If you love the classic flavors of the Italian sausage and peppers sandwich, this healthy burger recipe, inspired by that flavor combination, is for you. If you don't have a grill basket, fold a 24-inch piece of heavy-duty foil in half and crimp up the edges to create a lip; this will prevent the vegetables from sliding through the grill rack.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2014


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place a grill basket on one side of grill. Preheat to medium-high.

  • Toss onion, bell pepper, oil, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning and pepper in a large bowl. Transfer to the preheated grill basket. Cook, stirring a few times, until the vegetables are soft, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine ground turkey, sausage, breadcrumbs, fennel seeds, garlic powder and the remaining 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning in a medium bowl. Shape into four 4-inch patties. Oil the grill rack (see Tip), place the burgers on it and cook for 4 minutes. Turn them over, top with the grilled vegetables and cheese; continue grilling until the burgers are cooked through and the cheese is melted, 4 to 6 minutes more. Serve on buns.


Equipment: Grill basket

Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won't stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition Facts

409 calories; protein 31.4g 63% DV; carbohydrates 32.3g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 5g 20% DV; sugars 6.1g; fat 17.9g 28% DV; saturated fat 5.6g 28% DV; cholesterol 85mg 28% DV; vitamin a iu 279.9IU 6% DV; vitamin c 27.1mg 45% DV; folate 37.3mcg 9% DV; calcium 198.1mg 20% DV; iron 3.6mg 20% DV; magnesium 61.7mg 22% DV; potassium 548.3mg 15% DV; sodium 723.6mg 29% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 24% DV; added sugar 4g.

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Rating: 5 stars
I made these into sliders with parker rolls and butter lettuce for the non-carb eaters. It was a hit! I also used dark meat ground turkey and spicy turkey sausage from the Farmers Market. Grilled up some mushrooms too. Super yummy and easy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Even Beef Lovers will Like this one!! This recipe is amazing! The burgershave loads of flavor and stay really moist. A lot of turkey burgers get dry and fall apart on the grill but these hold together perfectly. My new favorite turkey burgers! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
New fave summer grill recipe. This was so good that my teenagers didn't complain about eating a whole wheat bun! Grilled peppers onions and cheese were wonderful. The sausage flavor was throughout the entire patty even though so little sausage was used. This recipe will go on regular rotation Pros: Easy family pleaser Read More