Grilled Sausage And Peppers

10I 10 Ingredients or Less 30 Minutes or Less (Total)DF Dairy-FreeW Everyday DinnersGF Gluten-FreeH Healthy-ish
Grilled Sausage is the ultimate easy summer dinner. This post walks you through everything you need lớn know about how lớn grill sausage – a simple method for perfect-every-time grilled sausage, gas vs. Charcoal, và all of the best sides for a sausage dinner. A total summertime staple!

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How does that saying go?: “Give a gal a fish & you’ll feed her for a day; teach a gal how to grill sausage và you’ll feed her for a lifetime?” …it’s something lượt thích that, right? *wink!!!*

Terrible jokes aside, grilled sausage is one of my all-time favorite summer meals. You may think it’s because I’m part German (thanks, Dad!), or because I’m from Wisconsin (& we Wisconsinites know a thing or two about sausage!), but in reality, it’s because I’m a terribly lazy cook…especially during the busy summer months when thực đơn planning và meal prep always seem lớn fall by the wayside.

Dinnertime, with its tendency to lớn sort of creep up on me in the early evening, often presents a bit of a conundrum during the warm months.I don’t want khổng lồ turn on the stove or oven, & I especially don’t want to spend time prepping dinner. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but it all just feels very fussy on a hot summer night.

Being able khổng lồ throw something together really easily và really quickly, without much thought or prep required, is pretty much the only thing that keeps us from ordering in every night. So you can trust me when I tell you – if you’re an especially busy &/or lazy cook in the summer, grilled sausage is where it’s at.


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Once you learn how lớn properly grill sausage, I’m pretty sure they’ll make a regular appearance on your summertime menu. It’s…


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It takes no more than 15 minutes to cook up an entire batch of sausage. Most of the grilling time is entirely hands-off, và there’s no prep involved. Easiest dinner ever!VERSATILE. Once you understand the technique of how to lớn grill sausage, you can use it on just about any sausage you find. SCALABLE. You can toss just a couple of sausages on the grill for a quick weeknight dinner or feed an entire crowd, easily & affordably, at a backyard BBQ. DELICIOUS. This method yields perfectly juicy sausage with a deliciously charred và crisp exterior.REALLY, SERIOUSLY EASY. Worth mentioning twice…grilling up sausage is seriously stupid good và stupid easy. Best combination, if you ask me.

Easy và effortless summertime goodness. ♡ Read on lớn learn more about how khổng lồ grill sausage, orjump straight khổng lồ the recipe& get grillin’!

What are the best sausage for grilling?

Before we dive too deep into the how-to, let’s talk about the most important part – the sausage!

This post specifically covers how lớn grill fresh (raw) sausage links. The process showcased will apply khổng lồ any variety of fresh sausage – chicken sausage, pork sausage, brats, Italian sausage, chorizo, etc. – so long as it’s a fresh sausage in a casing.

To grill sausage that’s already fully cooked, such as the amazing chicken sausages available in a variety of different flavors these days, smoked sausage or kielbasa, hot dogs, etc., it couldn’t be simpler:

Fire up the grill for medium-high direct grilling. Place the sausage over the direct heat và grill, flipping occasionally until the sausage is heated through or as crusty & charred as desired.

How khổng lồ grill sausage:

Grilling sausage seems like such a simple thing to do, but lượt thích most simple things, doing it well is actually not the easiest thing in the world. (Isn’t it annoying how that works out?)

If you grill them too fast, the casing will burn và break before it cooks through, resulting in totally dry & crumbly sausage. Not good! & while you can go the “low-&-slow” route (ahem, beer brats!), but it requires a little bit of planning in advance. That’s not the stupid easy summer dinner we’re after either!

Zone Grilling 101:

The secret behind how khổng lồ grill sausage perfectly every single time lies in zone grilling. By creating 2 zones of heat on your grill, you can first cook the sausage with reallygentle, steady indirect heatbefore grilling them overstrongdirect heatfor a deliciously charred finish. It’s super easy, & the sausage turns out perfectly every time.

This method of grilling with both direct và indirect heat is called zone grilling.

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If you’ve never grilled with indirect heat before, don’t panic. It’s the simplest thing.

Zone grilling on a gas grill– Prepare your gas grill for zone grilling by turning 1-2 burners on to lớn their highest heat setting & 1-2 burners on their lowest heat setting. This creates a zone of strong direct heat (directly over the “high” burner flames) và a zone of gentler direct heat (directly over the “low” burner flames).Zone grilling on a charcoal grill with zone grilling– Prepare your charcoal grill for zone grilling by lighting charcoal và arranging the majority of it on one side of your grill. This creates a zone of strong direct heat (directly over the majority of the charcoal) & a zone of gentler direct heat (the area of the grill that doesn’t have as much charcoal).

