Homemade Turkey Sausage

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Bring homestyle cooking to your breakfast table with our easy Homemade Turkey Sausage recipe. Made with pantry staple seasonings, you’ll never go back to store-bought.

Making your own Homemade Turkey Sausage Patties is easier than you might think and makes the perfect breakfast food. Especially when served with our sausage breakfast pie. Find tips for making this recipe in advance and freezing for stress-free mornings.

overhead view of turkey sausage with croissants and eggs

This homemade turkey breakfast sausage aligns with Paleo and Whole30 eating plans. Looking for Italian sausage? Try our homemade Italian turkey sausage seasoning.

Why this is the best homemade turkey sausage:

  • Lean.  Buy lean ground turkey. Ours was 93% lean.
  • No sugar. Many sausages have some type of sugar in them. Don’t get me wrong, I love sugar in my cookies, but I don’t need it in sausage. 
  • Simple.  These seasonings are pantry staples.
  • Full of flavor.  Adjust the amount of pepper in this recipe to fit how spicy you like your sausage.
  • Freeze well.  Freeze the patties (either cooked or uncooked) and pull them out when you need them.

Turkey Sausage Ingredients

There are just a handful of simple ingredients:

ingredients for turkey breakfast sausage on a table
  • Ground Turkey. Use lean ground turkey breast for best results. You can also use ground chicken or ground pork if you prefer.
  • Ginger, Sage, Cayenne Pepper. This spice mixture gives such an amazing savory flavor.
  • Salt & Pepper. Sausage is a salty, but adjust the salt to your preference. 

✨ See the recipe card for the full list of ingredients. ✨

Make Turkey Sausage in 4 Steps

  • Place the ground turkey into a large bowl. Sprinkle the seasonings over the ground turkey
  • Mix well. 
  • Form the seasoned turkey mixture into patties (about ⅓ cup per patty).
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with drizzle of olive oil or coconut oil. Once the skillet is hot, place the patties in the skillet and fry on one side for 2-3 minutes, then flip and fry on the other side until no longer pink.
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Recipe Variations

Making your own sausage flavors is part of the fun! Here are two ideas:

  • Spice It Up: If you love a bit of heat, consider adding a pinch more cayenne pepper or even a dash of red pepper flakes to the mix. 
  • Herb Variations: While sage is a classic for homemade sausage, feel free to experiment with thyme, garlic powder, rosemary, or a combination of herbs.

Can you freeze turkey sausage?

Yes. For freezing, place uncooked patties between layers of parchment paper and store them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag.

They can be frozen for up to two months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat on a microwave-safe plate or on the stovetop.

Batch Cooking

Consider doubling or tripling the recipe for a big batch. It’s a time-saver for those hectic mornings or when you need a quick protein addition to your meals.

Homemade Turkey Sausage

Serving Suggestions

Turkey sausage is incredibly versatile and can be the star of many dishes. Here are some serving ideas to inspire your next meal:

  • Classic Breakfast Plate: Serve these patties alongside eggs (any style!) and sourdough toast.
  • In Breakfast Burritos: Crumble the cooked sausage and wrap it up in a tortilla with scrambled eggs, cheese, and your choice of veggies for an on-the-go breakfast burrito.
  • As Part of a Brunch Spread: Impress your guests by including this breakfast turkey sausage in your brunch buffet or breakfast board. They pair wonderfully with pancakes, waffles, and even a splash of maple syrup.
  • With Dinner Favorites: Who says sausage is just for breakfast? Add it to your favorite recipes such as turkey picadillo, pasta or serve alongside roasted vegetables for a comforting dinner.
a plate of turkey sausage
a plate of turkey sausage

Homemade Turkey Sausage

4.68 from 74 votes
Bring homestyle cooking to your breakfast table with our easy Homemade Turkey Sausage recipe. Made with pantry staple seasonings, you'll never go back to store-bought.
Servings 12
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

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Ingredients
 

  • 3 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the ground turkey into a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the seasonings over the ground turkey and mix well.
  • Form the seasoned turkey mixture into patties (about ⅓ cup per patty). Make the patties thin. They’ll shrink up slightly during cooking and end up being thick patties.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with drizzle of olive oil or coconut oil. Once the skillet is hot, place the patties in the skillet and fry on one side for 2-3 minutes, then flip and fry on the other side until no longer pink. Use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature. The sausage is done when the temperature is165ºF.

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Notes

  • Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
  • For freezing, place uncooked patties between layers of parchment paper and store them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag.
  • They can be frozen for up to two months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat on a microwave-safe plate or on the stovetop.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 12 patties, with 1 serving being 1 patty. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 833mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 129
Keyword ground turkey, healthy breakfast
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Cheryl
1 year ago

5 stars
This looks and sounds delicious!

Debbieg
1 year ago

I just made a similar recipe yesterday and loved em! I froze them between wax paper, small patties and they thawed very quickly for breakfast this am. I used fresh Sage and thyme and some chili flakes and a teaspoon of brown sugar. Eager to try this recipe as more convenient Pantry staples.
Thanks…ps LOVE your lasagna!!

Michael
5 years ago

Seems awfully high in Sodium.
Any suggestions for an alternative other than a straight salt substitute (KCl)?

Katrina
6 years ago

This looks amazing! I have a question on the sage. Rubbed or ground? Thanks for the recipe!

Brian
8 years ago

I’ve tried to make turkey sausage using lean ground turkey and it came out really dry. Do you do anything special, like adding some kind of fat to yours?

Kelley O'Hanlon
9 years ago

These look delicious! I’m definitely going to try it 🙂 Just one question, did you use ground or fresh ginger in your sausages?

Thank you x

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
9 years ago

I have never made homemade sausage before. I never knew it was that easy!

Amanda
10 years ago

Would you suggest cooking then freezing, or freezing the raw patties?
Thanks!