Stuffed Sausage Sliders

Stuffed Sausage Sliders
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
40 mins
Chill Time:
1 hr
Grill Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 small apple

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme or sage, crushed

  • teaspoon grated whole nutmeg

  • 2 pound ground pork

  • ½ cup shredded white cheddar cheese or smoked provolone cheese (2 to 3 ounces)

  • 16 2 inch buns, rolls, or biscuits, sliced nearly in half

  • 1 recipe Grilled Apple-Fennel Slaw

Grilled Apple-Fennel Slaw

  • 1 tart apple, peeled

  • 1 small fennel bulb

  • 2 tablespoon sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar

  • Dash salt

  • Dash cayenne pepper


  1. Peel and shred enough of the apple to measure 1/3 cup. In a large bowl combine the 1/3 cup apple, oil, garlic, pepper, fennel seeds, salt, thyme, and nutmeg. Add ground pork; mix well.

  2. Shape a scant 1/4 cup pork mixture into a ball and use your finger to make a deep indentation in top. Fill indentation with 1 to 2 teaspoons cheese; press pork mixture to enclose filling. Reshape pork mixture into a ball and flatten into a 2 1/2-inch-diameter patty. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pork mixture and cheese. Cover and chill for 1 to 4 hours.

  3. For a charcoal grill, grill patties on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium coals for 10 to 12 minutes or until done (160°F), turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)

  4. Serve burgers in buns topped with Grilled Apple-Fennel Slaw.

Grilled Apple-Fennel Slaw

  1. Fold a 36x18-inch sheet of heavy foil in half to make an 18-inch square. Coarsely shred apple and cut fennel into thin, bite-size strips. Place apple and fennel in the center of foil; top with vinegar, butter, brown sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper. Bring up two opposite edges of foil and seal with a double fold. Fold remaining ends to completely enclose apple mixture, leaving space for steam to build. Grill apple packet alongside patties for 10 to 12 minutes or until fennel is tender.

Broiling Directions:

Preheat broiler. Prepare patties as directed through Step 2 and assemble apple packet for slaw as directed. Place patties and apple packet on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 9 to 11 minutes or until patties are done (160°F) and fennel is tender, turning patties once halfway through broiling.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

289 Calories
18g Fat
19g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 289
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 335mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 274mg 6%
Folate, total 36.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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