Balsamic Burgers with Mozzarella, Tomato & Cucumber Salad

Balsamic Burgers

with Mozzarella, Tomato & Cucumber Salad

30 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

For an Italian twist on the classic burger, we’re pairing juicy patties seasoned with dried basil, rosemary, oregano, and more with a savory-sweet balsamic mayo—all served on warm toasted buns. Juicy fresh tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and crunchy cucumbers all come together in an elevated side salad that boasts more classic Italian-style flair.
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Balsamic Burgers with Mozzarella, Tomato & Cucumber Salad
Title
  • 18 oz Ground Beef
  • ½ lb Grape Tomatoes
  • 4 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 head Butter Lettuce
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (Whole Dried Basil, Sage, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme & Marjoram)
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Lemon
  • 4 Burger Buns
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel 1 clove of garlic; using a zester or the small side of a box grater, finely grate into a paste. Halve the tomatoes. Thinly slice the cucumbers into rounds. Medium dice the mozzarella. If necessary, halve the buns. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; separate the leaves. Halve the lemon crosswise; squeeze the juice into a large bowl, straining out the seeds. Add the halved tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, and diced mozzarella. Toss to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and half the vinegar (you will have extra). Season with salt and pepper.

Marinate the vegetables & mozzarella
2 Marinate the vegetables & mozzarella

To the bowl of prepared vegetables and mozzarella, add half the Italian seasoning, as much of the garlic paste as you'd like, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; stir to combine. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Form & cook the patties
3 Form & cook the patties

Meanwhile, place the beef in a bowl. Add the remaining Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine. Form the mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the patties. Cook 4 to 5 minutes per side (flipping carefully, as the oil may splatter), or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate. 

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 160°F for beef.

Finish & serve your dish
4 Finish & serve your dish

Working in batches if necessary, add the halved buns, cut side down, to the pan of reserved fond. Toast on medium-high 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a work surface. Assemble the burgers using the toasted buns, balsamic mayo, and cooked patties. Just before serving, add the lettuce leaves to the bowl of marinated vegetables and cheese. Toss to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the burgers with the salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel 1 clove of garlic; using a zester or the small side of a box grater, finely grate into a paste. Halve the tomatoes. Thinly slice the cucumbers into rounds. Medium dice the mozzarella. If necessary, halve the buns. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; separate the leaves. Halve the lemon crosswise; squeeze the juice into a large bowl, straining out the seeds. Add the halved tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, and diced mozzarella. Toss to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and half the vinegar (you will have extra). Season with salt and pepper.

2 Marinate the vegetables & mozzarella

To the bowl of prepared vegetables and mozzarella, add half the Italian seasoning, as much of the garlic paste as you'd like, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; stir to combine. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Marinate the vegetables & mozzarella
Form & cook the patties
3 Form & cook the patties

Meanwhile, place the beef in a bowl. Add the remaining Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine. Form the mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the patties. Cook 4 to 5 minutes per side (flipping carefully, as the oil may splatter), or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate. 

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 160°F for beef.

4 Finish & serve your dish

Working in batches if necessary, add the halved buns, cut side down, to the pan of reserved fond. Toast on medium-high 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a work surface. Assemble the burgers using the toasted buns, balsamic mayo, and cooked patties. Just before serving, add the lettuce leaves to the bowl of marinated vegetables and cheese. Toss to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the burgers with the salad on the side. Enjoy!

Finish & serve your dish
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