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Homemade Sausage Bread Recipe

In this post I’ll be sharing a delicious homemade sausage bread recipe. This cheesy sausage bread loaf is amazing and you’ll think so too!

Y’all, I’ll admit that it took me a bit to get this recipe just right. A few month back I had a week of recipe fails trying to make a sausage bread using short cut methods, such as pizza dough, puff pastry and french bread dough. Not good at all!

I didn’t like how they looked and the taste just wasn’t what I wanted it to be. So, I put the project on hold until after the holidays and got to thinking about it again in the new year.

“Julia”, I said (um, yes, I do talk to myself sometimes) “you are just gonna have to make this from scratch.” No short cuts and no baking mixes.

I knew that would be the only way that I was gonna get the sausage bread that I was dreaming up in my head that was gonna be so delicious that I would love it enough to share with all of you.

Sausage and Cheese Bread

Southern sausage bread loaf with cheddar cheese

Of course, I would also want this recipe to remain one that is simple and easy to prepare. Well, after I grabbed my mixing bowl and ingredients and made the bread that I felt was a success, I made it a couple of more times to test out.

Beautiful results every test run and it is ready to share. Oh. My. Word! It is so delicious! I love it, hubs loved it and the neighbors all loved it. It’s like a biscuit loaf that is loaded with zesty breakfast sausage and cheddar cheese with the rich taste of butter. How can you go wrong with that? 

Please excuse me while I drool all over myself just thinking about how wonderful it tastes.

Doesn’t that look good, y’all? Enjoy a slice of this moist sausage cheese bread for breakfast or lunch. It is perfect on its own, but you can dress it up too.

Serve it with an egg cooked your way or spoon over some hot country gravy. YUM!

So, my friend, if you have trouble making biscuits then grab your loaf pan and let me walk you through how to make this easy homemade sausage bread recipe that is gonna knock ya socks off. It’s a crowd pleaser!

Old Fashioned Biscuit Bread with Sausage and Cheddar

ingredients and how to make sausage bread

How to make homemade sausage bread? Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy recipe for sausage cheese bread from scratch.

  • Pork Sausage – we really like breakfast hot sausage so that is what I used. The red pepper flakes add so much flavor. I used the Neese’s brand in this particular recipe. Breakfast sausage is one of our favorite ingredients to enjoy a delicious Southern style breakfast and it is great added to recipes. Use the breakfast sausage you like best in the recipe. 

I’ve seen other food bloggers use sweet Italian sausage (or hot Italian sausage) and if that’s what you like then use that. Their creations of a sausage bread reminded me of a stromboli or calzone. Something that was dipped in pizza sauce. I’m not saying that is right or wrong, but it is not what I think of as being sausage bread.

  • Butter – a whole stick of butter for flavor and the dough is gonna swim in all of the glorious melted butter while it bakes to prevent sticking and make the outer edges so rich and delicious.
  • Self Rising Flour – my brand of choice is White Lily unbleached self-rising flour, which is the best for making biscuits and this amazing sausage bread.
  • Cheddar Cheese – I prefer sharp cheddar, freshly grated. Grate your own cheese for the best results. It melts better and tastes better.
  • Buttermilk – helps form the dough and adds tangy flavor to quick bread recipes. While I am no fan of drinking buttermilk, I do keep it on hand for cooking at all times.

That’s an easy grocery list, right? You might already have everything that you need to make this recipe.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s easy to make with simple ingredients
  • It’s delicious! The whole family will love it.
  • It re-heats beautifully in the oven or microwave.
  • Sausage bread is also great for special occasions, like Christmas morning, or when you have guests to feed.

Breakfast Sausage Bread

Browning breakfast sausage in a skillet

The first step in making this sausage bread recipe is to cook the sausage. Using a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the breakfast sausage until brown and crumble sausage as it cooks to break apart the meat.

Once the minced meat has cooked through and is no longer pink, use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a small bowl with a paper towel in the bottom to drain off any excess grease.

Allow the sausage mixture to cool slightly. It doesn’t have to cook down to room temperature, just long enough so that it doesn’t melt the cheese before you get the dough combined.

This is a good time to preheat your oven too if you haven’t done so already. Place the butter in the loaf pan and allow the butter to melt in the oven as it heats up while you work on the dough mixture.

Cheesy Sausage Bread

sausage cheese bread dough in a mixing bowl

Next, using a large bowl, gently toss together the flour and shredded cheddar cheese, then add the sausage and stir to combine.

To bring it all together, add the buttermilk and gently stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until all of the flour is moistened. The dough will look wet and sticky.

Sausage Bread Loaf

Sausage bread dough in melted butter in a loaf pan ready for baking

Using potholders, carefully remove the loaf pan that has been heating in the oven with the melted butter.

