Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash is flavored with lemon and herbs and this dinner has all the flavors of summer. Use what ever type of sausage and summer squash you have on hand!

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Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Lemon and Herbs finished dish in serving bowl

When it’s zucchini season, most people love easy recipes that use zucchini, right? This year I planted just one zucchini plant and one yellow summer squash plant in my little fenced garden space, and already I’m starting to get zucchini at a rate that’s making me think about how to use it. So there might be an abundance of zucchini recipes coming up for the next little while!

This Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash is a recipe I first made about ten years ago, inspired by one that I spotted in Fine Cooking Magazine. This is a perfect way to use overly-abundant squash from the vegetable garden, but even if you (gasp) have to buy zucchini, this is quick and easy for a summer dinner!

Of course I had to make some changes to the recipe! Through the years I’ve stopped adding Kalamata Olives and started using a few more chopped fresh herbs in this dish. And please don’t skimp on the lemon, olive oil, and herb sauce that gets mixed in with the cooked squash and sausage; that’s what makes this easy grilled zucchini and sausage so good! And we loved this with fresh lemon pieces to squeeze on at the table.

What ingredients do you need?

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  • zucchini
  • yellow summer squash
  • Olive Oil (affiliate link)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Italian sausage
  • chopped fresh mint
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • Capers (affiliate link)
  • fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
  • Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), or other all-purpose seasoning blend

What sausage did I use for Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash?

I used Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage for this tasty combination of grilled sausage, summer squash, lemon, and herbs. But I think there are many types of sausage that would taste great in this recipe, so use the type of sausage you like best.

Can you use just one color of summer squash with the Grilled Sausage?

I thought this recipe looked extra pretty with the combination of yellow and green summer squash I had. But if you have abundance of one color of summer squash, use whatever color or variety of summer squash you have.

Other variations for this Grilled Sausage recipe:

I used mint and parsley for fresh herbs, but you could use any combination that appeals to you. You could certainly add other veggies like red onion, mushrooms, or red bell pepper if you happen to have some. And I think this would be great with any kind of sausage you like to cook on the grill.

How low in carbs is this grilled sausage recipe?

This easy summer dinner idea has only 7 net carbs per serving.

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How to make Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash:

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  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. 
  2. For grilling I love Johnsonville Italian Sausage; either sweet or hot sausage will work for this. If you prefer a low-fat sausage, put it in a bowl and brush with olive oil. (Choose gluten-free sausage if you need this to be gluten-free.)
  3. Cut up 2 medium zucchini and 2 medium yellow squash into same-size pieces.
  4. Toss squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper while you preheat grill basket. If you don’t have a grilling basket (affiliate link) like this, check recipe below for another option.
  5. Put sausage on the grill and then add vegetables to the grill basket.
  6. Grill sausage and squash about 18 minutes, turning several times with tongs and a large turner.
  7. It is done when sausage feels firm and is lightly browned and squash is tender and starting to brown.
  8. While sausage and squash cooks, finely chop the mint and parsley (or herbs of your choice) and measure out the capers.
  9. Mix herbs and capers with lemon juice, olive oil, and some Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) or other all-purpose seasoning.
  10. When sausage is cooked through, remove from grill and slice into 1 inch slices.
  11. Toss grilled sausage and squash with the lemon and herb mixture.
  12. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot, with extra lemon to squeeze on at the table if desired.
  13. The extra squeeze of lemon is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you’re a lemon-lover like me!

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Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash served with Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan, Spring Mix Salad, Roasted Asparagus with Soy Sauce, or Kalyn’s Favorite Baby Arugula Salad would make a delicious low-carb meal.

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Yield: 5 servings

Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash is such an easy and delicious idea for a summer dinner and the flavor here is kicked up a notch with lemon and herbs.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini (see notes)
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash (see notes)
  • 2 T + 2 T olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 5 links (19 oz.) Italian sausage (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (see notes)
  • 2 T capers
  • 3 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Spike seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Spray a grilling basket (affiliate link) with non-stick spray. (If you don't have a grilling basket, cut each squash into six pieces lengthwise and grill the strips, then cut into smaller pieces.)
  2. I'm a fan of turkey Italian sausage, but for grilling I love Johnsonville Italian Sausage; either sweet or hot sausage will work for this. If you prefer a low-fat sausage, put it in a bowl and brush with olive oil so it doesn't stick on the grill. (Be sure to choose gluten-free sausage if you need this to be gluten-free.)
  3. Cut up 2 medium zucchini and 2 medium yellow squash into same-size pieces. I sliced the squash lengthwise and then into slices, and cut some of the bigger pieces in half again.
  4. Toss squash with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt, and pepper while you preheat grill basket.
  5. Put sausage on the grill and then add vegetables to the grill basket.
  6. Grill sausage and squash about 18 minutes, turning several times with tongs for the sausage and a large turner for the squash.
  7. It is done when sausage feels firm and is lightly browned and squash is tender and starting to brown. (Precooked sausage will need less time.)
  8. While sausage and squash cooks, finely chop the mint and parsley (or herbs of your choice) and measure out the capers.
  9. Mix herbs and capers with lemon juice, other 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and some Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) or other all-purpose seasoning.
  10. When sausage is cooked through, remove from grill and slice into 1 inch slices.
  11. Toss grilled sausage and squash with the lemon and herb mixture.
  12. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot, with extra lemon to squeeze on at the table if desired.

Notes

I used about 2 1/2 lbs. squash; you can use all one color of squash if that's what you have. I used Johnsonville Pork Italian Sausage, but you can use turkey Italian Sausage if you prefer. Sweet or hot sausage are both good in this recipe. Use any combination of fresh herbs that appeals to you.

This recipe adapted from Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash from Fine Cooking Magazine.

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 304Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 41mgSodium 1070mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 11g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash would make a great one-dish meal for low-carb eating plan, and this would also be great for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. South Beach would prefer low-fat sausage and other low-carb plans will prefer higher-fat pork sausage; take your choice!

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe for Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash was first posted in 2010; it was updated with greatly improved photos and nutritional information July 2020. The recipe was last updated with more information in 2024.

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