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This turkey breakfast sausage recipe will have you skipping store-bought sausages and doubling up on ground turkey. Sausage patties are delicious with eggs and potatoes or in an English muffin with eggs and cheese (dairy free, of course)!

turkey patties in two lines on a cutting board

These turkey breakfast sausage patties have just the right amount of spice to complement other breakfast dishes like Oatmeal or Pumpkin Chaffles but they would also look amazing on a Breakfast Charcuterie Board!

Make them into patties like we do in this recipe or use this turkey sausage recipe to make sausage crumbles to add to breakfast casseroles, burritos, or an egg scramble. I will sometimes crumble the sausage and add it to fried rice – it is so good!

What is turkey sausage made of?

Breakfast sausage is traditionally made of ground pork but turkey sausage substitutes ground turkey. Lean ground turkey has less fat than pork sausage and can result in a drier sausage if fat isn’t added. There are a few different ways to make a moist turkey patty:

  • Don’t buy lean ground turkey. Some fat is good but remember that the more fat it has, the more it will shrink when it cooks.
  • Add some fat. Add a healthy oil like olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.
  • Add mayonnaise. Avocado mayonnaise can add some moisture to the turkey sausage patty.
  • Add finely minced mushrooms. Mushrooms have a lot of moisture and can add some umami to the turkey breakfast sausage!

Ingredients To Make Turkey Breakfast Sausage

  • Ground Turkey – Try to find ground turkey with the highest amount of fat for juicy turkey breakfast sausage. Sometimes I will mix turkey breast with a pack of ground turkey thighs.
  • Thyme – Thyme adds so much flavor to the sausage! Fresh or dry thyme will work in this dish
  • Cumin – Turkey doesn’t have much flavor so we need to add some strong flavors!
  • Sage – Dried or rubbed sage will work
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
side view of sausage patties lined up on a narrow cutting board

Other ideas for Turkey Breakfast Sausages

The best part of this sausage recipe is that you really can’t mess it up. When you have a recipe like this, it is fun to experiment with different ingredients. If you are looking for some excitement, here are a few other things you can try:

  • Fennel – This is optional but it really makes sausage pop!
  • Red pepper flakes – Turkey doesn’t have a lot of flavor so add just a tiny bit so it doesn’t overpower the sausage
  • Egg – If your sausage patties are falling apart, it might be becuase there isn’t enough fat. This can happen if you are using lean turkey breast. Adding an egg will help to bind the turkey and keep them from falling apart.
  • Grated zucchini – This will add some moisture to the turkey and will sneak in some veggies! Grate the zucchini and then squeeze out the liquid. Then add to the ground turkey.

Step by step photos on how to make turkey breakfast sausages

a rectangle ground turkey in a metal bowl with spices on it
Add ground turkey to a mixing bowl and add the spices.
top view of a metal bowl with a ball of ground turkey
Mix in the spices until incorporated
top view of raw sausage patties on a white plate
Roll the turkey sausage mixture into balls and flatten into patties.

top view of turkey sausages cooked and on a white plate
Place the patties in a skillet and cook until no longer pink and fully cooked.

Important Teaching Tips

  • If you have the time, let the sausage mixure sit for an hour before cooking to let the flavors meld. This isn’t necessary but it is worth the extra step!
  • Sausage patties can be made ahead of time and frozen. Cook the sausage patties and then place them in an airtight bag and freeze them. When you are ready to eat one, let it defrost in the fridge or defrost it in the microwave.
  • If you are using these in premade egg sandwiches, assemble the entire egg sandwich. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and store in an airtight freezer bag.
side view of an english muffing with eggs and a sausage patty

Frequently Asked Questions About Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Is turkey sausage different from ground turkey?

Turkey sausage is made with ground turkey and spices.

Can you freeze turkey breakfast sausages?

You sure can! These freeze beautifully. Just place them on a sheet pan and put it in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer the turkey sausage patties to a freezer bag and store in the freezer.

More Breakfast Recipes You Might Enjoy:

turkey breakfast sausage on a cutting board

Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Yield: 9 Patties


  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sage
  • 1 teaspoon Salt


  1. Add the ground turkey and all the spices to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Take a scoop of the sausage mixture and roll into a ball. Then flatten into patties.
  3. Pour a thin layer of oil into a frying pan and heat the pan over medium heat
  4. Cook the sausage patties fo 3-5 minutes per side or until the sausage patty is browned and no longer pink in the middle.
  5. Remove from the heat and serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 19g

Nutritional information was calculated automatically. Please verify accuracy

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By on August 9th, 2022

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7 thoughts on “Turkey Breakfast Sausage”

  1. I used this recipe to make breakfast sausage patties for our own homemade version of the McMuffin. The kids thought it was great!!! We made eggs in egg rings and your delicious sausage patties. Some cheese and english muffins and wow!
    I have some in the freezer ready for next weekend 🙂

  2. I have always been intimidated by making my own sausage but after trying this recipe, I’m in love. Its so easy and my kids love it too! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  3. I love breakfast sausage but don’t usually make it because it’s not exactly healthy. Then I found your recipe!! This is perfect. Flavor is on-point and I love that I can feel better about eating it and giving it to my family.

  4. We’ve been on such a bacon kick lately, I was going a little batty. But I grabbed some turkey on sale the other day and whipped up a batch of these. YAY! Love the touch of cumin in them!


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