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Turkey Sausage Recipe

Turkey sausage patties are delicious for breakfast or any other time you’re in the mood for them.

Easy Homemade Turkey Sausage

Plate of turkey sausage, eggs, and toast

Although it’s usually easy to find turkey sausage already made, I prefer to make my own.

Don’t be intimidated by making your own sausage. Trust me when I say it’s not as difficult as you might think.

Since I like some seasonings more than others, I can alter the amount of each one to suit my taste.

For this reason, it’s better to make your own than buy it already made. Adjust the recipe according to how you like it.

Turkey Sausage Ingredients

For this recipe, you’ll need a pound of ground turkey. I highly recommend getting the regular version that has both white and dark meat.

Ground turkey

It’s a whole lot more flavorful with a little bit of fat. I’ve made it with low-fat ground turkey breast, but it comes out super dry.

Now it’s time for the seasonings. The essential ones for me are sage, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, ginger, salt, pepper, and cayenne.

Salt, pepper, sage, ginger, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and thyme

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

If you want to add other flavors, that’s fine. In fact, the first time I had it, I think there might have been some cinnamon and maple.

I used a blend of light and dark turkey because I think it has more flavor than ground turkey breast. However, it’s completely up to you and what you prefer.

You can also add more oil if you use lean ground turkey. Otherwise, it might be a little bit dry.

How to Make Turkey Sausage Patties

You’ll be amazed by how easy it is to make your own turkey sausage. And you get sausage that’s seasoned perfectly for you and your family.

Turkey sausage, scrambled eggs, and toast

First of all, you need to combine all of the seasonings in a large bowl.

Mix them up really well so you don’t wind up with too much of one thing in parts of the sausage.

Turkey sausage seasonings in a mixing bowl

Next, add the ground turkey. I usually start out mixing with a fork or spoon, but I almost always wind up using my hands.

After it’s well mixed, pinch off golf ball sized pieces of sausage and form them into patties.

Place them in a skillet that’s been sprayed with nonstick spray. I even do this when I use a nonstick skillet.

Raw patties in a pan

If you don’t use all of the sausage for one meal, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. You can store it in the fridge for a week or the freezer for a couple of months.

Sausage in plastic wrap

Cook the patties on medium-high for about 6 minutes on each side. Since I make them 1/2 inch thick, that’s what I do.

Cooked patties in a pan

However, if you like them thicker cook them a little longer to make sure there’s no pink left in the middle.

Finally, I transfer the sausage patties to a plate with a paper towel to soak up excess grease.

Then it’s time to serve. I love these little sausage patties with eggs and toast. I also enjoy them with waffles or pancakes.

Turkey sausage patties, eggs, and toast

More Recipes

Breakfast just happens to be my favorite meal of the day. For that reason, I try to have some easy-to-make breakfast food in the fridge or freezer.

These basic chaffles are super easy to make. Or you can make a batch in advance, freeze them, and pop them into the toaster when you’re ready.

I also like these yummy banana nut muffins with a coffee smoothie. Or these fun breakfast cookies that only have 3 ingredients.

You might also like these blackberry grits from Julia’s Simply Southern blog. For more information about grits, check out this “What are Grits?” post.

See this recipe shared at Meal Plan Monday, Full Plate Thursday, and Weekend Potluck.

Plate with turkey sausage, eggs, and toast

Turkey Sausage Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Turkey sausage is good for breakfast or when cooked in stews or soups.


  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon of ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)


    1. In a large bowl, combine all of the seasonings and mix.
    2. Add the turkey and mix until the seasonings are evenly distributed throughout the meat.
    3. Form the meat into patties. You can make them as big or as little as you want, but I typically make them about 2-1/2” in diameter and 1/2" thick.
    4. Spray nonstick cooking spray in a skillet. Heat the skillet to medium-high.
    5. Cook the patties until they are browned on both sides and no longer pink in the middle. This takes about 10-12 minutes (6 minutes on each side), unless the patties are thicker.
    6. After they’re done, transfer them from the skillet to a paper towel.
    7. Now they’re ready to serve!


If you like your sausage extra spicy, add more cayenne pepper.

Add a tablespoon of cooking oil if you use 100% turkey breast so the sausage won't be dry.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 149Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 60mgSodium 181mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 14g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Elissa S.

Sunday 31st of January 2021

Wow - this was so easy to make and so much better than anything I've bought or tried in a restaurant. Thanks for sharing!


Sunday 31st of January 2021

Hi Elissa! I'm so glad you like it! Thank you so much for letting me know!

Miz Helen

Sunday 19th of July 2020

Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and congratulations on the awesome feature! Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us soon! Miz Helen

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