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Healthy Rosemary and Apple Breakfast Sausage

Healthy Rosemary and Apple Breakfast Sausage


Rosemary and Apple Breakfast Sausage

Every time we go out to breakfast, the hubbs always orders a side of breakfast sausage...especially if it has chicken or apple in the title. He tends to keep pretty healthy, and though I love buying the frozen ones to use at home, I'm always a little worried about how healthy they actually are. I try to only bring home the health versions, but they can be hard to find...or they taste like cardboard. I ran across this recipe in a magazine a few years ago, and decided to try it out the other weekend. They're pretty easy to make way healthier than any of the pork versions that you'll get in a restaurant.The recipe calls for 4 large patties, but we found that they can get pretty dry if you make them large. I recommend making 8-10 smaller patties. They cook faster and won't dry out as much as the larger ones can. They're delicious with something sweet for breakfast, like some Lemon Ricotta Pancakes or Whole Wheat Waffles.

Healthy Rosemary and Apple Breakfast Sausage

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Serves: 3-4


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 granny smith apple, cored and diced

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • 1 lb ground turkey (I usually get the lean, not extra lean, just for the extra flavor)

  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh sage (1 teaspoon dried if you don't have fresh)

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the apple and the onion, stirring until its soft and starting to brown, about 3-5 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for an additional minute or so.

  4. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  5. In a large bowl, mix the turkey, maple syrup, spices, salt, and pepper. Mix in the slightly cooled apple and onion mixture.

  6. With your hands, gently mix everything together and then shape the mixture into 8-10 patties .

  7. Heat a large nonstick (oven safe) skillet over medium-low heat and coat with cooking spray. Add the patties in a single layer and cook until browned on both sides, about 3-5 minutes each.

  8. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for an additional 5 minutes or so until the patties are cooked through.

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