Sunday, April 27, 2014

Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties

I rarely crave sweet things for breakfast; give me a breakfast burrito over a cinnamon roll any day.  But I also like to make sure my first meal of the day isn't a calorie bomb or a pre-made frozen concoction of questionable ingredients.

A lot of days I'll make up a toasted ham and cheese sandwich in the office toaster oven - I know, it doesn't scream breakfast, but I figure if a ham, egg, and cheese counts as breakfast, I can justify the same sandwich sans egg.  But for variety, I'll make a batch of these turkey sausage patties; they're a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet thanks to a bit of maple syrup, and they go great with Swiss or cheddar cheese (and an egg for a bigger breakfast) on an English muffin.

I'll make a batch of 12 or so patties and freeze them cooked, separated by parchment paper, until I'm ready to use them.  Then I'll assemble a sandwich the night before work, wrap it in parchment, and throw it in the fridge.  Toasted up in the toaster oven (or warmed for 45-60 seconds in the microwave), it's a satisfying breakfast that I don't feel bad about eating at my desk.

Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties
Makes about 12 patties
Click here for a printable recipe

20 oz. ground turkey
1 1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. dried rubbed sage
3/4 t. thyme
3/4 t. black pepper
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 t. smoked paprika (use regular if you can't find smoked)
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. ground mustard
1/8 t. freshly ground nutmeg
1 T. maple syrup

In a large bowl, lightly break apart the ground turkey.  Mix the dry spices (salt through nutmeg) in a small bowl and then sprinkle over the turkey.  Add the maple syrup and work the mixture just until the spices are evenly distributed.  If you have time, leave the turkey mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours to let the flavors meld (this step enhances the flavor, but it optional).

Working with about 1/3 c. of the turkey, form into balls and then flatten the mixture into very thin patties.  Once your patties are formed, cook them in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Transfer to a plate or container to cool and then move either to the refrigerator or the freezer.  I've found they keep for about 5 days in the fridge or 1-2 months in the freezer.

To assemble breakfast sandwiches, split an English muffin open with a fork.  Add sausage patty, your favorite cheese, and toast, open faced until hot and cheese is melted.  Optionally, add a fried egg for an especially delicious breakfast.


  1. Or a poached keep it healthy! I love turkey sausage, but never considered making it on my own. I love that you do though. Maybe you'll have some on hand when we visit.

    1. I try to always keep a few patties in the freezer so chances are good! I've also been thinking about making a batch into crumbles for omelets or a frittata.