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Turkey Sausage Patties with Apple

  • Author: The Real Food Dietitians
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 12 patties 1x
  • Cuisine: Whole30, Egg-free, Dairy-free


  • 1 lb. 90-93% lean ground turkey (may substitute ground chicken)
  • ½ cup finely minced apples (any variety will work) 
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning or dried sage
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed fennel (optional; crush lightly using a mortar and pestle)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 12 Tbsp. cooking fat of choice (such as olive oil or avocado oil)


  1. Combine turkey (or chicken), diced apple, spices, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a large spoon or your hands.
  2. Using wet hands, form meat mixture into 12 small patties (Thin is good because they will shrink and fatten up in the pan a bit).
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add oil/fat (about ½ Tbsp. per batch of patties, depending on the size of your pan and whether or not it’s non-stick).
  4. Add the patties to the pan, being careful not to overcrowd them or it’s difficult to flip them and they won’t brown as well. Cook for about 4-5 minutes per side until browned and no longer pink in the center.
  5. Remove patties to a plate lined with a paper towel and repeat with remaining oil and turkey mixture.
  6. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days – may be frozen for longer storage.


To Freeze: Place cooked and cooled patties in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in freezer. When frozen, transfer to a zip-top bag or another freezer-safe container for up to 1 month. 

To cook from frozen, add to a small pan with few drops of water. Heat over medium-low heat covered with a lid for 5-8 minutes or until heated through.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe {2 patties}
  • Calories: 105
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 260 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 14 g