Homemade sausage patties (basic recipe)

Easy homemade sausage patties recipe, prepared with ground turkey (or ground beef/pork). These (breakfast turkey) sausage patties are delicious, rich and oh-my ridiculously easy to prepare in an air fryer (or oven / deep fried, even grilled). Cooking method is up to you, really.

Homemade breakfast sausage patties with turkey minced meat

Ever since I can remember, my granny used to make these sausage patties for dinner. She didn’t make them often, but when she did, well it was a feast. At least felt like it. In fact, these sausage patties are a very popular meal in Bulgaria, here we call them ‘Kyfte”.

They are traditionally fried in sunflower oil or grilled. Also usually made from a mix of ground beef and pork and sold in mainstream stores. The beauty of this recipe however is it can be made with whatever minced meat you have on hand. Like these ones in the pictures, I’ve made them with lean ground turkey.


Preparing these sausage patties from scratch is actually pretty easy. All you need is a few ingredients

  1. Ground turkey, lean (or mix of ground beef and pork 60:40 ratio) – I like to use poultry more often than red meats as it’s deemed healthier for humans and the planet. However, these patties can be prepared with all sorts of minced meat (beef, pork, lamb or a mix thereof).
  2. Baguette, small (soaked in water, then drained and crumbled) – I always add ‘regular’ bread to this recipe instead of breadcrumbs. It gives the patties much more texture, moisture and a generally a better taste. If you have toast bread or bagels, that works too. Just give them a quick toast and then soak them in cold water for a few minutes. Then drain well and crumble with your hands. Voila. Ready to use in the recipe.
  3. Onions – red or white, finely minched.
  4. Mint, optional– i like to give them a little kick with some dried mint leaves
  5. Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Spray the bottom of your frying basked with some vegetable oil. Or use air fryer sheet liners if you can find them, here in Europe, I cannot find them in mainstream grocery stores yet. That prevents patties from sticking to basket while cooking.
  2. Preheat your air fryer if needed, depending on machine instructions. Mine does not require preheating.
  3. Spray sausage patties with some oil (optional) when you place them in the frying basket. In my experience that gives them extra crisp and moist.
  4. Air fry according to instructions or for about 20 minutes on 200C/400F (in my air fryer).

How to make sausage patties in the oven?

Prepare the patties as described, then place each onto baking paper, leaving some space between the patties. Spray with olive oil (or brush with kitchen brush) and bake in preheated oven (180C/360F) with fan until golden. Yup, it’s that easy.

Homemade breakfast sausage patties with ground turkey


Homemade breakfast sausage patties with ground turkey

Homemade breakfast sausage patties recipe

Easy homemade (breakfast) sausage patties with lean ground turkey or beef/pork mince meat. Simple, delicious recipe that can be prepared in air fryer too.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Eastern, European


  • 400 g minced meat (ground turkey, lean) or beef/pork/lamb mix
  • 1 egg, medium
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • 1 baguette, small
  • 1 tbsp mint leaves, dried
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced optional
  • handful of flour for rolling patties in


  • In a small bowl add the baguette and cover with water. Leave to sit for 5-10 minutes until baguette becomes wet. Then, squeeze well any excess water out of the baguette. Crumble with your hands.
  • In a large mixing bowl add minced meat, chopped onion, egg, mint leaves, parsley, salt, black pepper and crumbled drained baguette. Mix well.
  • With wet hands start forming the patties, then dip each in flour to cover both sides. Fry in peanut oil (or any vegetable oil with high smoke point) on both sides until golden brown.
  • Alternatively, cook in air fryer according to instructions (but omit the rolling in flour part). Also, spray patties with some oil to make them juicier.
    In my air fryer for about 20 minutes on 200C/400F.
Keyword ground turkey, patties
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1 Comment

  1. philomela arias
    June 26, 2023 / 8:55 am

    yummy and delicious

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