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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.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2014


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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

1 burger
409 calories; protein 31.4g; carbohydrates 32.3g; dietary fiber 5g; sugars 6.1g; fat 17.9g; saturated fat 5.6g; cholesterol 85mg; vitamin a iu 279.9IU; vitamin c 27.1mg; folate 37.3mcg; calcium 198.1mg; iron 3.6mg; magnesium 61.7mg; potassium 548.3mg; sodium 723.6mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 4g.

2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1/2 high-fat meat, 1/2 fat