Fig-a-licious Pork Burgers Recipe

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Fig-a-licious Pork Burgers Recipe
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Fig-a-licious Pork Burgers Recipe

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With fig puree and melted Gorgonzola, these Fig-a-licious Pork Burgers are almost a gourmet meal.—Mary Cannataro, Chicago, Illinois
Featured In: Fig Recipes
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 40 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 40 min. Grill: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 10 ounces dried figs, quartered
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 6 fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 6 hard rolls, split
  • 2 cups fresh arugula or baby spinach

Directions

In a large saucepan, bring red wine and onion to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In another large saucepan, bring figs and white wine to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until figs are plumped and tender. Cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor; cover and process until blended. Stir in walnuts.
In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, sage, salt, pepper and red wine mixture. Crumble pork over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°. Top with Gorgonzola cheese; cover and grill 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Grill rolls, cut side down, on medium heat for 30-60 seconds or until toasted. Spread each roll with 1 tablespoon fig mixture; top with a burger and arugula. (Save remaining fig mixture for another use.) Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Fig-a-licious Pork Burgers in Taste of Home June/July 2011, p80

Nutritional Facts

1 burger: 592 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 1199mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 32g protein.

  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 10 ounces dried figs, quartered
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 6 fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 6 hard rolls, split
  • 2 cups fresh arugula or baby spinach
  1. In a large saucepan, bring red wine and onion to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. In another large saucepan, bring figs and white wine to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until figs are plumped and tender. Cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor; cover and process until blended. Stir in walnuts.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, sage, salt, pepper and red wine mixture. Crumble pork over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  4. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°. Top with Gorgonzola cheese; cover and grill 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
  5. Grill rolls, cut side down, on medium heat for 30-60 seconds or until toasted. Spread each roll with 1 tablespoon fig mixture; top with a burger and arugula. (Save remaining fig mixture for another use.) Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Fig-a-licious Pork Burgers in Taste of Home June/July 2011, p80

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amykrisb User ID: 1672772 179790
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2011

"The fig mixture was good, but overpowering. There were yummy wine-soaked onions inside the burgers and gorgonzola on top, and we couldn't taste any of it over the fig spread. We ate the leftovers without the fig spread and the family loved it. So I think we will make them again without the figs. I love the idea of boiling onions in wine and then mixing it with the meat!"

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