Beef Breakfast Sausage

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I had a crazy idea yesterday…I wondered if I could make sausage out of ground beef instead of pork.  I know there are is lot of conflicting information out there about whether we should eat pork or not, and while I am not ready to totally give up eating pork, I contemplated whether there were some ways we could at least reduce our consumption of pork.  That is what led to my crazy idea.  So, as I always do when I want to learn something, I went to the internet and did some searching.  Guess what?  I found a few recipes!  Not a lot of recipes, but I did find one I wanted to try.  I tweaked it a bit and we REALLY like how it tastes!  We fried up a few patties for our lunch today and they were SO good!  I explain in the recipe below how I prepared the patties and how I plan on storing them.

1 Tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons dried sage
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 pounds ground beef, uncooked

Stir the brown sugar, sage, salt, basil, black pepper, onion powder, and red pepper flakes together in a small bowl.

Place the ground beef in a large bowl; mix the spice blend into the ground beef with your hands until evenly integrated. If you have a Bosch, you can use the dough hook on your mixer to blend the ground beef and spices.

Place spiced beef in a covered container in the refrigerator for 24 hours to let the flavors blend.

Divide the ground beef into patties. I wanted the patties pretty flat so we could use them in our Sunday morning bagel, egg, cheese, and sausage sandwiches. I made 1 ½-inch balls and flattened them between pieces of wax paper. I used a square of wax paper and did 4 at a time. I flatted them to about ¼ inch. They peeled easily off the wax paper to fry in a skillet. I got about 18 patties doing it this way. If you want larger sausage patties, then you will obviously not get as many as I did.

Fry beef sausage patties over medium-high heat until done. Serve!

To store: I let the patties cool and then placed them in a freezer safe container with wax paper in between the layers (see photo above). Now I can easily take out however many patties I need, let them thaw, and warm them up for our meal.

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  1. Hi Sheri- We tried these the other day and the verdict is... YUMMY!!! Even my husband liked them and he is a pretty die hard sausage kind of guy. Next time I am going to make a spicer batch for him but leave part of it just the way it is for the children and me. Thank you for sharing. This one, like so many of the others on your site, is a winner! :) Have a blessed day!
    1. Hi RaShell, I'm glad your family liked it! My husband thought the sausage had a sort of beef jerky flavor.... He still likes the pork better :). Oh well. I tried some turkey sausage too and it was pretty good. I think he liked that better than the beef.
  2. Sheri, Thanks for sharing! We make our own sausage out of ground turkey. Pretty much for the same reasons you tried beef. Noone even knows the difference, but the health benefits are amazing. Pork Sausage: Fat: 35 This recipe:2 sodium: 280 110 choles: 40 9 calories: 35 Here's ourr recipe: 2# ground turkey, 1 TBS olive oil, 3/4 cup applesauce, 1 1/2 tea. sage, 3/4 tea. salt, 1 tea. pepper, 1/4 teas. cayenne pepper, 1/4 teas. southwest chipotle seasoning. Mix together and split into 4 sections. Then split each section into 4 pattys. Fry in a litlle e.v.o.o. Don't overcook. WONDERFUL!!
  3. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I have been wanting to make beef sausage patties for a while (my family loves breakfast sandwiches...)... Will be trying this with the next Costco run (need more ground beef and like Costco for price and quality.)
    1. These really are good. I should say too that I used some good ground beef. We like to buy good cuts of meat when it is on sale and use our meat grinder attachment on our Bosch to grind it up. Not a lot of fat cooks off, so I know it is good quality.

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