Basic Beef Country Breakfast Sausage

This recipe is much leaner than traditional sausage with all the flavor and protein to power you through the day. Serve with a whole-grain English muffin and a piece of fruit to balance out breakfast with fiber.

  • 1-pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Combine Ground Beef and seasonings in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.

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 an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally.

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: 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.

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.

Recipe provided courtesy of “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner” for more information see:

Yield: 4 Servings (serving size: 1 patty)
Nutrition Breakdown: Calories 180, Fat 8g (3.5g saturated fat), Cholesterol 84mg, Sodium 364mg, Carbohydrate 1g, Fiber 0g, Protein 26g.
Diabetes Plate Plan: 3 ½ Lean meats