Copycat Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage

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Making your own sausage is relatively simple and these copycat Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage seasoning blends will be having everyone in your family begging you to make more. Pork Butt is a relatively inexpensive cut of meat (frequently only $1.48 a pound) and comes in a very large cut of meat (usually 12-18 pounds at a time).

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We generally purchase a large pork butt and cut it into 4 equal pieces which become 2 nice roasts and several pounds of sausage. If you have a kitchenaid mixer, they have a grinder attachment available for making your own sausage. However, if you don’t have a mixer or a meat grinder at home, be aware that Most butchers/ meat department employees will be more than willing to cut and grind up your pork for you at no extra charge, all you need to do is ask them.

For Sage Flavor Breakfast Sausage


You’ll Need:

* 16 ounces ground pork
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
* 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
* 3/4 teaspoon ground sage
* 1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
* 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
* 1/4 teaspoon msg (*Optional, but this is what they use)
* 1/8 teaspoon Oregano
for

Hot Breakfast sausage

* 16 ounces ground pork
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more, depending on how hot you want it!)
* 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
* 1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
* 1/4 teaspoon coriander
* 1/4 teaspoon msg (*Optional, but this is what they use)

or for

Maple breakfast sausage

* 16 ounces ground pork
* 3 tablespoons maple syrup
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon msg (*Optional, but this is what they use)
* 1/4 teaspoon coriander
* 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper

or for

Regular (Plain)

* 16 ounces ground pork
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
* 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
* 1/2 teaspoon MSG (such as Accent Flavor Enhancer)

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For Turkey Sausage:

For Sage Flavor Breakfast Sausage

You’ll Need:
* 16 ounces ground turkey
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
* 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
* 3/4 teaspoon ground sage
* 1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
* 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
* 1/4 teaspoon msg (*Optional, but this is what they use)
* 1/8 teaspoon Oregano

Hot Breakfast sausage

You’ll Need:
* 16 ounces ground turkey
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more, depending on how hot you want it!)
* 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
* 1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
* 1/4 teaspoon coriander
* 1/4 teaspoon msg (*Optional, but this is what they use)

Maple breakfast sausage

You’ll Need:
* 16 ounces ground turkey
* 3 tablespoons maple syrup
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon msg (*Optional, but this is what they use)
* 1/4 teaspoon coriander
* 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper

Regular (Plain) Turkey Sausage

You’ll Need:
* 16 ounces ground turkey
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
* 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
* 1/2 teaspoon MSG (such as Accent Flavor Enhancer)

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The method for making any of the types of sausage is the same, mix the seasonings into the meat. It’s best if you do this ahead of time to give the flavors a chance to incorporate, but it will still taste great if you cook it right away.

Once you have your sausage mixed, Then form into patties using your hands and cook as you would Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage.

We’ve also used ground turkey in place of the ground pork and had good results. While MSG is generally a frowned upon ingredient, it does offer great flavor or it can be left out altogether without any issue.

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We prefer to mix this up ahead of time and then freeze it until needed, it allows times for the flavors to fully develop. However, it can be used right away if you prefer.

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39 Comments

  1. i have been trying to come up with this recipe on my own but now you have helped me. thank you and i can’t wait to try it.

    • I tried this recipe this morning and had great results! I used the Accent and not the msg. My husband stated the taste was right up his alley.

      Thank you for sharing.

      • I tried this recipe this morning and had great results! I used the Accent and not the msg. My husband stated the taste was right up his alley.

        Thank you for sharing.

        If you are avoiding msg, please do not use Accent, I looked it up and Accent and msg is the same thing.

        Sorry.

      • I tried this recipe this morning and had great results! I used the Accent and not the msg. My husband stated the taste was right up his alley.

        Thank you for sharing.

        accent is msg and believe me if you suffer from chemical sensitivity at all..migraines, acid reflux inflammation… it really does matter!

      • Jelavin, I hate to break the bad news, but Accent and MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) are exactly the same thing!

  2. i am printing this recipe off almost as we speak. my hubby had a 5-bypass heart surgery in July and then had a heart attack the end of august. He is also diabetic. I am going to make this sausage with turkey or chichen.

