Savory Ground Sausage Recipes to Try

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole with Sausage
Photo: © Phoebe Lapine

Ground sausage recipes are guaranteed to make your taste buds do a dance, preferably the tango. As herbs and spices like sage, garlic, and pepper work together, ground sausage steals the show. Whether your style is sweet or spicy, we've got options. Ground sausage works beautifully in casseroles, lettuce wraps, burgers, and finger food galore. This recipe collection features cheesy broccoli and rice casserole, sausage-stuffed fried olives, and Italian sausage burgers. If you want to turn up the heat or keep it sweet, here are our best savory ground sausage recipes.

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Sausage and Red Onion Sheet Pan Quiche

Sausage and Red Onion Sheet Pan Quiche
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Prissy Lee

At Convivial in Washington, D.C., Cedric Maupillier's foot-long quiche takes this breakfast classic to the next level. This version, prepared in a rimmed baking sheet, makes plenty for everyone.

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Sausage and Fennel Stuffing

Sausage and Fennel Stuffing
Johhny Miller

Wedges of fennel and onion combined with sweet Italian sausage creates this satisfying stuffing. For an extra level of flavor, make the sausage at home with this easy bonus method.

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Spicy Sausage Pasta with Tomatoes and Squash

Spicy Sausage Pasta with Tomatoes and Squash
Photo by David Malosh / Prop Styling by Amy Wilson / Food Styling by Maggie Ruggiero

A few tablespoons of harissa brings the heat to this dish. Don't forget to add thinly sliced squash minutes before serving. To achieve wafer-thin slices, use a mandoline.

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Cheesy Sausage Cocktail Toasts

Jennifer Causey

Cookbook author Andrea Slonecker is passing the plate from one generation to another in this remake of her grandmother's "pizza toasts." These sausage toasts are cheesy, gooey, and crunchy. To achieve a velvety texture you can melt a combination of mascarpone (or cream cheese) with robust Taleggio to bring a creamy taste.

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Buttermilk Biscuits and Pat LaFrieda's Sausage Gravy

Buttermilk Biscuits and Pat LaFrieda’s Sausage Gravy
William Hereford

Butter your biscuits in this classic Southern dish that is sure to bring comfort to your soul. Dry white wine plays against the richness in the gravy, bringing a balanced acidity to this hearty dish. Homemade sausage is well-seasoned and not overly sweet, so choose a savory or spicy blend if substituting for store-bought sausage.

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Sausage-Stuffed Artichokes with New Potatoes

Sausage Stuffed Artichokes with New Potatoes Recipe
Victor Protasio

A hint of warm spices in the bratwurst complements the mild vegetal flavors in the artichoke which meld together during cooking. The tender bottoms of the artichoke leaves are perfumed by the Chardonnay and are great dipped in mustard, so don't overlook them.

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Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Italian Sausage

Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Italian Sausage
Greg Dupree

Bell peppers aren't the only vegetable that can be stuffed with savory and juicy meats. Ripe tomatoes and roasted eggplant come together to yield a hearty filling, made even better with the addition of Italian sausage. Combined with a bright and lemony breadcrumb topping and a quick-fix tomato sauce jazzed up with fresh herbs, this makes a stunning summer main dish.

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Sausage-Stuffed Fried Olives

Sausage-Stuffed Fried Olives Recipe
Victor Protasio

Mild Castelvetrano olives add just enough salt to this savory sausage snack. Enjoy with a crisp martini or a chilled glass of wine.

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Delicata Squash and Sausage Crostata with Ricotta and Honey

Delicata Squash and Sausage Crostata with Ricotta and Honey
Justin Walker

In their book Wine Food, sommelier Dana Frank and recipe developer Andrea Slonecker pair funky, bright wines with flavorful, vegetable-forward dishes. They compare crostatas and galettes to pizza, making them the perfect weeknight dinner. This version layers fennel-spiced sausage, chile, delicata squash, and honey for a dinner that pairs well with a northern Italian Dolcetto.

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Italian-Sausage Burgers with Garlicky Spinach

Italian-Sausage Burgers with Garlicky Spinach
© Stephanie Foley

Need a quick lunch option? These pre-seasoned Italian sausage burgers are just the thing. Don't forget to spread pesto on the ciabatta rolls.

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Pasta with Sausage, Basil, and Mustard

Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard.

© Greg DuPree

This recipe is a Food & Wine-certified favorite: In 2018, we named it one of our 40 best. In matching spicy sausage with a creamy mustard sauce and fragrant basil, British cookbook author Nigel Slater creates a quick pasta supper with warm, mildly spicy flavors.

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Pasta with Sausage and Mustard Greens

Pasta with Sausage and Mustard Greens
Con Poulos

The genius of Food & Wine culinary director at large Justin Chapple's pasta recipe is the contrast of flavors — creamy, meaty, nicely bitter, and tangy.

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Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties

Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties
Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

At Beast + Bottle in Denver, chef-owner Paul C. Reilly uses these ginger-and-garlic flecked sausage patties on the house breakfast sandwich. "Be sure to keep your meat and spices extra cold right up until grinding the meat," says Reilly. This step ensures a well-marbled sausage, easier grinding and a more sanitary process.

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Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole with Sausage

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole with Sausage
© Phoebe Lapine

This easy, gluten-free broccoli-and-rice casserole is a classically comforting one-dish meal. Transfer the casserole to the broiler to get the cheesy topping crusty and browned.

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