Grain-free, egg-free, and low carb, this Air Fryer Breakfast Sausage Recipe is made with healing spices for a high-protein breakfast recipe that is ready in less than 20 minutes. Serve them on their own or in a breakfast sandwich for a gluten-free meal you’ll love. Stovetop option.
Welcome to the 3rd and final installment of nourishing breakfast week! This recipe is part of our Restorative Health Series, meaning it’s made with good-for-you ingredients that are perfect for meal prep so you can feel your best without sacrificing flavor! Stay tuned next week for all things Omega!
Better Breakfasts with Simple Ingredients
I have a bone to pick, y’all! You see, over the years breakfast sausage has gotten a bad reputation for being difficult to make and unhealthy to consume. However, this couldn’t be any further from the truth! At least, not the way I make it.
Unlike other breakfast sausage patties, this air fryer breakfast sausage recipe is made without the use of eggs, grains, or dairy. So those that suffer from food allergies can rejoice! Instead, it contains nothing but good-for-you ingredients with quality meat and healing herbs and spices that not only taste great but make you feel great, too!
Even better, these patties are gluten-free, low-carb, and include an AIP option for a breakfast recipe everyone can enjoy! Instead, it contains nothing but good-for-you ingredients with quality meat and healing herbs and spices that not only taste great but make you feel great, too!
Why Use an Air Fryer for Breakfast Sausage?
If you’ve been living under a rock (kidding!) and haven’t jumped on the air fryer trend yet, take this as your sign to run to your nearest store and pick one up! I promise, with so many benefits, you’ll never go back.
Less Oil. Unlike other cooking methods, air fryers use little to no oil, making them a healthy cooking option, especially when it comes to oil-heavy recipes and fried foods.
Easy Clean-Up. Most air fryers come with dishwasher-safe accessories to cut down on clean-up time and can easily be wiped down by hand after cooking.
Air Circulation. Thanks to the design of air fryers, they are able to circulate hot air all around the food being cooked. As a result, it is able to heat evenly and becomes crispy on all sides!
Real Food Ingredients for the Best Air Fryer Sausage Recipe
Unlike other breakfast sausage patties that are full of added ingredients and chemicals, this recipe uses just a handful of natural foods that not only keep you fueled but also promote health and healing!
AIP Ingredient Swap : These breakfast sausage patties are made without eggs, nuts, seeds, or grains. To make them AIP-friendly, be sure to use honey or maple syrup instead of raw sugar and replace the nightshade spices (red pepper, cayenne, and paprika) with 1 – 2 teaspoons of fresh horseradish or 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke.
- Grass fed Ground Meat – I used ground sausage, but chicken, turkey, or lean pork can be used in its place, if you prefer.
Pro-Tip: If you use pre-seasoned country sausage, be sure to adjust the seasonings, and check for unwanted sugar/preservatives (if following AIP diet)!
- Herbs and Spices – For a slightly savory flavor, I included a variety of herbs and spices that combine to provide an amazing taste, anti-inflammatory properties, boosted immunity, and more including minced garlic, chili flakes, fresh thyme leaves, onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper, and sage leaves.
- Maple Syrup or Honey – Maple syrup and honey help provide just a note of sweetness that balances out the savory flavors of the meat and herbs.
How to Make Breakfast Sausage in the Air Fryer
- Combine. To begin, combine the meat, herbs, spices, and sugar in a large mixing bowl, using your hands to make sure everything is evenly distributed.
- Shape. Once mixed, shape the sausage mixture into into patties about 3-3 ½ inches wide and 1-1 ½ inches thick, and place them on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
Note: To shape your sausage patties, use a cookie scoop to create equal-sized balls. Then, gently press the balls between the palms of your hands, and use your fingers to spread the meat from the center.
You want the patties to have a slight dip in the center and to be slightly thinner in the middle to prevent them from shrinking and turning hard.
- Preheat. Next, spray your air fryer with cooking oil, and preheat it to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. *NOTE – If you’re air fryer doesn’t have 375 F setting, then cook at a lower temperature, 370 F.
- Air Fry. Once heated, place 4 or 5 sausage patties in your air fryer, making sure they are evenly spaced. Then, air fry them for 12-15 minutes in the manual cook mode.
Cooking Tip: For the best results, flip your sausage patties for doneness after 10 minutes of cooking, and flip them over halfway through.
- Repeat. Once cooked, place your sausage patties on a plate, and cover them to keep them warm. Then, spray your air fryer basket with cooking spray again, and repeat the cooking process until all of the sausage mixture has been used.
No air fryer? No problem! I tested these breakfast sausage patties in the oven as well. They take slightly longer but taste just as delicious!
- Preheat. To start, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix and Shape. Then, as with the air fryer breakfast sausage, use your hands to combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and form the patties.
- Bake. Once formed, place the patties on the baking sheet, and bake them for 20-22 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Pro-Tip: For extra crispy breakfast sausage patties, turn the oven to broil for 1-2 minutes at the end of the cooking process.
Storage and Reheating
I like to make these air fryer breakfast sausage patties ahead of time for an easy breakfast or tasty appetizer in a pinch! Luckily, they can be stored in the fridge or air fryer and reheated with ease.
Fridge: Place the patties in an airtight container, and store them in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Freezer: For long-lasting breakfast sausage patties, place them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Reheat: For the best results, let frozen patties thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, place them in either the air fryer or oven until the desired temperature is reached.
Oftentimes sausage becomes dry when an extremely lean meat is used. Try using a slightly fattier cut to increase the moisture content and prevent them from drying out. Also, be sure to break up the meat well as it will weave the fat into the other ingredients.
The most common reason these sausage patties fall apart is that they have been overcooked. This causes the fat to dry out, and there is nothing left to hold the patties together. So, be sure to keep a close eye on your patties as they cook!
I haven’t tried this recipe in the skillet, but I imagine it should work! Just be sure to keep the temperature on medium heat, and flip the patties over once browned on one side to ensure they cook all the way through. Also, be sure not to press the patties down with your spatula! Doing so will push out the juices from the meat, creating dry patties.
No matter how you make this air fryer breakfast sausage, it’s guaranteed to be delicious! If you do give it a try, I would love to know how you chose to serve it. Let me know in the comments below!