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Author Notes: This juicy lamb burger is inspired by the sweet and savory tagines of Morocco (specifically the Lamb Tagine with Honeyed Figs on my blog, Global Table Adventure). Just like a real tagine, the burger is moistened with grated red onion, then seasoned with garlic, ginger, and cinnamon. But it's all about the topping, a completely irresistible blend of fig jam simmered with orange blossom water (!!) and saffron. The flavor is altogether haunting - a real snapshot of the sweet and savory tagines of North Africa.
I like this tagine burger best served on a good quality hamburger bun, preferably fresh from the local bakery (it'll have more tooth).
This burger is a part of my three-part series "The World in 12 Burgers." , where you'll find burgers inspired by every main region of the world. I chose to share this burger in particular because the flavors were so unusual, and yet utterly delightful! —Sasha (Global Table Adventure)
For the Tagine Burger
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 1 small red onion (grated & excess liquid drained off)
- 1 large clove garlic (crushed)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 3-4 Bakery-fresh Hamburger Buns
- 1 red onion, sliced in rings
For the Fig Topping
- 1/2 cup fig jam
- 1 pinch saffron
- 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
- For the Fig Topping: Warm fig jam with a pinch of crushed saffron until simmering and the fragrance of the saffron releases. Remove from heat and stir in the orange blossom water. Cool to thicken.
- Combine the ground lamb with the grated and drained red onion, crushed garlic, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground pepper, and salt.
- Shape into patties (3 thick ones, or 4 quarter-pounders) and cook on a well-oiled grill over medium heat until done (flipping once). Generally this takes 3-6 minutes per side, depending on the burger's thickness.
- Serve on a toasted bun with grilled red onion rings and heaps of fig topping (see below).
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Burger Recipe