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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 cup (144g) Brown Sugar*
  • 3 Tablespoons (21g) Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons (14g) Smoked Paprika
  • 1-2 Tablespoon (5-10g) Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, to spice preference
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) Coarse Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (3g) Rubbed Sage
  • 1 teaspoon (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 Tablespoons (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 Serving Size: 3 1/2 Tbsp (35g)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20Total Fat: 0.3gCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 0.5g

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Wednesday 29th of June 2022

3.5 TABLESPOONS per POUND? Am I reading that correctly?

Mason Woodruff

Thursday 30th of June 2022

Yes, that's correct. Each serving will have around 2 tablespoons of brown sugar by volume.


Monday 14th of March 2022

Great recipe, but way too sweet. We cut the sugar in half and will cut it even more next time. I love that it does not contain garlic or onion.


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

I made this up yesterday and used it in ground pork, we enjoyed it but it was a little to sweet for my taste. It was still tasty and my husband enjoyed it, I just prefer something with more of a kick.


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Is it 1tsp or 1T of sage? The grams are throwing me off because it looks like it should be 1tsp.

Mason Woodruff

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

That's 1 tablespoon. The salt is much heavier by volume than the sage, for comparison.

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.

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