These turkey apple sage breakfast sausage patties are an easy to make, delicious and healthy breakfast. Full of fall flavors, these patties are savory with a hint of sweetness from the apple. And they’re so much healthier than store bought breakfast patties because they don’t contain any additives or other chemicals.
I’ve made these turkey apple sage breakfast sausages so many times over the years I can make them in my sleep. I usually make a double batch and freeze them. That way I can just grab them whenever I want! They make a fantastic breakfast when paired with some delicious and creamy egg butter on toast. They’re great to grab for a quick protein-filled snack. I even like them for dinner, especially with my cauliflower with buttery egg sauce or pickled beets on the side.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Ground turkey: You can substitute other ground meats here. Try ground chicken or pork. Either would be delicious!
- Apple: I use Fuji apples, but you can use another sweet, red apple. Try Honeycrisp, gala, or pink lady.
- Onion & garlic: The aromatics. If you don’t like onion or garlic just leave them out.
- Dried sage & thyme: If you’re using fresh herbs, the general rule is to use 3 times the amount of dried herbs, so you’d use 1 1/2 tsp each fresh sage and fresh thyme.
- Salt & Pepper: To make the flavors pop.
- Olive oil (not pictured): Used for cooking. You can use cooking spray, coconut oil, avocado oil or another oil of your choice.
Make the Turkey Apple Sage Breakfast Sausage
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion and grated apple to the skillet and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
- Add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool.
- Combine the onion mixture, ground turkey, sage, thyme, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix well to combine.
- Divide mixture into 12 1/2″ thick patties.
- Heat olive oil in the same skillet you used for the onion/apple mixture.
- Cook the patties on medium heat until patties are nicely browned and cooked all the way through, flipping the patties about halfway through to make sure both sides are nicely browned, about 5-8 minutes on both sides.
- Make a double batch. I usually make a double batch and freeze them. Then I can easily pull a couple out for a quick breakfast with a couple of eggs. It’s the perfect breakfast when you’re short on time – before work or school. You can even eat them in the car!
- Wet your hands when forming them patties. This stops the meat from sticking to your hands.
- Try different flavorings like chili powder, oyster sauce, curry powder or red pepper flakes.
- Change up the meat. Try ground chicken or ground pork.
- Use different types of apples – Try another sweet, red apple like Honeycrisp, Gala, or Pink Lady.
How to Store Turkey Apple Sage Breakfast Sausages
These will keep for about 3 days in the refrigerator. I usually make a double batch and freeze them. To freeze, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer the patties to a zip-top freezer safe bag or container. Then you can just pop them in the microwave for a minute when you want to enjoy them! They’ll keep in the freezer for about 3 months.
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Turkey Apple Sage Breakfast Sausage
- 1 lb ground turkey or chicken (93%)
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup apple, grated (about 1/2 of a medium apple)
- 1/2 tsp dried sage
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 3 Tbsp olive oil (or another cooking oil)
- Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add onions and apple to skillet and sauté for 3 minutes, or until softened.
- Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
- Remove mixture from pan and let cool.
- In a large bowl, combine onion mixture, turkey, sage, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
- Divide mixture into 12 equal portions. Shape each into 1/2" patties.
- Heat remaining 1 Tbsp oil in skillet over medium heat.
- Add half the patties to the pan. Cook 5-8 minutes on each side, or until done.
- Repeat procedure with remaining 6 patties.