Sunny's Sweet and Spicy Breakfast Sausage

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 9 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 4 min
  • Yield: 8 patties
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4 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed with a knife or mortar and pestle

1/4 teaspoon Hungarian paprika

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound ground chuck

1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, fennel seed, paprika, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  2. Break the beef into chunks and add to a large bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning evenly over the top then with your hand gently mix the beef until the seasoning is evenly distributed. Divide the mixture into 8 even portions and roll gently into balls. Place back in the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Remove the sausage from the refrigerator and one by one place each ball between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Using a meat pounder, flatten out the sausage balls into 1/8-inch thick patties.
  4. In a large saute pan or griddle over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and cook the sausage patties in batches. Sear on one side until caramelized and golden on the bottom, about 2 minutes, then flip to cook just a minute more on the other side.
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