Exciting News: This is just one of a bunch of Whole30 Recipes here at The Nourishing Home. PLUS I’ll be sharing even more Whole30-compliant recipes as we start our Whole30 Challenge. (P.S. You can join us anytime you’re ready to Jumpstart Your Health with Whole30!)
Growing up, my Mom made these amazing turkey sausages patties that have become a treasured family favorite in my home too! My boys adore this simple recipe so much, they won’t eat any other sausage, period. And seriously, I can’t blame them. These perfectly seasoned little patties are hard to resist!
Yet, this easy-to-make recipe is also a real treasure, because it’s perfect for using in any recipe that calls for ground sausage. This can come in super handy when you’re joining me for the Whole30, since finding Whole30-compliant ground sausage can be a real challenge since many brands contain added sugars or other non-compliant seasonings.
As noted in the recipe below, you can make this ground sausage ahead of time and freeze it, so it’s ready to go for making breakfast sausage patties, or for use in your favorite recipes that call for ground sausage (like the meaty marinara sauce shown below).
P.S. When making breakfast patties, you can also freeze the sausage patties by placing them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and placing them into the freezer. Once they’re frozen solid, transfer to a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer so you always have these protein-packed patties ready for making a quick-n-healthy breakfast!
We hope you enjoy these savory sausage recipe handmade with love from our family to yours! Happy Whole30-ing!
- 1.25 lbs ground turkey meat
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp ground sage
- 1/2 tsp celery salt
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh-ground black pepper
- Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, knead well until thoroughly combined.
- Preheat 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Form turkey mixture into 8-10 balls and press them into patties. Place the patties on a plate until your finished forming them. (If the mixture is sticky, moisten hands with a little water to make it easier to form the patties.)
- Add a little butter or oil to the skillet. Cook the patties about 3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook an additional 2 minutes. (Note: You may need to adjust cooking time depending on size and thickness of your patties.)
- Alternately, you can freeze the uncooked seasoned meat for use in recipes calling for ground sausage. See the post above for details. Enjoy!
Time-Saving Tip: Double or triple the recipe and store cooled cooked patties in the freezer. Then, thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat for a quick, delicious breakfast! (You can also prepare the meat with the seasonings and freeze raw for use later in recipes calling for ground sausage ,as noted in the post above.)
Life After Whole30 Recipe Variation: If you're NOT doing the Whole30, this recipe can be used to create delicious homemade Apple Maple Sausage Patties, simply add 1/2 cup grated apple and 1-2 tablespoons of pure dark maple syrup to the above recipe. Yum!
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Sarah b says
If you wanted to make it non-spicy, what would you suggest?
Hi, Sarah. You can simply omit the cayenne powder and it won’t be spicy, but will still be quite flavorful. Enjoy! 🙂
Looks yummy! I’ll have to try!
Thanks, Shonda! Enjoy! 🙂
My husband has to eat gluten free so I have had to learn how to cook gluten free. I have had great success with replacing all purpose flour with brown rice flour in recipes like gravies and sauces. My husband even thinks that gluten free versions are creamier. Hope this info helps and am interested in trying this sausage recipe out too. Thanks for sharing.
That’s a great idea, Janette. Rice flour would be a great starch. I tried it with arrowroot, but when combined with milk, it gets gummy and gel-like. Thanks for the great suggestion! Appreciate you taking the time to leave a kind note! 🙂
Leya Stefanski says
Arrowroot? I was able to make my normal white roux w/ arrowroot instead of my flour and it turned out great!! Excited for the second part of this and THANK YOU for the first part here!!!
Thank you, Leya. I haven’t had much luck with arrowroot when combined with milk. It tends to get gummy and gel-like. If you have a secret, I’m all ears. I was thinking of trying it again using tapioca instead. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to leave a kind note!
I just tried these and they taste great and are simple to make. I will take your advice and double up next time.
I don’t know if you made the gravy yet but I read in the post below how Tapioca works better with milk based things.
So glad you enjoyed the recipe and you know what, the gravy does work much better with tapioca. I really need to post that recipe soon! So many recipes to post, so little time. LOL! Thanks for being so kind as to leave a note and the link to Kelly Bejelly’s site. Kelly is a good friend of mine (she is a real sweetheart). Blessings to you, Kelly
What are your recommendations for purchasing ground turkey? Do you purchase organic turkey meat and if so…where do you find it?
It’s always better to try to find organic meats and of course, ideally grassfed. I know that can be hard for many folks, so I always encourage people to do the best they can. I usually get my ground turkey at Whole Foods or Mother’s Market. Sometimes they’ll have it on sale and I try to get as much as I can afford and freeze it. Blessings, Kelly 🙂
I’m so excited to try these. We purchase 1/2 a cow every year so I really like to use our grass-fed beef. Any chance you’ve tried these with beef? I’m always trying to think of better breakfast meats. Thanks!
