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The Italian Texas BBQ Burger

The last couple of months I’ve been creating recipe using Johnsonville products and then sharing those recipes here with you (hopefully you’ve been enjoying them). The first month I created the Italian Sausage Rigatoni in Tomato Basil Sauce with Peppers and Kale and then last month I created the Whole Wheat Pancake Sausage Muffins.

This month my challenge was to create No Ordinary Burger using either the new Johnsonville Brat or Johnsonville Italian Sausage Patties. Since my store did not carry the Johnsonville Brat Patties, I created my burger using Johnsonville Italian Sausage Patties.

Italian Texas BBQ BurgerThis is definitely a messy burger and not for the faint of heart. It’s big, it’s flavorful and it’s delicious.  But, the best part of this burger is that it’s super simple to make.

The Italian Texas BBQ Burger
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Serves: 6
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 6 Johnsonville Italian Sausage Patties
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 6 slices cheese (we used Pepper Jack)
  • 6 tablespoons of your favorite barbeque sauce
  • 12-18 onion rings (2-3 per burger)
  1. Preheat grill to medium-low. Place frozen patties on the grill. Grill 15-18 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F, turning occasionally. While the patties are cooking away on the grill, start cooking the onion rings as directed on the package and fry the bacon until it's slightly crispy. Drain the excess grease by placing the bacon on a couple sheets of paper towels.
  2. To assemble the burger, starting from the bottom up, place cooked Johnsonville Italian Sausage Pattie on bottom hamburger bun. Top with cheese, barbeque sauce, onion rings and finish with the bacon. Place the top hamburger bun on top of the pile of goodness and ENJOY!

If you are a fan of Italian Sausage, then you’ll really appreciate the boldness and full flavor of this burger. It’s definitely a different flavor from the beef burger you’re used to, but I think you’ll like it.

italian texas bbq burgerThe pictures really do not do this burger justice.  It was after dark when we made these, so the lack of natural lighting really did nothing at all for the pictures.  But regardless of picture quality, you should definitely give the Johnsonville Italian Sausage Patties a try.

Thanks to Johnsonville for sending me the goodies to make this recipe.
About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    That looks yummy, plus it just gave me some great ideas for spicing up my Memorial Day BBQ

  2. 2

    That looks scrumptious!

  3. 3

    Looks SO good!!!

  4. 4

    This looks amazing!

  5. 5

    My husband would LOVE this!

  6. 6

    Now that looks like my kind of burger!

  7. 7

    I love onion rings in my burgers!

  8. 8

    I would have never thought to use a sausage patty on a burger.

  9. 9

    WOW!! Now that is an original burger!!

  10. 10

    Great burger!

  11. 11

    Yeah, that’s my kind of burger 🙂

  12. 12

    That looks amazing!!!

  13. 13

    That looks like a delicious burger and with Johnsonville I’m sure it is! I think I’d have to add some jalepenos to spice it up a bit:)

  14. 14

    Yum! That looks so good. Never would have thought to put that combo together.

  15. 15

    Sounds so yummy! I am going to tell hubs about it for our cookout tomorrow!

  16. 16

    This looks yummy!

  17. 17

    I like this… I don’t like eating too much red meat, so this is a great burger alternative!

  18. 18

    That looks so good!

  19. 19

    I have a huge love affair with hamburgers. So much so that I’ve honestly considered getting one tattooed. This looks outstanding as always Crystal!

  20. 20

    I’ve never thought to use sausage instead of ground beef…looks good!

  21. 21

    It looks incredible (like what those fast food burgers advertise they look like, but never do)…totally yummy!

  22. 22

    I’ll have to try those patties out.

  23. 23

    Wow this looks delicious!!

  24. 24

    Really creative! I would never have thought to use Italian sausage as the meat.

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