Sausage Kabobs

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Sausage Kabobs are simple to make, nutritious, and loaded with flavor! We combine smoked sausage with bell peppers, red onion, baby bella mushrooms, and a delicious seasoning blend.

The more we can throw on the grill in the summer, the better! Try our practically famous grilled chicken marinade, this show-stopping burger recipe, or these fan-favorite Hobo foil packets next!

Overhead image of the sausage kabobs on a plate

Sausage Kabobs

My boys think dinner on a stick is maybe the greatest thing I’ve ever served for dinner. While it seems they end up playing with the food more than eating the food (sword fighting seems more obvious than eating apparently), these sausage kabobs have been the hands down favorite for playing AND eating!

After making a few kabob meals over the last couple of weeks, the boys have been begging to eat everything on a skewer so be prepared for a few more recipes to come your way 🙂

QUICK TIP

Love dinner on a stick? Add these recipes to your grilling repertoire: Chicken KabobsTeriyaki Chicken SkewersShish Tawook, or Steak Kebabs with a Basil Sauce!

Ingredient shot-- images of all the ingredients that go on these sausage kabobs

Sausage Kabobs Ingredients

  • Sausage. We recommend using smoked sausage for this recipe. We love using hardwood smoked turkey sausage (to keep this recipe on the healthier side), but any smoked sausage will work. Smoked sausage grills up quickly and you don’t have to worry about it coming to a certain temperature — it’s actually completely safe to eat right out of the package. We grill it to add flavor (browning and charring = flavor), but aren’t worried about testing for a certain temperature which makes this recipe that much easier!
  • Veggies. We like a combination of sweet bell peppers, a green pepper, baby bella mushrooms, and red onion best in these kabobs. 
  • Olive Oil. Not only insurance against the veggies burning, it also adds wonderful flavor and good-for-you fats making the veggies and sausage so tasty!
  • Seasonings. A quick seasoning blend of dried oregano, dried parsley, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper — yum!

Image of the seasonings used in this dish

Sausage Kabobs Tips

  • Cut veggies and sausage into same-sized pieces. To ensure everything is cooking evenly it is important veggies and sausage are all cut to the sizing indicated in the recipe card.
  • Seasoning. We include a salting recommendation for these sausage kabobs, but keep in mind, not all salts are the same. I use fine sea salt in this recipe; if using table salt, you’ll want to use less.
  • Generously oil your grill grates. We do this by rolling up a few paper towels, drenching them in oil (canola or vegetable), and with tongs, rub the drenched paper towels along the grill grates. This will contribute to a beautiful sear and char (which also means more flavor). Additionally, it ensures the kabobs don’t stick to the grates (it’s always a pain when you lose some of the veggies or meat on the grill!). 
  • Wait for the grill to be fully heated before adding the loaded skewers. Again, it’s all about getting some good char so we can have plenty of flavor. If the kabobs are added too early, they’ll miss that charring and cook unevenly.
  • Soak wooden skewers. Wooden skewers can burn easily over a hot grill. Soaking them in warm water for 10 to 30 minutes before threading will keep the skewers from burning. More details about soaking skewers? Read this. Metal skewers are a great alternative option.

QUICK TIP

If the sausage kabobs are sticking at all, use a large metal spatula instead of tongs to flip.

Process shots-- images of the veggies and sausage being thrown into a bowl and the seasoning and olive oil being added on top

Sausage Kabobs Variation Ideas

  • Change up veggies. Use your favorite veggies making sure to cut them into similar sizes so they will grill at the same rate as everything else. Some ideas for veggies that will cook at similar rates: thin coins of corn on the cob, cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced zucchini, thinly sliced yellow squash, cubed eggplants.
  • Switch out the sausage. If you don’t want to use smoked turkey sausage, try a different variety of smoked sausage — beef, pork, chicken, or a combination of several different kinds of meats. If you want this recipe to be Whole-30 compliant, here is a listing of sausages that fit the requirements. 
  • Swap seasonings. We’re obsessed with this seasoning blend, but feel free to play around with the seasonings added. Some ideas: add some red pepper flakes for a touch of heat, some onion powder for a deeper savory flavor, and some dried basil and/or dried thyme for more Italian-flavored sausage kabobs.

