Maple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders

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For a sweet and savory way to start your day, whether you are looking for a grab-and-go breakfast or whipping up brunch for a crowd, you’ve got to try this easy Maple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders recipe.

Maple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders

Apple turkey sausage breakfast sliders on a plate next to clementine wedges.

Disclaimer: I’m partnering with Jennie-O to bring you this recipe. As always, all opinions are my own.

You know, I’m pretty proud of my lunchbox-packing for my kids. No, it’s not those super detailed, cookie-cutter-ed pieces of art that some people make. Not every single piece of food is homemade from scratch. And some days, after we’ve rotated through the cycle of acceptable lunchtime vegetables, and all I can even try to convince them to eat is three carrot sticks, I still think I do alright. There’s variety. It’s mostly healthy. Even when the veggies are in question, there’s always fruit. But the kicker is that they actually eat it. All of it.

However when it comes to breakfast, I feel pretty lame. I want to make sure they get some protein and produce before they head out the door to a land filled with cheese crackers and syrup containers (don’t ask – that’s another story for another time). Plus I like to make breakfast the night before. That means, basically, that I’m a boring breakfast mom. Nine times out of ten, I’ve stirred together fruit and yogurt which I’ve popped in the fridge overnight, then I’ll top it with some granola or cereal in the morning.

Since I get up at the crack of dawn all week and try to do one long run on the weekends, I’m not usually flipping pancakes waiting for my kids to bound down the steps. And seriously, heaven forbid they come downstairs and breakfast takes longer than opening a box of cereal. Oh, did I forget to mention that my kids wake up at 6:30 am on a good day? Even on the weekends. Heck they think weekends are so awesome that oftentimes they wake up even earlier. And that most often happens when we’ve been up late the night before.

Yeah, so I’m going to let the boys keep believing that toast with peanut butter or a bowl of cereal is a special treat for them until they realize that keeping the decibel level below lawnmower level until at least 8:00 am is a special treat for mommy and daddy.

So you can imagine how excited they were when, on a Saturday morning when I had a rare bout of insomnia, they came downstairs to these…

Apple turkey sausage breakfast sliders in a baking dish with a metal spatula.

After chowing down on them, I asked The Bug what he thought of these Maple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders. He said, “Mommy, I love that it was a little crispy and sweet and soft, but with the delicious meat and cheese.” So, you know, if you speak fluent five-year-old, you know that means it was pretty much awesome. And I think what he was trying to say was that the fluffy roll and tender apples were perfectly balanced by the toasty caramelized exterior and the perfectly seasoned turkey sausage. The Hubby thought that the maple buttery topping that I poured over it before baking gave it a French toast-like taste and texture. His only suggestion (which I will note in the recipe) is that he would have liked even more meat in the sliders. That’s what you get when you marry the world’s biggest carnivore. Or maybe that’s what you get when you use Jennie-O Lean Mild Turkey Breakfast Sausage…

A packet of Jennie O Turkey Sausage next to a packet of turkey bacon.

I am so excited to be partnering with Jennie-O this year as part of the Switch Circle. With my genetic high cholesterol and wheat allergy, as well as The Hubby’s diverticulitis, products from Jennie-O provide a delicious and nutritious option for us to continue to enjoy things like bacon and sausage for breakfast. He also loves those fast food or pre-made breakfast sandwiches, but I love that I can use Jennie-O to make a healthier version for him. In fact, I wrapped up the leftoverMaple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders so that he can pull them out when he is craving one for breakfast.

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An apple turkey sausage slider on a plate with clementine wedges, next to a cup of coffee.

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Maple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders

A sweet and savory sandwich perfect for breakfast on-the-go or brunch for a crowd.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 32 minutes
Total: 42 minutes


  • 16 ounces Jennie-O Lean Mild Turkey Breakfast Sausage, see note
  • 12 slider size whole wheat potato rolls or other slider rolls
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard divided
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup divided
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese, cut into quarters (about 4 oz)
  • 1 large apple thinly sliced
  • 4 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Meanwhile, slice package of turkey sausage into 12 slices and flatten a bit. Preheat skillet to medium high, spray with cooking spray, and cook sausage 5-7 minutes per side or until done.
  • Open buns and place the bottoms in a 9×13 inch glass baking dish. Set out the tops cut side up.
  • Stir together 1/4 cup Dijon mustard and 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, and spread a thin layer on the inside top and bottom of each roll.
  • Place one quarter slice of cheese on the inside bottom of each roll, then top each with apple slices, dividing evenly between the sliders. Top each slider with sausage patties and one quarter slice of the remaining cheese. Then place the tops of the buns on top of the sandwiches.
  • In small bowl, mix together melted butter,1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard, and 1 Tablespoon maple syrup. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the rolls with all of the butter mixture.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned and crisp, and the cheese is melted.
  • Serve right away or cool and store in the freezer, thawing and reheating as needed.


I made this using one package of turkey sausages, but if you would like a heartier sandwich, use two packages and place two patties on each slider.
Nutrition Facts
Maple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders
Amount Per Serving (1 slider)
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 610mg25%
Potassium 200mg6%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 194mg19%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.



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  1. Normally I have oatmeal for breakfast….like pretty much every morning. Before that I didn’t really eat anything and on the weekends I’d eat a pop tart or cereal. Now though, I’m having oatmeal during the week and actually making breakfast on the weekend. We don’t have kiddos but I know my husband would love these!!!

  2. I am sure you are not a boring breakfast mom! With kids waking up at 630am or earlier it would be insane for you to be downstairs flipping home made pancake feasts by then! This sounds like a great breakfast and love the addition of apple! Pinning!

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