    He really dislikes the turkey sausage I buy at the store.

    I think it is not seasoned enough. I lost my sense of taste, almost completely, a few years ago. If it is a really strong or spicy taste I can taste to an extent.

    I have lost 22 pounds and hope to lose 35 more.

    You just lose the desire to eat when the taste is not there. Neddless to say I have to have taste testers around to make me happy about cooking now. Texture has become very important to me now.

    You really notice texture of food when it is the only thing you got.

    Hey, everyone have a Great Turkey Day!

  3. does this require msg or accent or is there something else that can be substituted? my husband does not tolerate either well. when we can and freeze we avoid them and use lemon juice instead.

  4. accent is not a substitute for msg. it is msg. ac'cent Flavor Enhancer – Food Seasoning & Flavoring – Accent Flavor
    (Check the ingredients on the right side of the page, just above the nutrition facts.

    Only one is listed, because that is all Accent contains.)
    I mention this for those who may be sensitive to msg and are not aware of what Accent actually is.

  5. if you don’t have a grinder or the butcher is busy or cranky (i am lucky i have both a meat grinder and an awesome butcher:)) you can chunk up the pork into about 1″ cubes and pulse it in your food processor till it’s ground up as you like. just don’t grind too much or you will have meat paste. Oh and don’t buy pre ground pork.

    most of the time is horribly expensive and they add salt too it already which can really mess up your recipe.

    Also try blends of meats like add some ground chicken thighs or ground turkey. both you can sometimes get really cheap on sale and grind yourself and then have the bones for soup. 🙂

  6. hello, i am new to sausage making and stuffing all other recipes gave the pink cure, with this not having it must is be used right away?? thanks for your posts.

  7. i’m definitely going to make up a batch of sausage, with this recipe, my hubby has to have his sausage and the price just keeps going up….we have never cared for the turkey sausage from the stores but i may just have to try a pound or so ground turkey with this recipe.. thanks for posting…

  8. we love jimmie dean sausages. i was raised on them and make large batches of breakfast burritos to deep freeze with them. in fact, i need to make some this week.

    i have the ka attachments and have yet to use them so this is perfect!

    thank you so much for telling me what kind of meat to purchase. i didn’t know. and because i live in a predominantly hispanic community, the pork shoulder or butts go on sale a lot this time of year for making tamales.

    they can be frequently found for under $1 a pound!!!

    And I have a bunch of boneless chicken leg meat that I got for well under $1/lb that is a pain to clean up to use (I thought it was just thigh meat, but it’s leg meat and thigh so I have to cut around all the tendon junk), that will be great to combine with the pork to make a lighter sausage. Thank you SOOOO much!!!

  9. In answer to your question YES deer meat can be added to pork. If you add it to chicken add pork fat. Deer meat is very lean and needs the fat.

    Also when you fry Deer Meat add butter or it smells.

    I hope this helps.

  10. I know I’m late to the party but I just found this recipe via Pinterest. I have been living in Ecuador for the 4+ years and breakfast sausage isn’t in the stores here. Well, I suppose it might be somewhere but it isn’t in the stores were I shop. I’ve been managing without it but it’s been one of the few things I miss.

    This is pretty darned exciting.

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen coriander but I’m sure at least one of my friends will share some with me until I can get some from the States. I have lots of friends who travel back and forth and we all try to help one another by bringing back little stuff when we can. My only potential problem here would have been getting pork that is fatty enough to make a decent sausage–even Jimmy Dean.

    Now, however, we have someone who has been raising pigs and making bacon, ham, and sausage.

    Unfortunately, his sausage has red pepper in it and I’m allergic but he’s happy to give me pork fat to add to the pork I buy locally. Aren’t I lucky? I can hardly wait!

    Thanks so much for going to all the work to figure this out for us.

  11. Recreate the flavor of America’s favorite breakfast sausage, with these copycat Jimmy Dean Sage Breakfast Sausage recipe, copycat Jimmy dean Maple breakfast sausage recipe and hot sausage recipe

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    I tried this recipe yesterday and it is so awesome. Fortunately I have a kitchenaid with a grinder attachment. I went to the store to get pork butt as it was on sale, only 99¢ a pound!

