Italian Caprese Sliders

Sue Salerno

By
@simplycooking101

This is a family favorite that I submitted and was included in the LA Times Battle of the Burgers Contest. The sliders are great, but the fresh buns make them even better.


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Serves:

6 (18 sliders 3 per person)

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb
ground beef
1 lb
hot italian sausage
1 tsp
dried italian seasoning
1 medium
finely chopped onion
1
finely chopped bell pepper
3 clove
minced garlic
18
white dinner rolls freshly baked
4 large
roma tomatoes sliced 1/4 inch thick
8 oz
fresh mozzarella cheese sliced 1/4 inch thick
36 large
basil leaves stems removed
3 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
3 Tbsp
balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Gently but thoroughly mix together the ground beef and ground Italian sausage (removing from the casings if any), along with the Italian spices, chopped onion, chopped Bell pepper and 2 cloves of minced garlic.
2
Press the mixture into a jelly roll pan using a rolling pin to make a flat even layer.
3
Cut the meat into 2″ squares using a a 2 inch spatula.
4
Grill 2-3 minutes on each side or until cooked through to a temperature of at least 165. If you prefer the cheese melted, place on top during the last minute or two of cooking.
5
If not fresh from the oven, wrap the rolls in foil and warm on the top rack of the grill while the burgers are cooking on their second side. I use frozen white parker roll dough but you could make your own.
6
When the burgers are done, place a slice of mozzarella on each burger and tent with foil while preparing the buns.
7
Whisk together olive oil, balsamic and remaining 1 clove minced garlic
8
Place the burger with cheese on the bottom of the bun, add a slice of tomato and two good-sized basil leaves and drizzle each burger with 1/2 teaspoon of the balsamic/olive oil dressing.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtags: #sliders, #Burgers