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Italian Sausage and Pepper Burgers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced 

1 red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced 

1 tablespoon tomato paste 

12 ounces hot Italian sausage (if links, remove casings) 

12 ounces sweet Italian sausage (if links, remove casings) 

8 slices provolone 

1/4 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons pesto 

4 ciabatta rolls, buttered and lightly toasted 

Pickled banana peppers, for topping


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and peppers and saute until the onions are translucent and the peppers are tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium high.
  3. Combine both sausages in a bowl. Form into 4 patties. Grill until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Top each burger with some of the onions and peppers and 2 slices of cheese, cover the grill and cook until the cheese melts.
  4. In a bowl, add the mayo and pesto and stir to combine. Spread the rolls with the pesto mayo, add the burgers and banana peppers and serve immediately.