    I thought to save time I will just have the butcher grind it for me.

    Ah no, the butcher said, “Oh no, we don’t do that!” Oh well! The recipe was fantastic despite that little hiccup.

    I ended up with 9 lbs of sausage for about $9.00!

    I will be doing this again!!!! Thank you so much!!!

  12. I have been trying to find that Jimmy Dean (regular) breakfast sausage flavor. this is very close, however it missing something. is the (regular) product different that the above recipe?

    does anyone have the changes i need to make to match the jimmy dean (regular) flavor?

    thanks for any help!!!!!

    • I have been trying to find that Jimmy Dean (REGULAR) breakfast sausage flavor. This is very close, however it missing something. Is the (REGULAR) product different that the above recipe?

      Does anyone have the changes I need to make to match the Jimmy Dean (REGULAR) flavor?

      Thanks for any help!!!!!

      Yes, reduce the salt to 3/4 tsp, omit the garlic salt & oregano, increase the msg to 1/2 tsp.

    • I have been trying to find that Jimmy Dean (regular) breakfast sausage flavor. this is very close, however it missing something. is the (regular) product different that the above recipe?

      does anyone have the changes i need to make to match the jimmy dean (regular) flavor?

      thanks for any help!!!!!

      Leave out the garlic salt and use plain salt. Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage has no garlic.

    • Do you know how detrimental to your health msg is? Look it up.

      LOL, Yes, we are quite aware of the health risks associated with it, That’s why is “Optional”. HAHAHA.

      It wouldn’t be a copycat recipe if we didn’t state what they use for ingredients to make their product. This is precisely the point of Making your own… so you can control what’s in it.

      We’re not fans of most food additives, coloring, gmo’s etc, they all have health risks.

  13. I live in Mexico and we too love Jimmy dean sausage and even Italian sausage..neither which we can get here…i will defiantly try this as I have all if those seasonings. Now I just need to find a good Italian seasoning…the pork is easy to get at the Mercado…i have the kitchen aid grinder attachment..oh yummy.

  14. Hello! I was wondering if there is anything I can use in place of the crushed red pepper flakes or can I omit them all together? My family with the exception of my daughter dose not like spicy.

    Thanks in advance.

  15. Good morning. I was wondering if it is possable to leave out the coriander and red pepper flakes as I don’t have either one? I do have cayenne pepper though.

    Could that be used instead of the red pepper flakes and if so how much should I use? Thanks in advance.

    • Good morning. I was wondering if it is possable to leave out the coriander and red pepper flakes as I don’t have either one? I do have cayenne pepper though. Could that be used instead of the red pepper flakes and if so how much should I use? Thanks in advance.

      The Plain Jimmydean Sausage recipe doesn’t contain red pepper flakes

  16. I have a garlic allergy and have confirmed with Jimmy Dean that the only sausages of theirs that have garlic are Italian, chorizo and their All Natural. Just FYI in case you were interested.

  17. We moved to Mexico and can’t find usa breakfast sausage down here except at a grocery store that caters to us gringos, and a one pound tube of jd sausage costs around $10 USD (200 pesos). I love breakfast sausage and miss it dearly. We will be trying this.

    BTW they do sell ground pork here

  18. My husband and I are doing whole 30 and to purchase compliant sausage is extremely difficult, or cost a fortune! I made the spicy sausage this morning while meal prepping and it was awesome! Left out the msg, still amazing.

    Now I have to get a attachment for my kitchen aid so I can grind my own pork! Thanks so much!

  19. Accent is just a name brand of MSG.

    MSG is one of several forms of glutamic acid found in foods, in large part because glutamic acid (an amino acid) is pervasive in nature. Glutamic acid and its salts may be present in a variety of other additives, including hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, and protein isolate, which must be specifically labeled. Since 1998, MSG cannot be included in the term “spices and flavorings”. However, the term “natural flavor” is used by the food industry for glutamic acid (chemically similar to MSG, lacking only the sodium ion). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require disclosure of components and amounts of “natural flavor.”

    Btw, @Noah, you didn’t have to be a complete asshole because someone misunderstood something.

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