Lamb Burgers with Smoked Gouda and Onion-Fig Jam

August 16, 2012 · 8 comments

in burgers/sandwiches,lamb

Yep, that title is a mouthful, but so are these burgers. These start with a patty made of ground lamb and Greek spices and are then topped with one of my most favorite cheeses and caramelized onions – that are laced with figs and balsamic vinegar. Yup.

The burgers are more like meatballs than typical burger patties. They are made in a similar way to Greek keftedes, where the bread is soaked in milk and grated onion and an egg are added. All of these steps ensure a juicy burger. Then, you have the addition of oregano, parsley, and allspice – all common ingredients in Greek cuisine and ones I use myself to make my lamb burgers – packing the patties with flavor.

Figs are currently in season (hello, best time of the year), so I’d imagine you could use them in place of the dried figs here (skipping the soaking of course). They will likely break apart a bit more, but that just means more fig flavor in each bite. As it stands, though, the jam is great with dried figs and those are relatively easy to find year-round.

I made the onion-fig jam the night before, and mixed up the patty mixture in the morning before work so that when I got home, all I needed to do was shape and cook them. They turned out pretty perfectly and the leftovers were just as good. My husband actually got a few compliments (and maybe a few jealous looks) when he was eating his at work the next day.


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penandra August 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I made something very similar to this the other evening, except I added some ground beef to the mix (it was in the fridge and needed to be used up or popped in the freezer), I cooked it loose (instead of forming into burgers) and served it in a split pita with onion, tomato and tzatsiki! Delish.


Kelsey August 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

Seriously, Elly…these are some seriously enticing burgers. I know what to make Michael when returns from his business trip next week.


Nicole, RD August 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I wish you knew how torturous this post is. All I want is this burger!!!


Kerstin August 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Oh wow, I’m drooling Elly – these look amazing! Just the caramelized onions alone would make me happy and then you added figs and amazing cheese -yuuuuum!


Joanne August 20, 2012 at 8:04 am

I’m hopping up and down for that jam!! And even though I don’t eat lamb anymore, I could see these burgers pairing really well with the gouda and fig-onion caramelly sweet flavor. The perfect bite!


Banana Wonder August 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm

fig onion jam! The best time is now! Love this version of the lamb burger. Seriously wish I was your husband.


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul August 23, 2012 at 12:40 am

These look beautiful Elly! I’m loving all the components too…and those onions with balsamic and figs sound divine!


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