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Homemade Breakfast Sausage Seasoning

This breakfast sausage seasoning is perfect for making chicken or turkey breakfast sausage patties, healthy chicken sausage gravy, venison sausage, or the classic pork sausage patties! It’s a peppery, smoky, and slightly sweet blend of 7 ingredients you probably already have in your spice cabinet. Are you to spice things up?

homemade breakfast sausage seasoning in a glass jar

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How to Make Breakfast Sausage Seasoning

ingredients for homemade breakfast sausage seasoning

Ingredients you’ll need: 

  • brown sugar
  • black pepper
  • smoked paprika
  • red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt
  • rubbed sage
  • allspice

You’ll notice in the photo above that I use Swerve Brown, which is a zero calorie sugar substitute that tastes and caramelizes just like sugar. This ingredient is great, and I’ve used it in other savory recipes like Nashville Hot air fryer chicken nuggets and my Ninja Foodi bbq pulled pork. All that said, plain ol’ brown sugar works perfectly fine. 

Nutrition Note: Using Swerve Brown saves you a little over 100 calories per serving. 

homemade breakfast sausage seasoning in a mixing bowl

As far as the other ingredients go, you can probably take a little artistic liberty with your own breakfast sausage seasoning. If you like extra spicy sausage, you could add more red pepper flakes or a couple pinches of cayenne pepper. Or if you’re a salt fanatic, you may decide to add a bit more to your mix. 

breakfast sausage seasoning after mixing

Something else to keep in mind is that you can always add ingredients as you use this seasoning. The recipe makes 6 servings. If you try one and decide you wanted a bit more salt, you could just add it as you make your breakfast sausage next go around. Or you could add it straight to the mix and adjust in your next batch. 

Using Your Homemade Breakfast Sausage Seasoning

chicken breakfast sausage patties and chicken sausage gravy

Like I mentioned in the intro, my favorite use for this seasoning is making chicken sausage with ground chicken. For the sausage patties, I massage the seasoning into the ground chicken and make 10 patties out of a pound of ground chicken. Pan fry in a tablespoon of olive oil and you’ve got perfect breakfast sausage that’s low fat and low calorie. This method would work for any ground meat. 

An even easier cooking method is to use the seasoning to make breakfast sausage crumbles. For this method, you’ll basically use your breakfast sausage seasoning like taco seasoning. Cook ground chicken, turkey, pork, or your choice of meat in a skillet and add the seasoning towards the end of cooking. That’s it. Add a little butter, flour, milk, and white pepper and you’ve got sausage gravy on your hands! 

Two more example recipes: chicken sausage breakfast casserole and chicken sausage cheese balls

Okay, that should cover it. You’ll find the printable recipe card below. Don’t forget to pin this recipe to Pinterest for later! 

breakfast sausage seasoning in a glass jar

Homemade Breakfast Sausage Seasoning

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A simple seasoning blend to make breakfast sausage patties, sausage gravy, and more!


  • 3/4 C (144g) Brown Sugar*
  • 3 Tbsp (21g) Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp (14g) Smoked Paprika
  • 1-2 Tbsp (5-10g) Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, to spice preference
  • 1 Tbsp (15g) Coarse Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp (3g) Rubbed Sage
  • 1 tsp (3g) Allspice


  1. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and use a fork to mix until no lumps of brown sugar remain. Store in an airtight container.
  2. To use, mix 3 1/2 Tbsp (35g) with every one pound of ground chicken, turkey, or your choice of meat.


*I use Swerve Brown, a zero-calorie sugar substitute. The nutrition facts are with Swerve. If you use real brown sugar, each 35-gram serving has 123 calories, 0.6g of protein, 31g of carbs, and 0.3g of fat.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Servings Serving Size: 3 1/2 Tbsp (35g)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20Total Fat: 0.3gCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 0.5g

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Ruth M Ferguson

Monday 20th of September 2021

Hi Liked your recipe but my family doesn't care for sage. What can I substitute.?

Mason Woodruff

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

You might try something like a dash of thyme or marjoram. Or I know some like fennel in their breakfast sausage.

Amber Haun

Sunday 21st of March 2021

We buy pork tenderloin from Costco and cut ourselves to make it cheaper. Used about 3lbs worth and doubled this recipe. Used the meat grinder on my kitchen aid and makes for a very flavorfull and lean breakfast sauce to make my family breakfast burritos with

Mason Woodruff

Monday 22nd of March 2021

Smart move! I've been wanting to try the Kitchen Aid meat grinder, but the occasional bad review has scared me away. Maybe I'll work up the courage one of these days.

Laura T

Sunday 31st of January 2021

just made this and it is SOOOOO good! thank you! we used ground turkey and it was really flavorful with just a little heat that hit on the back of my tongue. just enough. very tasty.

Mason Woodruff

Monday 1st of February 2021

Thanks, Laura! Gotta start the day with a little heat, in my opinion.


Monday 20th of July 2020

We really loved this breakfast sausage seasoning recipe. I like to put chicken breasts cut up into chunks into the food processor for a cheaper ground chicken and use this seasoning to make breakfast sausage crumbles. Add to eggs and veggies for a quick meal prep breakfast.

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