Buffalo Burger with Harvest Relish

By: Sally James


1 3/4 pounds of ground buffalo
1/3 cup of diced macadamias or nuts of preference
1 shallot peeled and diced
1 tablespoon of capers
2 tablespoons each of chopped fresh parsley and basil
Freshly ground pepper to taste

For the harvest fruit relish:   

1 tablespoon of oil
1 red onion diced
1/4 cup of macadamia pieces
3 plums, peaches or nectarine diced
2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary leaves
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1/4 cup of red wine
salt and pepper to taste


  1. To make the burgers, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate 1 hour, if possible, to allow flavors to develop.
  2. To make the relish, heat oil in a saucepan and cook the onion and macadamias over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until onion is starting to soften.
  3. Add the fruit and cook 2-3 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Add remaining ingredients and cook until liquid is absorbed and relish is thick and glossy. Keep warm or chill for use when needed.
  4. Preheat barbecue or grill pan and brush with oil. Cook the burgers over a medium to high heat for 6-7 minutes each side or until cooked as desired.
  5. Spread rolls with goat cheese, top with the lettuce and burger and spoon over the hot or cold relish.