Maple Breakfast Sausage

Make these breakfast sausage patties before your trip, freeze them, and pack them in the cooler. Cook over the fire and serve with hash browns and eggs of your choice. Makes a delicious campfire breakfast for your family!

To minimize prep time at camp, make the patties ahead of time and freeze them. If you are going to cook them in a skillet over the fire, or on your camp stove, you will just need a little oil in the bottom of the skillet. They can also be cooked right on a grill over the fire, or even on your stove in your kitchen if you don’t want to wait for a campout to try them!

One note that I made in the directions is to press down in the middle of the patties and make a depression or dimple. Someone recently showed me this trick, and it’s been very helpful. If you haven’t tried this before, it prevents the patties from rising up in the middle and shrinking when you cook them.

Maple Breakfast Sausage

Breakfast sausages that are full of flavor
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Sausages


  • cast-iron skillet
  • spatula


  • 1 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 small apple – peeled, cored, and grated tart variety. Granny Smith or Cortland
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup use real maple syrup for best results
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil


  • Combine ingredients, except for the vegetable oil, in a suitable container. Save the oil for cooking time. Divide into 12 equal portions, roll into balls and flatten into patties about 1/2 inch thick. Press down the top of each patty to make a dimple. This prevents the patties from rising in the middle and shrinking when they are cooked. This step can be completed at home prior to your camping trip, and the patties can be frozen.
  • For your camping trip, you will only need the prepared patties and the vegetable oil. Preparation will require the skillet a spatula and something to serve the patties on.
  • Preheat a cast-iron skillet over the fire or on your camp stove. Add 1 Tbsp of oil and let it heat up before adding 6 of the sausage patties. Cook 3-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Set them aside on a paper plate and cover to keep warm. Add the remaining oil and cook the remaining patties, and serve.

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