Best Breakfast Sausage: 7 Best Breakfast Sausages Make Mornings Suck Less

Breakfast sausage is a wave of nostalgia; each type evokes a specific memory. Greasy, sweet, thin disks of ground sausage remind us of ‘90s school breakfasts and a classic McDonald’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit. The plump links are reminiscent of American diner food, breakfast buffets (Shoney’s, anyone?), and hotel continental breakfasts. Bottom line: A breakfast of eggs, toast, and meat is a beautiful, ubiquitous, everyman type of meal that most of us grew up eating in this country in one form or another. 

Call me Edward Sausage Hands, because I ate at least ten full links of sausage during this Sporked taste test. We also invited Mythical’s senior executive coordinator Jenna Purdy to join us. So what do we want in a breakfast sausage? Well, we want it to recall one of the experiences listed above. Whether it’s a patty or a link, we’re looking for breakfast sausage with fat, bite, and a hint of sweetness. Breakfast sausage should be useful, too. Either it belongs on a plate with eggs and potatoes, or it slides easily onto a breakfast sandwich or biscuit. Utility is important with breakfast sausage. Also, it goes without saying, breakfast sausage should be juicy, if not greasy. Breakfast meat is egregious, and we’re here to get nasty with it.

So go ahead and waft the sweet and savory smell of this list right into your nose holes.

The following article contains affiliate links that may generate a small commission to us when you make a purchase through the link. Learn more about how we work with affiliates here.


Best of The Best

Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Links

Jimmy Dean’s Breakfast sausage is peppery, juicy, salty, and just a bit sweet. The juiciness here is borderline greasy, but, hey, we love that in a breakfast sausage. The best thing about Jimmy Dean’s sausage is its depth of flavor. This isn’t just one-note sweet breakfast sausage like some of the brands we tried. “It’s got that nice, specific fattiness, and there’s a hint of black pepper,” said Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling. The texture is nice and craggy, too. We love the size, texture, and taste. I’d definitely eat more than three of these with breakfast. 

Credit: Ryan Martin / Amazon

Rating:

9/10

Sporks

Best Snap

Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Pork Sausage

Jones is a close second. It’s sweet, juicy, and a bit greasier than Jimmy Dean’s. It’s also missing some of that savory-and-salty kick that Jimmy Dean’s has, but this is a great breakfast sausage. Breaking the casing with your teeth produces a lovely snap that puts it above the others on this list. Crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside. People are sleeping on Jones. It’s really good.

Credit: Ryan Martin / Vons

Rating:

8.5/10

Sporks

Best for Breakfast Sandwiches

Impossible Sausage Savory

An Impossible product for the best breakfast sandwich? You betcha. Simply put, the flavor here is incredible. Everything is spiced perfectly, and the meat is meaty. It of course lacks pork flavor, but there’s still enough fat present in this sausage substitute that it feels juicy and greasy. Quite frankly, it tastes better than any turkey sausage we had. In fact, it’s better than any sausage patty we had. Wrap your head around that because we’re sticking to it. The great thing about Impossible sausage is that you get to form the patties however you want, giving you freedom to adjust the thickness. A big slab of Impossible sausage on a biscuit with egg and cheese sounds so heavenly that you won’t miss the meat at all. Impossible is far and away the best plant-based breakfast sausage we’ve ever had, and the aesthetic is undeniable too. This rules.

Credit: Ryan Martin / Target

Rating:

8.5/10

Sporks

Best Diner Style

Johnsonville Original Recipe Breakfast Sausage

This is just classic sausage with an iconically sweet and salty flavor we couldn’t resist. Johnsonville breakfast sausages are also plump and caramelize perfectly in a pan. Really, they nail texture and flavor, they just weren’t as memorable as the other three ahead of them. Still, Johnsonville immediately conjures up images of a diner breakfast. That classic greasy-spoon meal of eggs, toast, and sausage links for $5.49 or something ridiculously cheap is a damn institution. Who doesn’t love to walk out of a diner spiraling from unlimited coffee but completely satisfied from an all-American breakfast?

Credit: Ryan Martin / Amazon

Rating:

8/10

Sporks

Best Chicken Sausage

Applegate Chicken & Maple Breakfast Sausage

We tasted a lot of chicken sausage, and Applegate was the best. Their sausage achieves the perfect amount of sweet and savory flavor. “This is the first chicken sausage that has a good chicken sausage consistency,” remarked Jenna. The meat isn’t overly tough or tightly packed, so you get a light, fluffy bite. A lot of chicken sausage is dry and dense. Not Applegate. This sausage is juicy, flavorful, and fatty enough that you’re not overtly thinking about it being chicken. A great pork alternative.

Credit: Ryan Martin / Amazon

Rating:

7/10

Sporks

Best Turkey Sausage

Butterball All Natural Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties

Butterball is just great branding that always makes me think of an entire ball of butter (that I would happily eat). These patties are a bit small, so you can’t really use them to make a breakfast sandwich, but they would go nicely on the side of a breakfast plate, no doubt. It’s also astonishing just how much these taste like pork. A lot of turkey products are dry and devoid of fat, but not Butterball turkey sausage. These pack the proper amount of greasiness for a breakfast sausage without overdoing it. A solid entry into the breakfast sausage space. If the patties were bigger, these would rank higher.

Credit: Ryan Martin / Amazon

Rating:

6.5/10

Sporks

Best Plump/Best for an English Breakfast

Boar’s Head Honeycrisp Apple Chicken Sausage

I love a good English breakfast. Eggs, toast, beans, ripe tomatoes, and bangers that look like they’re about to burst. Personally, I think a lot of breakfast sausage is egregiously small and unnatural. I, Danny Palumbo, believe in thick, hearty links of sausage for breakfast. This sausage from Boar’s Head is slightly sweet and has a great chicken flavor. The meatiness makes me feel like I’m actually eating something filling and hearty. This sausage can run a bit dry, but if you fry these up with a bit of water that should help loosen them up. The flavor is great, though, and the size is a sticking point for me. If you like a sweet, fat link of sausage, Boar’s Head is a great option. 

Credit: Ryan Martin / Kroger

Rating:

6/10

Sporks

Film your own taste test at home and share with us using #SporkedTasteTest for a chance to be featured on our social pages!


About the Author

Danny Palumbo

Danny is a comedian, cook, and food writer living in Los Angeles. He loves gas station eggs, canned sardines, and Easter candy. He also passionately believes that all the best chips come from Pennsylvania (Herr's!). If you can't understand Danny when he talks, it's because he's from Pittsburgh.

Thoughts? Questions? Complete disagreement? Leave a comment!

Your thoughts.

Your email address will not be published.

  • You have never had old folks sausage. fact.

    Reply
  • It would be a cool addition to have polls on this website and compare to what sported has ranked.

    Reply
  • You guys have lost your bleeding minds, precooked sausage should not have even been included. I can’t say I’m surprised as when I looked for an italian sausage ranking all I could find was vegan and beyond BS. Don’t you like food? Josh does nothing but organ meat and hamburger but you can’t taste/rank stuff normal people actually want to eat? Disappointing.

    Reply
    • hey dumbass

      if you want good sausage – go to a butcher shop and get it fresh. That’s what I do. This is for people shopping at a grocery store.

      I worked in restaurants for 15 years. I review restaurants in Los Angeles. I’ve been living and breathing the service industry since I was 16. Of course I like food.

      Buzz off

      Reply