Lamb Burgers with Smoked Gouda and Onion-Fig Jam

Lamb Burgers with Smoked Gouda and Onion-Fig Jam

By annamueser Published: December 7, 2012

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    1. To make the jam: Place the figs in a small bowl, and cover with hot water. Soak for about 10 minutes, while you slice your onions and prep other things. Remove the figs from the water, but keep the soaking liquid. Remove the stems and coarsely chop the figs. In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the oil over medium heat, and add the onions. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent. Add a splash of the water you used to soak the figs, and scrape up any browned bits. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to color. Add the vinegar, figs, and about 3-4 Tbsp. of the reserved fig water. Simmer, uncovered, until the liquid has thickened and most of it has absorbed, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
    2. To make the patties: Place the slice of bread in a large bowl. Pour the milk over it, to soak the bread. Let it soak while you gather your ingredients and grate your onions. Then, squeeze out most of the milk from the bread, using your hand. Discard the extra milk, and crumble up the soaked bread back into the bowl. Add the egg, garlic, parsley, allspice, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, grated onion, and lamb. Gently mix until all ingredients are well combined, and shape into 4-5 patties
    3. Cook the patties on a grill or in a cast iron skillet on the stove top (or under your broiler), for about 4 minutes before flipping. Add a slice of cheese and continue to cook another 4 minutes, or until burgers are done to your liking.
    4. Place the burgers on buns and top with the onion-fig jam and any other toppings you want.