The easiest Grilled Sausage dinner! My easy method for perfect-every-time grilled sausage (that stays perfectly juicy!), paired with our favorite one-bowl salad (no vinaigrettes or dressings involved!). The easiest 15-minute dinner recipe for grilling season!
OMG. I know exactly what you’re thinking.
“Is this bish seriously posting a recipe for grilled sausage?”
Yes. I am seriously posting a recipe for grilled sausage.
This is seriously so embarrassing.
But if I’m totally honest, the past few months have been so busy that easy, easy dinners have been my saving grace. Menu planning & meal prepping have fallen a bit by the wayside, & dinnertime has had this way of creeping up on me in a way that catches me by surprise every single time.
Being able to throw something together really easily & quickly, without any meal prep needed, is the only thing that’s kept us from going to hola arepa or chipotle every night.
& Grilled sausage? It’s stupid easy.
& When you pair them with a fresh & easy one-bowl salad?
Man, oh man. It’s stupid delicious.
How to grill sausage:
Grilling sausage seems like such a simple thing to do…but like most simple things, doing it well is actually not the easiest thing in the world.
Isn’t it annoying how that works out?
If you grill them up too fast, the outside burns before the sausage has the chance to cook through. & Then once they do cook up, they end up being dry. Bleh.
& While you can totally go the “low-&-slow” route (like when you make beer brats!), it takes a little bit of planning in advance, which is so not stupid easy.
What’s a gal to do?
Well. Lucky for you, your favorite blogger researched & practiced all summer long. It’s a hard job, but someone’s gotta do it.
The secret to grilling juicy sausage is indirect heat.
Basically, you place the sausage on one side of the grill, then you turn the burners on the opposite side of the grill to high, high heat. The high heat will circulate around the grill, cooking the sausage through slower & more gently than they’d cook if you just threw them over open flame.
Then, once the indirect heat has cooked the sausage through, you toss them over direct heat, just for a few minutes, to char up their exterior perfectly.
This method of grilling over indirect heat is called zone grilling and it is also the secret to my perfect grilled buffalo chicken wings (another stupid easy dinner…check it out!) & I’m sort of obsessed with it. It’s super easy, & the grilled sausage turns out perfectly every time.
What to serve with grilled sausage: Our favorite one-bowl salad.
The star of this stupid-easy dinner actually is not the grilled sausage (even though they’re really, really good…trust me). What really makes this stupid-easy grilled sausage dinner shine is the one-bowl salad we serve it up with.
Yes. one-bowl. As in, you don’t even need to make a vinaigrette.
So here’s the deal. I’ll usually just toss in whatever I picked up at the farmer’s market or whatever I have laying around in the fridge into my one-bowl salads. But! This is my absolute favorite combination:
- spring greens or baby kale (these have been my fave since I posted about them here! Or whatever looks great at the farmer’s market!)
- sweet corn, cut straight from the cob (grill it if you want!)
- cherry tomatoes (aka end-of-summer candy)
- avocado (so creamy. so good.)
- kosher salt (obviously) & tons of freshly cracked black pepper (double obvs.)
Then! It all goes in a giant bowl together & gets finished with a big squeeze of lime juice & a little drizzle of olive oil. You toss, toss, toss it up, & that’s it! Seriously so easy, & so perfect. The lime juice adds the right amount of zippiness to the salad (without any fussy homemade vinaigrettes), & the sweet corn, tomatoes, & avocado will have you going back in for bite after bite after bite.
Plate it on up with your grilled sausage, & dinner is served. (In less than 15 minutes total!)
Does it get better than that?!
I can’t wait for you to try this Grilled Sausage recipe ASAP! It is the easiest weeknight dinner recipe & a go-to when you are looking for something quick & delicious!
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The easiest grilled sausage dinner! My easy method for perfect-every-time grilled sausage (that stays perfectly juicy!), paired with our favorite one-bowl salad (no vinaigrettes or dressings involved!). The easiest 15-minute dinner recipe for grilling season!
- Preheat the grill to high heat. You’ll want to only preheat 1 side of the grill, leaving the other side as an indirect heat cooking station for the sausage.
- Grill the sausage: Once the grill is hot, place the sausage on the grates on the half of the grill that isn’t lit. Close the grill and cook for 5 minutes. The heat will circulate the grill, providing the perfect amount of indirect heat to cook the sausage without making it super dry or burning the exterior. After 5 minutes, open the grill, flip the sausage, and cook over indirect heat for another 5 minutes. Transfer the sausage to the direct heat and cook for 2 minutes per side, flipping the sausage every so often, just so the sausage gets as charred as you’d like it to be. Transfer the grilled sausage to a plate and allow to rest for a minute or two.
- Make the one-bowl salad: Add the greens, corn kernels, tomatoes, and avocado to a large bowl. Squeeze in the lime juice. Add in the olive oil and salt. Toss to combine. Taste and season additionally, as needed.
- Serve the sausages alongside some of the one-bowl salad. Enjoy!
- Cooking times provided work for the sausages we buy from the cases at our butcher shop. They are usually about 1 inch thick. If your sausage is thicker/thinner, adjust cooking time as needed.
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If you liked this grilled sausage recipe, here are a few other easy dinner ideas you’ll love!
- Perfect Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wings
- 3-Minute Cast Iron Steak
- Stuffed Grilled Pork Chops
- 15-minute Trader Joe’s Quinoa Skillet
- 6-Ingredient Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad
- All PWWB Weeknight Recipes
If this all still feels new to you, I encourage you to head over to this Grilling 101 post, where we dive into all the grilling basics – everything from how to light your grill to how to clean your grill.
All this talk about grilling have you feelin’ ready to hit the grill? Me too! Be sure to check out this post for my 13 go-to marinades you need this grilling season. At our house, a good marinade is at the heart of grilling season. I’m positive these marinades will be on repeat at your house this summer! For even more grilled goodness, be sure to check out all of our Grilling & Smoking recipes.
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