We definitely have a thing for all things French at the moment. Did you read about our Good France experience? And why not give our favourite food, the burger, a little “je ne sais quoi” (that’s French for a quality that cannot be described).
In a country where fine food is the normal, the American hamburger is not a popular item. Of course you get your fast food versions – McDonalds is everywhere after all – but you won’t find burgers on bistro menus like you do in South Africa. Things are changing though and in Paris, burgers are slowly making their way into the food scene. We enjoyed a delicious burger at one of the few burger bars in Paris – Big Fernand. We enjoyed a delicious cheese burger. And with the quality of French cheeses, the burger was a hit!
Today we’re taking a trip back to France but we’re using our local seasonal fruit, the fig. Fresh figs and melted brie cheese is a delicious combination that elevates a plain beef burger to something special. You can use preserved figs if fresh figs are out of season but they will make the burger sweeter.
- Brie and Beef Burgers
- 500g beef mince.
- 60g breadcrumbs
- 10ml 2tsp chopped herbs (thyme and parsley)
- 5ml (1tsp) dried herbs
- 2.5 ml (1/2) tsp salt
- 2.5 ml (1/2) crushed black pepper
- Burger Topping:
- 6 Fresh Figs, sliced
- 100g Brie Cheese, sliced
- Butter lettuce
- Burger rolls
- For the burgers:
- Mix all the ingredients together and shape the patties. Cook on a grill or in a pan until medium.
- Just before removing from the patty from the heat, top each one with slices of brie cheese. Allow the cheese to melt.
- To assemble your burger, start with butter lettuce followed by the burger patty with the melted cheese. Top with slices of fig.
- Garnish with micro herbs if desired.