Homemade sausage patties in the air fryer is a great make-ahead breakfast that’s so easy to make. These sausage patties are perfectly spiced with fennel and sage with a little heat from hot paprika. They’re also paleo, keto, Whole30, GAPS-friendly and egg-free.
I love that you can control exactly what goes into these sausages and leave out all the additives that you typically find in store-bought ones. You just mix it all in a bowl and form the patties.
The air fryer ‘fries’ them in no time with crispy edges with little to no oil! If I can make it even a little healthier for my family, it’s a win-win combo!
Here’s all you need to make sausage patties in the air fryer.
- Garlic powder
- Ground fennel
- Ground sage
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Hot paprika
- Kosher salt
- Ground pork
How to make sausage patties
- Mix everything together well except the ground meat.
- Add the pork to the mixture and combine together with wet hands.
- Divide the mixture into 18 pieces to form each into a patty about 2.5 inches in diameter.
- Preheat the air fryer to 370 °F (190 °C).
- Place the patties in the air fryer in one layer.
- Cook for 4 minutes, flip, and cook for 4-6 minutes more.
You can serve up 18 air fryer sausage patties with this recipe in less than 10 minutes! That’s more than enough time to fry up some eggs or flip some pancakes.
- Take care not to overwork the meat, or it will be tough.
- When placing patties into the air fryer, make sure they’re not touching. Leave them some space so the forced air can cook the patties evenly. If you’re making all 18, you will need to cook them in batches.
- Sausage patties are done when they reach an internal temperature of 160 °F (71 °C) degrees.
Can I freeze them?
Yes! If two pounds of breakfast sausage is way too much for you to eat within a few days, you can freeze them and reheat them.
I prefer to freeze uncooked patties and then defrost them overnight in the fridge to cook them fresh in the morning. If you do this, place a piece of parchment paper in between each of the patties so they don’t stick together in a big clump.
If you forget to put the uncooked frozen patties in the fridge to thaw overnight, no problem! One less thing for you to do. Just pop them in the air fryer and let them reheat while you get your coffee.
How to reheat sausage patties
To reheat these sausage patties that have been precooked and then frozen, just pop them in the air fryer at 370 °F (190 °C) for about 4 minutes.
If you’re in a real rush, then just pop the patties in the microwave for one minute and be on your way.
If you’re using uncooked frozen patties, just follow the normal directions. If the patties haven’t reached an internal temperature of 160 °F (71 °C), put them back in for a few minutes.
If you’re doing Whole30, breakfast is tough. At least it was for me when I did it.
And now that I’m only eating fruit, veggies and meat, it’s still tough. But what a treat these breakfast sausages make!
Looking at the recipe, you might think it looks like a lot of seasoning for two pounds of meat. At least I did! I’ve made these so many times with varying amounts of spices, and they weren’t flavorful enough with a smaller amount.
You can play around with the spices. I originally tried this breakfast sausage recipe with smoked paprika, but I much preferred it with the hot paprika.
They’re spicy, but not overly so. If you want them with more of a kick, you can up the paprika to 2 teaspoons or add some red pepper flakes.
Can I do a mix of meat?
Sure! These breakfast sausage patties are also great with a 50/50 mix of ground pork and ground beef.
I haven’t tried them with ground chicken or turkey, but if anyone experiments and tries that out, I’d love to hear how it goes! Or give these Ground Chicken Sausage Patties a try.
Why use an air fryer?
It took me a while to be won over by the thought of buying an air fryer. For me counter space is precious, and I just couldn’t see the use for another appliance in my small kitchen.
After negotiating with my husband about putting the air fryer away after every use, I got one for Christmas a couple of years back. And wow! What a convenient appliance!
I must confess that it doesn’t get put up after every use because we use it all of the time!
Plus, I don’t get oil splatter all over the stovetop. I mean, using little to no oil is a definite plus for the air fryer, and it gets food crispy in no time at all!
It’s more energy-efficient than turning on the oven to make a small batch of Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies when I want a sweet snack but not a whole batch of cookies. 😉
It’s as versatile as an oven, so with energy costs going up, it makes it worth the cost to have one.
If you don’t have an air fryer, then you can certainly make these sausages in the oven.
How to make sausage patties in the oven
To bake the homemade sausage patties, preheat the oven to 400 °F (204 °C) and bake them for about 20 minutes flipping the patties halfway through.
I would definitely line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easier cleanup.
Again, the internal temperature of the patties should be 160°F (71 °C), so depending on your oven, you may need to cook them a bit less or a tad longer.
And while they’re cooking, why not whip up some Pineapple and Cucumber Juice?
Air fryer recipes for beginners
I have lots of other air fryer recipes that you might like as well. This is not a full list, so be sure to check out the other recipes as well.
- Air Fryer Baked Apples make a great breakfast, sweet snack or healthy dessert. Oven directions included. Whole wheat, gluten-free and vegan options.
- This Popcorn Chicken Air Fryer recipe is great for hot snacks after school, lunches and dinners. Can be made paleo or gluten-free.
- Air Fryer Pizza Rolls are the way to go! You can wrap your favorite pizza toppings in wonton wrappers for crispy, piping hot pizza rolls made the way everyone likes them.
- Air Fryer Garlic Fries are another terrific hot snack or side dish. They’re terrifically spiced and loaded with parmesan cheese.
- If you love tater tots, then give these homemade Air Fryer Tater Tots are a try. Included is a shortcut using frozen hash browns! They’re naturally vegan and can be made gluten-free or paleo.
- These Air Fryer Carrot Fries are the healthiest fries of all. Crispy on the outside with a sweet tender center! Naturally vegan and dairy-free that are low in fat and super easy to make.
That’s it! I hope you love these Air Fryer Sausage Patties as much as I do! If you try it, drop a comment below and if you want to shout it out to the world, snap a pic and tag #fooddoodlesrecipes so I can be sure to find it! Enjoy!
Sausage Patties in Air Fryer
- 4 teaspoons garlic powder
- 4 1/2 teaspoons ground fennel
- 4 1/2 teaspoons ground sage
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons hot paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 pounds (907 grams) ground pork
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the seasoning (garlic powder through salt).
- Mix in the meat with wet hands, being careful not to overwork the meat or it will be tough.
- Form 2-ounce patties, each about 2.5 inches in diameter.
- Preheat the air fryer to 370 °F (190 °C).
- Place the patties in the air fryer in one layer, making sure they're not touching.
- Cook for 4 minutes, flip, and cook for 4-6 more minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
- Cool leftovers and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.