Homemade Pan Sausage

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Beverly from Georgia.

Portions: 8

Serving size: 1-1/2 ounces cooked patty


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons ground sage
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1 teaspoon dried, crushed basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper


  1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together.
  2. Divide into 8 equal portions and form into individual patties.
  3. Cook or freeze for later use.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  133
  • Protein  11 g
  • Carbohydrates  2 g
  • Fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol  40 mg
  • Sodium  31 mg
  • Potassium  171 mg
  • Phosphorus  98 mg
  • Calcium  18 mg
  • Fiber  0.3 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Try ground beef, ground turkey or a mixture of pork and beef in this recipe.
  • Add more red pepper if you like hot sausage
  • To freeze for later use, layer patties on wax paper and store in an airtight  freezer bag.

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Homemade Pan Sausage
Pinkyz9 says:

When diagnosed with CKD, I knew I would never be able to enjoy my breakfast sausage again!! Then I found this recipe!! IT IS DELICIOUS!!! I freeze the patties, & that makes using them for breakfast (or dinner) so easy!!

Oct. 19, 2014, 1:35 PM - Inappropriate review?
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janjrv2 says:

this turned out good except for one thing it burns your mouth it is way to hot. need to cut down on the black pepper and you can leave out the red pepper/

Aug. 12, 2014, 7:27 AM - Inappropriate review?
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290debra says:

GREAT!!! Could these be stuffed into casings?

Jul. 04, 2014, 4:20 PM - Inappropriate review?
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Rickaroo says:

how do you cook the patties? Dietitian comment: Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and cook patties about 2 minutes on each side or until cooked through.

Jun. 30, 2014, 11:19 AM - Inappropriate review?
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USARSO2013 says:

Since I can still have LOW sodium meals, I added a pinch of kosher salt to my patties while cooking. I also used 1 tablespoon of high heat safflower oil to fry patties to prevent sticking. After browning, I added 3 TBSP of Water and simmered the patties. They came out better than the sausage I used previously. Ate 1 patty with Polenta and froze remaining patties. Reheated as needed. I use fresh ground pork from my local meat market. NOTE: I used sea salt previously, but the kosher salt in the red & white box is very low in sodium and still taste great. I am stage 2 CKD. Dietitian comment: Thanks for the great review! Unfortunately kosher salt contains the same amount of sodium as table salt. A measured teaspoon is about 300 mg lower because of the amount/shape of the salt.

Jun. 14, 2014, 7:52 AM - Inappropriate review?
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jsmith35 says:

I made this recipe this morning and to my surprise its actually good. Im wondering though if there is anything I can add to it to make it not so dry? Dietitian comment: You can add additional fat (a healthy oil) or try applesauce to add moisture.

May. 23, 2014, 8:46 AM - Inappropriate review?
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watkinsk says:

This is a great recipe. Very easy and it taste great, I had only 1 issue, the grocer I used only had packaged ground pork that had 700mg of sodium. So I mixed in 1 pound of ground sirloin and doubled the yield.

May. 11, 2014, 1:17 AM - Inappropriate review?
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While I was in the kitchen cooking one thing, I had him making the sausage, and this is what I can tell you, it's awesome. You really have to make sure the measurements are exact, for it taste like sausage. Also, I suggest you do "not" buy your ground pork from the grocery store. When we went to the store, we read the labels and were surprised to find that every single pack of what was suppose to be 'fresh ground pork', had added salt to it. So, we went to the butcher shop and bought a pound of fresh ground pork. All I can is wow.... After doing that, we'll never buy it any other way. There was nothing added to it, just fresh ground pork, then following this recipe, wow... it was really awesome. Oh, and watch out for your salt. Most salts contain sugar in the form of "Dextrose". We now use sea salt. Great recipe. Oh, we also froze the extra patties. They freeze great.

