Learn to make turkey breakfast sausage patties! This recipe is easy to make, healthy, and perfect for a low carb breakfast.
Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties are delicious and easy to make
Hungry mornings call for a delicious breakfast sausage! We love this turkey breakfast sausage for three simple reasons:
- incredibly delicious
- easy to make, and
We eat a lot of breakfast sausages at home. I've stopped buying them from the store long ago. Why? For one simple reason.
Breakfast sausages are so easy to make at home! And I'll show you how in this post.
For other breakfast sausage recipes, I think you'll love my:
This is my family's favorite recipe for turkey breakfast sausage patties. I made ground turkey sausages over and over again, tweaking it each time. Until finally, I settled on this recipe.
Each time I make this recipe, it's polished off by my partner and my son in no time. And it's become such a family favorite. As such, I always try to keep a stash of frozen homemade turkey sausage in the freezer at all times.
This is a healthy homemade turkey sausage recipe
If you are wondering, is turkey sausage healthy? The answer is yes - this recipe surely is!
While store-bought turkey sausage patties often contains sulphites, starches, and other processed ingredients, this recipe does not. You can leave all that out when you make homemade turkey breakfast sausages.
Homemade turkey sausages are lower in fat than pork sausages
Ground turkey sausage is also a healthy alternative to regular breakfast sausages. That's because turkey has less fat than pork sausages.
I use turkey thigh to make this turkey breakfast sausage recipe because it makes the patties juicier and richer in flavor. However, if you want to make this breakfast healthier, you can swap out half of the turkey thigh for turkey breast.
Just a warning though. If you use 100% turkey breast in this recipe, the patties may end up a bit on the dry side. I do it sometimes when I want to be extra healthy. But it definitely doesn't have the taste and texture of using turkey thigh.
How much protein is in a turkey sausage patty?
Each patty uses approximately 83 grams of uncooked turkey. That provides you about 20 grams of protein in each cooked patty.
How much fat is in each turkey sausage patty?
Each of these turkey sausage patties has 2 grams of fat.
How many carbs are in each turkey sausage patty?
When made according to the recipe below, each homemade turkey sausage has 3 grams of carbs.
I use real maple syrup in this recipe. To cut out more carbs, swap the maple syrup with a sugar free maple syrup alternative.
How to make turkey breakfast sausages
And now, here's the juicy bit of the post (pun intended!). How do you make turkey breakfast sausages? Easy!
- Mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl.
- Use a big cookie scoop (like this) to portion out 12 balls.
- Flatten and shape each ball with your hands until you have 12 sausage patties.
- Cook each patty on the stovetop until no longer pink, flipping to get both sides browned.
Tips for making the best turkey breakfast sausage patties
Here are a few quick tips I'll leave you. Any other questions, just leave a comment below and I'll try to help you out.
To properly mix the turkey together with the blend of spices, I tend to use my hands. That way I can make sure everything is well seasoned. Because I'm a little icky about touching raw meats, I use food prep gloves.
When forming the ground turkey sausages, use a big cookie scoop to get even size sausage patties.
Lightly press the sausage meat into the scoop. Then release the meat and flatten into patties. By using a cooke scoop, you'll get even sized sausage patties that are sturdy.
Once you start cooking, the turkey sausages will be ready in minutes.
When the turkey breakfast sausages cook, the patties will shrink a bit in diameter and get fatter. The turkey meat pulls together a bit, though not as noticeable as when you cook a beef burger or pork sausage patty.
So keeping that in mind, I often shape my patties a bit flatter.
When you are cooking, do not press down on the sausages. If you do so, that will cause the juices to run out. All the flattening of the sausage patties should be done when you are shaping it.
I cook each turkey breakfast sausage patty for about 6 minutes total, flipping to brown both sides. Cook until the meat is no longer pink inside. For my stovetop, I use medium to medium-high heat. I fluctuated my heat setting between 6 and 7, out of 9 (highest setting).
Your fully cooked sausage should be nicely browned on the outside.
How to store this breakfast sausage
This recipe makes 12-15 turkey sausage patties. You may have noticed that you only see 5 cooked sausages in the photos. That's because when I normally make a batch of the recipe, cook some straight away and store the rest.
Here's how I typically do it:
- Cook 5 turkey breakfast sausages to eat straightaway (2 per adult, 1 per kid)
- Freeze 5 patties for later
- Save the rest as ground sausage meat to use in a quick dish during the weekday.
Voila! That's 3 meals you can get out of this one recipe.
To freeze these homemade turkey sausages, place parchment paper between each patty. It helps you to easily separate the patties when you are ready to cook them.
You can cook the turkey breakfast sausages from frozen. Just cook each patty a bit longer.
To freeze as sausage meat, just store it in a freezer bag.
Enjoy these turkey sausage patties!
These turkey breakfast sausages pair beautifully next to other breakfast recipes. Try it with some pancakes or these recipes below.
- I love it with this Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs
- Serve it on top of this Healthy Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
- Make the ultimate brunch having it with Crispy French Toast
- Pair it with this No Mayo Coleslaw with Purple Cabbage
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- 2.2 pounds ground turkey (I use turkey thigh for the juiciest sausages)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic granules
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
Make the turkey sausage meat
- In a large bowl, mix everything together. The best way is to use your hands and really mix it all together (I wear food prep gloves for this step) You can also use your stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
Shape the sausage patties
- There are a few different ways you can do this. I like to use a large cookie scoop / ice cream scoop. I lightly pack the meat into the scoop, release the scoop, then flatten it with my palm. Alternatively, you can just divide the meat into 12 rough balls, and shape each ball into a sausage patty. Lastly, you can also roll out the meat between parchment paper, then cut the sausages with a round cookie cutter / lip of a cup.
- Make 12 equal sized turkey sausages. I make them about ½-inch thick if I am going to cook them straight away, but you can make according to your preference.
- If you are going to freeze half the batch, make the ones you are going to freeze no thicker than ½-inch, if you plan on cooking from frozen. Otherwise, you will need to defrost the sausage patties before cooking.
Cook the turkey sausage patties
- Heat some oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties (you might need to do it in batches) and cook the first side for about 3-4 minutes, or until browned. Flip then cook the other side until browned and the sausage is cooked through.The most reliable way to to check if a turkey sausage patty is cooked through is to use an instant read thermometer. The internal temperature of each sausage patty should be 165°F / 74°C.
- If you are cooking from frozen, follow the same instructions, but you will need to slightly increase the cooking time. If the sausages are browned but not cooked through, turn the heat down and finish cooking.