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Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Zucchini boats with grilled Italian sausage are an easy way to get your veggies and protein in. Use Kingsford® Charcoal with hickory for a smoky and savory infusion of flavor.

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Cooking for 4 people


  • 4 zucchini, cut lengthwise
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small can Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained
  • 16 oz. mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small bunch of basil leaves, chopped for garnish

1 Food Prep

Slice the tips off of your zucchini, then slice them lengthwise. Remove the inner part of your zucchini with a spoon or melon baller so there’s room to add the stuffing.

2 Grill Prep

Fuel: We recommend Kingsford® Charcoal with Hickory to add an authentic, smoky wood flavor that’ll compliment this dish perfectly.

Method: Two-Zone Method

Temp: 425°F (Medium Heat)

3 The Cook

  • When you’re at temp, put cooking oil on a folded paper towel. Grab the oiled paper towel with long-handled tongs and oil the grate and griddle thoroughly. If you don’t have a griddle, you can use a grill-safe skillet or pan.

  • Add your Italian sausage, garlic and tomatoes to a griddle or skillet placed over the coals, on the hotter side of your grill, stirring until cooked through. This should only take a few minutes.

  • Scoop your cooked sausage mixture into the zucchini boats and place them on the cooler side of the grate, away from the coals.
  • Top them off with mozzarella cheese, then cook your zucchini boats for an additional 10–15 minutes or until the cheese has melted, the zucchini is fork tender and the Italian sausage reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.

  • Garnish your zucchini boats with fresh basil and serve immediately.

Recipe created by Robyn Lindars — Recipe Developer, Grilling Expert, Editor in Chief of Grill Girl Magazine and — on behalf of Kingsford® Charcoal and Masterbuilt.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

2 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Garden Freshness What a great way to use all the zucchini in my garden. Easy to prepare, delicious to eat.
Date published: 2023-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Taste and Super EASY! Made this on my pellet grill by following the same instructions below. Very Flavorful and easy dinner! Used homegrown zucchini and tomatoes (added Italian Herbs to tomatoes while draining). I did recalculate the recipe for 2 people: one big zucchini, about 6 average sized tomatoes, 1/4 lb. sausage, 1 garlic clove and about 1/4 cup mozzarella.
Date published: 2021-08-19
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