Gobble Up This Turkey Apple Sausage

Before everyone is tired of turkey recipes, I wanted to share this one for an easy turkey sausage. The recipe uses ground turkey so not a recipe to use up Thanksgiving leftovers – sorry.

I’m not a big fan of sausage unless it is Italian sausage. And normally I would not eat sausage for breakfast by itself or with eggs. So why am I cooking this sausage recipe? Well I thought the combination of apples and ground turkey would be worth trying out. And it was!

This recipe is quite tasty and worthy of the small effort to mix up the ingredients and cook it. 

The sausage is mild yet flavorful and could be used in multiple ways. I’ve thought of making very small balls out of the mixture and adding it to soups, like a lentil sausage soup. Or cooking up bite-sized patties to serve as an appetizer that could be dipped in a yogurt dill sauce.

Heads up on the apple: I shredded the apple which made an apple mush, not minced apple (which the recipe calls for). It made the sausage patties quite moist which isn’t a bad thing. However, I will try using a larger shredder instead of a semi-microplane when mincing the apples next time. 

Italian seasoning is also used in this recipe. Well I don’t normally purchase the jar of Italian seasoning in the grocery store. I grow most of the herbs I use so I’m not sure what is in that grocery store jar. If you don’t have Italian seasoning in your cupboard, you can combine basil, oregano, thyme, sage, and marjoram. Or check out the blog on Italian Seasoning to create your own. 

Serves 12

Turkey Apple Sausage

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  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup finely minced apple
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or onion powder (I used garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning or sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed fennel (optional but adds that familiar sausage taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive oil, coconut oil or avocado oil to saute


  1. Combine all ingredients well (except oil).
  2. Form into 12 patties or balls if using for other purposes.
  3. Heat skillet over medium heat. Add oil to heat before cooking patties.
  4. Add patties to the pan. Do not overcrowd to allow space for flipping.
  5. Cook approximately 3-4 minutes on each side until browned and no longer pink in the middle.
  6. Remove sausage from pan to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
  7. Serve immediate or store in the refrigerator for approximately 5 days or can freeze.


When cooking patties after being frozen, heat over medium low heat with a little water (or oil) in the pan. Cover with a lid for a few minutes or until heated through.


Calories: 98 cal
Carbohydrates: 1 g
Fat: 6 g
Sodium: 129 g
Cholesterol: 40 g
Protein: 10 g

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