Spicy Pork Breakfast Sausage Patties

I previously hosted a homemade sausage making class and everyone had such a great time. With that event in mind, I made some homemade sausage for my brunch events I hosted this past weekend. Next to bacon, I would have to say these sausage patties are one of my favorite smells on any given morning. I decided to try Alton's recipe for breakfast sausage and made a couple adaptations including using prepared ground pork. The original recipe called for pork butt and fat back to process through a meat grinder... which I don't have. I also omitted the sage but even without it, the sausage came out flavorful with a nice hint of spice. I really liked this recipe and will be making it again to keep in my freezer!

Breakfast Sausage Patties
recipe adapted from Alton Brown

1 lb ground pork
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine the ground pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.

Form into 1-inch rounds. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.


  1. Oh My!!!! This looks AMAZING! The pictures literally made my mouth water!

  2. Wow! I'd love some of those sausage patties to go with my eggs in the morning!

  3. Are the spice measurements for one pound of pork? Or more? Sure sounds delicious though!

  4. Hi Leslie - yes for 1lb of pork. Thanks for asking & I've updated to reflect it!

  5. This looks great! I never thought of making my own sausage. It's probably ten times better than store bought.

  6. I'm definitely making these for my next brunch. I can't imagine how much better they taste than store bought and love that you can control the ingredients.