Breakfast Sausage Patties

A tray of smoked breakfast sausage patties surrounded by the ingredients for breakfast sandwiches.

Start your day with Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties. These perfectly spiced pork patties freeze well, making them an excellent make ahead easy breakfast option. Go one step farther and smoke them for a unique flavour finish.

Around here, we save the special breakfasts for weekends. We love to grill up a steak (or slice up steak leftovers) for delicious Steak and Egg Tacos. Or, serve a complete brunch including these fun Baked Ham and Egg Cups in Hash browns.

A tray of smoked breakfast sausage patties surrounded by the ingredients for breakfast sandwiches.

Pork Breakfast Sausage Patties

I’m really excited to share this post with you today! If you are a sucker for breakfast sandwiches like I am, you will LOVE this pork breakfast sausage patty recipe. It took a few times to get that seasoning just right, but I finally found the secret to a great breakfast sausage patty…

What I love about this recipe is how easy it is to make ahead and freeze the patties for future breakfasts. We make a double batch and freeze them on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, then portion them out and vacuum seal them.

Sometimes we even go a step further and smoke them! Smoking brings these homemade sausage patties to a whole other level. It’s almost like having bacon and sausage at the same time.

Smoked Breakfast Sausage patties on a baking sheet.

Ingredients

You will love the flavour combination of these simple ingredients and a few may even surprise you. These sausage patties are very similar to the pork sausage filling you will find in English sausage rolls.

The pork mixture has a very comforting savoury characteristic, with the bite of pepper and slight sweetness (but is not overpowering and cloying) from the allspice and cloves.

  • Ground Pork
  • Fine Bread Crumbs
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Ground Sage
  • Dried Savory
  • Allspice
  • Cloves

It is important to source good quality of regular (not lean) ground pork that contains a medium amount of fat. The fat holds the pork mixture together and results in a flavourful, moist patty.

Ingredients used in making Breakfast Sausage Patties

Use fresh finely ground bread crumbs in the pork mixture. While they aren’t as important for flavour, they do work as a binder, helping the patty to hold its shape. You may leave them out if you want a gluten free patty, just know the patties will have a different texture.

Season the pork mixture, then season some more. There is a lot of freshly ground pepper in this recipe because it is a key ingredient. The amount is not a recipe error.

As always, it is important to use freshly dried herbs and spices in recipes for the best results. Since the recipe only contains ground pork and seasonings, invest in fresh jars of sage and savory. It will make all the difference!

Finally, if you are new to British flavours, the addition of allspice and cloves may be a surprise. They do add a touch of sweetness, while at the same time they help to cut through the richness of the patty.

A stack of smoked breakfast sausage patties.

How to Make Breakfast Sausage Patties

I usually mix ground meat in a large bowl using a spoon or my hands. However, for this recipe the ground meat needs to be beaten in order to have that sausage patty texture.

For this reason, I highly recommend a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. The fats and proteins in the ground pork also break up much easier if they are at room temperature.

In the interest of food safety, do not leave raw ground pork out on the counter all day. Between 45 minutes to one hour should allow it to warm up to room temperature. After this, it’s imperative to work quickly and get the patties in the freezer ASAP.

Breakfast sausage patties being smoked in a smoker.

Place the ground pork in the bowl of a stand mixer, then add the seasonings. Mix it on medium speed until you see the meat getting a pasty texture. The protein and fat fibres have been roughed up a bit and will stick together more readily.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then divide the meat mixture into eight portions. Place an egg ring or biscuit cutter (3 1/2 inch/9 cm) on the parchment paper and gently press one portion of the ground meat mixture into the form. Repeat until there are eight breakfast sausage patties.

NOTE: You can shape the patties with your hands, but this gives you a perfectly shaped, even patty.

A tray of smoked breakfast sausage patties surrounded by the ingredients for breakfast sandwiches.

How to Freeze and Cook Breakfast Sausage Patties

Once the patties are formed, place the whole tray in the freezer and freeze 6-8 hours (or until fully frozen). Next, place the fully frozen breakfast sausage patties in a freezer bag and squeeze out as much air as you can.

To cook the patties from frozen, add a bit of olive oil to a frying pan then add the patties. Cover and cook on medium low until they reach an internal temperature of 160 F (71.1 C) This should only take a few minutes per side.

If you are planning to make these more than a month ahead of time, I highly recommend to vacuum seal them. Vacuum sealing removes all of the air from the package and prevents freezer burn. The breakfast patties will keep for up to 6 months this way.

*Bonus How to Smoke the Patties

These patties are delicious on their own BUT add some applewood smoke to them and they are incredible! I got the idea from a local butcher who smokes his pork breakfast sausage patties. They were a little too salty for my taste so I decided to make my own.

A tray of smoked breakfast sausage patties surrounded by the ingredients for breakfast sandwiches.

We found that it was best to smoke the patties from frozen. Once the patties are on the grill, don’t move them around until they are fully cooked (to prevent breakage).

If you have a basic charcoal smoker like we do, you need to keep a close eye on the temperature. Keep it low, around 225 to prevent the fat from rendering out of the patty.

Smoke the patties until they reach an internal temperature of 150 F when checked with a meat thermometer (about 30-45 minutes_. Remove them from the smoker and allow them to cool to room temperature before freezing. Or, caramelize them in a frying pan (a few minutes per side) and enjoy immediately!

The smoked patties will need less pan time at breakfast because they are already pre-cooked. To warm them, add a bit of olive oil to a frying pan then add the patties. Cover and cook on medium high heat (flipping halfway through) until they reach an internal temperature of 160 F (71.1 C).

A hand holds an egg and sausage breakfast sandwich.

What to Serve with Breakfast Sausage Patties

We love our breakfast sausage patties in a classic breakfast sandwich. They are delicious inside a toasted English Muffin topped with a crispy edged fried egg and a slab of melted cheddar cheese.

However, the patties hold their own as part of a full English breakfast, sometimes known as a ‘fry up’. This substantial meal often contains several (or all) classic proteins such as fried eggs, peameal back bacon, beans, black pudding, and pork sausages/sausage patties.

I think it would also be great fun to enjoy the pork patties Hawaiian style, as a mash up between British brekkie and a Hawaiian Loco Moco. Serve it on top of rice with a fried egg and top with gravy!

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Yield: 8 patties

Breakfast Sausage Patties

A stack of smoked breakfast sausage patties.

Start your day with Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties for breakfast. These perfectly spiced pork patties freeze well, making them an excellent make ahead breakfast option. Go one step farther and smoke them for a unique flavour finish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage

Instructions

  1. Place the (room temperature) ground pork in the bowl of a stand mixer, then add the seasonings. Mix it on medium speed until it has a pasty texture. *
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and divide meat mixture into eight equal portions.
  3. Place an egg ring or biscuit cutter (3 1/2 inch/9 cm) on the parchment paper and press one portion of the meat into it to make a patty. Repeat seven times.
  4. Freeze the tray for 6-8 hours, then remove the frozen patties and store in a freezer bag (1 month) or vacuum sealed package (up to 6 months).
  5. Cook Patties from frozen: Add a bit of olive oil to a frying pan then add the patties. Cover and cook on medium low until they reach an internal temperature of 160 F (71.1 C) This should only take a few minutes per side.
  6. Smoke the Patties: Place frozen patties on the smoker grill (do not move them until they are fully cooked to prevent breakage). Smoke at a low temperature (around 225 F) until the patties reach a final internal temperature of 150 F (about 30-45 minutes).
  7. Remove patties from the smoker and allow them to cool to room temperature before freezing (see above) or finish cooking them in a frying pan (a few minutes per side until they reach 160 F and enjoy immediately.
  8. Thaw or cook the smoked patties from frozen (as above).

Notes

*Make a small patty with the mixture then fry it and taste to adjust seasonings.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 281Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 376mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 23g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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26 comments

  1. silvia

    Thank you! My kids love sausage patties with eggs in the morning, now I can make them own my own, this will be a money saver for sure.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      So glad to hear Silvia. I agree. Breakfast patties can be quite expensive so it’s great to be able to stock the freezer when ground pork goes on sale.

      Reply

  2. Colleen

    This is a great idea! Especially to make ahead and freeze the patties. I’m bookmarking this to try it with gluten free breadcrumbs.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Good idea and great substitute for coeliac or GF diets.

      Reply

  3. Claire

    These were just delicious!
    I didn’t smoke them as I was in a rush and just wanted something to feed 5 hungry kids! But I will definitely try that next time.
    I served them with crispy bacon, egg and cheese so they were like a McMighty 🙂
    Thank you for a great easy recipe!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That’s absolutely fine…I added the smoked part in there just for interest’s sake. They sausage patties are delicious on their own and we often eat them without smoking them. So glad you liked them Claire.

      Reply

  4. nancy

    what a great idea to make your own sausage patties! So much better than store bought and this is soooo tasty!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I think so! The smoking adds another dimension too.

      Reply

  5. Veronika

    This is such a great idea to make the breakfast sausage patties! They are so easy to prep ahead of time and use in the morning. Cannot wait to try this recipe!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      yes! I love having them on hand for easy weekend breakfasts. They are so quick to cook as well.

      Reply

  6. Lauren Michael Harris

    My dad use to wake us up early on the weekends and he would always make breakfast sandwiches with sausage or bacon. He always bought pre-made sausage which I never liked, but this homemade sausage recipe is WAY better!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Lucky you! I never had a breakfast sandwich until I was an adult and now I’m hooked. These patties are quite flavourful and much healthier.

      Reply

  7. patricia

    Ohmygoodness! What a great idea! You know when you see something and think, “I’ve never thought about that before?” Well this is definitely one for me! I love that these are homemade AND are able to be frozen!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I hope you give them a try. It’s so nice to have some waiting in the freezer.

      Reply

  8. Veronika Sykorova

    I love the breakfast sausage patties at Starbucks, Tim Hortons, and McDonalds. So excited to make these at home and save some money and make them healthier!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh yes, I’m a sucker for a breakfast sandwich from anywhere!!

      Reply

  9. Elaine

    I can start any day every day with these delicious breakfast sausage patties. So yummy!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh, I can too. I just love them so much.

      Reply

  10. Jacqueline Debono

    We also save special cooked breakfasts for the weekends and if we’ve not plans for lunch, we’ll turn them into a feast. These breakfast sausage patties are a great idea. We often have normsl sausage sandwiches but I think these would be way better!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I love combining breakfast and lunch together on the weekend. Less cooking, more eating!

      Reply

  11. Erin

    I made these for breakfast and loved them! I had never added breadcrumbs to breakfast sausage and we just loved the result. Thank you!

    Reply

  12. Alex

    We used GF breadcrumbs in these and thought that that they were the best! We’ll be making these again for sure.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Great idea! I am so glad you were able to enjoy them Alex.

      Reply

  13. Terri Gilson

    I would have never thought to make my own patties – LOVE this idea! And the breakfast sandwich looks divine – I’m a sucker for them too 🙂

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It just dawned on me one day. They’re extra yummy smoked and don’t take very long at all.

      Reply

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