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a plate full of air fryer breakfast sausage patties

Air Fryer Breakfast Sausage Recipe (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Air Fryer Breakfast Sausage recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes for an gluten free breakfast recipe perfect for meal prep. Oven option. See notes for AIP substitutes.


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sausage – chicken, turkey, or lean pork (pre-seasoned country sausage may be substituted, adjust spices below if so)

  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1/4 teaspoon or to taste kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoons or to taste black pepper

  • Optional: 2 sage leaves, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup, honey, or raw sugar


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground sausage and herbs and spices (garlic, chili flakes, thyme, onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper, and sage leaves), and sugar. Using two hands, mix the ingredients together until they are well-blended. 

  2. Shape the sausage mixtures into patties about 3 to 3 1/2 inches wide and 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick.*

  3. Place the formed patties on a baking tray lined with parchment paper to keep them from sticking. 

  4. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil. Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  5. Once preheated, place 4-5 patties in the air fryer. 

  6. Air fry the sausage patties 12-15 minutes on manual, flipping halfway through cooking. Check for doneness at 10-12 minutes. (*See notes)

  7. Remove the sausage patties from the air fryer, place them on a clean plate, and cover them to keep warm. Repeat the steps above, air frying the remaining patties. 

  8. Serve with sauce of choice.


Note: Cooking times can vary depending on the type of air fryer and meat you use. If you’re air fryer doesn’t have a 375 degree Fahrenheit setting, use 370 degrees. Adjust the cooking time as needed, checking for doneness after 10 minutes. 

Baking Option: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the sausage patties on a lined sheet pan, and bake them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 -22 minutes, flipping halfway through. The internal temperature should reach somewhere between 155-165 degrees Fahrenheit. (Optional – Remove the parchment paper, and place the sausage patties back on the sheet pan. Turn the oven to broil, and broil the patties for 1 -2 minutes for extra crispy edges.)

AIP Substitute – Replace the red pepper, cayenne, and paprika with 1 -2 teaspoons of fresh horseradish or 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke. Also, be sure to use maple syrup or honey instead of raw sugar.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 126
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 84.6
  • Fat: 4.4
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2
  • Carbohydrates: 11.3
  • Fiber: .8
  • Protein: 11.2
  • Cholesterol: 45.2

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