DIY Chicken Sausage Garbage Plates

Ask just about any Rochestarian, and they’ll be quick to tell you about the importance of the garbage plate in our city’s local food culture. Rochester is of course known for this unusual dish, which was created at Nick Tahou Hots’ restaurant over fifty years ago. According to What’s Cooking America, the famous plate originated long ago when college students came to Nick Tahou asking for a dish with “all the garbage on it”. He then served up his original combo plate, which included two hamburger patties and a choice of two sides — usually some combination of home fries, macaroni salad, and beans. Years later, there are many takes on the classic garbage plate. So, of course we’re adding our own to the mix with today’s recipe! Though there are many places in Rochester you can go enjoy a Zweigle’s garbage plate, why not do it from the comfort of your own home? And what about lightening it up a bit for our health conscious friends? These are the two thoughts that inspired today’s dish: the Zweigle’s Chicken Sausage Garbage Plate…
  • Servings: 1


  • 2 Zweigle's Buffalo Chicken Sausages
  • 1 cup macaroni salad (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 cup sweet potato puffs or sweet potato fries
  • Desired toppings (ketchup, hot sauce, etc.)


  1. Preheat oven for sweet potato puffs and/or fries and bake for instructed amount of time according to bag or recipe.
  2. Heat buffalo chicken sausages in pan or in microwave until warm.
  3. Add sweet potatoes, mac salad, and chicken sausage to a plate, dress with desired toppings, and enjoy!

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