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Slow Cooker Mixed Bean & Italian Sausage Soup

Italian sausage during grilling season is one of my weaknesses. The flavor of the sausage combined with a well done grilled taste, hint of BBQ sauce of a bun is enough for me. So when asked to try Johnsonville’s new Brat and Italian Sausage Burgers, I was super excited. Italian sausage in the form of a hamburger patty? Heck yeah. So I thought.


I really wanted to like the Brat Burgers, but I have texture issues. I have a hard time biting into anything that mimics a scrambled egg patty, no matter how delicious the flavor is. The burgers were very juicy and flavorful. In fact I loved the flavor, but the juiciness is what I had a problem with. I would have preferred something more firm and dry. I had to get creative with these burgers because while I am all about honesty, I really don’t like to have to write “bad” reviews on my blog. So I found a way to tolerate them… in a bean soup! See the recipe below!


Slow Cooker Mixed Bean & Sausage Soup
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Total time
  • 3 Johnsonville Italian Brat Burgers
  • 80 oz soup stock (vegetable or chicken)
  • 4 oz dry red beans
  • 4 oz dry navy beans
  • 4 oz dry pinto beans
  • ½ cup corn
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt (Lawry's!)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Green onions
  1. Thoroughly cook burger patties, breaking them down into small, grounded pieces.
  2. Add sausage, broth, beans, corn and seasonings in a 5-quart slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 7 hours.
  4. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes after the 6th hour and continue to cook for 1 hour.
  5. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and green onions.

This bean and sausage soup is so delicious and it will definitely be added to our list of comfort foods this Fall! Try it? Tell me how you like it!

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    October 4, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    I love soup, so this looks delicious!

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    September 29, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    This soup looks really good! I must try! Seems pretty easy to make too! Thanks!

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    Laila @OnlyLaila
    September 27, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Looks delicious. I love trying new recipes.

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    September 27, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    This is such a good idea Sheena. I had problems with the texture too. I am loving this as an alternative. Now you have me thinking about crumbling it up and maybe using it on homemade pizza or in some chili :)

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    Caryn B
    September 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Nice! Now that I could totally eat : ) I made a pasta dish for similar reasons…. : )

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    September 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    I am not a big sausage fan but I could absolutely enjoy that soup!!! Looks and sounds so good!

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    The Young Mommy
    September 27, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    I probably wouldn’t want to eat a sausage burger, because like you, I have texture issues! That soup sounds awesome. Will have to try it soon!

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