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.

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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, 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning and pepper in a medium bowl. Transfer to the preheated grill basket. Cook, stirring a few times, until the vegetables are soft, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine ground turkey, sausage, breadcrumbs, fennel seeds, garlic powder and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning in a medium bowl. Shape into two 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

414 calories; protein 31.6g 63% DV; carbohydrates 33.3g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 5.2g 21% DV; sugars 6.5g; fat 18g 28% DV; saturated fat 5.6g 28% DV; cholesterol 85mg 28% DV; vitamin a iu 306.9IU 6% DV; vitamin c 33.5mg 56% DV; folate 39.4mcg 10% DV; calcium 200.5mg 20% DV; iron 3.6mg 20% DV; magnesium 63.2mg 23% DV; potassium 572mg 16% DV; sodium 724.1mg 29% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 25% DV; added sugar 4g.