Beef burgers are cool. And popular. And overdone. So if you want to do something else for your barbecue this year, I suggest Grilled Ground Sausage Burgers.
They’re so incredibly simple and really tasty. I’m not always a fan of ground beef burgers, but I’m always a fan of ground sausage burgers.
We top them with grilled onions and barbecue sauce when we make them, but you could top them with grilled mushrooms or grilled peppers.
And, we serve them on pretzel buns because the combination of pretzel buns, sausage, and barbecue sauce just works. And works really well.
So be careful if you make these. You’ll have requests for them from here on out.
Grilled Ground Sausage Burgers Recipe
Grilled Ground Sausage Burgers Ingredients:
How To Make Grilled Ground Sausage Burgers:
Mix together the ground sausage and the spices.
Form the ground sausage mixture into four equally-sized patties. Set them on a cookie sheet. Use your finger to put a dimple in the middle.
Dimpling your patty will help the burger cook flat. When burgers cook, the protein contracts and patties get smaller, but then the proteins need somewhere to push out. The dimple allows them that space to push out without changing the shape of the burger. Without the dimple, the proteins will push out of the top of the burger, and that’s when it gets a dome shape.
You can learn more about that in our post here.
Heat a propane grill to 350 F.
Put the cookie sheet directly on the grill. Cook for about 10 minutes, then flip the burger patties.
Cook for an additional five to 10 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 160 F.
Then, build your burger.
We put ours on toasted pretzel bread (which you can toast on the grill).
Then top it with grilled onions and barbecue sauce.
But, of course, you can build your sausage burger however you want.
Grilled Ground Sausage Burgers: Frequently Asked Questions
We use a mild pork sausage to make our Grilled Ground Sausage Burgers. If you prefer a hot Italian sausage, that’s fine too. Pork sausage must be cooked to 160 F for safe consumption. If you choose a different type of sausage, this safe minimum cooking temperatures chart will let you know what temperature you need to cook your sausage to.
This recipe is called “ground sausage,” so, as the name implies, you should use ground sausage in it. A ground sausage log is perfect. You could also use sausage links that are ground inside with a thin casing on the outside. Just cut the casing and use the sausage.
Sausage links that are solid inside won’t work for this because you cannot use those to form patties.
This recipe is written as a propane grill recipe, but that’s only because a propane grill is so much easier for grilling. You just turn the propane grill on, let it reach temperature, and turn it off when you’re done.
When you’re using a charcoal grill, it takes a lot longer for the grill to come up to temperature. And it takes a lot longer for the grill to cool down too. So, to make life easier, I generally grill on our propane grill rather than our charcoal grill.
You can make Grilled Ground Sausage Burgers on either a propane or charcoal grill. You just may have to adjust your cooking time if you use a charcoal grill.
We prefer to cook Grilled Ground Sausage Burgers on a cookie sheet (or a baking pan, which is just a different way of saying the same thing) rather than directly on the grill, but again, that’s just a matter of preference.
When sausage cooks, it lets out a lot of grease. See, sausage is fatty. And when that fat gets heated, it lets out grease.
If you cook these sausage burgers on a cookie sheet, the grease is contained in the cookie sheet. If you cook directly on the grill grates, the grease will leak all over the grill and there will be a big mess to clean up.
Use the cookie sheet, and all you need to clean is the cookie sheet.
Just make sure to use a grill-safe cookie sheet. A solid metal cookie sheet or baking pan is your best bet. A glass or ceramic cookie sheet or baking pan can break at really high heat. And you want to avoid that.
Logically, no. You cannot cook grilled ground sausage burgers in the oven because then they wouldn’t be grilled.
But, realistically, you can cook ground sausage burgers in the oven. You can cook them at 350 F on a cookie sheet in the oven. Make sure to flip the burgers after 10 minutes, and then check the internal temperature a little sooner than you would if you used a grill.
You could also pan fry them, covered, on the stove top. But your cooking time will definitely vary if you cook ground sausage burgers on the stove top.
If you have any leftover Grilled Ground Sausage Burgers, you can store the burgers in the fridge in an air-tight container for about three to four days.
You can reheat leftovers easily in the oven. Just heat the oven to 350 F and reheat the leftover Grilled Ground Sausage Burgers on a cookie sheet for about three to five minutes.
You can also reheat the patty in the microwave on high for 60 to 90 seconds.
What side dishes go with ground sausage burgers?
If you’re already grilling your main dish, you should definitely grill your sides. It makes so much sense. That way, you’re only monitoring one cooking vessel and you don’t have to worry about running inside to check the oven and then running outside to check the burgers on the grill.
Our favorite side dishes to grill when we’re making Grilled Ground Sausage Burgers are:
- Grilled Corn On The Cob
- Baked Potatoes On The Grill
- Grilled Asparagus
- Foil-Packed Grilled Vegetables
- Grilled French Fries
- 16 oz. ground sausage
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- Mix together the ground sausage and the spices.
- Form the ground sausage mixture into four equally-sized patties. Set them on a cookie sheet. Use your finger to put a dimple in the middle.
- Heat a propane grill to 350 F. Put the cookie sheet directly on the grill. Cook for about 10 minutes, then flip the burger patties.
- Cook for an additional five to 10 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 160 F.
- Then, build your burger. We put ours on toasted pretzel bread (which you can toast on the grill), then top it with grilled onions and barbecue sauce. But, of course, you can build your sausage burger however you want.
Amount Per Serving Calories 457Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 82mgSodium 1132mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 17g
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