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I Drive 45 Minutes to Aldi for This $8 Freezer Find

published Aug 13, 2023
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Aldi grocery store freezer section
Credit: Heather McClees

My freezer is a labyrinth of frozen fare. I have an entire drawer dedicated to dumplings, a few bags of Costco frozen broccoli, and a big bag of Aldi’s breakfast sausage patties. This is not your average store-bought sausage patty, though — it’s a dead ringer for the ones McDonald’s uses in its Sausage Egg McMuffins, and is the secret ingredient to making them at home.

Credit: Alyse Whitney

What’s So Great About Best Breakfast Original Pork Sausage Patties?

It’s all because of their size. Sausage patties I’ve bought before (fresh or frozen) are usually about two inches across maximum, whereas Aldi’s are a whopping three-and-a-half inches! And because they are precooked, they don’t shrink when reheated in a skillet for about a minute per side. They crisp up beautifully, especially around the edges, but stay juicy and tender inside with a well-rounded classic breakfast sausage flavor that isn’t overwhelmed with sage like some brands.

Credit: Alyse Whitney

And their size helps them nestle almost perfectly edge-to-edge into a toasted English muffin with a scrambled egg omelet pocket with cheese melted inside (a technique I shared in my Cosmopolitan column, “Doing the Least with Alyse”). I also love to use Aldi’s brioche bagels, which have a delightfully buttery flavor, soft and bread-like texture, and toast beautifully, and sometimes mix things up with a fried egg (I’m in love!).

Credit: Alyse Whitney

I love this platonic ideal of breakfast sausage so much that I’ll trek 45 minutes in Los Angeles traffic to my closest Aldi and buy it a few times a year. The 32-ounce frozen package is $8.15 (at least at my local Aldi) and comes with 18 patties stacked up in a resealable plastic bag that fits the sausage perfectly and can fit snugly into the nooks and crannies of my freezer labyrinth. 

I discovered these sausage patties more than a decade ago when living in New York City after an old roommate told me they were her family’s favorite. So Aldi’s frozen breakfast sausage patties are both my longest relationship and my longest distance relationship. ‘Til dinner do us part.

Find it in stores: Best Breakfast Original Pork Sausage Patties, $8.15 for 32 ounces

Do you have a decades-long relationship with an Aldi staple? Tell us about it in the comments below.