Learn how to cook sausage in the oven with this easy to follow step by step photo instructions. Great breakfast sausage "fried" in the oven. Why are you standing at the stove and making a mess?
Editor's Note: Originally Published February 14, 2015. Updated with expanded explanation and photos have been re-edited since originally published.
I have been cooking bacon in the oven for several years but why not sausage? Everybody still stands at the stove and make a mess.
Well, let's put a stop to that now. Just pop it in the oven, flip once and done. That is a recipe?
I love sausage.
Pro Tips: Notes on How to Cook Sausage in the Oven
What oven temperature to use to cook sausage in the oven?
If I'm just doing the sausage by itself, I use 400 convection or 425 in a conventional oven. But I have done this as low as 350 conventional and as high as 425 convection.
So use the temperature you are using for your other dishes. I frequently do this with my Oven Baked Blueberry Pancakes to may my wife's favorite breakfast for special days.
A lower temperature will take a few minutes more, and of course higher will cook a little faster.
When is oven baked sausage done?
Like any ground meat, the minimum safe internal temperature is 165. Please use a meat thermometer to tell.
Do not by color or time please. Use that thermometer.
Due oven temperature variables and sausage variables, they may not be nicely brown. I turn on the broiler for a few minutes at that point to get the color we want if needed.
What Sausage to Use?
You may use patties or links. Also, this will work with larger dinner sausage I'm told, but I have not confirmed that.
We love Bob Evans but use your favorite brand.
What pan to use?
Almost any over safe pan will do, but a 1/4 sheet pan works great. Whatever pan you use, it needs some sides to prevent a mess.
I would try to avoid something with high sides that might interfere some with the cooking. A larger sheet pan would be preferred to a cake pan.
There is no need for a rack, and I don't use foil since it cleans up well. If you have sticking on you chosen pan, then a piece of parchment paper would be a good idea.
Other Great Breakfast Treats
Here is a tray of sausage patties in a 375 non-convection with my baked pancake. These were done at the same time as the pancakes (25 minutes with a flip at 12 minutes), but I hit them with the broiler for 2 minutes at the end to brown up to my taste. So adjust to what you're doing. At 400 convection, the broiler was not needed, and it was done in 18 minutes total.
Preheat oven. I'm using 400 degrees convection. Anything from 350 to 425 with or without convection should be fine, but you will need to adjust time and perhaps need a couple of minutes under a broiler at the end to brown up some.
Spread sausage over a rimmed baking tray so they don't touch. I'm using a non-stick baking pan. A spray of PAM doesn't hurt. You could use parchment paper or non-stick foil also.
Bake for 10 minutes then flip the sausage.
Finish cooking to a nice color and internal temp of at least 165.
How To Cook Sausage in the Oven
- 1 pound sausage - breakfast
- PAM or Parchment Paper - to prevent sticking
- Preheat oven. I'm using 400 degrees convection. Anything from 375 to 425 with or without convection should be fine but you will need to adjust time and perhaps need a couple of minutes under a broiler at the end to brown up some.
- Spread sausage over a rimmed baking tray so they don't touch. A spray of PAM doesn't hurt on the tray. You could use parchment paper or non-stick foil also.
- Bake for 10 minutes then flip sausage.
- Finish cooking to nice color and internal temp of at least 165. Use a few minutes of the broiler at the end if needed to brown better.
- Use the sausage you want, links or patties.
- Cooks well with other dishes since you can use different oven temperatures
- Using a sheet pan works very well. You need a pan with some sides.
- If you have sticking, use some parchment paper. This has never happened to me.
- The only really important thing is an internal temperature of at least 165.
- A few minutes of the broiler may be needed at the end to get the browning you want.
Originally Published February 14, 2015