These Baked Turkey Scotch Eggs are made with homemade turkey sausage, and baked so no messy deep-frying is needed! Delicious and easy!
The first time I tried a Scotch Egg was a few years ago on vacation at a popular brunch restaurant. I thought they were great - delicious, and really filling thanks to the high protein content. But I couldn't really imagine myself making them at home since I hate deep frying.
Fast forward to a few years later, and I was still occasionally thinking about them. "Why not just bake them?" I thought. After all, I often bake things that are often deep-fried at restaurants, like chicken fingers, falafel, and breaded fish.
My first trial was a complete failure, as I tried to use frozen, uncooked sausage patties, but they weren't flexible enough to wrap around the eggs. A couple of weeks later, I tried again with homemade turkey sausage. Success! The recipe for Baked Turkey Scotch Eggs was born. All I needed was one more trial to refine the recipe and take pictures.
What are Scotch Eggs?
Scotch Eggs are boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, then breaded and typically deep-fried. Scotch Eggs originated in England, and are commonly served in pubs.
The eggs can be softer boiled, with a runny or jammy yolk, or hard-boiled with a completely cooked yolk. The sausage coating is traditionally pork-based.
How to make Baked Turkey Scotch Eggs:
While making Scotch eggs does require a few steps, none of them are overly difficult.
You can boil your eggs however works for you, but if you don't have a preferred method yet, go ahead and try my method for Stovetop Hard Boiled Eggs. They turn out perfectly every time, and no special equipment is required.
Once you've got your eggs boiled, you can either stick them in the fridge until you're ready to proceed with the recipe, or peel them and proceed right away.
In either case, while the eggs are boiling, you can start making the sausage. It will only take a few minutes. All it takes is mixing a pound of ground turkey with a few seasonings. I find it's easiest to do the mixing with my hands, but if you're squeamish about touching raw meat, a spoon will work too.
Once the eggs are peeled, and the sausage is mixed, it's time to wrap the eggs in sausage. To do that, I usually divide the sausage into 6 equal pieces, then make a thin patty from each piece. I use my hands to form the sausage so that it completely encases the eggs.
Then it's time to bread the sausage-wrapped eggs. A simple dip in an egg wash, then a toss with some seasoned panko, and your Scotch eggs are ready to hit the oven.
Baked Turkey Scotch Eggs Ingredients:
- Kosher salt: Since this recipe is meant to be savory, this is a great place to use MSG-salt
- Dried sage
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Red pepper flakes
- Ground turkey or chicken: or replace with ground pork if that's what you have on hand
- Peeled hard-boiled eggs
- Large egg
- Panko: Replace with gluten-free panko or bread crumbs or ground pork rinds to make your Scotch eggs gluten-free and/or low carb
- Canola or vegetable oil
- Seasoning salt: or salt and pepper
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Baked Turkey Scotch Eggs Nutrition Notes:
These Baked Turkey Scotch Eggs are a good source of protein. Serve them with a salad to make a complete meal.
You can also make the sausage for homemade Scotch eggs with ground pork instead of turkey. In this case, your Scotch eggs will be slightly higher in fat and calories.
Use gluten-free bread crumbs instead of panko to make your Scotch eggs gluten-free.
Baked Turkey Scotch Eggs
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt see note
- ½ teaspoon dried sage
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 pound ground turkey or chicken
- 6 large hard-boiled eggs peeled
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup panko (or use gluten-free panko or bread crumbs, or ground pork rinds to make this recipe gluten-free and/or low-carb)
- 1 Tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon seasoning salt or ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with foil, then topping with a cooling rack. Heat oven to 400°F, using the convection feature if you have it.
- Mix the salt, sage, pepper, and red pepper flakes together in a medium bowl. Add the ground turkey and mix well so that the spices are evenly distributed throughout the meat.
- Pour the beaten egg into a small bowl. Set aside.
- Mix the panko, oil, and seasoning salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Divide the meat into 6 equal pieces (about 2.5oz or 73g each piece). Working with one piece of meat at a time, form it into a patty. Place a peeled egg onto the patty and use your hands to gently cover the entire egg with the turkey mixture. Repeat with the remaining turkey and eggs.
- Roll each egg in the egg mixture, then the panko mixture so that the entire egg is coated with panko. Place the eggs onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for approximately 35 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the sausage is completely cooked. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Disclaimer: I try my best to make sure the nutrition information I provide is accurate to provide you with the best information possible. However, due to ingredient discrepancies and other factors, the above nutrition information should be considered an estimation only.