Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hoagie Cheese Burger

People often comment that I must burn through a lot of coal since we grill so often.   I got a new shipment this morning.

Okay, I lie.  I was just out shooting photographs this morning and saw this.

This year I am happy to be participating on the Johnsonville Big Taste Grillers Blogger Panel.  It was a natural match since we have been customers of Johnsonville's Mexican chorizo and Italian sausage links for longer than I can remember.  Straight out of the gates, Johnsonville surprised me with a new product - Italian Sausage Patties.   
Yes, Italian sausage burgers!  I know, right? 

I did the most obvious thing to them.  I threw grilled peppers, onions and provolone cheese on them!  Your eyes will say "burger" but your mouth will say "Italian sausage hoagie".

Hoagie Cheese Burger
serves: 6

  • 6 kaiser rolls
  • 6 Johnsonville Italian Sausage Patties
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into rings
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into rings
  • 1 sweet onion cut into rings
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing

  1. Preheat a charcoal grill to medium low (300f).  
  2. Toss the onion and peppers in the Italian dressing.
  3. Place frozen patties on the grill and cook for 15-18 minutes until the burgers reach an internal temperature of 160f, flipping a few times during the process.
  4. Meanwhile, 8 minutes into the cook place the onions and peppers on the grill.  Flip at about 12 minutes into the cook.
  5. In the last minute, top the burgers with cheese.
  6. Remove and serve on the kaiser rolls.  

Let's discuss the elephant in the room first, frozen burgers.  I usually make my own burgers and to be honest, I was worried these frozen ones might have a cardboard or hockey puck texture.  Absolutely not, I was pleasantly surprised with the taste and texture.  

I felt a little funny about the idea of using a frozen burger patty.  But Alexis made a great point.  I have no problem keeping Italian sausage in the freezer to use in meat sauce for spaghetti, so why would it be weird to keep it frozen as burger patties?  I'll keep a batch of these in the freezer.  They will be handy when...
  • I just want to grill 1 or 2 burgers
  • I want a burger on the spur of the minute and have not ground beef in the fridge
  • or I want that knock your socks off Italian sausage burger flavor 
If you like sausage dogs, you will definitely like these sausage burgers.  Alexis and I thought they were great as written, Trevor liked his just as a cheeseburger without the peppers and onions.  The mildly spicy sausage burger, grilled veggies, and gooey cheese came together for a easy and tasty burger.

As far as pricing, they were comparably priced to frozen beef burger patties.  The burgers are 1/3rd pound sized and come 6 to a box. 
A few simple ingredients....

Great excuse to use my Craycort grill grate veggie wok insert. (see link in sidebar)

A very easy lunch that was packed full of flavors.

Here are some shots from our photo safari this morning.  They are kind of food related.  We were on a detour due to construction when I saw this door that caught my attention.  I have a thing for the personality of older, distressed buildings.

We pulled over and I started taking pictures of the building. 

Turns out the place is Knox Stove Works, a business that has made Mealmaster wood/coal fired stoves since 1905. 

I didn't even know that anyone still made stuff like this! Funny how detours that annoy you end up leading to a cool discovery.

[Standard Disclaimer] I have a relationship with Johnsonville and received my samples for free.


  1. Funny that you posted some photos that are only kinda food related, I just popped over to your old photo blog last night to see if you had happened to post anything recently. Also funny in a totally different way that Johnsonville makes sausage - come on, really?! But I guess you aren't allowed to make those kind of jokes since they are sponsors, doesn't mean I can't :P

    I have used some Johnsonville products but the sausage patties are new to me. I will definitely give them a try since I'm always looking for quality quick and easy meals.

  2. My husband is always taking photos of sides of buildings ... reminded me of some of his shots. Really nice Chris. I'm not much for browsing the frozen food section (except for veggies) but must admit I might take a stroll to find these burgers, since I really like their fresh products. And with those grilled vegetables. Looks delicious.

  3. I will have to keep an eye out for these patties. I love anything from Johnsonville.

    Love the pics of the old buildings. Do they really still make stoves like that. I love the caption in that picture - "top warming stove" - that is awesome!

  4. Why didn't we think of this. What a great idea they've come up with.

    I like old buildings too. Thanks for the cool photos.

  5. Nice post Chris, I do happen to like Johnsonville products. That stove looks really interesting.

  6. All of the week's food looks fabulously amazing, as always!!! But the trips you didn't intend to take, the places you didn't know you'd find, and the dog that was yours but wasn't ... those are the reasons to visit, the things that make me smile or make me wistful as I read ....

  7. Italian Sausage burgers?!! Fantastic flavor combination. Those are great photos, Chris. That is a spectacular door for photo shoots. I love it.

  8. I might have to check these sausage burgers out... I LOVE Italian sausage, my Chris could take it or leave it. This would be perfect for when I want one and he doesn't!
    Love the coal shipment by the way! lol

  9. I'm a sucker for old brick buildings. Nice photos.

  10. The sausage burger is such a great idea! I love that you served them with pepper - what a great combination.

    I love taking photos of old buildings too - they look great!

  11. growing up around a lot of Italians, I love Italian sausage on a sandwich and glad to see someone finally wise enough to sell them as patties. When I make my own, I always pack it in bulk as I use it more that way than as links. Your version looks great and I believe that supply of coal should get you thru the summer.

  12. I am craving a burger right now! That looks delicious,Chris! I love the addition of the peppers.

  13. Italian sausage patties? Yes. Please. They would be an instant hit with my family! I was cracking up over the mail in the box - thought it was a deserted building.

  14. I bet Knoxville is beautiful, or do I mean Johnsonville? GREG

  15. Love the photography of the old building! Old doors and architectural elements are my fave to photograph- and the fact that they are the old stoveworks building- major bonus!

  16. Great pics (and burger!). I especially love that first one of you getting your coal delivery (ha ha).


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