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Italian Cheeseburger Sliders

Ground beef is mixed with Italian seasonings, cooked through and then topped with shredded mozzarella cheese, balsamic caramelized onions, and peppery arugula and placed into a mini ciabatta roll

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Servings: 12 sliders


  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 40 ounces ground beef (80/20 for best texture)
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 12 small ciabatta rolls sliced in half
  • ketchup


  • Slice red onion into thin strips. Heat oil over medium-high heat. An onions and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and continue cooking until onions are really soft and caramelized, about 10 minutes.
  • While the onions cook, prepare the patties. Add ground beef and Italian seasoning to a medium bowl and combine with your hands. Once combined, form the meat into 12 evenly-sized balls. Season the tops of the balls with salt and pepper.
  • Place butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is super hot, add one 3 to 4 patties to the pan, leaving enough room for them to be flattened. Using a spatula, flatten the balls into patties. Cook until edges turn super crispy, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 more minute. Add 1 tablespoon of cheese to the tops of the burgers while they finish cooking. Remove from heat and place onto bottom halves of ciabatta buns.
  • Once burgers and onions are done, it's time to assemble the sliders. Top each burger with a spoonful of onions and a few leaves of arugula. Add a drizzle of ketchup to the cut side top burger bun. Place top bun on top of arugula. Repeat with the other sliders Serve sliders immediately.