Burgers with Onion Scapes

A great treat in early summer are garlic, onion and leek scapes.  An scape is the harvested stalk of the plant, cut before it can blossom into a flower. and go to seed  Onion scapes have a mild onion flavor and can be used similarly to onions in cooking.

This recipe uses the flavor of the onion scape to take BBQ burgers to a new level.   



  • 1 lb Washington County Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion scapes
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil


  1. Heat the olive oil in a small pan and saute the onion scapes and chopped garlic together for 3-4 minutes.  Let cool slightly.
  2. Mix the egg, ground beef, and spices.
  3. Mix in the cooled onion scapes and chopped garlic.
  4. Grill over direct heat for 8 - 10 minutes, flipping periodically.
  5. Melt cheese over the burgers on the grill when done.  45 seconds - 1 minute.  
  6. Serve on a warm toasted bun with your favorite Fresh Take lettuce, tomato and onion!