Turkey Sausage


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This turkey sausage is a delicious, homemade breakfast meat that is perfectly juicy and takes 6 minutes to cook! Made with just six ingredients, it’s healthy, flavorful, and perfect.

turkey sausage.

We love cooking with ground turkey.

We’ve used it in turkey meatballs, burgers, and meatloaf. Our favorite way to use it is to make homemade turkey sausage.

What is turkey sausage? 

Turkey sausage can come as patties or links and is made up of ground turkey, spices, and some form of fat. It’s lower in calories than other sausages and has a milder and less meaty flavor.

While you can buy pre-packaged turkey sausage at supermarkets, making it at home is SO easy and tastes ten times better. It’s also fabulous to toss through a crustless quiche.

We make it ourselves because it’s:

  • Healthy and low calorie. Turkey sausage is high in protein and low in fat and perfect to include as part of a weight loss or low-carb diet.
  • Cost-effective. It’s much more affordable to make your own than spend over twice as much for the pre-made kind. You can also be confident that it has wholesome and good-for-you ingredients.
  • Ready in 6 minutes. Set your timer when the sausage hits the pan. Three minutes on each side, and you are done!
  • Tastier than other kinds of sausage. Compared to pork sausage, it doesn’t have the overpowering meaty flavors than can overwhelm a dish!

I love using these turkey sausage patties for making breakfast sandwiches or part of a breakfast plate. Pair it with eggs (Turkish style, over-easy, over-medium, or over-hard!) for a satisfying breakfast.

Ingredients needed

This recipe calls for just six simple ingredients that are mostly pantry staples. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Ground turkey– Lean ground turkey or white ground turkey. I prefer the leaner cuts, as it keeps the calories down.
  • Olive oil– Adding oil ensures the patties are juicy and moist in the middle, even when using lean meat. 
  • Salt and pepper– To taste. 
  • Dried sage– A key spice to enhance the peppery flavors. 
  • Garlic powder– Adds a subtle garlic flavor without needing fresh garlic. 
  • Brown sugar OR substitute– I like adding a touch of keto brown sugar to add a hint of sweetness- Perfect for breakfast sausage. 

How to make turkey sausage

Step 1- make the mixture

Start by adding all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix together until completely combined.

turkey sausage mix.

Step 2- shape into patties

Next, using your hands, shape the mixture into six patties.

turkey breakfast sausage.

Step 3- fry the turkey sausage

Add oil to a non-stick skillet or pan and place it over medium heat. Once hot, add the breakfast sausage patties and fry for 2-3 minutes, flipping halfway through. Serve the sausage immediately with your favorite sides. 

fried turkey sausage.

How to cook turkey sausage in the oven

If you’d like to bake the turkey sausage instead of frying it, prepare it as instructed. Place them on a greased and lined baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the sausage reaches an internal temperature of 165F. 

Flavor variations

The beauty of this recipe is just how easy it is to customize. Here are some ideas:

  • Spicy– Add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.
  • Smoky– Add 1/2 a teaspoon of smoked paprika and 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke.
  • Maple breakfast sausage– My favorite variation. Omit the brown sugar (or substitute) and add 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes before frying, so the maple flavor disperses.
  • Cheddar sausage– Fold through half a cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

Storage instructions

To store: Leftover breakfast sausage can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days. 

To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled sausage in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up to two months. 

Reheating: Microwave the sausage for 30-40 seconds until hot or in a non-stick pan. 

homemade turkey sausage.

More recipes using turkey to try

Frequently Asked Questions

Are turkey sausages healthy?

Compared to beef or pork sausages, turkey sausage is a healthier option. It’s lower in calories and fat, and does not have a meaty flavor.

Where to buy turkey sausage?

Grocery stores and butchers all stock ground turkey, which can be used to make turkey sausage.

Is turkey sausage considered processed meat?

If you make your own turkey sausage or breakfast sausage, it is not considered processed meat, as there are no fillers, thickeners, or preservatives added.

turkey sausage recipe

Homemade Turkey Sausage

5 from 144 votes
This turkey sausage is a delicious breakfast meat that is perfectly juicy and takes 10 minutes to cook! Made with just 6 ingredients, it's low in calories and carbs!
Servings: 6 patties
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 6 minutes
Total: 7 minutes



  • In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Using your hands, form 6 patties. 
  • Add oil to a non-stick pan and place it over medium heat. Once hot, add 3 patties to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Repeat the process until all the patties are cooked.


TO STORE: Leftover breakfast sausage can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days. 
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled sausage in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up to two months. 
TO REHEAT: Microwave the sausage for 30-40 seconds until hot, or in a non-stick pan. 


Serving: 1pattyCalories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 18gFat: 4gSodium: 426mgPotassium: 228mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Are you supposed to mix the tablespoon of oil into the ground turkey and spices or is the oil only for heating in the pan and cooking the patties

  2. I was wondering if the amount of spices were going to work and they really did …the garlic powder I wasn’t sure about and it was fine. I used 2 tablespoons of Maple syrup and that was really good. I would consider using even a little more. Olive oil great idea.. great recipe!

  3. Hi. 1tsp of salt to 1lb of turkey. Does 1patty really have 426grams of sodium, how is that possible?

      1. 5 stars
        This sausage was the best sausage I have tasted! Followed the basic recipe and then added the cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp as I was a wimp, and the smoked paprika and the maple syrup instead of sugar from your add-in suggestions. Basically a flavor bomb!!! So good that I had to give friends to taste. Thank you for this!