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October 28, 2014

Sausage and Peppers Burgers



I don't dress up for Halloween. My husband takes my kids trick-or-treating, I stay at home, some years I hand out candy, but most years I don't. I don't dislike Halloween, I just am not a fan of the sugar rush that comes with all the candy. I'm a mean mommy, I don't allow my kids candy or junk food. I do bake things at home, but we have very few packaged foods in our cupboards besides rice, flour, and spices. My kids complain that I have only ingredients, but no food, Personally I don't see that as a bad thing. We eat fresh everyday and I make almost everything from scratch (with the exception of cereal which we don't eat, milk, eggs etc.). So on Halloween my kids become candy monsters. As soon as they come in the door, I take their treat bags. Most of the candy goes with my husband to share at work the next day and my kids are only allowed to keep one small plastic bag full of sweets, no suckers or sugared gum (I hate cavities). Honestly, I am looking forward to when they are old enough to want to go to parties and not door-to-door.



My family used to eat burgers frequently, but now we only eat them once every couple of months. We try not to eat a ton of red meat (my family is finally beginning to love tofu), so when we do eat burgers I try to make them different than the ordinary. This recipe for Sausage and Peppers Burgers combines two types of meat for a juicy and delicious burger combination. The recipe is as follows.

Recipe adapted from the Food Network Magazine.


Sausage and Peppers Burgers



Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 6 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 red onion, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/2 strips
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • warmed marinara sauce
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine the sausage, beef, garlic, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1.4 teaspoon salt in a bowl.
  2. After well blended form into 4 patties.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat add olive oil, peppers, and onion.
  4. Sauté until peppers and onions are browned and soft, about 6-8 minutes.
  5. Preheat a grill (or grill pan) to medium high heat.
  6. Add the burgers and cook until browned and cooked all the way through (4-6 minutes per side).
  7. Top with cheese for the last 2 minutes of cooking time.
  8. Add burger to bun, toping with peppers/onions, and warmed marinara sauce.
Tips
  • These burger can be made into smaller patties for children. I make my kids burgers into 1/8 of a pound since they couldn't finish a 1/4 pound burger. 
  • If you don't have a grill a grill pan or a skillet would also be fine for cooking the burgers on the stove. 
  • I have also tried this with chicken sausage and ground chicken. The taste was different (I also added Greek seasoning), but the flavors were still great together, plus it cut down on fat. 

12 comments:

  1. i recently made a spaghetti sauce using hamburger and sausage (at the recommendation of a friend). prior to that i never thought about using the sausage that way. very tasty!

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    1. I love combining beef and sausage for pasta sauce, yum!

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  2. Oh you are a mom after my own heart. I don't do Halloween either. Hubby takes the kids trick or treating which is almost the only time of the year where they get to pig out on candy for the day. I stay indoors and either take the lights off so I'm not bothered or I leave the candy at the door with a sign saying "help yourself".

    That burger looks delicious. We are trying to cut out red meat as well but we do love our burgers. Will have to give your recipe a try.

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    1. It's the only time of the year I let them pig out too :) I stay indoors with the lights off also, I prefer to skip over the whole thing!

      We love burgers too, we just eat them less often than we used to. My family has the hardest time eating less pork, my husband and two kids are addicted :) We now only eat it once a week though and eat a lot more chicken, turkey, and tofu then we used to.

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  3. That's a good way to use Italian Sausage. My husband likes to have it from time to time but seems like we always use it the same way, every time. I guess we're in a sausage rut, lol

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    1. It's easy to get in a sausage rut, don't feel bad :)

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  4. I don't dress up either unless I have a Halloween party to go to. We take my kids to my parents house to trick or treat because we don't have sidewalks where I live.

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    1. I've lived places without sidewalks and I agree it doesn't work for trick or treating. i would go to your parents house if I was you too!

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  5. That burger looks sensational with all of those peppers. Yum!

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    1. Thanks :) The peppers and onions are the best part!

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  6. We are also not used to doing Halloween. Perhaps because it's only a foreign influence to us, and my parents were also not used to it, so we're spared of the sugary treats. Love the idea of sausage in hamburger. :)

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    1. Halloween was never a big thing with my parents either. Plus I hate eating a ton of sugar, it makes me sick :) The sausage with the hamburger is really yummy, it keeps the ground beef from drying out keeping it moist and juicy!

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