Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage (Recipe + Video)

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Two moist, delicious homemade turkey breakfast sausage patties on a white plate with a stack of 3 fluffy pancakes, a small bowl of red grapes and a ramekin filled with amber maple syrup.  Breakfast is ready to enjoy.

Y’all should know by now that me and my crew are big time breakfast lovers. Eggs in any form, toast, scones, jam, bacon, sausage, pancakes, waffles, breakfast tacos and sammies… you name it and we probably love it! Breakfast for dinner, you say? Yep, we love it!

A comforting breakfast menu for dinner always feels like a party at my house, it creates a palpable buzz in the atmosphere. My big kids still get giddy about pancakes for supper, and it’s a nice change of pace that always brings us all joy. Plus maple syrup = joy, doesn’t it??

Like the rest of the world, we’ve been sticker shocked by how much many of our favorite grocery store items have risen in price as of late. Specifically, the price on breakfast meats has skyrocketed. A single package of our favorite pork breakfast sausage brand is currently priced nearly two dollars higher than it was about one year ago; although it’s the same situation with every brand on the shelf!

Through the years, I’ve dabbled with making homemade breakfast sausage just for funsies, but honestly I would purchase the convenient store items more often than not. However, a few weeks ago I decided to work on this recipe and create a breakfast sausage mixture from scratch that we could really rely on. I felt motivated to nail this down so we could, of course, save a bit of money, but also because I’m always very interested in reducing our processed food consumption where I can.

Two nicely browned breakfast sausage patties are ready to serve and enjoy.

This simple recipe for making Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage is honestly one of my very favorite recipes at the moment, and I’ve been making it weekly. This recipe has been approved by the whole gang and no one has even asked about those store brands at all.

How to make homemade turkey breakfast sausage

All that is needed for this recipe is one pound of unseasoned, fresh ground meat and spices… lots of spices! Like every other sausage mixture available to purchase, this recipe for homemade breakfast sausage is very heavily seasoned. I use a simple dried spice mixture for our breakfast sausage: salt, sugar, black pepper, dried oregano, dried parsley, dried sage, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and red pepper flakes.

Using the same measurements provided, you can change any of the spices on this list out for another spice to suit your own tastes or dietary needs. I believe this to be a very forgiving recipe. Although, I do think the smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, sage and oregano need to be present in the ingredients for this to have true breakfast sausage appeal.

I most often use ground turkey for this recipe as it is a meat of choice for my family, but I’ve also used ground pork and chicken and we enjoyed those variations too. I typically use 85% or 93% fat meats as a little bit of fat is important in this recipe, it helps the meat mixture stick together when it needs too, and it keeps the cooked sausage from being too dry.

The flavorful homemade sausage mixture can be made ahead and refrigerated until it’s ready to use. I often cook this mixture in a skillet as crumbled sausage for use in omelettes, breakfast tacos or to crumble over our favorite biscuits and gravy. But, when pancakes or waffles are on the menu, sausage patties are the way to go!

Bits of herbs and spices are visible on the surface of a perfectly browned breakfast sausage patty.

Making breakfast sausage is incredibly easy, y’all, and this is definitely a recipe I can commit to serving on a regular basis at home. The only reason we may buy the packaged, premade sausage mixture again is if we are travelling and cooking breakfast away from my very well-stocked spice cabinet.

I hope you enjoy this money-saving recipe as much as we do, please share it with anyone who may enjoy it too!

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Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: Breakfast, BrunchCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Yield

1

pound
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

This money-saving, delicious recipe for Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage is in regular rotation at our house. Making flavorful homemade breakfast sausage is easier than you may think! It’s really wonderful to serve a tasty breakfast meat with no preservatives or unwanted ingredients at my table. Just good, fresh food. I hope you enjoy this recipe too!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey (85% or 93%) *see notes below

  • 1 teaspoon salt (one level teaspoon)

  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)

Directions

  • Place meat and spices in a large mixing bowl and mix until ingredients are well-combined.
  • Place sausage mixture in a skillet to prepare as crumbled sausage. Cook over medium high heat until crumbled sausage is lightly browned. Or, form sausage mix into three-inch patties, cook in a skillet or on a griddle over medium high heat for three to four minutes per side. (refer to the video below for a full cooking tutorial for this recipe!)
  • Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Notes

  • You can also use ground pork or chicken to make breakfast sausage.
  • Recipe from A Little Fish in the Kitchen blog at www.alittlefishinthekitchen.com. All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish

7 Comments

  1. We don’t usually eat sausage for breakfast, but as a lunch or dinner element, this is perfect! Loving the blend of seasonings. And unlike store-bought sausage which tend too be too spicy to my liking, homemade version can be easily customized.

  2. Sherry’s comment makes me wonder if breakfast sausage (like the one you made) is an American thing. The Brits have black pudding with breakfast — nothing like ours. Love your recipe and have saved it for when we have company. (We only make breakfast when we have guests — otherwise it’s just big bowls of cocoa for us!)

    • Thanks so much David, this recipe has honestly become a weekly staple for us! I’ve been buying a few extra pounds of ground turkey and pork to have in the fridge because we make it so often. I’m going to work on a maple-flavored version next!

  3. I’ve never heard of breakfast sausage but the flavourings sound good!

    • Hi Sherry, breakfast sausage is popular thing here in the states. It’s right up there with bacon for us. Thank you so much! 😊

  4. That looks like a really satisfying and delicious meal to kick start the day!

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