There’s no better reason to host a backyard barbecue than this delicious recipe for Italian sausage and peppers.

Spicy Italian sausage are seared on the grill and colorful bell peppers are cooked in a rich, beefy broth in a cast iron skillet on the grill.

It’s perfect for a family, and this summer favorite is always popular with a crowd!

hot dog bun with Grilled Sausage and Peppers

Sausage and Peppers on the Grill!

  • This Italian sausage and peppers recipe is so quick and easy to make on the grill, especially for gatherings where you can make everything at once!
  • Keep crowd-pleasing grilled sausage and peppers warm in the oven until ready to serve or make and take in a crockpot!
  • Italian sausage peppers and onions can also be made indoors when the weather won’t cooperate!
hot dog buns , peppers , sausages , oil , onion, broth , beef rub and butter with labels to make Grilled Sausage and Peppers

Ingredients and Variations

Sausage: Italian sausages are extra juicy with a tinge of spiciness. Bratwurst, Andouille, Kielbasa, and Linguica are all bold-flavored sausages that work in this recipe. No time for sausages? Use a bag of ready-made frozen meatballs (or homemade meatballs) and skip Step 4.

Vegetables: Choose colorful peppers for a knockout presentation. Red onions will caramelize sweeter than yellow or white ones. Strike while the grill is hot and add to the veggie bounty with grilled peppers, zucchini, and eggplant.

Variations: Add some crushed tomatoes for a sweeter sauce, or sliced black olives, jalapenos, or green chiles for more flavor.

sliced peppers and onions to make Grilled Sausage and Peppers

How to Make Italian Sausage and Peppers

On the Grill

  1. Prep cast iron skillet per the recipe below, and preheat the grill to 450°F.
  2. Cook peppers, onions, and beef rub in butter in the cast iron skillet until they start to brown.
  3. Deglaze the skillet with broth before adding salt, pepper, and Italian sausages.
  4. Close the grill lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the skillet from the grill, place sausages on the grill, and cook until they are browned and reach 165°F with a meat thermometer.

Serve with grill-toasted buns. Place sauteed peppers and onions in the center of the toasted bun and top with grilled Italian sausage. Delish with a fruity summer cocktail!

On the Stovetop

  1. Warm a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat for 2-3 min.
  2. Add ingredients and cook as described in the grill method above.
  3. Cook sausages on grill until they are browned and reach 165°F with a meat thermometer. Or, brown them in a separate skillet on the stovetop.
  4. Serve as described above.
ingredients in the pan to make Grilled Sausage and Peppers

Tips for Grilling Sausage & Peppers

  • Make sure to use hot mitts when handling cast iron since it will be very hot and very heavy.
  • A meat thermometer is key for gauging whether meat cooked on the grill is done; pork should be a minimum of 165°F.
  • Keep veggies cut to the same size so they cook evenly. For an extra pop of flavor, rub a clove of garlic over the toasted bun before building your sausage dog.
pan of cooked Grilled Sausage and Peppers

Storing Leftovers

  • Keep leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • Reheat Italian sausage with peppers and onions by cutting the sausages in half (to allow steam to escape) and microwave or cook on the stovetop with a little water added.
  • Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months. They can be reheated as directed above, added to a pasta dish, or chopped and topped onto a baked potato, or stuffed into a sandwich for a tasty lunch or workday meal.
plated Grilled Sausage and Peppers

Other Tasty Grilled Recipes!

hot dog bun with Grilled Sausage and Peppers
5 from 7 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Grilled Sausage and Peppers

Grilled Italian sausage and peppers is a hearty and delicious dish, perfect for parties, potlucks or busy weeknights!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Candace


  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 yellow bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon beef rub or your favorite mixed seasoning
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 6 Italian sausages
  • 6 hot dog buns gourmet


  • Discard seeds and stems from peppers and slice from top to bottom into ¼” slices. Slice onion in thin slivers from top to bottom.
  • Preheat grill to 450˚F. Place a 12 inch cast iron skillet on the grill, close grill lid, and preheat for 5 minutes.
  • Add olive oil and butter to the skillet. Once butter is melted, add peppers and onions, then sprinkle with beef rub. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Once peppers and onions begin to brown, deglaze skillet with broth. Mix in salt, pepper, and sausages. Be sure sausages are in the broth (no need to be fully covered). Close grill lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove skillet from the grill. Add sausage to the grill* and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until browned and sausages reach 160˚F.
  • Meanwhile place buns, cut side down, on grill. Toast for 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve peppers and onions on the bun and top with sausage.


*Alternatively, brown sausages in a separate skillet on medium high heat.
Toast buns in the oven or toaster if desired and serve with peppers, onions, and sausage.
5 from 7 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 127 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1971IU | Vitamin C: 186mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Like our recipes?
Follow us on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest

REPIN this Grilled Sausage And Peppers Recipe!

Grilled Sausage and Peppers in the pan with writing
hot dog buns with Grilled Sausage and Peppers and writing
Grilled Sausage and Peppers and onions on a hot dog bun with a title
Grilled Sausage and Peppers and onions in the pan with a title
plated Grilled Sausage and Peppers with a title
Grilled Sausage and Peppers in the pan and in a hot dog bun with a title

Recipe very slightly adapted from Hey Grill Hey


, ,

Recipes you'll love

About the author

I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
See more posts by Candace

latest & greatest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating