Sausage patties, sometimes called breakfast patties, country sausage or just breakfast sausage, are a hearty meal. This is a typical breakfast item in the United States and has roots in the countryside — it was traditionally made with the trimmings left after butchering a pig!
Sausage patties are certainly a rustic dish, but that makes them so comforting. Think of breakfast sausage as the morning version of hamburgers. And although there are many ways of cooking sausages, including grilling and pan-frying, the best way is air-frying them since you use little oil.
To make breakfast sausages at home, you’ll need ground pork. Quality is essential, and so is the amount of fat in the meat, so get the good stuff from a local butcher.
You’ll also need an egg to bind the patties, and flavoring ingredients, such as onion powder, fresh or dried rosemary and garlic. Adding a pinch of brown sugar to the meat is customary, as the sugar caramelizes nicely, giving the patties a darker, more attractive color. Salt and pepper, of course, will balance everything out. Fresh and dried herbs are always welcome in a sausage recipe, so use what you have in hand.
Breakfast sausages are meant to be the star at the table; they’re the main event. Serve your patties with scrambled eggs or sunny side-ups, or in our case, with butter biscuits and berries.
This type of breakfast, somewhat inspired by the traditional English breakfast, is meant to have many elements, even sweet and savory on the same plate, so creativity will come in handy. When arranging a full breakfast, have protein, carbs and veggies sharing a plate, with breakfast patties at the center. That’s an excellent way to start the day.
In a mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, egg, garlic, onion powder, rosemary, sugar, salt and black pepper. Mix with your hands until homogeneous.
Divide the mixture into 6 portions and gently pat them to shape them into patties.
Preheat the air fryer to 370°F according to the appliance’s instructions and arrange the sausage patties in the air fryer basket and rack if available.
Cook for 15-18 minutes or as stated in your appliance’s user manual.
Serve as part of a complete breakfast with biscuits and seasonal fruit.