Cooking sausage in the oven is the best and easiest way to cook any sausage, like breakfast sausage patties or links, smoked sausage, Kielbasa, Italian sausage, or even brats—perfectly moist and tender results.
👍Why you should bake your sausage
- No standing at the stove and making a mess—cook your sausage in the oven for less work, less mess, and better results. Just pop it in the oven, flip it once, and be done.
- Baking breakfast sausage patties or links only takes about 15 minutes, and they are perfectly moist and tender. Make breakfast while you get ready for your day.
- Larger tube sausages like smoked, kielbasa, Italian, or brats will take about 25 minutes to bake.
- Leftovers reheat perfectly in the microwave, so you can bake the whole package and reheat leftovers later.
- Sausage—breakfast sausage patties or links or larger sausages like smoked sausage, Kaulbasa, Italian sausage, or brats. You can use pork, turkey, or chicken sausage.
- PAM cooking spray or parchment paper to prevent sticking. Or aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
👨🍳How to Cook Sausage in the Oven
- Preheat oven to 400° convection. Any oven temperature from 350° to 425° with or without convection will work with some time adjustment.
- Prepare a rimmed baking pan like a sheet pan with a spray of PAM or parchment paper.
- Arrange the sausage on the prepared pan in a single layer, not touching.
- If cooking sausage patties, dimple the patty center by about ¼ inch deep and ¾ inch diameter.
- For thinner sausages like breakfast patties or links, cook for about 15 minutes. For larger diameter sausage, bake for about 25 minutes.
- While baking, flip the sausage about halfway through cooking,
- Finish cooking to an internal temperature of 165°. If you want more browning, do a few minutes under a broiler.
⏲️How long does it take to bake sausage in the oven
In a 400°F convection oven, breakfast sausage patties or links take about 15 minutes, while larger sausages take about 25 minutes. Cook to a final internal temperature of 165°.
Baking time will vary by the thickness of the sausage, oven temperature, amount of preheating, and even the pan. So use an instant-read thermometer and check the temperature early.
- For breakfast sausage, use either patties or links. It will cook fast, in as little as 15 minutes.
- Use pork sausage, turkey sausage, or chicken sausage. It will all cook the same.
- If you cook sausage patties, dimple the center by ¼ inch and about ¾ inch in diameter to prevent puffing.
- The same simple technique will work with time adjustments for larger sausages like smoked sausage, brats, kielbasa, or Italian sausage.
- Use a baking pan like a sheet pan with sides. Line the pan with foil for easy cleanup if doing link sausage, but if doing patties, use a spray of PAM or parchment paper since the foil will frequently rip with the spatula.
- A convection oven and a high oven temperature will both promote the browning of the sausage, so use convection if you have it and use a pan with low sides like a sheet pan. But a conventional oven will also work.
- The oven temperature can be varied to match other dishes you are cooking. I have cooked as low as 350° and as high last 450°. The time will vary but cook to 165°.
- Cook to 165° internal temperature and use a few minutes under the broiler if you want more browning.
- Add sliced bell pepper and onion to sweet Italian sausage, making a great sandwich and a complete meal.
No, the casing holds the juiciness in; it may break during cooking but do not drain your moisture.
Yes, since you are cooking to a temperature endpoint, it will take longer. The thicker the sausage and the colder your freezer, the longer it will take.
According to the USDA, ground meat is safe to eat at 160°, except ground poultry should be cooked to 165°. If you are sure there is no poultry in your sausage, you can safely stop at 160°.
Most precooked sausage is safe to eat out of the package—check the package. So you usually don't have to cook it thoroughly but just heat it through.
I prefer to cook precooked sausage for moisture and texture reasons thoroughly. Try it both ways and see which you like.
❄️Storage and reheating leftovers
This is a perfect recipe to cook for leftovers by cooking a whole package at once.
To store: Seal airtight in a container or storage bag and refrigerate for 4 days. Or freeze for 3 weeks.
To reheat: If frozen, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Microwave to reheat.
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Step-by-Step Photo Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400°convection. Any oven temperature from 350° to 425° with or without convection will work, but you will need to adjust time and perhaps need a couple of minutes under a broiler at the end to brown up some.
Prepare a sheet pan baking tray with a coat of PAM cooking spray, aluminum foil, or parchment paper.
Make breakfast sausage patties ¾ inch thick, then dimple the patty center by about ¼ inch deep and ¾ inch diameter. This will prevent the puffing of the meat during cooking.
Spread sausage on the prepared baking pan, so they don't touch.
If cooking breakfast sausage patties, flip in 8 minutes. Links or round sausage should be rotated halfway through the estimated cooking time.
The cooking time for breakfast sausage is about 15 minutes, and for thicker sausage, about 25 minutes. Cook to an internal temp of 165°. You can do a few minutes under the broiler if you want more browning.
How To Cook Sausage in the Oven
- 1 pound sausage
- PAM or Parchment Paper - to prevent sticking
- Preheat the oven to 400°convection. Any oven temperature from 350° to 425° with or without convection will work, but you will need to adjust time and perhaps need a couple of minutes under a broiler at the end to brown up some.
- Prepare a sheet pan baking tray with a coat of PAM cooking spray, aluminum foil, or parchment paper.
- For breakfast sausage patties, make them ¾ inch thick, then dimple the patty center by about ¼ inch deep and ¾ inch diameter. This will prevent the puffing of the meat during cooking.
- Spread sausage on the prepared baking pan, so they don't touch.
- If cooking breakfast sausage patties, flip in 8 minutes. Links or round sausage should be rotated halfway through the estimated cooking time.
- The cooking time for breakfast sausage is about 15 minutes, and for thicker sausage, about 25 minutes. Cook to an internal temp of 165°. You can do a few minutes under the broiler if you want more browning.
Your Own Private Notes
- Use the sausage you want, breakfast links or patties, or larger sausage. Use pork or other ground meat like turkey or chicken.
- You can use uncooked or cooked sausage.
- 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.
- Be sure to dimple if using patties.
- Be sure to flip or rotate about halfway through cooking.
- The only really important thing is an internal temperature of 165°. Bigger sausages like brats will take longer.
- A few minutes of the broiler may be needed at the end to get the browning you want.
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You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.
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Originally Published February 14, 2015. Updated with expanded options, refreshed photos, and a table of contents to help navigation.