TSR Version of Jimmy Dean Pork Breakfast Sausage by Todd Wilbur

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

It has been pointed out to me, and sufficient proof has been supplied to me, that this is one of Todd Wilbur's Top Secret Recipes. I can only say, if this is representative of his recipes -- I'm in, 'cause this one is spot on! So, credit where credit is due: Recipe created by Todd Wilbur www.TopSecretRecipes.com In Todd's original posted recipes - the Sage sausage posted here was "regular". Living in the UK at the moment, I dearly miss our sausages from back home... Stumbling on this was a lifesaver -- and I will *NEVER* buy breakfast sausages again now! One word of warning..you might want to ask your butcher to add a little bit of fat to the ground pork -- it's generally so lean it ends up being a little dry... even so, beats having a pan of grease after cooking up a few sausages! The maple ones seem kind of runny but they sure taste nice when they are cooked! Also, I have tried them with and without the MSG - and I definitely prefer them with. ** The nutritional information is incorrect - for a rough estimate divide it by 3. **

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients for the flavor of your choice in a medium bowl.
  2. Form the sausage into patties and cook in a skillet over medium heat until brown.


Most Helpful

We have been using the basic sage recipe for a couple of years. It is better than any of the brands of breakfast sausage in stores.

We make 1.5 oz very thin patties for clone Sausage Egg McMuffins. We also use the sausge in Sausage Gravy (over mashed potatoes or biscuits).

We think that the amount of sage is just right, but any more of it would be too strong. We just tried substituting 0.5 tsp of hot chili paste for the crushed red peppers which was good.

By the way, Food Network had a show "Food Detectives" that tested MSG in a Chinese restaurant with volunteers who said that they reacted badly to MSG, but would knowingly participate in an MSG test.

Some were given food with MSG and others were given the same food without MSG. The result was that some people that were given food with no MSG said that had an MSG reaction. Some people that were given MSG food said that they had no reaction.

MSG is naturally found in many foods including mushrooms and especially seaweed.


Ross from Mason City March 11, 2011

Thank you so much for this recipe!!! I used previously frozen ground TURKEY and it turned out perfect! I did not include the MSG. I am amazed that it tasted just like Jimmy Dean Sausage. Did you steal the recipe? I tried the sage recipe. I suggest adding your sausage patties to a hot pan, medium heat. It adds a nice flavor. I also measured my patties in a 1/4 measuring cup. Forming them as thin as possible, they ended up the perfect size for my biscuits. So good!!!!

Bethany21 June 30, 2009

I am a canner. When thet have pork butts on sale, I grind the meat, removing most of the fat and can ground pork. When we want sausage I just add the required amount of spices (-msg) which keep premixed in my pantry labeled breakfast sausage blend. Perfect recipe.

Gloria 15x February 01, 2013

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