Buffalo Burgers with Tomato and Marjoram Topping

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ground bison is a surprise ingredient in this burger recipe. Because it is so low in fat, bison, also known as buffalo, benefits from being seasoned well. It is also best cooked rare to preserve its natural juices. These patties, however, can also be made with ground beef or turkey. If you like, cilantro, thyme or oregano could replace the marjoram.


  • 4 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 serrano chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1 1⁄4 lb. (625 g) ground bison (buffalo), turkey or beef
  • 1⁄4 cup (1⁄3 oz./10 g) minced fresh marjoram
  • 3⁄4 lb. (375 g) cherry tomatoes, quartered, or 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • Fresh lime juice, to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Prepare a hot fire in a grill.

In a small, heavy frying pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add three-fourths of the onion and 2 of the chiles and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, place the meat. Add the onion mixture and half of the marjoram. Mix gently to blend. Form 4 patties 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick.

Mix the tomatoes and the remaining onion, chile, and marjoram in a small bowl. Season to taste with lime juice, salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the burgers with salt and pepper. Grill to your desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for rare. Transfer to warmed plates, top with the tomato mixture and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Fresh & Fast: Simple, Healthy Meals for Every Night of the Week, by Kristine Kidd (Weldon Owen, 2011)

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