Orange & Fennel Sausage Patties

For a twist on the traditional breakfast sausage, we turned to the wonderful and unique flavors of loukaniko, a classic Greek sausage flavored with orange, leek and fragrant spices like coriander.

Orange & Fennel Sausage Patties
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 small leek, white and light green part only, finely chopped and well rinsed

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ teaspoons orange zest

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1 tablespoon dry red wine

  • 1 ½ teaspoons red-wine vinegar

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • teaspoon ground fennel

  • teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add leek and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and just beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in orange zest and remove from heat. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool to room temperature, about 5 minutes.

  2. Combine pork, wine, vinegar, salt, coriander, white pepper, fennel and crushed red pepper in a large bowl. Add the leek mixture and mix until everything is just combined, taking care not to overmix. Divide into 8 portions and roll each into a ball. Press lightly on them to form 1/2-inch-thick patties.

  3. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Cook patties in two batches until browned on both sides and the internal temperature registers 165°F, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

To make ahead

Refrigerate uncooked patties for up to 2 days. Or freeze in a single layer until solid, about 1 hour. Transfer to a sealable bag and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

184 Calories
14g Fat
3g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Vitamin A 313IU 6%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Potassium 202mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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