Ready to make your own gluten-free sausage? Try this flavorful breakfast sausage made with ground chicken, maple syrup, and steak seasoning.
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Are you looking for a way to make your own gluten-free sausage without all the fillers and binders and all the stuff you know your body can live without?
I’ve been making these homemade gluten-free breakfast sausages for years, and I’m not really sure why they’ve never made it to the blog until now.
I love making these and having them in the freezer for a quick and easy protein addition to my morning. They’re great on their own or with gluten-free pancakes or waffles. I’ve even been known to “round out” my smoothie for breakfast with a sausage before.
What I love about making my own sausage is that I can make them exactly as I like them. While I’m sometimes in the mood for pork sausage, I often crave ground chicken or ground turkey instead. The meat is leaner and it sits better with my digestion than pork does.
I also love that I can create my own flavors with these breakfast sausages. Sometimes I want a fully savory breakfast sausage. Other times I want a sweet and savory option. This recipe is truly versatile, so you can get creative if you want to.
If you’re like me and like having a high protein option for breakfast that isn’t solely focused on eggs, this is a great addition to your morning recipe lineup. Whether you like chicken, turkey, or pork, you’ll love having control over the flavors and the fillers with this recipe.
Ingredients in gluten-free breakfast sausage
Ready to make your own gluten-free breakfast sausages? Here’s what you’ll want to make sure you have on hand before you get started.
Ground chicken, turkey, or pork
This recipe calls for ground chicken, because that’s what I love the flavor of the most. But I’ve successfully made these with ground turkey and ground pork too.
Whatever you love, you can use it in this recipe. A word of caution is just that whatever meat you choose, be sure that it doesn’t have any additives and no potential for gluten-containing ingredients to have been added to the ground meat.
Steak seasoning is the surprise ingredient in these gluten-free sausages. I’ve always found that breakfast sausages are so extremely full of flavor and while I could probably spend the time parsing out what those ingredients are individually, I like to give myself a shortcut and opt for something that’s all-in-one.
I usually use McCormick Montreal steak seasoning for this recipe as it’s a little bit spicy with pepper and red pepper flakes, has garlic, onion, and salt so all the seasonings are added with one addition to the bowl. Plus this brand is gluten-free, making it an easy “yes” for this recipe.
The day I geared up to make the photos for this recipe, I realized I was out and used a homemade steak seasoning instead. Sometimes you have to make do with what you have on hand! That recipe will come out soon!
I like sweet and savory flavors in my breakfast sausage so I like to add a little maple syrup to them. If you’re not a fan of maple syrup or sweetness in your sausage, feel free to omit this. If you want, you can also swap this ingredient with another sweetener of your choice.
I use coconut oil in this recipe to cook the sausages as it has a high smoke point. I find that it gives a slight coconut flavor to the finished product, but I enjoy it. If you don’t want to use coconut oil, use another oil for greasing your pan before cooking the sausages.
Now that you know which ingredients you’ll need to make these gluten-free breakfast sausages, let’s go over how to actually put them together.
How to make gluten-free breakfast sausage step-by-step
Ready to learn how to make your own gluten-free breakfast sausage? Let’s go through the steps for how to make them.
Combine the ingredients
In a large bowl, combine the ground meat of your choice (chicken, turkey, or pork), steak seasoning, and maple syrup.
Mix the ingredients together
Using your hands, mix everything together until all the ingredients are well combined. This mixture will be wet.
Preheat a griddle or large skillet
Preheat a griddle or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the coconut oil to the griddle.
Form sausage patties on the skillet
Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, transfer about 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp of the sausage mixture to form patties on the skillet.
Cook the sausage patties
After adding the sausage patties to the skillet, cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, flipping once.
I used my trusty instant read thermometer to make sure they were cooked all the way through (to 165 degrees F) to know for sure they were done and ready to be taken off the pan.
Repeat with other sausages
Once they are cooked, transfer to a plate and set aside. Repeat cooking the sausage patties until you’ve cooked all of them.
Serve and enjoy
Tips for storing and freezing gluten-free breakfast sausages
If you’d like to store or freeze your gluten-free breakfast sausages for later breakfasts, use these tips to make sure they keep well.
You can store these gluten-free breakfast sausages in a glass or plastic storage container with a well-fitting lid. I’ve bought a set of glass containers recently from Costco and have been loving them! They reheat in the microwave well too.
Here’s the same brand and set but from Amazon:
The easiest way to freeze these sausage patties is to lay cooked sausages on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Freeze in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag.
To reheat frozen sausages, microwave each sausage for 2 to 3 minutes until heated through.
- 1 lb ground chicken (or turkey or pork)
- 1/2 tbsp steak seasoning
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- In a large bowl, combine the ground meat of your choice (chicken, turkey, or pork), steak seasoning, and maple syrup.
- Using your hands, mix everything together until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Preheat a griddle or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the coconut oil.
- Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, transfer about 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp of the sausage mixture to form patties on the skillet.
- After adding the sausage patties to the skillet, cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, flipping once.
- I used my trusty instant read thermometer to make sure they were cooked all the way through (to 165 degrees F) to know for sure they were done and ready to be taken off the pan.
- Once they are cooked, transfer to a plate and set aside. Repeat cooking the sausage patties until you’ve cooked all of them.
- Allow the sausage patties to cool completely.
- The easiest way to freeze these sausage patties is to lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag.
- To reheat frozen sausages, microwave each sausage for 2 to 3 minutes until heated through.
Feel free to get creative with seasonings and flavorings of these sausage patties. If you like lots of herbs or garlic in your breakfast sausage, add those. If you hate sweet breakfast sausage, omit the maple syrup. If you like it spicy, add some crushed red pepper flakes. Make it your own!