Monday, October 10, 2011

Buffalo Burgers

Times they are a changin'.  There's a new grocery store in the hood.  Of course it's more expensive than my preferred shop.  But that place didn't carry some items, like ground buffalo.  As soon as I discovered this, I knew some burgers had to get up on that grill.  Buffalo is healthy, tasty, and leaner than beef.  Typical burgers made from beef would be close to an 80/20 lean meat to fat ratio, to ensure they are mouth-wateringly juicy.  These buffburgers, due to their lack of natural fat, got topped 'cowboy' style to keep up with the calories.  And make them extremely delicious.  Cowboy, or western style, is sharp cheddar cheese, sauteed red onion, your favorite bbq sauce, and a couple slices of bacon.

It's nice to have choices.  Conveniently, two grocery stores equidistant from my house, both with their unique advantages.  One is for thrift, the other is for going beyond the norm- like buffalo burgers.  The only drawback?  Another store layout to master- I hate having to learn a new store and spending 6 minutes looking for something I know at the usual place is right in aisle 2, halfway down on the right side, just past the rice, second shelf from the bottom. 

If you've never had buffalo, or bison, give these a try.  It's like a steak burger or a grass-fed beef burger, it certainly is not gamey and hell no it doesn't taste like chicken.  It tastes like a giant hairy animal should, and that is a good thing.

Buffalo Burgers
3 servings

1-2 TB minced onion or shallot
1/2 ts kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper
1 lb ground buffalo
6 strips bacon
1/4 C bbq sauce
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
EVOO
cheddar cheese slices
kaiser rolls or any hamburger buns

In a large mixing bowl, add the onion, S&P and ground buffalo.  Mix gently until just combined, do not overmix or press firmly at any time.  Gently shape into 3 patties. 

Fry up the bacon until crisp in a skillet, then saute the onion in the bacon fat until desired doneness. 

Fire up the grill, an indoor grill pan, or a heavy-bottom skillet (cast iron).  Cook over medium-high heat for about 4-5 minutes per side for medium, that's the way I like it.  Cooking time will depend on how you like it, and the thickness of your patties vs. the heat of your fire. 

Top with cheese, bacon, onion, and bbq sauce. 

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