If you’re still unsure about zone grilling, be sure to check out this post for more information!

How lớn grill sausage with indirect heat:

Using zone grilling & indirect heat is the best way to grill sausage.

The 2-zone method allows you to lớn first cook the sausage with reallygentle, steady indirect heatbefore grilling them overstrongdirect heatfor a deliciously charred finish. It’s super easy, và the sausage turns out perfectly every time. Here’s how you vày it:

First, cook the sausage with indirect heat: Arrange the sausage on the indirect heat side of the grill. Close the lid và cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping them halfway through. The heat from the direct heat side of the grill will circulate around the sausage, cooking them with really gentle indirect heat. Then, char-grill the sausage over direct heat: Transfer the sausage to the direct heat side of the grill. Grill 2-3 minutes per side, until charred as desired.

That’s it! Perfectly grilled sausage, every single time. It couldn’t be easier.

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A few more Grilled Sausage FAQs…

How long to lớn grill sausage?

The sausage will grill for about 12-15 minutes total using the 2-zone grilling method described above & in the Recipe card below. You’ll cook the sausage for 8-10 minutes with indirect heat before finishing over direct flame for 4-5 minutes, or until as crusty as desired.

What temperature do I grill sausage?

Whenever you use 2-zone grilling to lớn grill with indirect heat, the temperature of your grill should be pretty hot – between 500-600 degrees F.

The finished cooking temperature of the sausage will vary based on the type of sausage you use. Pork-based sausage is safe to lớn eat at 160 degrees F, while chicken-based sausage needs to be fully cooked khổng lồ 165 degrees F. I suggest transferring them from indirect to lớn direct heat once the internal temperature is about 15-20 degrees F away from its final cooking temperature.

(Don’t forget – the only way lớn be certain about doneness is taking the temperature using an instant-read thermometer. Be sure lớn read more about our Must-Have Grilling Equipment!)

Should I boil sausages before grilling?

Nope – you totally don’t have to! The 2-zone grilling method used in this grilled sausage recipe eliminates any need lớn boil or cook sausage before you grill it up, và the sausage will stay totally juicy & tender – promise!

However…if you’re after a delicious boiled brat situation, be sure to check out the PWWB Wisconsin-Style Grilled Beer Brats recipe. It’s the best!

What vị you eat with grilled sausage?

Funny you ask! That’s exactly what we’re chatting about next…

Let’s talk toasted buns & toppings:

First, buns: a good grilled sausageneeeeeedsa good bun. Period!

What makes a bun agoodbun? If you ask me, agood bun for sausage has a nice balance of softness + sturdiness. A pillowy, soft bun will sort of wrap itself around the sausage as you eat it, but it also needs khổng lồ be sturdy enough that it won’t break apart at the seam. Brioche buns are my personal favorite for brats or any grilled sausagessince they are pillowy soft và they don’t break apart easily.

If you want khổng lồ take your buns lớn the next level, toast them: Brush them with a little oil (or spritz with a little cooking spray) & pop them on the grill grates to lớn toast up for a minute or two as the sausages finish grilling. The buns get toasty và slightly crisp – SO GOOD!

Next, toppings! At our house, toppings are totally optional, but it’s an easy way to lớn make an even heartier dinner. Based on the type of sausage you’re grilling, you can really get wild & have fun with it when it comes to lớn toppings. A few of our faves:

The Classics – Ketchup, mustard, &/or mayo are always a good starting point! We LOVE a tangy Dijonnaise – mix about 1/3 cup mayo with 1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard. Sauerkraut, another tangy slaw, or pickle relish.Grilled peppers & onions – especially good for Italian sausage!Or, go Chicago style, complete with ALL of the things – mustard, sweet relish, onion, tomato, dill pickles & celery salt.

What to serve with grilled sausage?

With your toppings & perfectly toasted buns all sorted out, you’re just 1 step away from the perfect grilled sausage dinner! Last, you need some solid sides for sausage.

When thinking about what khổng lồ serve with sausage, we like to keep things pretty simple. A few of our faves…

Keep things super classic, & serve with your favorite summer side dishespotato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, or broccoli salad. Make your go-to recipes, or grab ’em from the deli at the store for an even easier sausage dinner.

Plate it on up with the sausage, và dinner is served. (In less than 15 minutes total!)


I can’t wait for you to try this Grilled Sausage recipe ASAP! It is the easiest weeknight dinner recipe & a go-to when you are looking for something quick & delicious!

If you vày give it a try, be sure khổng lồ let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag
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Grilled Sausage – How to Grill Sausage Perfectly Every Time!