Avoid the high cost and dubious ingredients in commercial breakfast sausage and make these homemade turkey sausages. Make your own turkey sausage recipe with ground turkey, and easy to find spices that is cheaper and so much better than store bought!
One of the things that my kids really enjoy with breakfast is sausage. To buy it at the store, though, causes me a few heart palpitations. If it’s not the high cost, it’s the dubious ingredients that give me pause.
Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s really not that hard to make my own. I included a pork sausage recipe in my freezer cookbook. I love the rich flavor of pork. But ground pork is often on the pricey side.
Ground turkey, however, lower in fat, often goes on sale for as low as $2 for a 20-ounce package. This means that with some spices (that I buy in bulk) I can make a very affordable protein that goes great with the morning meal.
This recipe makes use of fresh basil that you can easily grow yourself in a pot. It turns out to be about 25 cents per portion. Not too shabby, eh?
What do I need to make this turkey sausage recipe?
This turkey sausage recipe is fairly minimal in the ingredients. Most of them are spices I bet you have in your own spice cabinet right now.
- ground turkey
- cayenne pepper
How do you make turkey sausage from scratch?
The sausage mixture comes together in just a few minutes and then bakes in the oven. You can freeze the patties, cooked or uncooked to enjoy at a later date if you like.
Make the turkey sausage mixture. In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, basil, garlic, salt, paprika, pepper, and cayenne.
Can I freeze these homemade turkey sausages?
Homemade Spicy Turkey Sausage with Garlic and Basil
- 1.3 pounds ground turkey a 20-ounce package is fine as well
- 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped) or 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper the more the spicier
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, basil, garlic, salt, paprika, pepper, and cayenne.
- With wet hands (the mixture will be sticky), divide the mixture into 8 portions and pat each into a patty. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 25 minutes, turning once, until the patties are cooked through and starting to brown.
- Alternatively, you can cook the patties in a hot skillet until cooked through and browned.
- Patties can be frozen. If freezing them uncooked, freeze them on a plastic-lined sheet until firm. Then remove from sheet and place in a ziptop freezer bag and return to the freezer immediately. Cooked and cooled patties can be stored in a ziptop freezer bag. Chill completely before freezing.