Emily had never tried bison before, and, since it's one of my absolute favorite meats, it had to be included on the menu. If you've never tried bison, I strongly encourage it. The flavor profile is slightly gamier than beef, but not as strong as lamb. Also, bison is even leaner than chicken or salmon, making it one of the healthiest meat options out there. It really makes a delicious burger. One word of caution: because it is so lean, it cooks FAST and is much better served medium or medium rare than well done.
Emily made these 40 minute buns from scratch, and they were delicious! Honestly, I don't know if I'll ever buy hamburger buns again. These appeared to be really easy, even for a non expert baker like me, and they were unbelievably delicious.
- 1 lb ground bison meat
- 1 tsp chipotle chili powder (you can substitute regular chili powder mixed with a bit of cayenne)
- 2 tbsp onion, grated
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 large vidalia onion, sliced into steaks
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced into steaks
- 1 c avocado spread (see recipe below)
- pickled jalapenos, to taste (I cut this recipe in half, and let them marinate for the full 2 hours)
- 4 hamburger buns (Emily made )
Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Gently mix bison meat with chili powder, onion, oregano, paprika and salt until incorporated. Evenly split meat into 4 sections and form into patties. Make sure the patties have a dent in the middle, almost like a doughnut but with a dent instead of a hole. This will ensure a flatter patty. Brush the sliced onions and the patties with olive oil. Grill the onions for approximately 6 to 8 minutes per side. Grill the patties for approximately 4 minutes per side for medium. These cook super fast! Spread each bun with 1/4 c of the avocado spread, top with 1 patty, 1 stack of onions, pickled jalapenos and sliced tomatoes.
- 1 1/2 ripe avocados
- juice of 1 lime (at least 1 tbsp)
- 1/2 tsp salt
Mash all ingredients together until well incorporated.