I haven’t but I would imagine they would be delicious, but taste more like a spiced burger patty. And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. 🙂
Have you considered browning your sausage and then adding cream to the pan? Not sure if that would give you the flour-y mouth feel that makes gravy so wonderful, but it will make it creamy. It won’t be brown either but the taste would be amazing! Let us know how it goes!
Thanks, Missy! Yes, great suggestion. And although I typically do not use starch based flours, I’m considering using tapioca flour to help create that nice thick gravy that sausage gravy is known for. Will definitely post on it when I get it down. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to leave a kind note!
thanks for this! we have life-threatening food allergies in our house and I’m often weary of buying sausage because there can be so many “add-ins”. This will give me great piece of mind to just make my own!
My pleasure. Enjoy! 🙂
These look amazing. I love how a few simple, fresh ingredients can really make an outstanding dish. Thank you for sharing!
thank you for your kind note! ENJOY!
Wow, thank you so much for your this recipe. I really love your site. I love the menu planning ideas. I am at a loss at this cooking at home and from scratch but I really want to start doing it all the time. 🙂
You are so welcome. Thank you for taking the time to leave a kind note! 🙂
I doubled the recipe and made these one night and froze them. Several days later I heated several in a skillet on the stove and my 4 year old would NOT STOP EATING these. I had to coax her into eating her blueberry muffin and yogurt parfait before she could have a 4th patty. My 10 month old also enjoyed these. My husbands exact words were “these taste like Thanksgiving!” Thanks for an incredible recipe!!
yay! so glad your whole family enjoys these too! what a fun comment from your hubby – must be the sage that makes him think “Thanksgiving.” appreciate you taking the time to leave a kind note! blessings, Kelly 🙂
I really like these…flavor was nice. How did you get your so nice and brown. Di you use some kind of oil to cook them ?
YES! And thank YOU! I completely forgot to note that in the recipe. I butter the pan before adding the patties. I’ve just updated the recipe’s instructions. Appreciate you taking the time to let me know I left that out. And also glad you enjoyed these too! Thank you! 🙂 Blessings, Kelly
Thanks Kelly, I thought so 🙂
Deliciously Organic says
These look so good! I’m going to make a large batch to store in the freezer for back-to-school! I’m also sharing your post on FB in the morning. 🙂
Thanks, sweet friend! It always makes me smile to have you visit! Thank you for sharing this post as well with your FB fans! xo
Tiffany Randall says
These look great! I’m not sure if you’ve figured out the gravy yet, but I make my roux with King Arthur Gluten Free Flour and it works beautifully! I know that blend is a little expensive, but I keep a bag of it on hand for gravies or other small things. I’ve also used a similar technique to replace canned cream soups in casseroles. I make like I’m making a batch of sausage gravy (no sausage and butter instead of the grease) and add whatever flavorings are needed to mimic the soup you’re replacing. Happy eating! (P.S. I also craved sausage gravy and biscuits while we were gluten free in our house. This was a life saver!)
Thank you so much for your great tip and your sweet words. I had to table the gravy-making to get the rest of my book finished and to the publisher. But I definitely – like you – have been craving that sausage gravy we grew up with! 🙂 Thanks again for taking the time to leave a kind note!
Hi Kelly, I have been making a double batch of these every week for the past month. They are delicious and perfect to add to any breakfast or for a quick snack for little fingers! Thank you so much for sharing!
That is so wonderful, Dorothy! I’m so glad you and your little ones are enjoying these! Thanks for taking the time to leave a kind note! 🙂
Hi Kelly just wanted say these are really good, my hb loved them.
Thanks for the recipe.
You are so welcome! Thanks for taking the time to leave a kind note! 🙂
Hi. Was wondering if it’s possible to either replace the turkey with chicken or a combination or chicken and beef? Thanks!!
Yes, you can use ground chicken for sure. I wouldn’t recommend beef since it has a distinctive flavor, but would instead recommend ground pork, if you would prefer that over ground chicken. 🙂
I can’t wait to try these! I aim to get around 20-30g of Protein at breakfast, and have grown tired of buying expensive breakfast meats from the store. This will save us a lot of money, and by making a large batch and freezing extras I’m not losing out on the convenience of prepared sausages.
I truly appreciate all of the hard work that you put into this blog, as I just don’t have the talent to figure it all out on my own! Kelly, you are SUCH a blessing!
Thank you so much for your kind words, Candice! My kiddos love these and I hope you and your family do too! I appreciate you taking the time to encourage me with your sweet note! Blessings to you, Kelly 🙂
Arrowroot powder works. Just brown the meat, season, sprinkle the arrowroot in and stir until combined. Add milk until consistency desired.
Thanks so much for the tip. Appreciate you taking the time to leave a kind note! 🙂
Thanks for the recipe. I made the apple version with organic ground turkey from Costco. Yum!
So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a kind note! Blessings, Kelly 🙂
Oops! My son was assisting me on prepping this and read all measurements to me in TABLESPOONS! HA HA! It actually was amazing and very flavour packed! The kids even loved it…despite all that cayenne!
Oh no! I bet they were FLAVORFUL (and had a real kick) to say the least! Glad you still enjoyed them! 🙂