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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  • 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; 18 g total fat; 5.6 g saturated fat; 85 mg cholesterol; 724 mg sodium. 572 mg potassium; 33.3 g carbohydrates; 5.2 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 31.6 g protein; 307 IU vitamin a iu; 34 mg vitamin c; 39 mcg folate; 201 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 63 mg magnesium; 4 g added sugar;