Low Sodium Sausage

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Many processed meats like sausage, deli meats, bacon, and bologna are known to be high in sodium. Those with kidney disease are warned to avoid them. 

This low sodium sausage recipe is a perfect way to enjoy sausage without consuming too much sodium. And it’s easy to make!

What about Turkey Sausage?

Many pre-packaged sausages, even turkey sausage, are high in sodium but also have added potassium and phosphorus which aren’t healthy for the kidneys.

Some packaged sausage brands have more than 400 mg of sodium in a serving.

This recipe has only 72 mg of sodium in a 2 patty serving! And it tastes great too.

Some additives to avoid that are most commonly found in packaged breakfast sausage include:

  • potassium lactate
  • sodium phosphate
  • monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • sodium diacetate
  • caramel color

Kidney Health


This recipe is good for people with chronic kidney disease and for those on dialysis. It provides a good source of protein with 17 grams per serving. 

Protein needs vary. Many people with chronic kidney disease need to limit protein in their diet. Those receiving dialysis will need more protein. Work with a Renal Dietitian to find out how much protein is right for you.


People with other health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and liver disease can also benefit from a low sodium diet. This recipe only has 72 grams of sodium per serving!


Many people with chronic kidney disease need to limit potassium, especially those that are receiving dialysis treatments. Potassium needs are different from person to person. It’s important to discuss this with a Renal Dietitian

This recipe has 222 mg of potassium and contains no potassium additives.


So many packaged foods have hidden phosphorus additives. This recipe doesn’t have any added phosphates and contains only 130 mg of phosphorus per serving. All of the phosphorus in the recipe is natural coming from the ground turkey so you’ll absorb even less.

Low Sodium Sausage

What You’ll Need

In this recipe we use 93% lean ground turkey. The amazing flavor that sausage has is all about the seasonings, not the sodium.

The main spices we use are fennel, red pepper flakes, sage, and thyme. These low sodium spices are what gives sausage its savory flavor.

Low sodium sausage spices

How to Make Low Sodium Sausage

This recipes is easy to make. Simply mix the spices together in a small bowl. Place the ground turkey in a mixing bowl and add the spices to the bowl. 

Using your hands, mix the ground turkey with the spices until mixed well and the spices are evenly distributed throughout.

Divide the mixture into 10 evenly portions and roll the mixture between your hands to form a ball. Then press the mixture between your hands to form a patty. 

Add the oil to the pan. When hot add the patties and cook for 3 minutes per side.

How to Serve Low Sodium Sausage

Enjoy the cooked patties immediately or you can freeze the uncooked patties. You can double this recipe or wrap extra patties individually with saran wrap, place them in a large zip lock back and store in the freezer. This makes it easy to pull out however many you want to unthaw and cook at a time.

Variations to Low Sodium Sausage

Instead of forming patties, you can also use the ground sausage to any dish that calls for ground sausage.

You can also use other ground meats instead of ground turkey such as:

  • pork
  • turkey
  • beef

Do you need more guidance on how to eat for your kidney health. Book a call with me today!

Low Sodium Sausage patties placed in a green bowl a top a colorful striped kitchen towel

Low Sodium Sausage

Katie Blumhorst RDN, LD
This breakfast sausage is delicious and easy to make. It's perfect for those that need to follow a low sodium diet and it's packed with the classic breakfast sausage flavor without the salt!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 172 kcal


  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 12" skillet or griddle


  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried ground sage
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil extra virgin


  • Instructions
  • Heat olive oil in skillet or griddle on medium high heat.
    Mix the spices together in a small bowl.
    Place ground turkey in mixing bowl and add spice mix. Mix by hand until well combined.

For Patties

  • Divide evenly to make 10 patties. Roll in a ball and flatten into patties
    Fry for 3-4 minutes each side until patties are cooked through.

For Crumbles

  • Heat skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage to pan and break into crumbles with a spatula. Stir frequently until sausage is cooked through.

To Freeze

  • Wrap patties in plastic wrap (cooked or uncooked). Transfer to a large zip lock bag. Store in the freezer for 3 months.
    Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before using.


This recipes has 130 mg of naturally occurring phosphorus. No added phosphates. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your taste preferences. You can substitute ground turkey for pork, chicken, or beef.


Serving: 2pattiesCalories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 17gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 72mgPotassium: 222mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 241IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 2mg
Keyword kidney-friendly recipes, low sodium sausage
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2 thoughts on “Low Sodium Sausage”

  1. These are delicious! I made this recipe but left out paprika and garlic powder (didn’t have them) and substituted the maple syrup with brown sugar. I used ground pork and was able to fry the patties without any oil (they produced enough fat for the pan). I have frozen them and am really happy to have a healthier protein option with low sodium. 🙂

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