I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease almost a year ago and I’ve felt incredibly better by following a modified autoimmune protocol and making sure to eat enough protein in the morning per my doctor’s recommendation.
At first, it was difficult to get enough protein first thing in the morning and I was getting tired of leftover cold fish or tuna so I was trying to find egg-free breakfast recipes that could be made ahead of time.
Since some of the ingredients in store bought sausage (even organic) aren’t recommended on a strict autoimmune plan, I started making my own sausage.
I wanted to find a way to get extra nutrients in at breakfast and my friend Mary suggested adding Maca to her breakfast muffins (here’s her recipe). I experimented with adding this and some other healthy foods and supplements to a breakfast sausage recipe and these breakfast burgers were the result. If you want a hands-off breakfast recipe, her maca muffins are a great one.
I needed one that I could make really quickly on busy mornings, so I modified them into patties or “breakfast burgers” as my children named them.
Here’s what to do:
Breakfast Burger Recipe
Yield 12 +
Breakfast burgers are an upgraded version of breakfast sausage with extra nutrients and spices.
- 2 pounds of ground pork (or ground beef)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper (omit on autoimmune program)
- 1 teaspoon ground sage (dried)
- 1 teaspoon thyme leaf (dried)
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (omit on autoimmune program)
- 1 teaspoon dried fennel (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- 1 tablespoon collagen powder (I get mine here)
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Form into small patties and cook in a skillet for about 4 minutes on each side over medium heat until center is no longer pink.
- TIP: I brown the sausage on one side, flip and add 1/2 cup of water to the skillet. The steam helps cook the sausage all the way through and prevents sticking.
What do you make for quick breakfasts?