Grilled Muffuletta Sliders with Balsamic-Basil Tomato Salad

INGREDIENTS

Serves 6

3 pounds ground beef
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
12 store-bought "slider" mini buns
12 slices provolone cheese, cut in half
1 bottle of your favorite prepared olive salad mix
Balsamic-Basil Tomato Salad (recipe below)

PROCEDURE

  • Prepare a grill for indirect cooking.
  • In a medium bowl, season ground beef with salt and pepper. Form into 12 small patties. Grill to desired doneness, turning once on each side, 4 minutes per side for medium.
  • Grill buns. On bottom half of each bun, place a little olive salad, top with burger, followed by 2 small slices of provolone cheese, more olive salad, and then top half of bun. Serve immediately with Balsamic-Basil Tomato Salad.

Balsamic-Basil Tomato Salad
INGREDIENTS

6 tomatoes, preferably Creole, thinly sliced
1 large red onion, julienned
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

PROCEDURE: Slice tomatoes and onion add to zip lock plastic bag. Pour in vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper. Let marinate in bag while burgers are grilling. Serve with sliders.