Homemade Turkey Apple Sausage with Sage

Homemade turkey apple sausage is savory and sweet. It’s perfect to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Homemade sausage is easy to make and a healthier choice because it is made with wholesome ingredients, unlike the pre-packaged sausage that you buy in the grocery store which may contain fillers and additives.

This homemade breakfast sausage takes minutes to make and tastes great as a side with breakfast or crumbled up and added to breakfast quesadillas.

Recipe Highlights

  • These homemade sausage patties are so easy to make, with only seven wholesome ingredients.
  • They are easy to freeze, so make a double batch (scale the ingredients in the recipe card) and freeze them for later.
  • Homemade sausage is healthy and economical!
The ingredients: ground turkey breast, apple, thyme, sage, black pepper, sea salt, garlic fennel

Here is what you will need



How to Make Homemade Turkey Apple Sausage Patties 

Prepare: Crush the garlic with a garlic crusher or smash it with a large spoon or knife. Shred the apples with a handheld grater, box grater or food processor and chop the sage and thyme with a sharp knife.

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Step 1.

Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl.

turkey sausage mixture ingredients mixed

Step 2.

Combine turkey, apples, and seasonings together with a wooden spoon or your hands.

turkey sausage patties cooking in a skillet

Step 3.

Use your hands to shape the turkey mixture into patties. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the sausage patties. Cover the skillet and cook for 6 to 7 minutes.

turkey patties cooking in a skillet

Step 4.

Flip the patties over and cook them for 5 minutes longer or until they are cooked through ( internal temperature 165 degrees f)

NOTE: The sausage mixture will be moist, if you find it difficult to form the patties, place the meat mixture into the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes before shaping them.

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

Ground Turkey – Lean ground turkey which is a blend of white meat and dark meat works best for making turkey sausage. Look for ground turkey that is 90 to 93% lean.

Apples – Any variety of apples works here. Use your favorite apple or whatever you have on hand.

Fresh Sage – If you don’t have fresh sage, it can be substituted with 1 teaspoon of dried sage.

Garlic – Fresh garlic cloves can be replaced with 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.

Thyme – Replace fresh thyme leaves with 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme.

Serving Suggestions

Serve turkey apple sausage patties for breakfast with scrambled eggs, breakfast casserole, tomato pie, or frittata.

Crumble sausage patties up and add them to a breakfast burrito bowl, breakfast pie, or an omelet.

Turkey sausage is not just for breakfast, you can enjoy these tasty patties any time of the day. Cook them in a skillet or toss them on the grill and serve topped with sliced apples and onions and cheddar cheese on your favorite bread for a turkey sausage sandwich.

Turkey apple breakfast sausage is perfect for making little patties or meatballs and serving as an appetizer.

How to store and freeze leftover turkey sausage patties

Leftover cooked turkey sausage patties will last in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container.

Freeze leftover cooked and cooled sausage patties by placing them on a rimmed baking sheet and placing them into the freezer.

Once they are frozen, remove the frozen patties from the sheet and place them in a freezer container like this stasher bag.

Turkey sausage patties can be frozen for up to three months. Reheat them from frozen (or you can thaw them out) in the microwave or in a skillet on top of the stove.

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Recipe variations

Change up the seasoning – Add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg for an autumn blend.
Make it spicy – add a dash of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.

Change up the fruit – Instead of apple, use a shredded pear.

Recipe tips and questions

  • If the sausage patties stick to the pan, add a little bit of water to loosen them.
  • Don’t crowd the sausage patties in the skillet, it will make it difficult to flip them over.
  • Depending on the size of your skillet, you may need to cook the sausages in batches. Place cooked patties on a paper towel lined plate while the second batch cooks.
Can I use another type of ground meat to make these sausage patties?

Yes. You can also make homemade sausage patties with ground chicken or ground pork.

Can I freeze the sausage patties before cooking them?

Yes, you can. Form the patties and freeze them on a baking sheet. Once frozen place them into a freezer-safe container. They will last in the freezer for three months. Defrost uncooked sausage patties in the refrigerator overnight.

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Homemade Turkey Apple Sausage with Sage

Homemade apple turkey sausage is made with fresh ingredients, packed with flavor and easy to make!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Click on serving size to scale this recipe

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turkey apple sausage
Servings: 8 Patties
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Anne
Scale this Recipe 8 Patties


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 apple large shredded
  • 1/8 cup fresh sage chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fennel
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground pepper


  • Shred the apples using a grater, and crush the garlic using a garlic crusher or the back of a knife or spoon to crush it.
  • Combine all of the ingredients except the oil in a bowl and form the mixture into 8 patties.
  • Preheat the olive oil in a  skillet over medium heat, add the patties, cook for approximately 5 minutes, then turn them over and cook them for 5 minutes more or until they are cooked through to 165 degrees.


If the sausage is too soft to form into patties, place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm it up.
Depending on the size of your skillet, you may need to cook the sausage in batches. Place cooked patties on a plate lined with paper towels while the other sausages cook.


Serving: 1Patty | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 491IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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  1. Such yummy fall flavors. I’m making a second batch to stick in the freezer for my son on busy mornings!

  2. I made these (not your recipe but same ingredients) and mine recipe said to chop the apples. Mine had great flavor but were so dry. I thought the flavor was so good but maybe it needed and egg or mayo or zucchini – something to add moistness to the patties. I see you grated your apple, and I think that may make a big different as well. Also, what are your thoughts on baking these in the oven? Temp and timing for that variation. Please share your thoughts. Thank you I will be making your version this weekend.