Buffalo Burgers - The healthy alternative to ground beef.
Buffalo Burgers with Caramelized Onions
This time of year in Colorado we can get snow, or 65 degrees some times in the same day so having a burger recipe you can pivot quickly from outdoor cookie to indoors is a good thing to have in your back pocket. This is one of these recipes and just happens to feature one of my favorite meats: Ground Buffalo or more correctly Bison. A quick note on Bison: not many people realize that although it features a flavor profile very similar to beef, ground buffalo is a much healthier choice featuring fat an cholesterol counts lower than chicken!
One thing to be wary of with Buffalo is that because it is a leaner protein than beef you have to make sure not to dry out these buffalo burgers, that is what makes pan frying them an attractive option and a good bad weather fallback.
What You’ll Need:
1.) 1 LB ground buffalo (available at Trader Joes, Costco, Sams and many grocery stores).
2.) 1 medium sweet onion 90% cut into thin rings 10% minced).
3.) Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.
4.) Worcestershire sauce.
5.) Cheese of your choice.
6.) Buns (normal not oversized) and condiments.
This recipe will make 4 decent sized buffalo burgers so don’t overdo it on the buns unless you like your burger very bready.
TIP: Buffalo Burgers can be finicky when cooked on too hot surface, it may be counter intuitive coming from a BBQ where you might sear Beef, but start on a low to medium heat.
What You’ll Do:
1.) Combine the following items in a mixing bowl:
a. Ground Buffalo.
b. 1 Tablespoon each of Kosher Salt and ground pepper.
c. 2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce.
d. The minced sweet onion.
2.) Set aside this mixture and start the onions.
3.) Take the reminder of the onion aka the 90% you cut into thin rings drop them into 13 inch frying pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Cover and put on very low heat until soft.
4.) Now you are ready to start on the burgers, you should leave the onions from step 4 in the pan this will help prevent the burgers from drying out.
5.) Raise the heat from very low to between low and medium.
6.) Hand form 4 equal patties and drop them into the pan so that there is no onion between the cooking surface and the meat (next to it is fine).
7.) Cook time will vary based on how powerful your range is but these burgers will firm up just like Beef.
8.) With the first side down salt and pepper the uncooked face up side of the burger, flip after 5-8 minutes, Immediate add cheese of your choice and cook the burgers through.
9.) Remove from heat and plate the Buffalo Burgers topping them with the caramelized onions from the pan.