I have two food blogger buddies who love figs as much as I do-- Marie, from Proud Italian Cook and Stacey of Stacey Snacks. I have several of their recipes bookmarked, just as soon as I can find fresh figs. I also have a love affair with fig jam. This week, I was smitten with a recipe for Fig Glazed Burgers with Red Onion Jam that was posted on "The Bitten Word". The recipe originally comes from Southern Living Recipes, and uses ground beef and Muenster Cheese. When I think of fig jam, I tend to think of pork... or even lamb. So, I started thinking of Greek inspired ingredients, and an idea was born. I adore lamb, but my husband is so-so about it. I bought one pound of ground lamb and 1/2 pound of ground veal. I figured the mix of meats would tone down the sometimes "stronger" flavor of lamb. I didn't want to add too many seasonings, since I wanted the fig jam to be the star...
This feta cheese had sun-dried tomatoes and basil. It was really tasty, and will end up in a salad very soon.
I carefully sealed the patties together. Now, that's a patty!
The red onion jam has simple pantry ingredients. I love my mandoline, because you'll want the slices to be rather thin. This is about four cups. I also need fresh thyme, red wine vinegar and sugar. In a little bit of olive oil, the onion is cooked until very tender-- about 10 minutes.
Next, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of the red wine vinegar is added, the the fresh thyme. The recipe says 3/4 of a teaspoon. I added more. I think that's more for dried thyme, but add what you like. Cover the onions and cook on low-- keep warm. Fire up the grill...
The burgers are on standby...
I'm calculating one tablespoon of fig jam per person-- and a little extra... here we go!
Carl's Junior has nothing on this. It's big, I'm hungry and I'm going in!
I'm happy to see that the feta cheese melted perfectly...
Can you see how moist the burger is? It's perfectly cooked. So, what did I think?
VERDICT: Fig jam is the perfect glaze for grilling burgers. I am so going to use this more often... I'm thinking grilled chicken burgers, grilled turkey burgers, grilled anything burgers! My husband liked the burger, and didn't think the lamb was overpowering at all. Whew! The red onion jam is very good. I could go with or without it, because the fig jam is what intrigued me the most. I'm a jam maker, so I expected more of chutney or thick jam consistency with the red onion. I am very tempted to use brown sugar, instead of white sugar next time. As far as the burger seasonings-- I might be tempted to add some garlic to this... maybe shallots. Heck, that's the fun of making burgers! You can go wild with different ingredients.
Whatever you do, don't leave out the fig jam. That's the cherry on the sundae. Or, in this case, it's the star of this burger. You hear that Marie and Stacey?!
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As always, a printable recipe is at the very bottom of this post.