Vegan Breakfast Sausage Patties

These vegan breakfast sausage patties are a tasty plant-based protein option. These meaty patties are infused with sausage flavor thanks to the perfect mix of seasonings. Serve them with some tofu scramble or vegan English muffins.

Vegan breakfast sausage patties are sandwiched between English muffins with cheese on top.

I love a good, hearty vegan breakfast. These vegan breakfast sausage patties are perfect because they have a tasty sausage flavor, but it’s entirely plant-based. They’re also gluten-free!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Lentils are a great foundation for these patties, creating a chewy texture
  • Using dehydrated onions adds the flavor without the moisture, which can be detrimental to veggie burger texture.
  • Adding maple syrup creates a hint of maple flavor, the ultimate breakfast flavor.
  • Smoked paprika is a magical ingredient, adding a subtle smoky flavor.

Ingredient Spotlight

A close-up shot of brown lentils in a glass bowl.

What Lentils are Best

Brown lentils are the best all-around lentils to use for veggie patties. They cook easily (without needing to be soaked) and they’re nutritious (offering up to 24 grams of protein and fiber per half cup of cooked lentils). In addition, they have a firmer texture than red lentils which can easily get mushy. They’re also affordable and accessible. You can cook dried lentils or buy canned cooked lentils at health food stores.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Lentils — You’ll be using cooked brown lentils. You can buy these canned (be sure to drain the liquid) or cook your own lentils following the package instructions.
  • Garlic — You’ll need 3 cloves of garlic.
  • Dehydrated onions — I prefer dehydrated onions because they add flavor without moisture. You can substitute an equal amount of chopped green onions.
  • Bouillon — To add flavor, we’ll use Better than Bouillon Vegan Broth Base. You can substitute miso paste.
  • Nutritional Yeast — You can buy nutritional yeast flakes in the health food sections of most grocery stores, in health food stores, or online.
  • Rolled oats — Also referred to as old-fashioned oats, I prefer the chewy texture they offer. However, you can substitute instant oats.
  • Maple syrup — I prefer real maple syrup because of its intense flavor. You can substitute agave nectar.
  • Flax — We’ll be adding ground flax to serve as a binder. I buy flax at grocery stores, in health food stores, and it’s one of my favorite vegan products at Costco.
  • Smoked paprika — I buy this in the spices section at my grocery store. You can substitute regular paprika, but be sure to add a tablespoon of smoke sauce.
  • Seasonings — We’ll be adding dried sage and fennel seeds.
  • Olive oil — Cooking the patties in olive oil adds delicious flavor and a crispy crust.

How to Make Vegan Breakfast Sausage

  1. Pulse — Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse for several seconds until you have a thick, but manageable mixture.
    Seasonings, lentils, and other ingredients are at the bottom of a food processor bowl.
  2. Prepare the Skillet — Add oil to a skillet over medium heat, until it’s shimmering.
  3. Make Patties — Form 6 patties from the bean mixture.
  4. Cook — Place patties on the heated skillet and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the patties are browned on the bottom and firm enough to flip. Cook the other side for an additional 5 to 7 minutes.
    Vegan breakfast sausage patties are being cooked in a skillet.
  5. Rest — The patties may be soft immediately after being cooked. Allow them to cool before serving, to allow them to firm up.

Storage Tips

Keep patties in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can freeze them in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 2 months.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these vegan breakfast sausage patties heated through with any of the following:

Frequently-Asked Questions

What is veggie breakfast sausage made of?

You can make plant-based breakfast sausage from a variety of ingredients, including beans, tempeh, or vital wheat gluten. One favorite base ingredient is lentils because they’re easy to cook and offer great texture. Add the right mix of seasonings and you can make anything taste like sausage, even sweet potato!

Is vegan sausage healthy?

Vegan sausage is a healthy alternative to pork meat. It’s good for people, pigs, and the planet!

More Vegan Breakfast Ideas

That’s it for these vegan breakfast sausage patties. Enjoy!

Vegan breakfast sausage patties are sandwiched between English muffins with cheese on top.

Vegan Breakfast Sausage Patties

You'll love these vegan breakfast sausage patties that can be served for breakfast, crumbled on pizza, or served as a snack.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 patties
Calories: 228kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 small yukon gold potato (or russet potato)
  • 1 flax egg
  • 2 cups cooked brown lentils
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated onions
  • 2 teaspoons Better than Bouillon Vegan Broth Base
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Make the flax egg and set it aside.
  • Wash the potato and place it in the microwave and cook until tender, roughly 1 to 2 minutes, depending on your microwave. Let it sit until it's cool enough to handle. Then put it in a bowl and mash it with a fork. Measure out ½ cup of the mashed potato.
  • Place the lentils, garlic, dehydrated onions, bouillon, yeast flakes, oats, maple syrup, cornstarch, and spices in a food processor and pulse for several seconds. Use a spoon to push the ingredients down, add the mashed potato and flax egg, and pulse again until you have a thick mixture, leaving some texture from the lentils. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat, until it's shimmering.
  • Make 6 small patties from the bean mixture. Place patties on the heated skillet. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the patties are browned on the bottom and firm enough to flip. Turn the patties and add the rest of the oil. Cook the other side for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover, and keep the patties in the pan as it cools for another 10 minutes. They will firm up as they cool. Depending on the size of your skillet, you may need to cook these in batches.
  • Keep burgers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can freeze them in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 2 months.

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Notes

If you don’t have Better Than Bouillion, you can substitute an equal amount of miso paste.
Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 338IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2013 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

One Response to Vegan Breakfast Sausage Patties

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living Reply

    5 stars
    Love this high protein breakfast idea Marly!

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