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Quick & Easy Breakfast Sausage

This quick and easy ground breakfast sausage is sugar free, easy to make, and delicious to boot. Cook it loose and add it to a hash or make into patties. It’s just what your breakfast has been missing!

Quick and Easy Breakfast Sausage |

Recently I asked some close friends who follow this blog to describe it in three words. I got a lot of great answers:

  1. Delicious, Uncomplicated, Comprehensive
  2. Fresh, Easy, Innovative
  3. Meat, Clean, Natural
  4. Creative, Fun, Yummy
  5. Funny, Healthy, Sporty

Wait a second. “Meat?”

That one made me laugh out loud. I mean, yes, I include meat in a lot of my recipes, but it never occurred to me that that would be a key word to describe the site.

At first I got so down on myself. Paleo already has a tendency to be misconstrued as being meat-heavy (when in reality, its smaller amounts of protein surrounded by lots of veggies and fruits), and I was so crest-fallen: I try to make sure that I use lots of veggies, include vegan and vegetarian dishes once in awhile, and keep everything fairly balanced.  

What if other people that I didn’t know personally were looking at my site and leaving it because all they saw was “Meat?”

But then I thought about it a bit harder. I DO like meat. I DO include meat in a lot of my recipes (or even make recipes that are just meat, like my spicy chorizo recipe, and this here breakfast sausage recipe.)

I firmly believe that having the correct portion size of protein in your meal is a healthy choice, and I fully support eating non-CAFO, humanely raised, as local as possible, meat.

And if there are people out there who don’t like my site because it has too much meat, so what? I’m sure there are also people out there who don’t like my site because I’m mostly paleo, or because I’m sarcastic, or because they think I look funny. Those are not my people.

YOU are my people, which is why you’re still reading when I’ve been talking about meat for the past 3 paragraphs.

So thank you. Thank you for being here, listening to my ramblings, trusting my kitchen experiments, and being all-around awesome. Thank you for your support, your honesty, and your love of meat.

There’s a quote out there that says:

 “You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge. Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.” ~Danielle Laporte

Amen, sister.

Meat lovers unite, and enjoy this incredibly delicious, perfectly seasoned breakfast sausage recipe. It’s sugar free, Whole30 compliant, and tastes way better than any pre-packaged sausage you’d buy in the grocery store.

And when you try my recipe for a delicious breakfast hash that uses this sausage, I hope you’ll be glad you stuck around.

Quick and Easy Breakfast Sausage Recipe |

Quick & Easy Breakfast Sausage

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This quick & easy breakfast sausage recipe is delicious, nutritious, and sugar free! Cook it loose or make into patties for the perfect breakfast protein.


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 Tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Combine all the spices and seasonings in a small bowl and mix well. 
  2. In a large bowl, add the spice mixture to the ground pork. Mix well, trying not to overwork the meat. 
  3. If cooking into patties, form the patties with your hands. 
  4. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the loose sausage or sausage patties to the skillet and cook until no pink remains, about 7-10 minutes. For patties, cook 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 1143mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 30g

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Carol Lyskoski

Saturday 18th of January 2020

I made 2 pounds. Cut the cinnamon in half but next time will cut the salt by half or more. Way too salty for me and I love salt. Good flavor though.


Wednesday 15th of January 2020

Hello how are you :-) I wanted to ask I already have these cooked pork patties can I use this recipe with them because they're already cooked? Because they're kind of a heat and serve thing, I just wanted to know if I can like mix up all the ingredients and just dip like the Patty in it?


Friday 17th of January 2020

Hi John - I don't think this would work how you're hoping. Because the meat is pre-cooked, it wouldn't really absorb the seasoning and flavor. Additionally, if I had to guess, I suspect that the pre-cooked patties have seasoning and things already mixed in them to hold them together. I'd recommend starting with raw ground pork for this particular recipe!

Audrey Fitzpatrick

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

Can you replace the pork with beef?


Sunday 22nd of December 2019

Hi Audrey - I have not tried it with beef. I imagine you could use the same seasonings. The flavor will be a bit different, as beef has a very distinct flavor all on it's own. Typically when making sausage, you want to use a mild flavored meat, such as pork, chicken, or turkey. Hope that helps!


Friday 21st of June 2019

Do you not think they might have meant ‘neat’? ‘Neat, clean, and natural’? The N and M keys are right next to each other and it’s easy to not notice you’ve put in the wrong one since they look alike.


Tuesday 25th of June 2019

Haha I like that thought! It's actually a friend of mine. When I received your comment and showed it to her, she said she didn't know I was asking about my blog specifically, but thought I was asking about paleo in general!


Tuesday 9th of April 2019

I would suggest only doing a 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. It came out with a stronger cinnamon taste than I expected.


Thursday 18th of April 2019

Hi Angel,

Thanks for the suggestion! Flavors are definitely preferences that are unique to the individual, so I'm glad you found an option that works better for your taste buds. That's what "scaleo" is all about - scaling to find an option that is right for you!