There have been many times where I was craving some good pork sausage. I don’t always have fresh wild or pastured pork on hand and pastured pork is not always easy to find in the stores. Grass fed ground beef is readily available and can be adapted to take on the sausage flavor just by adding a few common spices to the mix. In other words, ground beef is not just for burgers.
I believe that sage is the key ingredient in sau-sage since it is actually part of the word. This spice mixture can be modified in many ways. Examples include, ground fennel seeds and ground cumin. It depends on one’s tastes and what happens to be available.