Turkey Breakfast Patties

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With fresh basil, minced scallions, and plenty of ginger and garlic, these Asian-inspired turkey patties are the perfect make-ahead protein.

Turkey Breakfast Patties Are the Ideal Protein on the Go.

I’ve experimented a lot with different healthy eating plans. And, while roasted veggies and bold, robust condiments are at the top of my keep-on-hand list for healthy eating, if I really want to be successful it’s all about having ready-to-go, lean protein options.

Finding a simple protein that adds a punch of flavor and nutrition to my meals is key to surviving any diet, cleanse, and really...just adulthood in general. These turkey patties are one of my current favorite proteins and make my diet (and my life) so much easier!

Asian-inspired breakfast turkey patties on a black plate

What Goes Into The Perfect Turkey Patty?

The ingredient list can be as simple as salt and pepper, but we went for the WOW factor here to make these the best turkey sausage patties you’ve ever had.

  • The Protein: ground turkey. Fortunately, this versatile ingredient is now just as common as ground beef. You can find it anywhere! But don’t worry, if turkey isn’t your thing try subbing ground chicken. (Just be sure you’re using dark chicken meat or your patties will be lacking in flavor.)
  • The Herbs: fresh herbs are the best way to pack serious flavor into a small package. We used basil and green onions for their bold flavor and because they pair well with freshly grated ginger and garlic. This combo gives these turkey patties their Asian flair.
  • Sauces: soy sauce or Tamari (soy sauce’s gluten-free alternative) is one of the most used ingredients in our pantries. It gives any dish (Asian or not) a rich, salty flavor that is comparable to a wine reduction. Who doesn’t love that?
  • Need to customize?: If you’re doing Whole30 or soy-based products don’t agree with you, coconut aminos are a GREAT alternative. Being naturally sweet, you can also skip out on the addition of sugar to finish off your patty if you use this substitution.

Ingredients laid out ground turkey, basil, salt, ginger and garlic

How Do You Keep Turkey Patties From Falling Apart?

If you were flipping these breakfast turkey sausage patties like hamburgers on a grill, I’d recommend adding an egg and some bread crumbs to keep them from falling apart. However, because these patties are cooked in a non stick skillet, there is no need to add anything extra. Simply form the patties in your hand, give them a little smash and get to frying!

Are Turkey Patties Healthier Than Hamburger?

This all depends on how lean your meat is. If your turkey contains dark meat, then a lean ground beef might be a lower fat option, but we’re firm believers that “a little fat” is just fine! Plus, if you’re a Keto-er you NEED that fat. If you’re just looking for some good flavor and could care less about fat content, this recipe can be used with ground pork, chicken, beef, OR turkey for equally delicious results.

Asian flavored Breakfast Turkey Patties on a plate with eggs, avocados

What To Eat With Asian-Inspired Turkey Sausage Patties?

Just because these breakfast turkey patties feature Asian-inspired ingredients doesn’t mean they aren’t versatile. Here are a few way we like to enjoy them:

  • With fried eggs and avocado
  • On top of mixed greens
  • In zoodles with fresh veggies
  • Alone as an afternoon snack with a little peanut sauce
  • Double this recipe and make large turkey patties for the best turkey burger ever

Tools You Will Need:

Asian-inspired breakfast turkey patties on a black plate

Looking For More Make-Ahead Ideas to Perfect Your Meal-Prep?

  • We like to make this Roasted Broccoli in large batches and then add it to everything! Pro tip: skip the microwave and instead add the roasted broccoli to a hot, dry pan to bring it back crisp perfection.
  • This Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarmamakes meal-prep a breeze. Use it in wraps, on salads, over rice bowls, in quinoa bowls- the list goes on and on! This dish is so simple and delivers big flavor dividends.
  • Sheet pan meals were pretty much made for meal prepping- which is why we LOVE this Sheet Pan Fajita situation! We use this recipe like its going out of style it makes so many of our meals a breeze.
Asian flavored Breakfast Turkey Patties on a plate with eggs, avocados

Give These Best-Ever Turkey Sausage Patties a go?

Let us know how you used this versatile protein option (Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Snack:30? All of the above?) by posting your finished product to Instagram and tagging @themodernproper and #themodernproper. We love to see you loving our recipes! Happy (and healthy!) eating!

Turkey Breakfast Patties

Serves 8

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
2 lbs ground turkey
2 tbsp coconut aminos or 1 tbsp soy sauce with 1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp freshly grated ginger (or ginger paste)
3 tbsp green onions minced
4 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes
6 basil leaves, minced
2 tsp salt

Method

  1. In a medium sized bowl combine all ingredients.
  2. Preheat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Use a cookie scoop or spoon, portion out patties and flatten between two hands. Working in small batches add the turkey patties to the preheated skillet. Be sure to not overcrowd the pan. Allow patties to cook for 3-4 minutes until browned before flipping. Continue cooking until internal temp reaches 170°F.
  4. Repeat with remaining patties.

**Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.