really meld the flavors. Thank you for the recipes!

  9. You know how long it took me to figure out that to Americans, sausage meat (and chorizo) don’t have to come in sausages? Mind. Blown.

    We don’t do that down here in Aus, you get link sausage or packets of mince. So thank you v. much for the recipe, because now I know what is in a breakfast sausage (and it’s not the crap filler they put in sausages in the supermarket!).

    I have never been able to find chorizo meat that isn’t in a salami-like impossible to break down state, either – I can only use it like salami in slices 🙁 But it’s still super delish, so I’m not that sad.

  10. OMG, I was sick over the weekend and caught that show and am TOTALLY addicted!!! I’m not sure why, but I’m seriously obsessed with it. My husband thinks I’m nuts.

    Love your website & recipes, by the way. 🙂

  11. Just made these (sans fennel) and these are completely delicious. Next time I will sub maple syrup for the sugar as suggested by another commenter. Simple, quick, and so so tasty, I can see making this again and again.

  12. Awesome recipe. Perfect since we have no WholeFoods and pretty sure people won’t ship meat to the VI. Darn the problems we have living here on an island..

  13. Seriously lol you have no idea how many of your recipes I have taken a screenshot of and saved it in a file on my computer! thank you! gonna make these ones and then scramble them into some eggs 😀

  14. I just tried your sausage. Excellent. The sausages we have here in the UK (unless from a real butcher) ie the supermarket are full of cereal and crap. Yeah, crap, sorry. Yours is ace, I swapped out the clove for mace for a truly Charles Dickens Victorian experience lol. Seriously good and keep em coming.

    Dudley, West Mids, UK

  15. I forgot the maple syrup that I meant to sub for the sugar, because that’s my thing lately – I almost always forget one ingredient. Something about cooking while trying to parent two toddlers…

    Still yummy without the sweetener, though! Thank you!

  16. Love you humor & your food,
    I do my patties a little different let me know what i need to drop or add. First i am a diabetic, and have diverticulitis. I do ground 1-1/2 lbs pork, tbsp of basil & oregano, pinch of cyan pepper. bake on a rack for 20 min at 350.

  17. I used the fennel seeds and it was a great flavour. Think I’ll try ground next time though. We don’t have breakfast sausage in Australia but I enjoyed this this morning. I used it in a hash with sweet potato and zucchini. We also don’t have hash either but its great trying new recipes. Thanks for this one!

  18. Hi Juli,
    Another one from Australia here! Do you think I could mix the ingredients and freeze it raw to use in your other recipes? thanks

  19. Do you think you could mix all the ingredients, form the patties, then stack them with pieces of wax paper in between each patty, place in tupperware in the fridge, then just cook as the week goes by? How long do you think the patties would last raw?

  20. This has become my “go to” breakfast sausage recipe. The only changes I make are to add 1 tsp of onion powder and about 2 tblsp of maple syrup instead of coconut sugar. It’s the best recipe I’ve found and I’ve tried LOTS of them. It’s delicious!

  21. Looking forward to trying the sausage! Also, I think the pic you currently have linked to the sausage is the choc-macaroons. When I save the sausage recipe to my recipe box it shows the choc-mac pic! Cheers!

  22. I just made these on Saturday, and I have to make another batch today (Monday). Love the recipe! Thanks so much for posting. I’m going to have to go get more ground pork 🙂

  23. These were delicious! I left out the fennel because I didn’t have any but followed everything else. They were great by themselves but I topped with maple syrup because thats how I like to eat my breakfast sausage. My 3 year old approved until he tasted the red pepper flakes, I will have to try it without those next time.

  24. I think i’m going to need to make this in a 5 lb raw batch! Then i’ll go ahead and separate back into single lbs and place in the freezer for future use!!! So excited!

  25. I have bought a meat grinder . I am looking forward to trying make the sausage. Now i have your recipe. I will make it for my kid.
    Thank you!!!!

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