This Freezer-Friendly Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwich is a healthy grab-and-go idea with homemade sausage and a spinach egg scramble.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Olive oil – use another neutral cooking oil like grapeseed oil, avocado oil or peanut oil.
- English muffins – this breakfast sandwich can also be made in a biscuit or a bagel!
- Red bell pepper – use any bell pepper colour you prefer or have on hand.
- Avocado – use fresh sliced avocados or prepared guacamole.
- Microgreens – if you’re in a pinch, leave these out completely.
- Cheddar cheese – any shredded cheese will pair well with this breakfast sandwich. I recommend using a Tex Mex blend, cheddar cheese or white cheddar.
- Sriracha – any other chili sauce will work in place of Sriracha. The most popular substitution is Sambal Oelek, an Indonesian hot sauce.
- Eggs – I haven’t tried this recipe with vegan egg substitutions, but you can definitely try to replace the eggs with a plant-based version. You can just use the egg whites.
- Spinach – fresh chopped spinach is recommended but defrosted frozen spinach will also work.
- Ground turkey – make your sausage with any ground meat that you prefer. You can also make this a plant-based sandwich by using your favourite vegan sausage brand.
- Fennel seeds – replace with anise or dill seed.
- Garlic powder – fresh garlic or garlic salt can be used to replace the garlic powder.
- Paprika – use chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper or crushed red chili flakes instead.
- Salt & pepper – to taste.
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How to make this breakfast sandwich
- Prepare your toppings.
- Make the turkey sausage.
- Cook the spinach egg scramble.
- Toast the English muffins.
- Assemble your sandwiches.
- Eat or store for later.
Homemade turkey sausage
The homemade turkey sausage is one of the best parts of this recipe – it’s so good and also super healthy. You can use pre-made breakfast sausage to spend time, but the homemade version is way better (and also generally has less calories).
Making the turkey sausage is surprisingly easy and you don’t have to limit it to just breakfast sandwiches. I also love using homemade turkey sausage for stir fries, soups and even pasta.
Here’s how to make it:
- Mix together the ground turkey with the fennel seeds, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
- Form the mixture into six ¼-inch thick patties.
- Cook the patties in a frying pan over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side.
Frequently Asked Questions
A breakfast sandwich normally contains protein, eggs, cheese and some kind of veggies or toppings. For this breakfast sandwich, I used homemade turkey sausage, a spinach and egg scramble, avocado, microgreens and cheddar cheese.
In general, turkey sausage is a lot healthier than regular sausage. Turkey is a leaner meat than beef or pork so you’re saving on the calories and the fat. Plus, when you make the turkey sausage yourself, you’ll be using whole ingredients so you can control the amount of salt you put in.
One turkey sausage breakfast sandwich has 472 calories. You’re getting a protein-packed meal that will help you start off your day on the right foot! Plus, you won’t have to worry about any of those pesky mid-morning stomach grumbles.
Storing and reheating
This breakfast sandwich is a great Sunday brunch recipe that can also be prepared in advanced as an easy weekday breakfast! To store your prepped sandwiches, wrap them in plastic wrap or keep them in an airtight meal prep container and store them in the fridge up to 5 days.
Once you're ready to enjoy your breakfast sandwich, all you have to do is pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. If you have more time in the morning, you can even toast them in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit so the English muffin is nice and crispy.
How to freeze breakfast sandwiches
These sandwiches are an amazing freezer-friendly breakfast idea and a life-saver when you’re having a busy morning. Let them cool completely then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight glass container or freezer-safe Ziploc bag for up to 2 months.
For best results, I suggest thawing them overnight in the fridge before following the reheating instructions above – but if you’re in a rush in the morning, you can also reheat them directly from frozen. Wrap your sandwich in a dry paper towel and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until the sandwich is completely hot.
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Freezer-Friendly Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
- 2 tbsp olive oil divided
- 8 eggs
- 1 cup spinach chopped
- 6 whole wheat English muffins
- 1 red pepper sliced
- 1 avocado sliced
- 1 cup microgreens
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Chop, slice and prepare veggie toppings as well as shred the cheese before cooking for easy assembly.
- Mix ground turkey together with ingredients and form into six 1/4-inch thick patties. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan over med-high heat, and add sausage patties, cooking for about 2-3 minutes per side.
- Remove sausages from the pan and set aside. Crack eggs into a large bowl and whisk until well combined, seasoning with salt and pepper. Heat remaining tbsp olive oil in a medium sized pan and cook eggs until barely set, stirring often. Add spinach and cook for another minute or so until eggs are cooked through.
- Meanwhile, add English muffins to a toaster to get toasted to your liking.
- Assemble breakfast sandwiches by topping bottom bun with cheese, then turkey sausage patty. Add egg scramble, followed by red pepper, avocado and microgreens. Omit microgreens if freezing.
- Serve immediately or wrap in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge (up to 5 days) or the freezer (up to a couple months).
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Comments & Reviews
How do you reheat these?
Taylor Stinson says
Hey Carolyn 🙂 I reheat these in the oven at 400 F for 15 minutes or in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. You’ll get a crispier bun in the oven so they’ll be a bit softer in the microwave, but will still taste good regardless!
These sandwiches look amazing! Would be perfect to have a bunch in the freezer for when I’m running behind in the morning, which is often 🙂
Taylor Stinson says
Thanks Tess!! Avocado is surprisingly freezer-friendly too, I couldn’t believe it!
Olivia @ livforcake says
These look delicious, Taylor! I’m the same way with breakfast — I can’t even think about eating first thing in the morning, and then I’m starving at 10am. I love that you can make these ahead. My kinda breakfast!
Taylor Stinson says
Thanks Olivia!! I think it’s because I eat dinner so late but when you’ve got so much on the go it can be nice to finally sit down, eat and turn off. Everything in life revolves around eating somehow doesn’t it? LOL
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom says
Taylor, I agree with you–diets are NOT the answer. Lifelong healthy choices is the way to go. These sandwiches look great!
Taylor Stinson says
Thanks Kristen, so glad you agree 😉 It’s so hard to initially get on track, but once you’re there it’s easy enough to keep the ball rolling indefinitely!