Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties

An easy take on a traditional breakfast sausage

By MELISSA D’ARABIAN for the Flathead Beacon

Try my recipe for Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties for an easy take on a traditional breakfast sausage. Rosemary, sage and fennel seed work together to create that classic breakfast sausage taste, although if you find fennel too powerful, you can substitute thyme. The invisible hero of the dish is the onion pulp made cleverly from rubbing yellow onion along a microplane or fine grater – it adds needed onion flavor without actual pieces of onion to mess with the texture or overpower any one bite. A quick note about the maple syrup: This recipe is not “maple-flavored” – I add the tiniest bit of maple syrup that drives home the breakfast feel, taking the patty squarely from flavorful turkey burger territory into breakfast sausage. If you want to mimic the “maple sausage” versions you buy at the store, then you’ll definitely want to add a bit more syrup.

The recipe as written is my go-to, but know there are options to explore. Swap out flavorings, or increase (or omit) the red pepper flakes to adjust the heat. The patties can be pan-sauteed or oven baked. Most of my family preferred the crusty exterior of the sauteed version. However, two of my kids preferred the more tender texture of the oven-baked version. And if you are pulling from a frozen stash of uncooked patties for a weekday morning, then baking works best.

Lastly, you can make these with lean ground beef or ground pork, but be aware that the ground beef version made us all feel like we were having tiny, tasty, bunless burgers for breakfast. Ground pork is wonderful, but the nutrition profile changes, and we all actually preferred the turkey version. Mixing half pork and turkey is a happy compromise, worth doing if you like pork sausage.

Homemade Turkey Sausage Breakfast Patties

Servings: 12 patties

Start to finish: 25 minutes

1 pound of 96 percent lean ground turkey

1 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary, or 2 teaspoons fresh

1/2 teaspoon dried fennel, ground or seeds

1 teaspoon dried sage (rubbed leaves), or 2 teaspoons fresh

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried)

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

pinch red pepper flakes (optional)

1 egg white

2 teaspoons maple syrup

3 tablespoons of onion pulp (To make it, grate yellow or white onion on a microplane or fine grate on a box grater. You’ll need about 1/4 of an onion to make 3 tablespoons of pulp.)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Form into 12 compact patties. Spray a large nonstick saute pan with some olive oil from a mister (or use nonstick spray). Cook the patties in the pan over medium heat, until outside edges have nice deep golden crust and meat is cooked through, flipping once, about ten minutes total.

Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian is an expert on healthy eating on a budget. She is the author of the cookbook, “Supermarket Healthy.”