The Best-Best-Best Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe


Some of my favorite recipes are the products of happy accidents. This homemade breakfast sausage is one of them.

Here’s how it went down: I was planning on making pork potsticker meatballs, but when I went to the fridge, I realized I’d used up all the cilantro earlier in the week. Whoops. I also realized I bought double the amount of thyme I needed for another recipe. Whoops again.

Anyhoo, that’s where I started—2 lbs of ground pork and a bunch of fresh thyme. What resulted is one of the best recipes on this whole blog.

The makings of this grand experiment. You’re welcome for sparing your eyes from the raw meat shots.

The Best-Best-Best Homemade Breakfast Sausage
Paleo, Gluten-Free & Whole30-approved

  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions or chives
  • 2 teaspoons of ground sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Optional: I didn’t add this, but a touch of maple syrup might be nice too.

Stir all the non-meat ingredients together and then mix with the ground pork until thoroughly and evenly seasoned. Fry up in a pan (you shouldn’t need much, if any, additional fat) and serve however you like!

The makings of this experiment, part deux.

Thoughts, ideas and other uses:

  • Try the Bomb Paleo Biscuits and Gravy, using this very sausage!
  • You can mix everything up with a food processor too—the consistency will be different. Smooth meat. Ew, but really not ew.
  • It’s a fantastic paleo breakfast sausage, but you could use it in plenty of non-breakfasty recipes too. I love sausage, so this blog is filled with them (Sausage Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Thanksgiving-In-Your-Mouth, Kale-Sausage Soup, etc.). I used some of these leftovers in a Thai red curry too.
  • Try making it into meatballs by adding a little bit of coconut flour and an egg.
  • Fry it up with apples and onions and serve on top of a Dijon dressing salad.
  • Make a hash with sausage, sweet potatoes and veggies, topped with a fried egg.


Voila! It’s done and it’s awesome!


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