This sweet-and-savory breakfast sausage recipe is surely going to become a favorite as it has been for my clients for years! Juicy blueberries and sweet maple give it so much delicious flavor!
I don't know about you, but breakfast is the time of day I want a really delicious meal. I can get by with things I may not like as much later in the day, but at breakfast… I won't eat something I don't absolutely love.
So if you're anything like me, this Maple Blueberry Breakfast Sausage is a key item to start the day off right!
Client and Member Favorite Recipe
I've had this recipe in my membership, The Autoimmune Collective, for years now, and I constantly get notes from members telling me it's one of their favorites.
Same for my health coaching clients – they say if it wasn't for this recipe, they probably wouldn't have survived. I mean, that's a bit of an exaggeration on their part (I hope), but a great compliment!
Until now you could only get it from those places or in my AIP Breakfasts Book, but I'm bringing it to you now!
If you're more of a visual person, I made a full-length video you can watch on Youtube explaining how to make these Maple Blueberry Breakfast Sausages!
Breakfast Sausage Ingredients
These are the ingredients you'll need to make these tasty sausages (see exact amounts in the recipe below):
• Ground Pork: I like the taste of pork with this the best, but you can also use ground chicken, turkey, or beef but do note that the cooking time may be different so please take that into account so you don't over or under cook your sausages!
• Maple Syrup: This is what gives these sausages their maple-y taste. You don't need a lot to achieve that, so these aren't overly sweet.
• Dried Sage: This herb gives the sausages a little flavor. You can use minced fresh sage if you prefer
• Cinnamon: You don't need a lot of this spice, but it gives the sausages a bit of warmth
• Garlic and Onion Powder: These are optional – if you prefer a more traditional breakfast sausage that has some garlicky and oniony kick, add them. If you want a sweeter sausage, omit them. I go back and forth on these. Sometimes I include them, sometimes not.
• Sea Salt: I don't think you can have breakfast sausage without salt, can you? It just is needed to round out all the flavors
• Blueberries: You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries in this recipe. I tend to like frozen better just because they don't pop apart when mixing and forming the sausages like fresh do, plus I find frozen to be cheaper and more readily available. But either type is fine
How to Make These Sausages
Sausage are really simple to make.
- Mix and form the patties: You just need to add ingredients to a mixing bowl, mix the ingredients together with your hands (a great recipe to get out anger and stress!) and then form into patties.
2. Cook the patties: In the recipe below I give you two choices to cook these sausages:
• Stovetop: You can add about a tablespoon of oil to a frying pan over medium heat and then cook approximately 5 minutes a side, until there no longer is pink throughout. This method will give you a nicely browned crust on the sausages.
• Oven: Cook these on a baking sheet at 350 F for 20 minutes. These won't brown like they do in the pan, but this is a much more hands-off method which is great for batch cooking, if you are cooking other attention-grabbing items, or if you just want to sit and read a book while they cook.
Meal Prepping the Breakfast Sausages
These are one of the best recipes for meal prep and batch cooking because they can last all week in the fridge, are easily reheated, and freeze beautifully.
TO MAKE FOR THE WEEK: Just make the sausages and store in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds on high, in a small pan on the stove for 1-2 minutes on each side, or in the oven at 425 F for 5 minutes.
TO FREEZE: Make the sausages as directed in the recipe. Let them cool for a few minutes, then either leave them on the same pan you cooked them on or put them in a freezer-safe baking dish, laying side-by-side. Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours until frozen. Then remove from the baking sheet/dish and place in a labeled freezer-safe bag or container. This individual quick freeze method will prevent all of the sausages from freezing together into one clump, so you'll be able to just take one out quickly when needed and reheat.
COOKING FROM FROZEN: There's no need to thaw these sausages before cooking, but thawing does make the cooking time faster, especially if you're going to use the oven or stove. If you thaw them follow the cooking time in the “Make for the week” bulletpoint above. But from frozen, cook in the microwave on high for 30-45 seconds (add additional time if needed), in the oven at 425 F for 10 minutes, or on the stove in a pan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes a side.
What to eat with these sausages
Breakfast sausages are extremely versatile, and can be a big part of a breakfast when on a diet like AIP.
They can be a side to a bowl of soup, to a veggie hash, to pancakes, waffles, baked goods, breakfast bowls, really anything.
Here are some ideas of what to eat with a patty:
Sweet Potato Bowl (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)
Cassava Flour Pancakes (Paleo, AIP)
Spiced Carrot Breakfast Porridge (Paleo, AIP)
Tandoori Pumpkin Soup (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)
Pumpkin Pie Coconut Parfaits (Paleo, AIP)
A bowl of Lovebird Cereal! (Paleo, AIP)
Another Breakfast Sausage Recipe
If you want to change it up or make both of these at the same time to freeze, here's another tasty breakfast sausage recipe!
Apple Thyme Breakfast Sausage (Paleo, AIP)
Want more AIP Breakfast Recipes?
I love making breakfast recipes, therefore I've got a TON on this site and in the AIP Breakfasts Book as well.
More Helpful AIP & Paleo Resources in the Freebie Library
If you find this recipe helpful, you may really enjoy the resources in my Paleo & AIP Freebie Library! There's a “dump” freezer meal plan, a list of AIP-compliant breakfast toppings, and so much more. Plus, you'll get even more ideas sent to your inbox! Get the password here.
Maple Blueberry Breakfast Sausage Recipe
If you make these sausages I'd love to hear how it turned out! Either comment below or share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thrivingonpaleo!
Maple Blueberry Breakfast Sausage (Paleo, AIP)
- 1 lb ground Pork
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/2 tsp dried Sage
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder optional – omit if you want a sweeter sausage
- 1 tsp Onion Powder optional – omit if you want a sweeter sausage
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 cup Blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil or Avocado Oil only for stove method below
- Mix everything except for the blueberries and coconut oil together in a large bowl. Once evenly mixed, gently mix in the blueberries. Form into 8 patties. Cook in either one of the two methods below:
MAKE ON THE STOVE:
- Heat the coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Place the patties in the pan and cook for 5 min a side or until cooked all the way through (no pink remains).
MAKE IN THE OVEN:
- You can alternatively cook these in the oven at 350 F for 20 minutes or until cooked through (no pink remains). They won’t brown like they will in the pan, but it’s more hands-off.