Transfer the sausage cheese bread dough to the loaf pan. The melted butter will find it’s way into the nooks, crannies, up the sides and on top of the bread. Swimming in butter and you know it is gonna be so good!

If you feel nervous about the dough possibly cooking over your loaf pan then you can sit the loaf pan on a baking sheet before placing it into the oven. I didn’t and had no issues what-so-ever.

There is no need for an egg wash with this bread but if you really like to do that then feel free. I just brushed a little more butter (about a tablespoon that I melted in the microwave) over the top once it was out of the oven.

Once the bread is golden brown and out of the oven, place the loaf pan on a cooling rack and let it cool for a few minutes, then turn the bread loaf out onto a sheet of parchment paper and place it back on the cooling rack too cool down.

The cheesy breakfast sausage loaf slices are delicious warm or cooled down to room temperature. Like a delicious buttery sausage and cheese biscuit would be. 

BEST Sausage Bread Recipe

Sausage Bread sliced on parchment paper

What to serve with sausage bread? This bread is delicious on its own or with a side of fresh fruit, an egg cooked your way, breakfast grits or country gravy.

Enjoy it with whatever breakfast foods you like and enjoy.

The leftover bread can be wrapped in plastic wrap or placed into an airtight container and refrigerated. Slices can be re-heated in a warm oven or placed into the microwave covered with a paper towel.

Homemade Sausage Bread Recipe

Yield: 1 Loaf

Sausage Bread Recipe

Sausage Bread on parchment paper and a cooling rack

A delicious sausage and cheese loaf made from scratch using simple ingredients. This delicious sausage bread is perfect for breakfast, lunch or special occasions.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 pound Hot Pork Breakfast Sausage, or mild if preferred (I used Neese's)
  • 1 stick of Butter, melted (8 tablespoons)
  • 2½ cups Self Rising Flour (like White Lily brand)
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated (4 ounces)
  • 1½ cups of Buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C)
  2. Cook the pork sausage in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat, breaking apart as it browns to mince (8-10 minutes). Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked breakfast sausage to a paper towel lined bowl to drain off any excess grease. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Next, place the stick of butter into a 9x5 loaf pan; place the pan into the hot oven to melt the butter while you prepare the dough.
  4. Next, add the flour to a large mixing bowl along with the cooked sausage and grated cheddar cheese. Stir to toss the ingredients together then add the buttermilk and stir to combine. The dough will be wet and sticky.
  5. Use potholders to carefully remove the loaf pan from the hot oven and transfer the sausage bread dough mixture to the pan and into the melted butter.
  6. Bake 45 minutes or until golden brown. (See Notes)
  7. Optional: melt and additional tablespoon of butter in the microwave to brush over the top of the bread once it has been removed from the oven, if desired.
  8. Allow the sausage bread loaf to cool in the pan on a cooling rack for a few minutes before turning out to cool. Enjoy the sausage bread slices warm or at room temperature.


Cook's note: I use a gas oven for cooking and baking so adjust cook times if needed for your type of oven.

The leftover sausage bread should be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated.

To reheat the sausage bread slices, place in a pre-heated 350°F oven until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Bread slices may also be warmed in the microwave, covered with a paper towel for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until warmed through.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 958mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g

the number of servings and nutritional values vary according to how thick the bread is sliced

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Friday 14th of July 2023

Good morning. I have a question regarding the sausage bread recipe. Could the cooked sausage, flour,and cheese be mixed together and refrigerated over night and add the buttermilk the next morning and then bake it? Have been looking for a recipe for sausage bread. Can't wait to try it. Thank you.

Julia Jordan

Friday 14th of July 2023

I've never tried it that way. You could certainly cook your sausage ahead of time and have your cheese grated ahead of time and then just mix everything up before baking. I hope that you enjoy this delicious bread.


Tuesday 20th of June 2023

If I do this again I’ll use half the amount of butter if even that! The butter ended up bubbling out of the pan and all over the oven and ooooooh the smoke. The bread tastes good though!

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 21st of June 2023

Jill, You can also place a baking sheet under the loaf pan in case a spill should happen. I'm happy that you enjoyed the bread. ~Julia


Saturday 24th of December 2022

Hi, Do you mix the butter into the dough?

Julia Jordan

Saturday 24th of December 2022

Lauren, Just pour the dough into the pan with the melted butter. There is no need to stir it in. Merry Christmas! ~Julia

Melissa Taylor

Sunday 27th of November 2022

Can this bread be frozen?

Julia Jordan

Sunday 27th of November 2022

Melissa, I've never frozen a loaf but it should freeze and reheat okay. Let me know if you try it. ~Julia


Friday 10th of June 2022

Can this be made with Bisquick?

Julia Jordan

Friday 10th of June 2022

Probably, but I made it from scratch, so not sure how to go about it with a baking mix. ~Julia

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