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Fig Burgers Balsamico

by Kate Heyhoe

 

Makes 4 burgers

What could be more luscious than figs, balsamic vinegar, and walnuts? Especially when worked into pork for an elegant and unusual burger. Specialty rolls with walnuts or seeds in them further brighten these burgers, which taste great any time but seem so well-suited to fall. I sometimes serve the burgers topped with arugula tossed in walnut oil and balsamic vinegar, but I've recently discovered that smoky mustard (Jack Daniels Hickory Smoked Mustard) adds a perfect complementary kick, along with mayo and romaine. Devise your own options (gorgonzola and mesclun, perhaps?)

  • 3 ounces (about 12) dried mission figs
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon lemon-pepper seasoning salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 toasted specialty buns, nutty English muffins or burger buns
  • Smoky mustard, mayonnaise, and romaine (or see headnotes)

1. Stem and chop the figs into corn kernel-sized bits. Soak in 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar for 5 minutes.

2. Combine the pork, the figs and vinegar, walnuts, and lemon-pepper seasoning. Shape into 4 patties.

3. Heat the olive oil in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add the patties and brown on one side 2 to 3 minutes, then flip the patties, reduce the heat to medium, and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, or until meat is cooked through but still juicy.

4. Serve on toasted buns with smoky mustard, mayonnaise and romaine.

 

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