Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage


  • 1 lb Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper


  1. Combine Ground Beef and seasonings in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
  2. To make patties, lightly shape sausage mixture into four 1/2-inch thick patties. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add patties; cook 10 to 12 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally.Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
  3. To prepare crumbles, heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add sausage mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.Cook's Tip: Two to 2-1/2 cups fully cooked sausage crumbles can be frozen for 3 to 4 months. To use, heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add frozen crumbles and cook 6 to 9 minutes or until crumbles reach 165°F, stirring occasionally.

Test Kitchen Tips Use a potato masher to break up Ground Beef into small crumbles while browning.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Beef Checkoff and

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 467 grams
Serves: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 1,190
% Daily Value*
Total Fat: 91g 117%
Saturated Fat: 34g
Trans Fat: 5g
Cholesterol: 322mg 107%
Sodium: 1,082mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate: 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber: 3g 11%
Sugars: 0g 0%
Protein: 79g 158%