Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fig-Glazed Burgers with Red Onion Jam

Well this was a risky recipe! Mainly because I was cooking for 6 and it is definitely a unique combination. I mean red onion jam and fig preserves for burgers? I really can't express how good these burgers were! With fresh herbs and Muenster cheese....delicious! Southern Living said the fig preserves and the red onion jam really balance each other out and I completely agree. Next time you are grilling burgers please try this recipe. You won't be disappointed!

Fig-Glazed Burgers with Red Onion Jam
Adapted from Southern Living
Red Onion Jam
4 cups thinly sliced red onions (about 2 medium)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

Vegetable cooking spray
1 1/2 pounds ground round
1 egg
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons fig preserves (approximately)
4 (1/2 oz.) Muenster cheese slices
4 hamburger buns, toasted

1. Prepare Onion Jam: Saute onions in hot oil in a large nonstick skilled over medium-high heat 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low; stir in sugar, vinegar, and thyme. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until onion is very tender. Keep warm. (You can also make this ahead of time and heat up before serving).
2. Prepare Burgers: Coat cold cooking grate of grill with vegetable cooking spray and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350 to 400 degrees (medium-high) heat. Gently stir together ground round, one egg, fresh oregano, salt and garlic powder. Shape mixture into 4 (1/2-inch thick) patties.
3. Grill patties, covered with grill lid*, 5 minutes on each side. Top with preserves and cheese; grill 2 minutes or until beef is no longer pink in center and cheese is melted. Serve burgers on buns with desired amount of Red Onion Jam.

*If you are grilling impaired like me try out a Grill works great!
We served the burgers with corn on the cob!

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  1. Brit, what if i'm not a fan of figs? would i still like the recipe? - LT

  2. The only thing the fig does is add a little bit of a sweet taste to match the tartness of the Red Onion Jam (quote from Southern Living). There isn't a strong taste of fig at all. You could just make some with and some without the fig!

  3. Thanks for trying this recipe and posting the pic! I've been making a great fig/pancetta/asparagus pizza lately, and now my husband and I are obsessed with trying new recipes with figs! Will be trying this one soon. Oh, I found your blog via your comment on the Southern Living site, if you're curious. :)