Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties

Ground pork and a short list of spices create a healthy alternative to sausage that can be used in so many ways. The easy recipe can be cut in half or doubled, and the patties freeze well whether cooked or uncooked. Sometimes, I add 1/2 teaspoon of crushed dried rosemary, too.


  • 2 pounds ground pork (ground turkey works well, too)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (may substitute 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper*)
  • A pinch (1/16 teaspoon) ground cloves
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
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  1. Place the pork (or turkey) in a large bowl and spread it out over the surface of the bowl. (This makes it easier to incorporate the spices without over-mixing.)
  2. In a small bowl, combine all of the seasonings (except the maple syrup, if using) and sprinkle the mixture over the pork. Drizzle the maple syrup over the pork, if using.
  3. Using your hands, mix the seasonings evenly into the pork without overworking the meat.  Portion and shape the mixture into 16 (2-ounce) patties, or about 1/4 cup each.  Make-ahead tip: At this point, you may cover well and refrigerate for up to 2 days or wrap and freeze for a month or so.
  4. Full instructions visit @fountainavenuekitchen