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Ultimate Beef Burger with Grilled Heirloom Cherry Tomatos

By posted June 23rd, 2016 at 2:14 PM

This homemade burger recipe is a must try.  The grilled heirloom tomato salad is a twist on classic burger toppings.  Trust us, if you serve this dish, your backyard grill outs will have their own waiting list!

4 servings
Prep Time: 
30 min
Total Time: 
50 min


  • 1 lb ground beef chuck
  • ½ small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp steak sauce
  • ½ cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 4 ciabatta buns
  • 1/4 cup stone ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 3/4 cup cherry heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp fennel greens (rough chop)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • mesh grilling basket


  1. Lightly oil cooking grates and then pre-heat on high while also preheating a mesh grilling basket.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix ground chuck, onion, brown sugar, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, steak sauce, and Italian seasoned bread crumbs. Form the mixture into four burger patties.  Cover and put aside.
  3. Cut Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes in half and drizzle with 1 tsp of the olive oil.
  4. Place the tomatoes in the preheated basket and grill for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Put grilled tomatoes in a bowl and add tsp of olive oil, 2 Tbsp of chopped fennel greens, 1/2 tsp fresh garlic minced, 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar. Stir well and season to taste with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  6. On the pre-heated  grill, cook the burgers 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or to desired doneness.
  7. Cut the ciabatta buns in half and brush with Olive Oil, and throw on warming rack face down to toast.
  8. Assemble the burgers by spreading 1 tbsp of Stone Ground Mustard on the bottom half of the ciabatta bun.
  9. Next spread 2 tbsp of fresh Arugula.
  10. Place the grilled burger on the Arugula and generously top burger with the Grilled Cherry Heirloom Tomato and Fennel Salad.
  11. Finish each with the top slice of grilled ciabatta bun.



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