Process shots--veggies and sausage being mixed together; threaded on skewers to grill

Serving Suggestions

We love Sausage Kabobs hot off the grill, but they go really well with a nice creamy sauce, too! Just note that the sauces are not on the Whole-30 list.

  • My kids are obsessed with pairing these with good (Heinz®) ketchup. (I’ll admit, I love it too!)
  • A tangy Dijonnaise is also a nice complement to the sausage. To make a quick Dijonnaise, whisk together 1/3 cup good Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons mayo, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl.
  • A honey mustard sauce is also a fun pairing with the sausage and veggies. Our favorite quick honey mustard sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons mayo, 1-1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard, 3/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1-1/2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon honey BBQ sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.

Beyond the sauce, these Sausage Kabobs pair nicely with a quick garden salad; we love this crunchy Cucumber Salad, this Italian salad, or this Olive Garden salad best on the side!

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Sausage Kabobs

5 from 7 votes
Sausage Kabobs are easy, nutritious, and loaded with flavor! We combine smoked sausage with bell peppers, red onion, baby Bella mushrooms, and a delicious seasoning blend.
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Sausage Kabobs

5 from 7 votes
Sausage Kabobs are easy, nutritious, and loaded with flavor! We combine smoked sausage with bell peppers, red onion, baby Bella mushrooms, and a delicious seasoning blend.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Healthy
Keyword sausage kabobs
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 458kcal
Author Chelsea
Cost $12.11

Ingredients

  • 1 package (13 oz.; 368g) smoked sausage (we use turkey) cut in 1-1/2 inch pieces (we use turkey sausage)
  • 3 bell peppers , (I use red, green, and orange) cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 of 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 10 large baby bella mushrooms, whole or halved mushrooms work better than thin slices
  • 4 tablespoons (48g) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper & vegetable oil (for grilling)
  • Optional: chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • Sauces for serving (optional): See Note 1

Instructions

  • PREP: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (about 450-500 degrees F). If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20-30 minutes.
  • VEGGIE AND SAUSAGE PREP: cut the sausage into 1 to 1-1/2 inch thick coins. Cut the peppers and red onion into 1-inch pieces. Cut the large mushrooms in half (leave small mushrooms whole).
  • MIX: In a large bowl, add all the cut veggies and sausage. Add olive oil, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper to taste. (I add 1 teaspoon fine sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.) Gently stir to combine everything.
  • ADD TO SKEWERS: Add the veggies and sausage on the soaked skewers.
  • GRILL: Soak a paper towel in vegetable oil, roll it up, and then using tongs, rub it along cleaned and completely heated grill grates. Place the skewers on the grill and close. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then flip on the other side and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until veggies and sausage are lightly charred.
  • SERVE: Remove and if desired, serve with some fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy as is or with a sauce (see Note 1).

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: While these kabobs are delicious on their own, we also love them with a sauce! My kids are obsessed with pairing these with ketchup. (I'll admit, I love it too!) Below are two other sauce options:
  • A tangy Dijonnaise is also a nice complement to the sausage. To make a quick Dijonnaise, whisk together 1/3 cup good Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons mayo, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, and salt & pepper to taste in a small bowl.
  • A honey mustard sauce is also a fun pairing with the sausage and veggies. Our favorite quick honey mustard sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons mayo, 1-1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard, 3/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1-1/2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon honey BBQ sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition information does not include either of the optional sauces.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 791mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2860IU | Vitamin C: 118mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are wonderful–family loved them! Great seasoning mix. Made them a couple times this past summer. Thanks for sharing!

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