It’s easy to make sausage patties, and the result is so tasty. This delicious keto recipe contains no sugar or breadcrumbs.
As much as I enjoy pancakes for breakfast, I often gravitate towards savory breakfasts rather than sweet. I find them more substantial, more satiating.
Why make them at home?
Indeed, why bother with making this recipe when you can simply buy sausage patties at the store? Well, the ingredients list for a well-known brand includes the following: Pork, Water, Corn Syrup, Salt, Spices, Dextrose, Monosodium Glutamate. 😲
There ARE better brands with a cleaner ingredients list. But it’s so easy to make them at home, and the result is so very tasty. And when you make them at home, you know exactly what goes into your patties!
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty keto breakfast. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
Ground pork: I usually use an 80/20 blend, which is 80 percent lean and 20 percent fat. A mixture of 85% lean and 15% fat works too.
Kosher salt and black pepper: If using fine salt, you might want to reduce the amount you use, or the sausage patties could come out too salty.
Spices: Lots of them! I like to use dried thyme, garlic powder, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper. Please make sure the spices you use are fresh. A stale spice can easily ruin a dish.
Olive oil for frying: I love cooking with this delicious oil, but if you’d rather use an oil with a higher smoke point, you can use avocado oil instead. Another tasty option is to use butter or ghee.
How to make sausage patties
It’s so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
Mix. You simply mix fresh ground pork meat with lots of spices. The spices are the secret ingredient here. They add a ton of flavor!
Shape. Now shape the mixture into patties. They won’t be as perfectly shaped as commercial ones – don’t worry about it! Homemade is not supposed to be perfect.
Cook. Then fry the patties in olive oil until cooked through. See? Easy!
You can use different spices
As mentioned above, when making these juicy breakfast sausage patties, I like to use dried thyme, garlic powder, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper. But you can use other spices.
For example, you can replace the thyme with dried oregano, the garlic powder with onion powder (or use both!), the smoked paprika with regular paprika, and you can also double the red pepper flakes and omit the cayenne pepper. Dried mustard will also taste good in this recipe – you can add about a teaspoon.
Is this a make-ahead recipe?
Yes! You can make these patties in advance, and freeze for quick and easy midweek meals.
Just remember to place parchment paper between the patties so that they don’t stick to each other. So it’s definitely a good idea to double the recipe and freeze the leftovers.
How to serve sausage patties?
One of my favorite breakfasts is two of these tasty patties with fluffy scrambled eggs. It’s a delicious meal that keeps me full for at least five hours. On the weekend, when I have more time, I also add broiled tomatoes.
What to do with leftovers?
Keep them in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them gently, covered, in the microwave on 50% power. And as mentioned above, you can also freeze the leftovers.
More sausage recipes that you might like
Another great homemade sausage recipe is this recipe for ground beef breakfast sausage. It’s perfect for anyone who prefers to avoid pork.
And this sausage breakfast casserole is an easy make-ahead recipe, perfect for brunch.
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Breakfast Sausage Patties
- 1 lb. ground pork, 85% lean
- 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- In a medium bowl, use your hands to mix the ground pork and the spices. Form into eight patties, 2 oz each, 1/2-inch thick.
- Heat a large (14-inch) nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat.
- Place the sausage patties on the skillet (you might need to cook them in two batches). Cook them until they are browned and cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side. Their internal temperature should reach 165 degrees F. To check with a thermometer, insert the thermometer on the side of the patty, pushing it into the middle.