Turkey Breakfast Sausage

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Turkey breakfast sausage can be cooked in sausage patties for healthy breakfast sandwiches or sausage crumbles for an egg scramble or omelette. Made with regular ground turkey, this recipe tastes just like pork sausage thanks to the delicious seasoning.

A white plate has turkey breakfast sausage patties piled high for serving.

Poke around and you'll find a lot of sausage recipes on this site. Growing up in the midwest, pork sausage is one of my favorite proteins for delicious recipes but I know it isn't the best choice when it comes to our health.

I finally decided to make a lighter, healthier ground turkey breakfast sausage for tucking into a batch of frozen breakfast sandwiches before the school year started.

Every last member of my family was surprised to discover just how much we loved this easy recipe and how much it tastes like regular sausage thanks to the seasoning mix.

If you need a sausage alternative for healthier dishes, this turkey breakfast sausage is an excellent option.

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Why This is the Best Recipe

For as long as I can remember, I've loved McDonald's sausage McMuffin sandwich. I can honestly say that this healthy alternative is sooooo much more delicious.

This is the best ground turkey breakfast sausage recipe because:

  1. Tastes JUST Like Sausage: With the right seasonings, this tastes just like a regular sausage to me but less greasy and more delicious.
  2. Easy to Prep: Just stir with a fork and cook. The recipe couldn't be easier.
  3. Patties or Crumbled Sausage: You can use the ground turkey to form sausage patties or cook it like crumbled sausage for stirring into an egg scramble or omelette.
  4. Make Ahead Friendly: You can cook the turkey sausage on Sunday and it will last all week in the fridge.
  5. Freezer-Friendly: You can freeze the patties in breakfast sandwiches for a quick breakfast on a busy morning.


A mixing bowl has ground turkey covered in dry breakfast sausage seasonings.

Ok, I'm going to be honest here . . . To make this easy turkey sausage recipe you really only need 3 things:

  1. Ground Turkey
  2. Olive Oil
  3. This Breakfast Sausage Seasoning

But I know you might not want to buy a specific sausage seasoning blend.

So if you prefer to mix your own breakfast sausage seasoning from spices in your cabinet, you'll also need:

  • Kosher Salt
  • Sugar
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Cayenne Pepper

Prep the Sausage Mix

First, add the ground turkey to a mixing bowl and add the breakfast sausage seasoning.

Stir it together with a fork.

When I shot the photos for this post, I was using 3 pounds of ground turkey meat so I could make a big batch of breakfast sausage patties for the freezer. So if this looks like a lot of ground turkey, it's because it is.

The ground turkey has been fluffed with a fork to make the sausage mix.

Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties

If you want to make the turkey sausage into breakfast patties, you'll want to griddle the meat in olive oil in a skillet or on an electric griddle.

For the skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

Form the turkey patties like you would with hamburger patties. You'll find that turkey meat is a little harder to shape than ground beef, so my patties look a little "rustic."

A large skillet has olive oil in it and 4 turkey breakfast sausage patties cooking on the first side.

Cook the patties on the first side for 2 - 3 minutes or until you can see the bottom edges are cooked.

Flip the turkey sausages over with a spatula and cook them on the other side for another 2- 3 minutes.

You'll know they are done when they are golden brown and read 165°F with an instant read thermometer probe.

A large skillet has olive oil in it and 4 turkey breakfast sausage patties cooking on the second side.

Ground Turkey Breakfast Sausage

It is even easier to cook your turkey sausage into breakfast sausage crumbles for an egg scramble, skillet breakfast, or omelette.

Simply heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the turkey and cook it, breaking it up with a spoon as it browns.

You could leave it in larger pieces of sausage crumble or break it up more finely like taco meat, that's up to you.

This method is very fast and forgiving. Just cook the turkey until it is no longer pink.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It works best if you only brown 1 pound of turkey at a time or the turkey sausage won't get the crispy edges, it will steam.

The turkey sausage was browned in a skillet and broken into crumbles. Now it is being served in a white bowl.

Ground turkey breakfast sausage would be the perfect substitution for pork sausage in these easy breakfast recipes:

And if you crumble up the sausage, you could stir it into a breakfast skillet with these crispy breakfast potatoes or use it to make a small batch sausage muffins.

Make Ahead Tips

Ground turkey sausage will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

You could make a batch on Sunday for quick weekday breakfasts all week long.

Simply store the ground turkey breakfast sausage patties or crumbles in an airtight container.

Reheat them in the microwave.

Freezer Instructions

You can also freeze these easy ground turkey breakfast sausages.

I put the patties into freezer friendly breakfast sandwiches but you could also freeze them by themselves.

Just be sure to separate the sausages with waxed paper so they don't stick together in the freezer.

Thaw the sausages in the fridge overnight and just reheat them in the microwave.

Alternatively, you could freeze the ground turkey sausage crumbles in smaller portions.

The turkey sausage crumbles have been divided into smaller serving bags for the freezer.

These 1-cup bags are perfect for adding to scrambled eggs or casseroles.

Serving Suggestions

The turkey breakfast sausage is ready to be eaten at breakfast.

There are so many ways to use the ground turkey breakfast sausages. My favorite way is to make a healthy alternative to a sausage McMuffin breakfast sandwich with an english muffin, egg, and cheese like these delicious frozen breakfast sandwiches.

You could also enjoy the patties by themselves as a side dish with a batch of my favorite fluffy french toast or to add a little more protein to my lemon blueberry baked oatmeal.

If you have a batch of hard boiled eggs on hand, one egg and a sausage patty would make an excellent low-carb, high protein breakfast for a grab-and-go type morning.

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A white plate has turkey breakfast sausage patties piled high for serving.

Turkey Breakfast Sausage

5 from 47 votes
This easy turkey breakfast sausage recipe can be made into breakfast sausage patties for breakfast sandwiches or sausage crumbles for adding to an egg scramble or omelette. Lighter and healthier than traditional sausage but this recipe has ALL the same flavor thanks to the seasoning mix.
TOTAL TIME 17 minutes
PREP TIME 2 minutes
COOK TIME 15 minutes
YIELD 12 servings


  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Breakfast Sausage Seasoning Mix

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds crushed
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper add 1/4 tsp more if you like spicy sausage
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg


Prep the Turkey Breakfast Sausage Mix

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey and all the dried seasonings. It works best to fluff the mix with a fork until well combined. Chill for at least 10 minutes to let the meat rest and the seasonings to flavor the meat.

To Make Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties

  • 2 pounds of turkey meat will make 12 breakfast sandwich-sized sausage patties that you can store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months.
  • Heat a large skillet or griddle on medium-high heat with one tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Divide the ground turkey into 12 portions and form each patty between your palms. They should be about 1/2-inch thick each.
  • Cook the sausage patties for 2 - 3 minutes on one side or until the bottom outer edges have cooked through.
  • Cook the patties on the second side for an additional 2 - 3 minutes or until the center tests 165°F with a probe thermometer and the patties are golden brown. It helps to press down gently once or twice with your spatula as the patties cook to ensure the patties are thin.

To Make Ground Turkey Breakfast Sausage

  • If you prefer, you can use the ground turkey to make ground turkey sausage for an egg scramble, omelette, or skillet breakfast.
  • Place the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the ground turkey, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks, until no longer pink.

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