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First Try at Homemade Sausage

It's been a while since I posted a recipe, so I figured I would share this one with you. I originally got the recipe from Nourishing Traditions (by way of Heavenly Homemakers), but I did customize it just a bit to my family's taste buds.  It turned out really well, so I am excited to share it with you.

Homemade Sausage

1 pound ground beef
1/4 c chopped onions
1/4 t. cumin
1/4 t. marjoram
1/4 t. ground pepper
1/4 t. oregano
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. cayenne pepper (heaping...probably closer to 1/2 tsp.)
1/4 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. dried basil
1/2 t. thyme
1/2 t. sage
2 t. sea salt
1 egg

Mix all the ingredients together, and fry it up!

I doubled the recipe, so I was using two pounds of ground beef. I found it in the markdown bin of the meat section of my grocery store, so I ended up getting a great deal for it, and was planning on doing freezer cooking this weekend anyway, so I figured I would double it and freeze it for later!

Once all the spices were added, I mixed it up to combine thoroughly. I tried mixing with a spoon, but I'd recommend just throwing your hands in there and mashing it around like Play-Doh. It works much better!

I fried my sausages in olive oil and used my cast iron skillet. It worked pretty well, and I was happy to get some use out of my skillet, which I hardly ever pull out.

After cooking, I put them on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb some of the extra oil. Even though I used organic olive oil, which is a relatively healthy oil, I don't particularly like greasy food, so I figured I'd get some of the grease off before I froze them.

I would say all in all my doubled recipe made close to 30 or so patties, which should last us quite a bit of time. I took a bite out of one of them, and I'm happy to say that they are very good! They have lots of flavor (once I remembered to add the salt...the first pan-full that I fried up I had forgotten to add salt...) and they were quite spicy. I would recommend cutting back on the cayenne pepper if your family isn't really into spiciness, otherwise, they are great as is! 

Have you tried any new recipes lately? I would love to hear about them! Link up to this post in the comments section if you have a blog and want to share your recipes! 

This post is part of:
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Slightly Indulgent Tuesday
Real Food Wednesday


  1. I've been interested in making homemade sausage for a while, but have yet to try it. One of these days I'm going to give it a whirl. This sounds good and easy too!

  2. Yeah it was really easy (especially once I got the hang of heating up the oil and getting it hot enough to fry but not hot enough to smoke). I don't know that I would recommend using olive oil, since the smoke point is relatively low. Good luck though! They were a hit with my husband!

  3. I have made a copy cat recipe of the Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage in the past. I don't know why I don't do it more often as my kids really like it.

    I'm going to try your recipe. Beef sausage is a different one for us, we usually eat pork.