Low Sodium Sausage

Sausage and other processed meats such as bacon, lunchmeat, bologna and salami are notoriously bad for kidneys. Sausage is usually packed with sodium, potassium and phosphate additives. But, you can make your own low sodium sausage at home for a more kidney friendly option!

Is Low Sodium Sausage Healthy?

This homemade low sodium sausage is much healthier than most commercial or store-bought sausage.

Low Sodium

Most sausage has around 650mg of sodium for 2 patties, or about 2.5 ounces of sausage. Of course, the sodium amount is very different across brands.

This low sodium sausage recipe only has 167mg of sodium. This cuts the sodium by about 75%! If you leave out the salt entirely, this sausage only has 69mg of sodium per serving.

This sausage is still flavorful without the salt because of all of the tasty spices! Sage, thyme, red pepper flakes and even a touch of sweet from brown sugar help make this sausage delicious without the salt!

Picture of spice bottles used in low sodium sausage recipe: crushed red pepper, thyme, fennel and sage.
Low sodium sausage is flavored with many tasty spices so you don’t miss the salt!

This recipe is a great choice for people who need to follow a low sodium diet. A low sodium diet is important for people with heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and many other health conditions. In fact, a low sodium diet is recommended for everyone in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Kidney Health

Lower Phosphorus

Most commercial sausage has phosphate additives in it. Phosphate additives can be harmful to people with kidney disease. Making your own sausage at home allows helps make sure your sausage is phosphate additive free.

Remember that all meat does have some phosphorus. Work with your Registered Dietitian to know how much is right for you.

Lower Potassium

Many processed meats also have extra potassium added to them. Making your own sausage can help make sure there are no potassium additives too!

All meat has some potassium in it. Remember, potassium is only a concern if you have high blood levels. Work with your Registered Dietitian to know how much potassium is right for you.

High Protein

Protein needs are different for everyone with kidney disease. People who have kidney disease who are not on dialysis should usually limit protein. However, people who are on dialysis need more protein.

Any kind of meat has a lot of protein in it. If you need to limit protein, enjoy low sodium sausage in smaller portions.

Can I Use Other Ground Meats?

Yes! This recipe works with ground chicken, turkey, beef or lamb.

Ground chicken or turkey will have less fat than ground pork. Be careful not to overcook it, or your sausage will be very dry!

Store Bought Low Sodium Sausage

There are not many low sodium sausages available to buy at the grocery store.

Here is a list of the lowest sodium sausages I could find. Let me know in the comments if you have a low sodium sausage you would like to add to this list!

Note that this sausage recipe is much lower in sodium than any of the store-bought sausages.

What About Turkey Sausage?

People often choose turkey sausage as a healthier option to pork or beef sausage. Turkey sausage and turkey bacon are usually lower in fat and calories compared to pork. However, turkey sausage and bacon are usually higher in sodium.

Always remember to check those Nutrition Facts labels!

How To Serve Low Sodium Sausage

Sausage Patties

Use this low sodium sausage recipe however you would usually use sausage!

I love to serve it with eggs, fruit and potatoes or toast for a fancy Sunday brunch.

Low sodium sausage patties served with breakfast potatoes and scrambled eggs

Ground Sausage

You can also use this recipe in place of ground sausage in recipes. For example, ground sausage is often used in pasta or stuffed vegetable recipes.

I do recommend leaving out the egg if you plan to use this low sodium sausage recipe in ground form, rather than in a patty.

Happy Eating!

Melanie

Picture of low sodium sausage patties over greens
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4.75 from 12 votes

Low Sodium Sausage

Flavorful, homemade sausage patties without the salt! Perfect for people who are trying to cut back on the salt.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: low sodium sausage
Servings: 6 2 patties
Calories: 215kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb ground pork
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 dash red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp brown sugar

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Using your hands, mash all together until very well mixed.
  • Using a heaping tablespoon, form 12 patties. The mixture will be fairly wet, but will come together with some love!
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Cook patties 4-5 minutes per side.

Notes

Nutrition Facts (per 2 patties): 215 calories, 15g fat, 5g saturated fat, 94mg cholesterol, 0g fiber, 2g added sugar, 19g protein, 167mg sodium, 19mg calcium, 238mg potassium, 158mg phosphorus, 0mg oxalate

57 thoughts on “Low Sodium Sausage”

  1. 5 stars
    This is a nice recipe but I am looking for a low protein, low sodium chicken sausage recipe or plant based-combination. I find that this recipe is way too high in protein for my husband’s CKD. We currently use Applegate chicken patties, 5 g of protein but its more salt than we would like. I plan to try to use your recipe and cut the protein with 50% finely chopped apple and a little maple syrup. And, figure out something to replace the egg. If you have any suggestions, that would be great.

    1. Melanie Betz MS, RD, CSR, FAND, FNKF

      Hi Patty! Any recipe that calls for even a bit of animal protein is going to be on the higher protein side. I might check out my low sodium veggie burger for a tasty plant based option. It isn’t sausage, but very good! I love making chia eggs for an egg replacement – this works in most recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    This is the best low sodium sausage recipe I have ever tried. I have made it several times now. I did modify it a little, though. I use ground turkey, and the first time I made it, I didn’t have sage or thyme so I used poultry seasoning and it turned out so good I’ve just stuck with that. I also omit the salt since I need to follow a very low sodium diet due to several health issues. Every other low sodium turkey sausage recipe I’ve tried has been dry, but not this one! I pan fry the patties then freeze them, so I always have some in my freezer. Thanks for a great recipe.

    1. Melanie Betz MS, RD, CSR, FAND

      Oh my goodness! I’m SO glad to hear this. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. Happy Holidays!

  3. Hi Melanie. I love the recipe. I was curious if you have a low-sodium breakfast sausage recipe. I’ve noticed that pork breakfast sausages in many cases are worse offenders sodium-wise. These have a distinctively different flavor than your standard dinner sausage. Any advice or possible recipes for making these ourselves?

    1. Melanie Betz MS, RD, CSR, FAND

      I would honestly just recommend using this recipe! You could form it into links if that is what you are looking for!

    1. Melanie Betz MS, RD, CSR, FAND

      Thanks for the feedback! I did use a LOT of seasonings to add as much flavor as possible while keeping the sodium down. I hope you enjoy it at least a little more next time with less thyme!

  4. 4 stars
    I just found this recipe and will be making it very soon. I’m curious where the potassium comes from. I have to watch that and sodium. Is it the pork? Would turkey be less?
    Also, I think adding ‘lots’ of garlic and some Italian seasoning would make a good Italian sausage flavor. I love fennel and glad you included that..

    1. Betz MS, RD, CSR, FAND

      Yep! Most the of the potassium is from the pork. All meat has a fair amount of potassium – turkey wouldn’t necessarily be less. You might enjoy this post about potassium!
      And yes! I’m ALL about more garlic and Italian seasoning! Just be careful that whatever Italian seasoning you choose doesn’t have salt in it!

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