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Fig-a-licious Pork Burgers

With fig puree and melted Gorgonzola, these Fig-a-licious Pork Burgers are almost a gourmet meal.—Mary Cannataro, Chicago, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 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


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

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