Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Patties are loaded with flavor from ground pork sausage, jalapeno peppers, onions, cheddar cheese, and a variety of spices. Pan-fried to perfection, these might be one of my favorite and most delicious ways to start my day! I also have homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties you will want to add to your list of hot breakfasts! (This recipe is from my book Homestead Recipes.)

Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Patties in a skillet on a wooden table from overhead.
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Ingredients & Substitutions

Meat: Look for ground pork sausage (not just ground pork) to use in these patties. Ground pork sausage has already been seasoned.

Jalapeno Peppers: For a little bit of a kick to each sausage patty, I added three jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced. If you prefer more heat, leave the seeds and membranes intact when dicing; this will give you the most heat from the peppers. You could also use less jalapeno if you don’t want as much spice.

Marjoram: Marjoram is an herb with hints of pine and citrus flavor. If you don’t have marjoram on hand, you could substitute oregano which is close in flavor.

Red Pepper Flakes: Red pepper flakes, also called crushed red pepper, add more of a kick to each bite of the sausage patties. If the jalapeno peppers are enough heat for you, leave out the red pepper flakes. Or, add more if you want more spice!

Cheese: Sharp cheddar cheese adds the most flavor to these patties. However, you could try other kinds of cheese like Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, or your favorite kind.

Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Patty before cookings and showing how to make discs.

Are The Sausage Patties Spicy?

There is a definite kick to each bite of these sausage patties. Depending on the jalapeno peppers, or if you leave the seeds and membranes intact, the level of spiciness can vary. To lessen the heat, you can use fewer jalapeno peppers (seeded and membranes removed) and/or leave out the red pepper flakes.

Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Patties in a skillet on a stovetop cooking.

How To Serve Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Patties

Although amazing as-is, these delicious sausage patties can also be served in a variety of ways. Here are some options to try:

  • Make a breakfast sandwich by putting a sausage patty between a toasted English muffin or buttermilk biscuit. Add a fried egg and more cheese to start your day on the right foot!
  • Serve the jalapeno cheese sausage patties with a side of scrambled eggs, crispy bacon or sausage links, and fruit.
  • Break apart the cooked sausage patty to use in a breakfast burrito.
  • Add pieces of sausage patties to your omelet.
  • Use them to make breakfast sliders on Hawaiian rolls.

How To Store Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Patties

To store Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Patties, first, let them cool completely. Then, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last up to 2-3 days. Reheat the patties in the microwave, oven, or in a skillet on the stovetop.

Plate of Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Patties with one patty halved showing inside texture.

Can I Freeze Sausage Patties?

Yes, these sausage patties freeze well. To freeze, first, let the cooked patties cool completely. Next, place the patties onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the patties for about 30 minutes, or until solid. Then, store the frozen patties in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. To enjoy a patty the next morning, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Patties in a skillet on a wooden table from overhead.
5 from 1 vote

Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Patties

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Patties are loaded with flavor from ground pork sausage, jalapeno peppers, onions, cheddar cheese, and a variety of spices. Pan-fried to perfection, these might be one of my favorite and most delicious ways to start my day!


  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced (about ½ cup)
  • 3 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (113 g) sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • To a large bowl, add all ingredients. Mix well.
  • Place a large piece of parchment paper on a work surface and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Spread half of the sausage mixture on top.
  • Spray another sheet of parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray. Lay the parchment, spray side down, on top of the sausage mixture. With a rolling pin, roll out the mixture to a thickness of about ½ inch.
  • Remove the top piece of parchment paper. Press a cup or round cookie cutter (3 ½ to 4 inches in diameter) into the mixture to form patties. Repeat with the remaining sausage mixture. You will have enough for about 12 patties. (You can also form the patties by hand and skip steps 3 and 4.)
  • In a large skillet over medium-low heat (working in batches as needed) cook the sausage patties for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until browned and the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  • Serve immediately.


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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:


YUM! These are sweet AND savory so they would match up to any of your favorite breakfast options!


Wow, these are good! I love the crispy, brown outside, and they are so full of flavor with a kick from jalapeno peppers. Absolutely delicious!


Jalapeños and cheese are an amazing combo in general. So it is a perfect addition to some breakfast sausage!


These are flavorful and a great addition to your breakfast!


These are really good! If you're looking for something more flavorful than plain patties, these are it! The jalapeños provide a slight kick. A satisfying meal to start the day!


These are so very flavorful! A perfect way to amp up the flavor for your brunch.

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Reader Comments

  1. This sounds very good, and I intend to make it, but I’m wondering why the flour, sugar, and egg? Trying to cut back on carbs. Aren’t there enough binders in sausage to not need the egg?

    1. It’s great that you’re interested in making the recipe! The inclusion of flour, sugar, and egg in the sausage patties serves multiple purposes:

      Binder: While sausage does contain some binders like fat, it may not be enough to hold the patties together, especially when you’re shaping them. The flour and egg act as additional binders, helping the mixture stick together and form patties with a good texture.

      Texture and Consistency: The flour and egg contribute to the texture and consistency of the patties. They help create a balanced mixture that holds its shape while cooking, resulting in a nicely textured sausage patty.

      Flavor and Moisture: The egg can also add moisture and richness to the patties, enhancing their flavor and preventing them from becoming too dry during cooking.

      If you’re looking to cut back on carbs, you might consider using a low-carb flour substitute like almond flour or coconut flour. Additionally, you can experiment with reducing the amount of flour and sugar in the recipe to suit your dietary preferences while still maintaining the essential binding and textural qualities. Enjoy making and customizing these delicious sausage patties!

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