We are all trying to eat a little better these days and using your grill for turkey sausage is a slightly healthier option. The two drawbacks to a turkey sausage compared to a normal sausage are the texture and the lack of flavor. These are issues that are easily off-set with the proper grilling techniques that we will showcase here.
We will be grilling a Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage which happens to be a fully cooked sausage. Be sure to check the package of your sausage to see if it is fully cooked or raw sausage. A raw turkey sausage needs to be cooked to 165 degrees while a fully cooked sausage just need to be heated through.
We start by cutting our sausage into bun length sections, then we will butterfly slice them down the middle.
To accomplish this we take the tip of our knife and stick it into the ends of the sausage about 1/2 inch from the end. Slice it all the way through the end then repeat for the other side. Now we take our knife and lightly slice across the length of the sausage connecting the two end cuts you just made. You may need to do this a couple of times until you have cut about three-quarters of the way through it without cutting the entire sausage in half.
Now take both half’s and open the sausage like a book. Be careful not to break it into two pieces. If it will not stay open, flip it over and press down on the back of it. This way it should not break all the way through while flattening it. Repeat for all of the sausages. This step will allow you to add flavor and give you a better texture at the same time.
Heat your grill to a high to medium high heat.
Before we grill turkey sausage we are going to spice them up a bit.
1) If you are looking for a more traditional smoked sausage flavor take a whole grain mustard (we use Stadium Mustard) and spread it across the inside of the sausage.
2) To add a barbecue flair. Take your favorite barbecue rub spread it across a plate and press your sausage cut side down into the rub so it sticks.
3) For a south of the border taste. First we hit the inside of the sausage with a little Tapatio Mexican hot sauce. Then we spread some McCormicks perfect pinch Mexican seasoning onto a plate and press your sausage cut side down to coat it thoroughly.
Grilling those turkey sausages:
Take your spiced up sausages out to the grill. Place the sausages cut side down directly over the flame. This step will cook your spices in and caramelize them.
Flip your grill turkey sausages after 2 to 3 minutes using your tongs. The mustard version may stick a little bit.
Grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes and serve.
Final thoughts: The version we did with the Tapatio hot sauce and McCormicks was by far the best tasting sausage of the bunch it was delicious.
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