Smashed Sausage and Pepper Burgers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 sandwiches
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4 pounds sweet or hot Italian bulk sausage

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Sweet Peppers, recipe follows

8 slices whole-milk mozzarella

8 bakery hamburger buns, buttered and griddled

Your favorite red sauce, for serving

Sweet Peppers:

4 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Form the Italian sausage in 4-ounce patties a little bit wider than the buns you are using. Heat the oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. In batches, cook each side of the patties until crisp and golden and no longer pink in the center, about 8 minutes a side. 
  2. Line the cooked sausage patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place some Sweet Peppers on top, then a slice of cheese. Broil in the oven until the cheese is melty and golden brown. Place on the griddled buns and serve with red sauce.

Sweet Peppers:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Toss the pepper strips with the oil, garlic and some salt and pepper, and place in a 9-by-14-inch baking dish. Bake, stirring halfway through, until the peppers become lighter in color and soft, about 20 minutes.

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