This breakfast sausage recipe is special because it’s not only AIP, Paleo, and Keto compliant… but grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, and sugar-free, too. Whether you’re allergy-free or just looking for yummy breakfast ideas, this is the healthy breakfast for you!
Store-bought breakfast sausage is often full of unhealthy additives.
Yet have no fear, homemade breakfast sausage is easy and delicious.
Plus, it makes a great egg-free breakfast!
The following breakfast sausage recipe is one I created when following the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). However, it is tasty enough for anyone looking for a yummy breakfast sausage.
This recipe is not only AIP-friendly it is also grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, sugar-free, Paleo, and Keto.
What makes these AIP Breakfast Sausage Patties?
The Autoimmune Protocol may be thought of as an extension of (or stricter version) of the Paleo diet. It eliminates grains, legumes, dairy, nightshades, nuts and seeds, eggs, and alcohol.
The goal of an AIP diet is to reduce inflammation and ease symptoms of autoimmune disease.
This AIP breakfast sausage recipe only uses AIP-approved ingredients. Many breakfast sausages include ingredients such as fennel, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, paprika, and black pepper, which are all out for the Autoimmune protocol.
If you are not following the Autoimmune Protocol, feel free to add 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Black pepper is one of the spices omitted during on AIP, but according to Sarah Ballantyne, it’s also one of the first to be reintroduced (source).
So, if you are following the AIP, you may want to add a little pepper to this recipe when reintroducing black pepper.
How To Use This Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe
This sausage recipe is intended for use as sausage patties, but it works well as a ground (or “crumbled”) sausage as well. Simply cook in a skillet without first shaping into patties.
You may also shape into meatballs and use in pasta dishes. You may wish to reduce or eliminate the ground cinnamon if including in pasta dishes.
I made this recipe using three pounds of ground meat. That might seem like a lot, but if you’re going to mix, shape, and cook sausage patties, then you may as well make a bunch!
If all the spices and bowls are out, why not prepare in bulk instead of having to do it all again soon? Trust me, these are delicious and you’ll want some for the freezer!
However, if the recipe is too large for your needs, feel free to divide in half or thirds.
Breakfast Sausage Recipe
Best Allergy-Free Breakfast Sausage (AIP, Paleo, Keto)
This breakfast sausage recipe is special because it's not only AIP, Paleo, and Keto compliant... but grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, and sugar-free, too. Whether you're allergy-free or just looking for yummy breakfast ideas, this is the healthy breakfast for you!
- 3 lbs ground pork or other ground meat, such as chicken or turkey; choose beef, turkey, or chicken for Low Vitamin A diet
- 1/3 cup onion diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced (about 3 cloves)
- 3 tablespoons rubbed sage permitted in small amounts for Low Vitamin A diet, so keep to a minimum or omit
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon omit for Low Vitamin A diet
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/3 cup coconut flour optional
- 2-4 tablespoons grass-fed ghee or other cooking fat, such as bacon or coconut oil
Melt 1 tablespoon of cooking fat in a warm skillet.
Cook onions for approximately 5 minutes, until soft.
Add garlic and cook briefly, until aromatic. Stay close as garlic can burn quickly.
Remove from heat and place onions and garlic on a plate to cool.
While onion and garlic are cooling, mix meat, sage, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
Once onions and garlic are cool, add to mixture and use hands to blend until well-combined.
Form into approximately 20 patties and set on parchment paper or a clean dish.
Place coconut flour on a plate and lightly coat each patty by pressing into coconut flour and flipping over, then pressing again.
Tap off any excess flour.
Warm skillet over medium heat, adding more cooking fat if needed.
Cook 4 to 6 patties at a time (depending on the size of your pan).
Cook for approximately 10 minutes per side, until cooked through.
Serve immediately or set aside to cool (if freezing).
Make this breakfast sausage with ground pork, turkey, or chicken. You may use more than one type of meat in the recipe. For example, two pounds of pork and one pound turkey work well.
If you have a meat grinder, use it! I purchase ground meat from the store (pastured meat is preferred), but if you have a meat grinder, it is wonderful to grind your own. Pork butt is often the favorite cut for homemade sausage using a meat grinder.
You don't have to coat the patties in coconut flour, but I highly recommend it. It adds extra crispiness which is truly delightful.
Can I use powdered garlic and onion in this recipe? Yes, you can. The flavor of the sauteed onions is a delicious addition, but if you don’t have the time or desire for that, feel free to use 2 teaspoons onion powder and 1 teaspoon powdered garlic
Serving Suggestions: Serve breakfast sausage patties alongside greens and/or roasted or sauteed sweet potatoes for a great egg-free breakfast.
They also make a wonderful lunch. (I love adding two patties to a bowl of salad for a simple, healthy lunchtime meal.)
Can I cook breakfast sausage in a skillet?
Yes. That is the very best way to cook these homemade sausage patties. They taste amazing when cooked in a skillet with bacon grease! But, feel free to use other cooking fats, if desired.
I prefer not to use Teflon-coated pans for health reasons, so need to use plenty of cooking fat to ensure the sausage doesn’t stick.
Can I cook breakfast sausage in the oven?
If you’d rather not stand by the skillet for any length of time (to ensure the sausages don’t burn), place patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes.
This is a great way to cook in bulk and prepare a large batch of sausage patties for the freezer. They don’t turn out as crispy (or tasty, in my opinion) as cooking in the skillet, but they are still delicious.
Can homemade breakfast sausage patties be frozen?
Yes. Freeze these breakfast sausage patties cooked or uncooked.
In the interest of saving time, I like to freeze them cooked. Just be sure to let them cool completely before freezing.
It is helpful to freeze them in serving sizes. So, if they are just for you, 2 to 3 patties per baggie or container are nice. Multiply 2 or 3 per person if using for the whole family.
How to cook frozen sausage?
There a few options to cook frozen sausage, such as using the oven or skillet. The method largely depends on your choice to cook from a completely frozen state or after it has thawed.
Here are some of my best tips when cooking frozen sausages…
First, thaw it in the fridge if possible.
If the thawed sausage was pre-cooked, warm it in the oven by placing it on a baking sheet and baking at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, or until warmed through.
If the thawed sausage was not pre-cooked, cook in the skillet or oven as directed in the recipe above.
Don’t have time to thaw frozen pre-cooked sausage in the fridge beforehand? Place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
To cook frozen, not pre-cooked sausage, place patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 22 to 25 minutes (or longer, depending on the size of the patties). Sausage should reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
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