Homemade Italian Turkey Sausage or Chicken Sausage

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Although you can usually find Italian Turkey Sausage or Chicken Sausage in most supermarkets, after many requests I created this homemade version.

Homemade Italian Turkey Sausage or Chicken Sausage
Homemade Italian Sausage

Preparing homemade turkey sausage gives you more control of how much fat and what seasonings go into your sausage. If you want to avoid preservatives and added flavors, this is a great base. You can use this in any recipes that call for crumbled sausage such as Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe, Pasta with Italian Sausage, Escarole and Peppers or Sausage White Bean and Kale Soup.

Homemade Turkey Sausage


Adjust the seasoning to your liking using the spices you desire.

  • If you like spicy sausage, add crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne and chili powder.
  • Other combinations I love add Romano Cheese and Basil
  • Add Rosemary and Chopped Sundried Tomatoes
  • Make breakfast sausage with Smoked Paprika and Grated Apple or Maple.
  • And yes, you can use ground chicken in place of turkey. You could even use veggie crumbles to make it vegan.

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Homemade Italian Turkey Sausage

129.4 Cals 16.7 Protein 2.2 Carbs 6.1 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Yield: 5 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
Although you can usually find Italian Turkey Sausage or Chicken Sausage in most supermarkets, after many requests I created this homemade version.


  • 1.3 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/8 tsp dried marjoram leaves
  • 1/4 tsp dried fennel
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Combine turkey, garlic and spices and mix well using your hands or a fork.
    Homemade Turkey Sausage
  • You can form them into patties or use this in recipes where crumbled sausage is called for.


Serving: 4ounces, Calories: 129.4kcal, Carbohydrates: 2.2g, Protein: 16.7g, Fat: 6.1g, Sodium: 180.6mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 1.3g
Keywords: ground turkey recipes, homemade sausage

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  1. Used ground turkey to make this recipe.  It was absolutely delicious.  Because I was trying to use it in a recipe that otherwise called for pork sausage, I modified your recipe to add sage and little avocado oil.  Turned out great!

  2. Any suggested cook times/temps (stove or air fryer)? I’d be making patties/meatballs.

  3. Thanks for this recipe. Living abroad- italian turkey or chicken sausage doesn’t exist!!

  4. Can you use this for making sausage and peppers?

  5. Would this recipe work to put it in casings to make links?

  6. Thank you! Where I live, turkey or chicken Italian sausage is a rare find, and I have my daughter bring several pounds each time she visits! I’m delighted to have a recipe to make it myself. 

    • Here is a recipe I use for Italian Sausage Spice Recipe:

      • 1 pound freshly ground well-marbled pork butt*
      • OR
      • *can substitute ground chicken, turkey or meat of choice
      • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
      • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
      • 1 tablespoon red wine
      • 1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
      • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt – cut salt
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely cracked black peppercorns (toast in a dry skillet for a minute or two until fragrant for maximum flavor)
      • 1 teaspoon coarsely cracked fennel seeds (toast in a dry skillet for a minute or two until fragrant for maximum flavor)
      • 1 teaspoon onion powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (omit if you want a mild sausage)
      • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
      • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
      • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
      • 1/4 teaspoon dried ground sage- mix into meat, let marinate over night if possible for max flavour. Hope this helps, Dave the Foodie from Parksville, BC, Canada.

  7. This is fabulous!  I am not good at mincing so I put the peppers in the food processor.  Then drained the liquid off, added spices and turkey. I made in the morning and put it in the refrigerator for dinner. Then cooked it up and added some of it to our pasta tonight. Even my picky eater loved it.  A win!  And so healthy!

  8. That was super easy and amazingly good. I cooked the sausage in crumbles and added them to my breakfast soufflés.  Thanks Gina.!!!

  9. So good, my go to sausage now. I mix 99 percent and 94 percent fat free ground turkey, make this and use it for recipes calling for sausage. I freeze it and have some on hand. Just did the your Delicata stuffed with sausage and used this recipe in it. It is a favorite. Thank you

  10. Is fennel seed the same as dried fennel?  All I have is fennel seed. 

    • I use the dried ground fennel instead of the seeds as I don’t like fennel seeds in my sausage and it works out just the same for me

      • I live in Alaska and even though there are major chains here, most don’t carry turkey Italian sausage and I have a chicken allergy to this is perfect . Thanks !

  11. Oh my, this looks fabulous. I am going to make this to use with your turkey sausage, kale and white bean soup!

    I enjoy skinnytaste!