Italian Ciabatta Cheeseburgers

with Mozzarella, Onion, and Balsamic Greens


By Hello Fresh

Cooking Time: 30 mins

Servings: 4

Nutrition: 790 Calories



  • Red Onion- 1
  • Garlic- 2 cloves
  • Tomato Paste- 1 tbsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar- 2 tbsp
  • Ground Beef- 20 oz
  • Mozzarella Cheese- 1 cup
  • Ciabatta Bread- 4
  • Heirloom Grape Tomatoes- 8 oz
  • Spring Mix Lettuce- 4 oz
  • Dried Cranberries- 2 oz



1  PREHEAT OVEN AND COOK ONION.    Wash and dry all produce. Preheat oven to 400 degrees or grill to high. Halve, peel, and thinly slice onion. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and 1 tsp sugar. Cook, tossing, until browned, 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and set aside.


MAKE VINAIGRETTE.     While onion cooks, mince or grate garlic until you have ½ tsp (you may have a clove left over). In a large bowl, whisk together ½ TBSP tomato paste, 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar, 1 TBSP olive oil, and as much minced garlic as you like (we sent more tomato paste and vinegar than needed). Season with salt and pepper.


3  COOK BURGERS.       Wipe out same pan, then heat a drizzle of olive oil in it over medium-high heat (skip if grilling). Shape beef into 2 patties slightly wider than the bread. Season with salt and pepper. Add to pan or grill. Cook until just shy of desired doneness, 2-4 minutes per side. Sprinkle mozzarella on top. Cover pan or grill and cook until cheese melts, 1 minute more.


4  TOAST BREAD AND PREP.        Split ciabattas in half. Toast in oven or on grill until golden, 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, halve tomatoes lengthwise. TIP: A bread knife will slice right through those rolls.


5  TOSS SALAD.     Add mixed lettuce, tomatoes, and cranberries to bowl with vinaigrette and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.


6  ASSEMBLE AND SERVE.     Fill ciabattas with burgers, onion and a little bit of salad. Divide between plates and serve with remaining salad on the side.