Apr. 02, 2014, 4:52 AM - Inappropriate review?
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NutrioTest says:

This is a great recipe

Oct. 09, 2013, 11:39 AM - Inappropriate review?
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hneuhaus says:

I thought it tasted like ahamburger,not sauage!What should I do next? I love your websuit. hneuhaus Dietitian commern: I would increase the sage and peppers and perhaps add some fennel seeds.

Jul. 14, 2013, 10:43 AM - Inappropriate review?
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m2little says:

I made these sausages yesterday. The flavor is great, but they are very dense and dry. What did I do wrong and how can I make them more moist? Dietitian comment: You could try adding some extra fat from a healthy oil like oilve oil or canola oil, or you can select a higher fat content ground pork.

May. 19, 2013, 10:12 AM - Inappropriate review?
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Can sausage from the store be eaten more than three times a week. Dietitian comment: Store-bought sausage has more sodium and may have phosphate additives when compared to Homemade Sausage. If you are including it more than 3 times a week stick to the portion recommended by your dietitian, compare labels and buy the lowest sodium, phosphate-free brand and adjust sodium in your diet to compensate. For example, do not add salt to egg or choose a low sodium bread to go with your sausage.

Mar. 15, 2013, 9:56 AM - Inappropriate review?
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Stanwat says:

Excellent recipe. I used 1 lb. ground lean pork, 1 lb. ground turkey, 1 lb. ground veal, tsp. sage, 1 tsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. basil, 1 tsp. fennel, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder and 1 egg. Made into small patties and froze. Great for breakfast with an egg & toast

Jan. 26, 2013, 4:59 PM - Inappropriate review?
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mrspeel says:

Great basic recipe. I tweaked it a little and it turned out great. I substituted garlic powder for the basil & (less)brown sugar for white. I also added some fennel.

Jun. 11, 2012, 3:28 PM - Inappropriate review?
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jpardue says:

excellent recipe - I will use about half the sugar next time and a bit more sage, basil and peppers. So glad to find something to help make my Dad's diet a little more like what he had before dialysis.

Apr. 06, 2012, 3:07 PM - Inappropriate review?
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Sooz98 says:

This caused my husband a bit of heartburn and he thought it a bit bland. I am going to try again with half turkey and doubling the spices.

Apr. 01, 2012, 5:36 AM - Inappropriate review?
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kkri says:

i made this with a half pound of meatloaf mix I had leftover. Added a tsp of parsley and sage and a few grindings of black pepper. Sprinkled a few chipoltle flakes to add a smoky flavor without much heat. Made three logs that were delicious with spaghetti. The little that was left over I broke up and fried like scrapple.

Oct. 31, 2011, 9:40 AM - Inappropriate review?
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cvoss says:

We loved this recipe! Our grandaughter & grandson are puicky eaters and both love regular sausage. Both indicated they loved the sausage as did the adults at our breakfast.

Oct. 13, 2011, 8:57 AM - Inappropriate review?
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MicVida says:

I've made these quite a few times, it freezes easily in patties. Very lean too, and they actually taste better than the ready made sausage in the stores!

Aug. 21, 2011, 5:24 AM - Inappropriate review?
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My husband loves hot sausage and I really appreciate this recipe to make for him. Thanks.

Jun. 15, 2011, 11:49 AM - Inappropriate review?
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DadLewis says:

A real disappointment. This is not a good recipe. It is much too pepper-y and is nowhere near reminiscent of a breakfast sausage. It was a waste of a pound of good ground pork.

Nov. 05, 2010, 12:40 PM - Inappropriate review?
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Prepared this recipe and served it as a "sausage roll" o--sausage a yeast roll.Delicious and most everyone rated this a 9 or 10 out of 10!

Sep. 29, 2009, 5:30 PM - Inappropriate review?
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I tried this recipe and found it excellent.Sausage was one of the things I missed,but no more!!

Mar. 27, 2009, 6:02 AM - Inappropriate review?
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I love eating breakfast anytime so this wil be great

Jan. 09, 2009, 10:37 PM - Inappropriate review?

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