How to Season Your Own Breakfast Sausage

How to Season Your Own Breakfast Sausage



You can find out why we season our own ground meat to make breakfast sausage in my previous post here.  When I went in search of recipes I found most had the same ingredients, just in different proportions.  I like things mild and not too salty so I picked a recipe and kept reducing the salt and heat until I found what I liked.  Here’s the recipe.

Breakfast Sausage Seasoning Mix

Number of servings: 1

Per Serving 26 calories

Fat 1 g

Carbs 5 g

Protein 1 g



  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seed
  • 0 to 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


Blend seasonings together

Spread the ground meat across the bottom of a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning evenly across the meat.

Blend seasoning into meat until evenly distributed.

Refrigerate for 1-2 hours (optional) to allow flavors to blend.

Form meat into patties (or crumbles) and cook until meat reaches 165 degrees.

Spreading the meat across the bottom of the bowl is really helpful in getting the seasoning evenly distributed.

IMG_4148A few other spices: sage, savory and margoram made appearances in a few recipes.  You might experiment with making a small batch and adding those spices.  You can’t taste test raw meat to see if the seasoning is correct so mixing and cooking small batches will help you avoid having to give too many mistakes to the geriatric dog.  Yesterday she (the geriatric dog) ate a packing peanut that fell on the floor before I realized she would be interested!

Instructions recommend refrigerating the mixture for a few hours to let the spices blend but I’ve never done that and it still turns out great.  If you start with fresh meat you can also add the seasoning and form the meat into patties, then freeze for later use.  The best way to freeze is in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or foil.  After patties are frozen, remove them from the sheet and place in a freezer bag or container.

Do you have a great family recipe for sausage seasoning?  Please share!


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