Turkey Breakfast Patties

Turkey Breakfast Patties

All the flavor of breakfast links without any of the bad stuff. This recipe is not as good with ground turkey breast – it’s too dry but good news: dark meat is nutritionally superior to white. Rather than tossing in the spices, it’s better to distribute them all over the meat for easier mixing. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes: six 3-inch patties

Turkey Breakfast Patties


  • 1 pound ground dark meat turkey
  • 1/2 cup shredded apple (I use granny smith or gala)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste


  1. Place turkey and apple in a bowl.
  2. Add spices and combine well using a fork.
  3. Shape into six 4-inch patties (they will shrink when cooked).
  4. Brown both sides in an ungreased non-stick pan or in a bit of oil, over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes, until no longer pink inside or the internal temperature is 165 ° F.

Notes: For more on this recipe in my blog click here.

18 Comments on "Turkey Breakfast Patties"

  1. Kimberly

    Hi Jenny! Love your recipes! What % lean vs fat turkey you buy for the breakfast turkey patties….. 85/15?

  2. Carol

    Can you omit the apple on this recipe

  3. Valerie

    Hi Jenny, I love thyme but I’m not a fan of sage, although I could use a smaller amount for these Turkey Breakfast Patties. What other herb would substitute for sage in this recipe?
    We love your recipes. Tomorrow I’m making your Mac n Cheese for Grownups and your Salmon Cakes. I’ll let you know how it turned out.
    Thanks, Val in St. Paul, MN

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Sage is really key to breakfast sausage and patties. I don’t know of a substitute but you may be able to find some substitution ideas on the web.


    Jenny, it’s impossible to find dark meat turkey except in November where I live. Do you think chicken thighs will be a good substitute?

  5. Cindy Taliani-Sivak

    I will definitely be trying this! I’m picky with breakfast sausage and the spices in here sound just right.

  6. JAN

    jENNY, Fabulous recipe!!! Keep them coming! Thanks so much.

  7. Ann

    Hi Jenny, I’d like to use fresh sage and thyme for this recipe. Could you tell me how many teaspoons of each please. Thank you!

  8. Marg


  9. jules

    I am very disappointed that my pattes turned out yucky and very dry. I told the butcher from the market that the recipe called for DARK turkey meat. He than explained that the market does not carry DARK MEAT. Huh!!!! Therefore, I should try using just regular turkey meat since it consists of both of DARK + White meat. That only white meat from a turkey is the turkey breasts. In fact, I went to several markets to search for DARK meat in a package,but to no avail. Not even my Health Food store carried Dark turkey meat in a package. In addition, the Apple was GMO because it did not give any flavor to my patties. I now know that I must ask the butcher to grind the meat from turkey LEGS or THIGHS in order to get true DARK meat. I will also purchase an ORGANIC Granny smith Apple!!

    • Jenny

      The butcher at my store tells me that unless ground turkey is marked “white meat” then it’s dark (but maybe it’s just at that store). I hope your butcher can grind some for you. And I agree with you about apples. Most of them don’t taste like they used to. I hope you get better results next time. I had these yesterday and love them.

  10. Jules

    I picked up my ingredients today. I will prepare patties tonight and reheat in the morning with my Frittata. Yummy!

  11. Joan

    Can the breakfast patties be cooked and frozen, then reheated in the microwave?

  12. Sue S

    Made this tonight, very moist and delicious! Thank you Jenny

  13. Gina

    Hi Jenny-

    I tried your Turkey Breakfast Patties- made them for dinner. They were awesome! Family loved them!!! I am always looking for simple, easy & nutritious recipes!!! I found your website by chance!!! Looking forward to trying more of your yummy recipes!!! You are a God send!! Thanks!!

  14. David

    If you bought these made, there’d be 101 ingredients!

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