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makes 8 patties
A bite of this sausage starts out sweet and smoky from the brushed-on maple syrup, char, and cumin, but heats up in the back of your throat after a moment.
1 pound pork sausage
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (more if you like it extra spicy)
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup, plus more for brushing
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
1. Mix the meat, spices, and 1 teaspoon of maple syrup in a medium-sized bowl. Shape into 8 patties.
2. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties for about 4-6 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
3. Brush with maple syrup, if desired.