Turkey Sausage Breakfast Patties

Hey All!

Where have you been for the last three weeks?

What have you been doing?

What have you been eating?

I really want to know these things – because I’m curious, and because I’m going to tell you about me, and it’s just rude – and boring – if the conversation is one-sided.

What I really want to know is if you stuffed your face full of candy for the last  twenty-one days straight.

Because I did.

If I see peanut brittle again before next December 22nd, I might hurl.

What were your top three food groups from December 22nd – January 2nd? Hmm?

Be honest.

Mine were:

1. Candy

2. Sweets (which includes candy, so there is an overlap here. . . )

3. Corn chips

If my list continued through 4 and 5, I would add raw veggies + ranch dressing and unseasonably summery lemonade + vodka cocktails.

And not necessarily in that order. If I added 6, it would be cheese – sliced, shredded, melted – you name it.

And as far as the veggies go, those were included mostly as a visual prop. I stared at them a lot. Not many of them actually made them to my mouth. They seemed like a sensible, healthy idea though. . . .

Just sayin’.

Please tell me your diet was significantly better than mine.

My husband high-fived me when I told him I only gained 1.7 lbs over vacation.

He witnessed the horror.

I am not one much for New Years resolutions. I know myself well enough to know I won’t carry them out.

I am however, one to do something ad nauseam and then be forced to change my behavior simply for survival.

Hence, my grocery cart yesterday.

I’m so proud of me.

There was not one single bit of peanut brittle in that basket.

Let me tell you what was there:

  • spinach
  • watermelon
  • strawberries
  • brown rice
  • lean meat
  • cucumbers
  • potatoes
  • black beans
  • skim milk
  • whole grain cereal
  • raw nuts
  • lettuce
  • bell peppers
  • carrots
  • celery
  • apples
  • bananas
  • yogurt
  • *ahem*, cheese
  • broccoli
  • ground turkey

Yesterday was a day I was proud to push my cart through the store.

I spent a good portion of my time there bumping into people on purpose so they’d accidentally glance into my basket and think, “Wow. That girl is a healthy eater!”

Right? You know what I’m saying.

Not all shopping days are like that.

So let’s get down to business.

Healthy days start with healthy breakfasts.

Enter: turkey breakfast sausage patties with broccoli and sharp white cheddar.

Plate them with eggs and toast, slap them onto a whole grain bagel, or eat them all alone. It really doesn’t matter – they’re healthy.

We’re turning a new leaf here, and these little patties are packed with flavor and good-for-you ingredients, yet they’re disguised as tasty food.

Crazy, right? They actually kind of taste like. . . fun.

And seriously – as long as there is no peanut brittle involved, we’re good.

Turkey Sausage Breakfast Patties

Yield: makes about 16 (2\" - 2 1/2\" round) patties


  • 20 ounces (about 1.25 lbs) ground turkey
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli florets, thawed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced (about one small onion)
  • 1/2 cup shredded extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse sea salt to taste ( I used about 1 teaspoon)
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Lawry's Seasoned Salt to taste (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying (about 2-4 teaspoons, or as needed)


In a large bowl, combine turkey, broccoli, onion, cheese, egg, spices, salt and pepper.

Massage and knead with clean hands until evenly mixed.

Preheat a frying pan to medium heat.

Meanwhile, scoop by portions of about 1 1/2 - 2 heaping tablespoons each, and form into patties. (The patties should be about 2"-2 1/2" in diameter, and about 1/2" thick.) You should end up with 14 - 18 patties.

If desired, season each patty with a light dusting of Lawry's seasoned salt.

Add vegetable oil to pan and spread to coat.

Add several patties to pan (you will have to work in batches) and cook until browned on underside. Flip, and brown on opposite side. Remove patties from pan and continue with another batch until finished.

Serve hot, or store in the refrigerator for later. To freeze, allow patties to cool completely in the fridge, then freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container and thaw as needed.





6 thoughts on “Turkey Sausage Breakfast Patties

  1. 1. Cereal…..bowls and bowls of cereal….late at night when the house is silent and I can ingest the whole thing in under two minutes without any judgement from my husband.

    2. Zebra Cakes. I had to stop buying them because I really was up to about three a day.

    3. Potatoes. Mashed, baked, fried, raw….you name it. I haven’t eaten so many potatoes in my entire life as I have the past few weeks.

    4. Twix (need I say more.)

    5. COFFEE! Cups upon cups of glorious coffee.

    As far as you gaining only 1.7 lbs….well, let me tell you sister. I win this contest.

    I win it by A LOT.

    • Hi Marisa, I’m sure you could – I’m just guessing you wouldn’t get any browning. You may want to give them a little spray with cooking oil so that you can flip them partway through, and maybe they would brown a little on the underside – I bet it would work well on a silpat mat as well. Just check them with a meat thermometer to make sure they are fully cooked – they should be at 165 degrees F.

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