Maple Sausage Patties

Juicy sausage patties with maple, sage & thyme!

Healthier sausage…

Did you know that store bought sausage is not good for you? Even if you buy organic, store bought sausage is highly processed, super high in sodium, and most times has nitrates/nitrites which have been proven to increase cancer risk! Who wants that??? Because of this I have sworn off store bought sausage. There was only one problem… I love sausage, and I love cooking with it. So I found a solution, make it myself! You are going to LOVE this recipe. It is simply delicious, better than store bought, no question!

Sausage ratio rules

What makes sausage, sausage? That buttery, savory taste you get when you bite into sausage is from the meat to fat ratio. While it can vary, I use a 25% fat, 75% meat ratio. For instance, if you have 1 pound of ground pork, use 1/4 pound of fat. Do not be afraid of using fat in cooking. Using fat and making your own sausage is way cleaner than buying the processed sausage from the store, where they put who knows what into it!
I have never had a problem getting fat from the meat counter. At times I have had some weird looks (but that is only their ignorance, good butchers surely know ALL parts of the animal are valuable and useful!!) but they usually never charge me for the fat. For this recipe, you only need a little bit. 1/2 pound of ground pork calls for 1/8 pound of fat (just under 1/4 cup)

Experiment with flavors

This recipe is for a breakfast sausage so the primary flavors are maple, sage and thyme. I add a little bit of dried red pepper flakes for just a hint of heat. I encourage you to experiment with other flavors. If you want to make some Itallian sausage try using Itallian seasoning and leaving out the maple syrup. For hot sausage, why not try adding hot sauce! No need to over complicate it- just think of making sausage as if you were seasoning meat.
Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 20 min Total Time 20 mins
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Ground pork comes together with maple, sage & thyme. Form into patties for a healthier than store bought breakfast delight!

You Need


    • Get your fat cold, directly from the freezer is best.

    • Put it in food processor and blend until completely broken up into a paste.

    • Mix fat and all other ingredients in your stand mixer on medium for 3 minutes.

    • (test a tiny bit for flavor/seasoning by frying up a dab in a hot pan) Adjust as needed)

    • Place in the refrigerator to get cold again, 20 minutes.

    • Using 1/8 cup measure, scoop into balls and then flatten to form into patties.
    I like to freeze these patties separated by parchment paper. Pull a few out of the freezer and let them thaw for 10 minutes before cooking.


If you prefer turkey sausage, replace the ground pork with ground turkey!

Keywords: sausage, homemade sausage, sausage recipe, ground pork, maple sausage
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