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“Caprese” Sausage Patties with Pesto, Mozzarella and Tomato

Juicy grilled sausage patties topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, summer-ripe tomatoes and pesto. These Caprese Sausage Patties taste like summer on a bun.

Caprese Sausage Patties from What The Fork Food Blog

Caprese Sausage Patties 

Sausage patties have always been a summer food that I’ve enjoyed. I guess I consider them a summer food because we grill them and grilling is not a lot of fun on a cold, dark, (did I mention cold?) winters night.

When I was growing up we ate our grilled sausage patties like hamburgers. We topped them with ketchup and mustard and called it a day. Sometimes we had them with onions and peppers. These days, I like to experiment with my food a little more.

Sausage pairs so well with many different flavors. But I absolutely love sausage and tomatoes together. (ps try a sausage, cheese and tomato omelet – yum.)

Since I already love pairing sausage with tomato I thought, why not combine it with mozzarella?! It’s a sausage burger, is it not? And all burgers need cheese. Obviously.

I also wanted to have that wet, saucy element to my sausage patty sandwich and I didn’t want to use ketchup. Chef Sang Yoon would agree. (He supposedly bans the use of ketchup in his restaurants if you haven’t heard of him.)

Caprese Sausage Patties from What The Fork Food Blog

I had a jar of pesto in my fridge and I thought, “brilliant!” – said in the Guinness commercial voice. Check out the video for reference. This was one of my favorite commercials back in the day.

Ok, I get side tracked really easily and just spent a half an hour watching old commercials and an Irish step dancing flash mob. So back to the pesto…

Pesto is the perfect ingredient to round out the sausage patties. It brings the saucy element that is essential in keeping the bread moist and basil pairs perfectly with tomatoes and mozzarella. And yes, I used jarred pesto but you can use homemade if that’s what you have or prefer.

So there it is, “Caprese” Sausage Patties. All the flavors of a Caprese Salad sandwiched between two buns with a hot, juicy, grilled sausage patty. Yum, yum and yum.

Caprese Sausage Patties from What The Fork Food Blog

If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, these Grilled Eggplant Stacks have a similar flavor profile. They’re made with grilled eggplant, pesto, tomato, and cheese. They’d be great as is or make a sandwich out of it. So good!


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“Caprese” Sausage Patties with Pesto, Mozzarella and Tomato

5 from 5 ratings
Juicy grilled sausage patties topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, summer-ripe tomatoes and pesto. These Caprese Sausage Patties taste like summer on a bun.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
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  • 4 sausage patties
  • 4 slices of tomato
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 1/4 C approx. basil pesto
  • 4 hamburger rolls gluten-free (or regular if not following a gluten-free diet)


  • Pre-heat grill to 500 degrees.
  • Grill sausage patties until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 7-8 min per side.
  • Assemble hamburger buns with pesto on the top and bottom buns, mozzarella cheese, sausage patties and tomato.
  • Serve and enjoy!


When following a gluten-free diet, be sure to use gluten-free ingredients.I used pre-made gluten-free sausage patties, Aldi’s pesto (it’s delish!) and Udi’s hamburger buns. If your sausage patties are getting too browned/charred, move them to the side of the grill that is not on and cook them over indirect heat. That way, they’ll cook through without burning.


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Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren’t always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.

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If you enjoyed the Guinness 6 pack commercial I shared earlier in this post then you’ll find this one equally amusing. Also, these ads are from forever ago, which makes me feel so old…

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  1. Miz Helen says:

    5 stars
    Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
    Pinning your post!
    Miz Helen

  2. I’ve actually never been a big fan of pesto, but these look delicious! We grill about 3 or 4 times a week sometimes so it’s fun to try new things on the grill. Thanks for this 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      I was never a big fan of pesto either until I tried the jarred pesto from Aldi. I know, jarred pesto… But after a bad experience with fresh stuff I didn’t mind wasting my money on a cheap little jar of pesto if I didn’t like it. I now love it enough to maaaaybe start making my own again 🙂

  3. Stephanie says:

    Looks incredible! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  4. I’ve never really thought of sausage this way before, but it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing, I think I may try this recipe soon!

  5. Laura B says:

    Wow these looks so delicious and like something I could actually make, haha!

  6. Ashley says:

    I am literally obsessed with caprese sandwiches right now! I’m totally bookmarking this – thanks!

  7. Suzanne Michele says:

    This looks so yummy!! We may have to try this for dinner a night next week!

  8. Jenn L says:

    Mmmm! I love pesto and never would have thought to use it with sausage – or to use a sausage patty as a sandwich meat, either! This recipe looks yummy. I’m not much of a tomato girl, so I’d probably substitute that with some fresh spinach or green leafy lettuce. Thanks for the tasty recipe idea!

  9. Dede says:

    Here is a very dumb question but — is this breakfast sausage? Like the Jimmy Dean kind? We make it for dinner often, but I have never thought of turning it into a “real” sandwich!

  10. AnnMarie says:

    This is so easy and simple but looks so good! I just made a caprese salad with those ingredients (minus the sausage) and it is such a classic easy meal. Pinned!