Air Fryer Turkey Breakfast Sausage
These turkey breakfast sausage patties are easy to make and delicious! Enjoy as part of a big weekend brunch or freeze so you have a quick protein ready to enjoy each morning all week long.
I know most of ya’ll probably know what a fan I am of breakfast at this point. It’s not a meal I’ll ever skip!
A big savory breakfast is always a good idea, whether it’s my first meal of my day or even if my family is enjoying it at night.
For me the perfect savory breakfast includes eggs, a protein like sausage or turkey bacon, and veggies or potatoes. When I share my breakfast creations on instagram stories I often receive dms that say something like “I’d love to eat that too but I don’t have time in the morning to make it”. Friend, this Air Fryer Turkey Breakfast Sausage recipe is so good as a make ahead protein. You can whip it up on the weekend and store it in the freezer. Then simply reheat a patty or two on a weekday morning.
While you can of course buy store bought freezer sausages, homemade is usually better and that’s certainly true when it comes to these! These sausages are made with only lean ground turkey, a bit of maple syrup, and plenty of seasonings. Those simple ingredients work together to create a delicious side that’s very family friendly.
More good news? We’re making these patties in the air fryer. That means no oil and no messy splatter on the stovetop!
For this recipe you’ll need (full list of ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below):
- Lean ground turkey
- Maple syrup
Should you preheat your air fryer?
Absolutely preheat the air fryer whenever possible. Even just a few minutes can help! But know that if you forget it will still work out. You might just require a few extra minutes of cooking at the end.
Which air fryer do I recommend?
These days I have two air fryers that I use and love. Both are large enough to accommodate this recipe. (I don’t recommend using a compact air fryer to cook this amount of food unless you’re cooking in 2 to 3 batches.)
This GoWise 7 Quart Air Fryer is my favorite basket style option. It holds a lot of food and is reasonably priced for an air fryer of this size. Since your food cooks in a fairly deep basket you’ll want to be sure to stir or shake the ingredients about halfway through cooking.
This Cuisinart Air Fryer can also be used as a convection oven and toaster. It’s more expensive but I decided it was worth the investment once I learned how much I was using my air fryer. This beauty now sits on my counter full-time since I use it every day!
Why turkey sausage?
Ground turkey is high in protein and low in fat. It’s also lower in calories than pork.
Can you meal prep with these?
Yes! If making these breakfast sausages for future enjoyment you can freeze them in an airtight freezer safe container (like freezer bags). Just layer the patties with a little piece of parchment paper between each to prevent them from sticking together. Thaw and reheat in a skillet on the stovetop or in the microwave.
How to serve
- Enjoy with fried or scrambled eggs and fruit or my Skillet Breakfast Potatoes.
- Make a breakfast sandwich by stacking a turkey sausage patty, egg, and cheese between two slices of toast or in a biscuit.
- Slice up a sausage patty and add to an omelet for extra protein.
- Chop up a patty and incorporate into a breakfast hash. It would be a yummy addition to my Spinach Arugula Breakfast Hash.
Air Fryer Turkey Breakfast Sausage
- 1 pound lean ground turkey, I usually use 85% lean 15% fat
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees.
- Combine everything in a large bowl. Roll into 8 balls of even size. Gently press on each ball to form patties. These will puff up as they cook so flatten them down quite a bit into thin patties so you don't end up with balls when they're done cooking.
- Add the patties in a single layer in the air fryer. Cook for 5 minutes, flip, cook for 3 to 5 more minutes.