Homemade Spicy Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Homemade Spicy Turkey Breakfast Sausage
Homemade Spicy Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Ground turkey seasoned with peppers, fennel, and other spices. Shape into patties or fry in crumbles for a delicious homemade turkey sausage! This is my favorite breakfast sausage!


1 pound (4 servings)


1 pound ground turkey*
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
2 teaspoons ground sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice, optional
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or more to taste), optional

For a sweeter fruity sausage, also add 1/2 cup finely chopped apples


1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes but as long as a day or two to allow flavors to combine. See additional notes for freezing these sausage patties.

2. Form meat into 8 small patties. Cook in a pre-heated skillet over medium to medium-high heat, turning once, until browned. Ground turkey should be cooked until meat reaches 165 degrees.

Alternatively, you can just fry this sausage into crumbles. Place meat in a pre-heated skillet and cook and stir over medium heat until sausage is fully cooked. You can use the crumbles to make omelets, pizza, sausage gravy, or spaghetti sauce. (See notes below.)

3. Serve hot and enjoy!

Additional Notes: 

*If using lean ground turkey, add an egg or 1 tablespoon of oil to the sausage mixture.

Making pre-formed sausage patties for the freezer:

I have used this recipe to make pre-formed patties and frozen them for a quick pre-made sausage patty. For best results, freeze patties in a single layer on parchment paper or a silicone mat on a baking sheet. After they are frozen, remove and stack them in a container or bag in your freezer. Cook straight from the freezer, in a skillet as described in the recipe above.

This recipe adapted from Light and Tasty.

Homemade spicy turkey breakfast sausage

Preparation Time: 

10 minutes, plus at least 15 minutes resting time

Cooking Time: 

5-8 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This turkey sausage is so good. It's pretty spicy (cut down on the cayenne for less heat) but it's the best kind of spicy -- the kind where you just can't stop eating it! I love the sweet maple syrup flavor, the fennel, cloves, nutmeg, thyme, pepper... really all of it is just the perfect combination for a homemade sausage patty.

I find this sausage recipe to be great for a variety of meals. Here are some of the things I've made with this homemade sausage:

Omelets -- Perfect with chopped onions and peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, and this turkey sausage

Sausage gravy and biscuits -- Turn this sausage into a gravy, make homemade biscuits and serve the hot sausage gravy and biscuits for a breakfast your family will love!

To make the gravy, you'll need:

1 1/2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup water

Over medium heat, add butter to meat. Stir until butter is melted. Add flour, stirring until flour is completely saturated. Whisk in milk and water, and continue whisking or stirring until mixture boils and thickens (about a minute or two after it boils). Serve over hot, fresh homemade biscuits.

Pizza -- Use the cooked sausage crumbles as the meat topping on homemade pizza. (Here is my easy homemade pizza recipe.)

Spaghetti and meat sauce -- Cook spaghetti, make your favorite spaghetti sauce, and add  cooked sausage crumbles. This sausage gives spaghetti a wonderfully different flavor!

Read my blog post about this recipe for turkey sausage.


Tammy, I am so, so glad to see you blogging again! I completely understood that you had a lot of littles in your family and justly needed to devote your time to them. But I am just thrilled to see you back. Your recipes are ones I turn to again and again when I need something frugal, reliable, and delicious. I made this turkey sausage tonight, intending to use it for breakfast in the morning. I just snuck a bite, and it is wonderful!! Will make waking up to start my day with my five sons that much easier and better! :-) Thank you!


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