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 Best-Best-Best Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe by Worthy Pause

You're welcome for sparing your eyes from the raw meat photos.

Best-Best-Best Homemade Breakfast SausagePaleo, 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 Best-Best-Best Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe by Worthy Pause

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.
The Best-Best-Best Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe by Worthy Pause

Let me know what you think!