Best Breakfast Sausage

Bob Evans Breakfast Sausage







  • Great Taste
  • Fries Lean and Crisp


  • A little Pricey

Breakfast Sausage Review

Best Breakfast Sausage
Bob Evans Sausage

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I grew up eating those breakfast sausage links and sausage patties out of the box that were kept in the freezer. Back then, breakfast sausage was something I had once or twice a week at the most. Eggs were out of the question. This was the early 1970s when the fear of fat and cholesterol was the latest health concern and all the rage. Since then, low-fat diet recommendations have been proven to be a complete fraud and we can now gorge on those tasty, cholesterol-rich and healthy foods that our grandparents were smart enough to enjoy. . I think we could all stand to get a little more saturated fat in our diets and that makes breakfast sausage a popular contributor. I eat breakfast sausage or bacon with eggs at least 3 times a week, so I’ve become familiar with the quality of the most popular brands of breakfast sausage rolls for making patties. I thought I’d give my two cents on what makes the best breakfast sausage or best sausage patties. 

Breakfast Sausage Brands

Obviously, there are superior brands of breakfast sausage that you can buy at your local meat shops, but nothing beats the convenience of the rolls of sausage that you fry up as patties. Jimmy Dean is probably the most popular grocery store brand, but not necessarily the best breakfast sausage you can fry up with your morning eggs or omelets in the mornings. While Jimmy Dean sausage fries up well, it has just a little too much sage and doesn’t seem quite as meaty as a couple of the other brands: Bob Evans, Owens and Tennessee Pride are among the mix of popular sausage brands, but some of them are hard to find at the local grocery store, Tennessee Pride, for example, doesn’t seem to exist here in Denver and that’s too bad – they have an excellent spicy version of breakfast sausage that I’ve eaten in Arkansas and wish I could find in the local grocery store.

Which Sausage makes the best Breakfast?

The top three brands are almost too close to call. Jimmy Dean, Bob Evans and Owens are all good for making great-tasting meaty, breakfasts. Tennessee Pride belongs on the list too, but they are a bit more difficult to find. I give the edge to Bob Evans because it is less sagish than the Jimmy Dean and is usually priced better and easier to find on sale than the other two. I’m nitpicking, it really depends on what you like. The one advice I can give is to tell you to stay away from whatever the house-brands sold at the store. King Sooper, Kroger, Safeway, etc., sell a very fatty, pork sausage roll that tastes gamey and lacks any real breakfast sausage seasonings. These low-priced store brands also seem to burn very easily because the fat content is so high. Now, I certainly have nothing against fat, but when it comes to breakfast sausage, I’ve yet to taste a decent store-bought brand. If it is sold in your area, give Bob Evans a try. Bob Evans makes the best sausage patties I’ve tried.

Best Way to Cook Breakfast Sausage

The key to making a great tasting sausage patty is crispiness on the outside. When making patties, I flatten them as much as I can, place them in a medium-high heat pan and brown both sides until they are crisp. Once the sides are crisp, you will want to make sure the sausage is cooked all the way through. Turn down the heat and place a lid on the pan. I didn’t have a picture of my own crispy, fried, sausage patty available. The one pictures here is close.

Best way to cook sausage patties

14 thoughts on “Best Breakfast Sausage”

  1. Obviously, the folks here have never tried the Papa George’s ALL natural reduced fat pork sausage. They have no MSG, no preservatives, and are gluten free. My favorites are the Regular, the Sage, and the Italian flavors.

    • You’re right, Gregg. I’ve never tried this one. I’ll have to see if I can find it at our grocers. Normally, I stay away from things that claim to be low-fat, but that doesn’t mean I won’t like it. I’ll give it a try.

  2. In the Carolina’s Neese’s Sausage is hands down the best we’ve ever had. Occasionally we try Bob Evans or other local sausage (their are a great many of them!), but nothing compares to Neese’s. When we drive back to our other home in CT we always take 3-4 frozen bricks of Neese’s.

  3. Just to throw another one in the mix…. Goolsby’s out of Cookeville Tenn. is now being sold at Costco. It comes in a box already in patty form with paper between the layers…just like your butcher would do. We’ve found it to be a very good sausage. They don’t offer flavors….just Country Sausage. We took a chance and were very happy to have tried them.

  4. I like tenn pride , bob Evans and Jimmy dean but great value premium sausage is real good also and about 1.00 a lb cheaper try it

  5. The best sausage patty I’very ever had is Smithfields. The seasoning is perfect and they cook up easily!! They’re a bit pricey but soooooo well worth it in my opinion.

  6. Smithfield is a Chineese owned company now and I don’t hear any good things about recent product quality. JC Potter is good and a product called Petit Jean in Arkansas has the BEST but it is only sold in AR and not nationally. Tennessee Pride has lost their quality after selling out to ConAgra but Goolsey’s is a really good quality and taste sausage but hard to if your not in Tennessee.

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    I grew up on Bob Evans. I have had Jimmy Dean a number of times. They’re both good but Jimmy Dean’s seems more mushy. Bob Evans is more firm like I think sausage should be. I haven’t tried every brand out there but I always go back to Bob Evans.


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