Homemade Sausage Patties

by Merissa on January 16, 2012

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Be forewarned this is another one of my not-really-a-recipe recipes. I think sausage taste really depends on how each individual family likes it. For my sausage I added 4 t. salt, 1 t. garlic powder, and 1/2 t. onion powder. We aren't really fans of too spicy sausage and I wanted mine to taste something like jerky.

I started out with 3 pounds of lean ground beef. I then added the salt and kneaded it well into the meat. Then I let it refrigerate overnight.

In the morning I kneaded in the other spices. Then I formed the meat into patties. 3 pounds gave me 25 large sausage patties.

I put the patties onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet.
Put patties on the cookie sheet separated by layers of wax paper. Flash freeze.

Once frozen through you can place into one large freezer bag or divide into meal portion freezer bags.
When ready to cook, just toss into a frying pan like you would any ready-made sausage product. Make sure the meat is thouroughly cooking through before serving.
I love this idea since we don't eat any nitrate meats and organic meats are very expensive. I used 3lbs of grass fed beef for this recipe which cost me $9. Since the cost of the spices was minimal I only paid the $9 for 25 sausage patties that will last us several meals!

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1 Susan Fullerton January 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I never thought of using beef for sausage. What a great idea!


2 Priscilla June 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

No pork? I’ve been thinking about trying my own sausage, but I figured I would have to mix with pork for sure and some fat as well. They guys on the cooking shows always talk about fat content.

It doesn’t end up tasting like hamburgers for breakfast?


3 Merissa June 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I;m actually allergic to pork and that’s why I came up with this beef recipe. (Although I’m guessing it would be ok with pork but maybe more greasy) It doesn’t taste like a hamburger, if anything it tastes a little like beef jerky since the salt helps cure the meat and give it a special flavor. πŸ™‚


4 Lonna August 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

If you are ever looking for your sausage parties to taste more like breakfast sausage, try adding safe and fennel. A trick I learned from Rachael Ray πŸ™‚


5 Kathy Staton February 7, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Fennel is one you can use in ground beef to make it taste like sausage. It was a nice surprise because I have heard that pork products isn’t healthy for people to eat. Information from that came from Dr. Ted Broer. He does studies on how food affects the body. His website is: https://healthmasters.com.


6 Lonna August 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

That’s “patties” and “sage”…


7 mandy thorpe August 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

if i dont have onion powder could I use minced onion in its place? if so how much do you think?


8 Merissa August 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Yes, I think that would work fine.


9 Tanya Stone September 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm

By 4 t do you mean 4 Tablespoons or teaspoons? I was assuming teaspoons since it’s lower case but looking at the quantities now I’m not too sure.


10 Merissa September 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm



11 Michelle September 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

Ground chicken or turkey works great too. And depending on the seasonings used, it can be breakfast sausage, sweet italian or hot italian. You don’t even have to make into patties. Just mix in the seasonings, crumble and fry in a pan, and add eggs, or beans or whatever as a base to a meal. Makes especially good beans and greens soups.


12 Kimberly October 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm

we’ve been making our own sausage forever and we use a mixture of ground beef, ground pork and ground bacon. It’s awesome!


13 Joetta L Deutsch October 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

and, no MSG added


14 Cyrilina Campbell December 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

What spices do you add the next day?


15 Merissa December 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

We are not spice people so I only add onion and garlic powder.


16 Connie Mays September 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I’ve made these several times and they are always a big hit! I add some southwest seasoning (1/2 t. ) just to give it some heat and cut the garlic to 1/2 t.
Even made them up and took them to the in-laws. They didn’t know I had made the sausage and said it was the best they’d eaten, “Where did you buy this?” lol
Thanks for the recipe!! πŸ™‚


17 Linda Watt December 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I use sage, rosemary, coarse ground pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic and onion powder and I let the mixture sit all night to develop the sausage flavor. I use ground pork or ground beef.


18 Bart April 8, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Around here, traditional breakfast sausage is made from pork and seasoned with sage, salt, black pepper and cayenne. I use pork butt roast and grind it myself. MUCH leaner than commercial sausage. Enjoy your site. By the way, fennel is what makes Italian sausage taste, well, Italian!


19 Linda Gabel April 8, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Sounds good! I don’t know how to “flash” freeze. Is it faster than regular freezing? Are there instructions on how to do that?


20 Merissa April 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

Flash freezing is where you lay everything out individually first on a cookie sheet, freeze, and then re-package. It works well for things like sausage patties and fruits and veggies so when you stick them in a freezer bag they don’t get all clumped together since you’ve frozen them individually.


21 Jillian April 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

hi I am a working mom and trying to find family crock pot meals and cant seam to find much other than gourmet exspensive restaurant style stuff, do you happen to have any crock pot meal recipes? Thankyou


22 Merissa April 13, 2014 at 5:58 pm

I have some crockpot meals on our Main Meals page and some listed on this Cooking a Week’s Worth of Meals in an Hour post. I hope that helps!


23 Bobbi July 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I was surprised to see that you were using beef. That’s cool. My daughter doesn’t do pork and this would be great to have around when she comes to visit!

Thanks for sharing. Pinning it!


24 taylor July 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

this sounds like a really smart idea. I feed my man frozen sausage every day for his breakfast sandwich. I’m bad.


25 Bill @thewoksoflife July 22, 2014 at 7:44 am

Homemade sausage is the best but we probably don’t do it often enough. Thanks for sharing!


26 Marie July 24, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I love that you used beef! I’m going to have to give this a try.


27 Cynthia July 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Sounds good. It’s interesting to see sausage patties made with beef. Seems like a good alternative for people with allergies or who don’t eat pork. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.


28 Michelle February 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm

This looks like a wonderful sausage recipe using beef. I will definitely try it because we’re cutting pork out of our diet. My sister recently came up with a sausage recipe using turkey and it’s VERY good…and I love the idea of it being such a healthy alternative to pork sausage. Check it out at http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/64243956/kellys-guilt-free-turkey-breakfast-sausage/detail.aspx


29 Andie Birdsell July 10, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Hello there! I just found your website after looking into Azure and determined to buy in bulk (love your site!). Reading over this post (which I know is about 4 years old now) how in the world did you buy 3lbs grass fed ground beef for $9?!?!?! If I’m not mistaking, you said that you made up about 25 patties out of the 3lbs ground beef which cost you $9?! Did I read that right?!?!?! Is this also non antibiotic/hormone free meat? Very interested as my meat (which I buy from Whole Foods but looking into buying portions of cow to make it much cheaper) is $7.50lb and that’s not even grass fed or organic but it is non gmo


30 Merissa July 11, 2016 at 8:21 am

Yes, this post was 4 years ago and I did not buy my beef from Azure, we purchased it in bulk from a local source. I would recommend looking into a local source to you and buying in bulk or if that’s not an option, Costco has organic beef and Aldi has grass fed beef for a fairly reasonable price (around $5/lb).


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