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Venison Burgers with Apple Relish

Venison Burgers with Apple Relish

Together with South African wine favourite Drostdy-Hof Sarah Graham brings to life her passion for down-to-earth and delicious food as she travels through southern Africa in her show, Sarah Graham’s Food Safari.

Here, pairing her dish with Drostdy-Hof Natural Sweet Red, she shows how to transform the humble burger into a gourmet experience. She uses venison, topped with an apple relish that cleverly brings out all the berry spice and charm of this deliciously refreshing wine.

Venison Burgers with Apple Relish

Transform the humble burger into a gourmet experience. The venison and apple relish cleverly brings out all the berry spice of this refreshing wine. Food and Wine Venison Burgers with Apple Relish European Print This
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • For the burger patties
  • 750g venison mince (or ostrich, lamb or beef)
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp each of chopped fresh mint, basil and parsley
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • 1 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, to bind
  • Hamburger rolls, for serving
  • For the apple relish
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 red onions, finely chopped
  • 2 apples, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 tsp brown sugar or honey
  • Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Hamburger rolls, for serving


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the minced meat, onion, feta, herbs, spices and egg.
  2. Roll into patty-sized balls, flattened slightly between your palms, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
  3. While the meat chills, heat the olive oil and butter for the relish in a heavy-based pan on medium heat. When the butter starts to foam, add the remaining ingredients, and then turn the heat down and leave to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the onions and apples are quite caramelised and sticky. Check for seasoning and set aside until serving.
  4. Just before serving, cook the burgers over hot coals or in a griddle pan until golden and crispy on the outside and just pink in the middle - about 4-5 minutes per side. Heat the burger buns over the coals or griddle just before serving. Assemble and serve immediately with a glass of Drostdy-Hof Natural Sweet Red.


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