Even though I'm not a huge meat-eater, I do love a good burger. I love mixing things up and trying out new and different variations. Lucky me, July's Southern Living has a whole spread of Top-Rated Burgers. These were the first ones that stuck out at me. I absolutely love figs. One of my strongest childhood memories is going to my grandpa's house and picking figs off his tree, then eating them right there in the yard. And since my grandpa is pretty much my favorite person in the world, figs will always be a favorite as well.
These burgers start out with a patty seasoned with herbs and spices, then is grilled, glazed with fig preserves, and topped with Meunster cheese. As the burgers cook, a red onion jam is made by sauteeing onions with a little sugar, vinegar, and thyme. And just so you know, the leftover onions make phenomenal grilled cheese sandwiches. The result is a perfect combination of sweet, salty, and tart. Joey said this is his new favorite burger, so I have a feeling they'll be making regular appearances in our house.
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Fig-Glazed Burgers with Red Onion Jam
adapted from Southern Living, July 2010
makes 4 burgers
Red Onion Jam
- 4 cups thinly sliced red onions (about 2 medium or 1 large)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 3/4 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 2 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 3 Tbs. fig preserves
- 4 (1/2-oz) Meunster cheese slices
- 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
Prepare grill and heat to medium-high (350-400 degrees), and grease grates with vegetable oil using a paper towel and tongs. Gently stir together all the ingredients for the burgers (through black pepper) and shape into 4 (1/2-inch) patties.
Grill patties 5 minutes on each side. Brush each patty with fig preserves and top with a slice of cheese. Grill an additional 2 minutes, or until beef is cooked and cheese is melted.
Serve on buns with red onion jam.