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Alton Brown’s Fresh and Lean Breakfast Sausage

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Everyone loves both Alton Brown and breakfast sausage, so this recipe is sure to delight!

We’ve managed to mix the two and make this homemade pork breakfast sausage recipe even healthier than it was before (sorry, Alton!). Your Blendtec or Vitamix blender can – amazingly – grind meat, so this is a simple way to make your own savory (with just a touch of sweet) healthy breakfast sausage with no nitrates, additives, or other unwanted preservatives.

This fresh and lean breakfast sausage recipe makes 12 small patties or 8 English muffin-sized patties – enough for the whole family!

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Alton Brown's Lean and Fresh Breakfast Sausage Recipe | Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe

Alton Brown's Fresh and Lean Pork Breakfast Sausage

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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Meat
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Calories: 50kcal
Author: Adapted from Alton Brown's Fresh Breakfast Sausage


  • 1 pound pork butt 2 1/2 pounds with bone, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar or light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Chill diced pork for at least 30 minutes.
  • For Blendtec: Add half the meat, the seasonings and the remaining meat to jar and secure lid. Press PULSE for 2 seconds 10-15 times until ground to desired consistency; do not over blend.
  • For Vitamix: Turn the machine on, and increase to Variable Speed 6. Remove the lid plug and add the meat a couple chunks at a time in 10-15 second increments until your desired texture is reached. Remove the meat into a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, and combine with your hands.
  • Form into 2-inch rounds. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes


Serving: 1patty | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Alton Brown's Lean and Fresh Breakfast Sausage Recipe | Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe


The nutrition facts for the average sausage patty includes a bunch of *crap* that you don’t want in your body, including nitrates!

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Nitrates by themselves aren’t too bad – they’re natural and present in foods that we eat – but too many nitrates can cause problems like leukemia, lymphoma, and many kinds of cancer, especially when they’re changed into nitrites through high-heat cooking.

Nitrites are carcinogenic and can also cause cancer! Avoid these by making this FRESH and LEAN breakfast sausage instead of picking up the boxed kind.

Recipe Tester Tarashaun

Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner is the founder of Blender Babes®. She credits using a blender daily for helping her heal an unhealthy relationship with food. A passionate advocate for self-care, she is committed to helping others pursue optimal wellness by balancing and healing their bodies and minds. She offers several opportunities to help people improve their health including free challenges and downloads, a gentle whole foods 7 Day Blender Cleanse™ and her holistic mind, body and spirit Slim Down Solution™ Womens Coaching Programs.

6 thoughts on “Alton Brown’s Fresh and Lean Breakfast Sausage”

    1. Hi Lisa! There was an error in the nutrition calculation, thank you for pointing it out! All fixed now. Enjoy the recipe! ~Tarashaun

  1. I was looking to find a lower fat fresh breakfast sausage as an alternative to the typical low fat turkey sausage (way too low in fat, sticks to the pan and the color is actually GRAY! YUCK!!) I wanted to compare the fat and calories to store bought, but the serving size is incorrectly stated as 1 gram. Two frozen brown and serve sausage patties is 50 grams, meaning that this recipe would have 460 grams fat and over six thousand calories!

    1. Blender Babes

      Hi Karen! So sorry about that! When I changed recipe plugins unfortunately the serving area in the nutritional info wasn’t seamless. *sigh* But thank you for pointing it out so I could fix it! 🙂 Hope you enjoy, I love this sausage recipe! ~Tarashaun

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