Frugal Foodie Friday: Extra-Lean Homemade Turkey Sausage
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Serves: 4
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon salt (I like ¾ – but it will still be good with ½)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Generous pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 lb ground turkey*
  • 1 egg or 2 large egg whites**
  1. Mix your spices into the ground turkey. If you have time, cover and chill for at least an hour (preferably overnight) to allow the flavors to meld. If you are in a hurry, skip this step and move ahead to the next one.
  2. Mix the egg or egg whites into the ground turkey.
  3. Spray a skillet with cooking spray (or use 1 teaspoon of oil) and heat it over medium heat.
  4. Scoop the ground turkey (it will be very moist if you added egg, I use an ice cream scoop) into your skillet and flatten it with the back of a spatula.
  5. Cover and allow the patties to cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Flip, cover again, and allow them to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until the turkey is cooked through. Don’t cook them too long, as the meat will dry out, but make sure there is no pink left in the middle.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
*Notes on ground turkey:
Lean – Use 1 lb of 93% Fat-Free Ground Turkey (best for egg-free)
Leaner – Use 1 lb of 97% Fat-Free Ground Turkey
Ultra-Lean – Use 1 lb of 99% Fat-Free Ground White Turkey Meat

**Notes on egg:
Lean – Use 1 Large Egg (optional)
Leaner – Use 1 Large Egg or 1 to 2 Large Egg Whites
Ultra-Lean – Use 2 Large Egg Whites (about 6T pasteurized egg white)
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at