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World’s Easiest Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage

Here are the World’s Easiest Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage, and it just doesn’t get much easier than this for tasty low-carb kabobs! Use the Grilling Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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This recipe for World’s Easiest Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage is a great reason to be breaking out the grill, and unless you’re brand new to my blog, it’s probably pretty obvious that I love grilling. This favorite grilling recipe is for those nights when you just want an easy dinner, and I hope you enjoy this updated recipe. I’ve been making variations on this theme for years any time I want a quick easy dinner.

In this post I share some tricks for maximum flavor from these Grilled Zucchini Sausage and Kabobs, depending on how much time you want to invest, but even if you just stick the sausage and veggies on skewers, brush with Italian salad dressing, and grill, this is a pretty good tasting dinner that’s easy and healthy. And if you’re a fan of kabobs, check out 20 Low-Carb Kabobs or Skewers for the Grill for more tasty ideas!

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I call this recipe Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs, because the red bell peppers (or red onions) are definitely optional, but they’re good if you have some. If you have time, cut up veggies in advance and marinate in a little bit of Italian salad dressing for a few hours. Cutting the veggies in same size, same shape pieces will give better results here.

When it’s time to assemble kabobs, drain the marinated veggies. (You can skip the marinating step entirely and just brush the vegetables with dressing, but marinating does add more flavor.)

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When we cut the sausage and zucchini we tried to create flat sides so we could get some grill marks; notice that the individual pieces were carefully put on the skewers so the flat side was facing out. Any pre-cooked sausage will work for this recipe. I’ve made this many times with beef sausages from Costco; use chicken or turkey sausage if you prefer. (5th Street Grill Italian Turkey Sausage or Sabatinos Smoked Mozzarella Chicken Sausage with Artichokes and Garlic would both be good in this recipe. Look for gluten-free sausage if needed.)

When you’re ready to cook, preheat grill to medium, and spray with non-stick spray if desired. Cook the kabobs, turning several times, until the sausage is nicely browned and the vegetables are starting to soften but still slightly tender-crisp, about 15 minutes.

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Make it a Meal:

Serve Grilled Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs hot, with an easy summer side dish like Cucumbers Caesar or Effie’s Easy and Amazing Cottage Cheese Salad.

More Tasty and Easy Kabobs on the Grill:

Ultra Easy Pesto Lemon Chicken Kabobs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chicken Caesar Kabobs ~ Taste and Tell
Low-Carb Steak and Mushroom Kabobs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sausage, Onion, and Mushroom Kabobs ~ Kayotic Kitchen

World’s Easiest Grilled Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs

It just doesn’t get much easier than these Grilled Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs!


  • pre-cooked pork, beef, chicken, or turkey sausages, 1 per person
  • medium-size zucchini, 1 per person (use zucchini that’s close to the same diameter as the sausage if possible)
  • Optional: red bell pepper pieces or red onion pieces to alternate with the sausage and zucchini
  • Italian salad dressing with soybean oil or olive oil for marinating kabobs or brushing on as you grill (choose dressing with not more than 1 or 2 carbs per serving for South Beach Diet or low-carb diets)


Instruction if you’re marinating vegetables:

  1. Cut zucchini and any other vegetables you’re using into same-size pieces, cutting some flat edges and making the zucchini slightly smaller than you’ll cut the sausage.
  2. Put vegetables into Ziploc bag and pour in enough Italian dressing to moisten all the vegetables. (I used about 1/4 cup Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing for the veggies in the photo; this is the brand I always use if I have it.)
  3. Let vegetables marinate for an hour or so, or even all day if desired. (Refrigerate if marinating for more than an hour.)

Instructions to cook kabobs:

  1. Brush gas or charcoal grill grates with olive oil or spray with non-stick spray and preheat grill or broiler to medium heat (you can hold your hand there about 3 seconds at that heat.)
  2. Cut sausage into chunks, about five pieces per sausage.
  3. Drain marinated vegetables, or cut vegetables into pieces if you didn’t marinate.
  4. Thread sausage and vegetables onto skewers, alternating, and putting the skewer through the skin of the sausage and veggies so they won’t spin around and arranging them with a flat side facing out for best grill marks.
  5. You can brush kabobs with Italian Salad Dressing if you didn’t marinate the vegetables.
  6. Grill kabobs over medium heat, turning frequently. Kabobs are done when sausage is browned but zucchini and other vegetables are barely tender, about 15 minutes.
  7. Serve hot.


Using double skewers or wider blade-type skewers like I used in the new photos will make these kabobs much easier to turn on the grill. (My skewers are from Turkey; if you ever make it there be sure to get some!

This recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
To make Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage suitable for the South Beach Diet, use lower-fat pre-cooked chicken or turkey sausage. If you’re using lower-fat sausage, be extra careful to oil the grill before you heat it, and you may want to brush the sausage pieces with olive oil to prevent sticking. The recipe would also be suitable for low-carb eating plans, many of which may prefer full-fat sausage. Choose Italian dressing with not more than 1 or 2 grams of carbs for South Beach or low-carb diets.

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30 comments on “World’s Easiest Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage”

  1. OMG!! I had the exact same skewers that are shown in the picture years ago! I used them all the time for kabobs. This is the first time I have seen them anywhere else. Unfortunately, my son lost them when he lost his storage unit. 🙁 Major bummer! I wish I could get some replacements. (sigh)
    I will have to try this recipe out.

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  4. Zerrin, hope you enjoy!

  5. What an easy yet tasty zucchini treat! Must try it this summer!

  6. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. Can't wait to try this!

  7. These look so good. I am going to try them out tonight. I have raw sausages, so I will cook them up first before slicing them and putting them on the kabob. I just want you to know that I found your blog recently when I was looking for South Beach recipes online. My mom and I have both been on the diet for 2 months now and we have tried a bunch of your recipes out. Thank you so much!!!

  8. I also served these with a sprinkle of lime juice – delish!

  9. Wow, does that ever look good! I don't eat meat OR zucchini, and I'm completely craving this! I guess there's just something irresistible about food on a stick… 🙂

  10. This recipe may also go great with shrimps instead of sausages. I think that's how kabobs are traditionally done. Plus, shrimps are way better than sausages… at least in my opinion. 😀

  11. Awesome I'm always looking to try new kabobs, and my parents are in town so you gave me a perfect dinner idea

  12. Thanks for tweeting this! I have all the ingredients in my house and will make them tonight. Yum.

  13. These are great with fresh pineapple skewered on them too, if you're allowed those on your SBD phase 🙂

  14. What's so great about a recipe like this is that it can be used as an easy weeknight meal or for entertaining. The colors are beautiful!

  15. Pearl, I'm so glad! (Believe me, the earlier photo wouldn't have had that effect on you!)

  16. oh Kalyn – that is making my mouth water!

  17. Thank you Kalyn! I just found your blog and am very happy I did 🙂 I am attempting to change my family’s eating habits for the better. I am going to sneak the SBD on them-
    this looks like it will be a family favorite and easy for me to prepare.

  18. Oh wow. These are wonderful!


  19. Kalyn, hw I wish I cd be more disciplined in eating and reduce all the extra pounds that I have gained…there are indeed quite a lot to try from here…shall come back again…

  20. Paul. the main reason for cooked sausage is simply because the raw sausage is hard to cut and even harder to thread on the skewers and would spin around, making it hard to get cooked evenly. If you had double skewers, raw sausage might work just fine. I also have something called kabob baskets which would work with the raw sausage. I haven’t tried it with raw sausage, but I also wonder if the veggies would get overdone in the time it would take to get the raw sausage cooked? Let me know if you try it with raw sausage.

  21. Why precooked sausages? i would have thought it would have been better to start with raw.

  22. Alice, I love the idea of using those chicken sausages. Alas, no Trader Joe’s in Utah, but I’ve seen similar ones at Costco. And welcome to WHB!

  23. Hi Kalyn – I made the skewers and they were great! Thanks for the idea. I used some chicken based Italian sausages from Trader Joes, zucchini, peppers and sweet onion. To go with, I made a yummy salad with watermelon goat cheese arugula and mint that I think I will submit for weekend herb blogging.

    Also – thanks for visiting my blog and for your compliments! Happy 4th!

  24. Alice, your blog is looking good.

    Katy, I love anything on a stick, especially zucchini and peppers.

    Tanna, thanks. This is about as easy as it gets.

    Mae, happy 4th of July to you too!!

  25. Hey Kalyn, it’s 4th of July here in the Channel Islands and i just came by to say ‘Happy Independence Day or Happy 4th of July’ to you.

    Oh, and the kebabs looks yummmmmmy!

  26. Looks like a winner and easy!!

  27. Oh yum, food on a stick is always always better. Looks wonderful!

  28. I think I am going to try these tonight for dinner. I have a lot of zucchini from my CSA and I have a feeling it’s going to keep coming! I really like your site, it looks like a great source for healthy recipes – I am going to add a link. I started a new food blog last month and I’m having a great time with it, feel free to stop on by anytime! 🙂

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