Combine ground meat and all other ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until seasonings are distributed throughout the meat (using hands is perfectly fine here). Use immediately or cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to mingle. *At this point, you can leave it covered in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days, until ready to use.
Can shape into (8) 2-inch patties or leave in bulk form to use in other recipes.
To cook, place skillet over medium heat (may need to add a little oil if using a lean protein). Once skillet is hot, place sausage in pan and cook until lightly brown and thoroughly cooked, about 10-15 minutes.
Enjoy and never buy pre-packaged sausage again!
Can make ahead of time: after mixing all ingredients together, place covered in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days, and use as needed.
To freeze sausage patties, put a piece of cut wax or parchment paper in-between each patty, then place them in a freezer bag. Can be frozen for up to 3 months.