Buffalo Burgers with Jalapeño, Lime and Avocado

Fresh jalapeños, scallions, garlic and lime combine with lean ground buffalo to make these tasty pan-seared burgers topped with pepper jack cheese, sliced avocado and tomato. Buffalo is a very lean meat, but when cooked over medium heat the burgers turn out juicy and tender, and their rich, meaty flavor really stands up to the flavorful mix-ins and toppings.

Buffalo Burgers with Jalapeño, Lime and Avocado

Buffalo Burgers with Jalapeño, Lime and Avocado

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Lean ground buffalo burgers flavored with jalapeño, garlic, scallions and lime and topped with slices of avocado, tomato and pepper jack cheese.


  • 1 lb ground buffalo
  • 4 sandwich rolls, sliced
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon panko
  • 1/2 clove garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 1 ripe Hass avocado, sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and arrange the rolls, cut side up on a baking sheet. Top half of each roll with a slice of cheese and set aside.
  2. Place the buffalo in a large mixing bowl and add the mayonnaise, garlic, jalapeño, scallions, lime zest, salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Combine gently and form the mixture into 4 equal-sized patties about 1/2-inch thick.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook until barely pink in the center, 3-1/2 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from the heat and allow to rest while you toast the rolls.
  4. Place the rolls in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese, 3 to 4 minutes. To serve, place a slice of tomato on the bottom half of each roll, top with a burger and several slices of avocado.


Recipe Notes:

Adjust the amount of chopped jalapeño you add to the meat mixture according to your taste and how spicy the pepper jack cheese you're using is.