Italian Sausage Turkey Burgers are a perfect way to shake up your BBQ game. These have all the flavors of Italian Sausage and make perfect sandwiches for nights out on the deck.
Top these with some Zero Point Sauce, a little bit of mozzarella, and some arugula to have one classy burger. These Italian Sausage Turkey Burgers are great with a nice side salad, some pasta (have you tried my Italian Sausage Pasta Bake or One Pot Alfredo?) or a nice hearty bowl of Zuppa Toscana… and of course, wine.
I like these Italian Sausage Turkey Burgers because they are packed with Italian sausage flavor, but they are still only 1 WW SP per burger so I pair it with a nice, crusty roll. If you are a fan of Italian sausage, you’re going to love these.
Our Weekend at Hershey Park
We spent this past weekend celebrating my oldest’s preschool graduation at Hershey Park. It was an absolute blast riding roller coasters (including my oldest’s first time on an upside-down roller coaster!), splashing around in the indoor waterpark Water Works at the Hershey Lodge, and eating all the chocolate.
We stayed at the Hershey Lodge, which was absolutely magical; it is one of the Hershey Resorts and it made it extra special. The hotel was so nice and relaxing for us adults, but the kids had a blast.
There was an indoor water park that was well worth the drive from Philly (about 2 hours). Water slides, a giant spray sandcastle, THREE POOLS. It was incredible, and a perfect way to celebrate graduating preschool.
Hershey Park is a small kid’s dream. This chocolate-themed amusement park was a perfect getaway for celebrating. My oldest said it was her favorite hotel we’ve ever stayed in and she is still so proud that she went on her first loop-de-loop rollercoaster. You can read more about our Hershey Park trip and find out my tips for exploring the park with kids under five here.
A near empty fridge = Creativity
I cleared our fridge before going to Hershey Park; I froze the meat I never got around to cooking, froze batches of my Zero Point Sauce, and knew going into the weekend I’d have at least some basic necessities to make something tasty.
I’ve been thinking about making these burgers for a while and seeing a near-empty fridge, I knew tonight was the night. Even better, these burgers came together in less than 15 minutes!
If you haven’t made my zero point sausage, what are you doing?
I have a lot of recipes I love and that I’m very proud of, but my Zero Point Sausage is one that I’m most proud of. The reason for this is because it took so many tries to get it just right. When I finally did, I was ECSTATIC. I keep batches of this sausage fully cooked and frozen to mix into pasta for an easy meal or to top my pizzas for a flavorful, point friendly topping.
Better yet, if you haven’t made my turkey burgers, you’re just not living your best life
I make turkey burgers a lot. I post them frequently on my Instagram, but truthfully I post them half the time I eat them. I make these once a week, easily. They’re really simple to make, and they reheat so well.
I sometimes buy ground turkey with the intention of being a better food blogger and making new recipes from my lists and lists of ideas, but then I always come back to my original turkey burger. They are so quick to make, and they’re so versatile.
For this burger, I took all of my usual ingredients and swapped my go-to spice with my zero-point Italian sausage blend. That’s it. That’s my creative genius. I don’t care that it’s not the most creative thing because these are so dang good.
Take your sandwich assembly to the next level
The recipe below is for my Italian Sausage Turkey Burger. For tonight’s dinner, I ate these burgers on Trader Joe’s Ciabattini Bun (the kind that you finish baking at home). They’re 4 WW SP and great for this. They’re crusty and warm, and everything this burger and you deserve.
When the burgers were fully cooked on the grill, I moved them onto the top rack, ladeled on some of my zero point sauce (about ¼ cup), topped with 1oz of Trader Joe’e Lite Mozzarella (1 WW SP), and cooked until melty and perfect.
For the sandwich, I split the roll, ladled a little more sauce (I like my sandwiches sloppy), threw on a handful of baby arugula (for a peppery taste and fanciness), added my Italian Sausage Turkey Burger, and put the top bun on. That first bite was pure heaven.
It tasted like the kind of sandwich you’d buy wrapped in wax paper from a hidden-gem Italian deli. It was sloppy, cheesy, and so flavorful. I made pasta, but opted for just eating a second sandwich. No regrets.
Italian Sausage Turkey Burger
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/3 lite mozzarella
- 3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- big pinch of kosher salt & pepper
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- With wet hands, divide into six and form 6 patties.
- Pan fry or grill for about 7 minutes on a hot grill. Flip the burgers when the turkey is white. You should be able to flip the burgers easily on the grill because cooked meat will not stick to the grill.
- Serve with sauce, cheese, or other preferred toppings.