Are you tired of your basic beef burger? Look to Allrecipes for a delicious alternative: Grilled Bison Burgers! Bison are North America’s largest land animals, and for hundreds of years, bison have served as the most significant animal to many North American indigenous peoples. Skins were used for clothing and shelter, bones used for broths and then tools, and meat for plentiful meals and fat for making things like soap. Each animal typically weighs anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 tons, depending on sex. A bison typically stands at a stature of 6 to 6.5 feet tall and 10 to 12.5 feet long. The hump between a bison’s shoulder is made up of muscle, supported by long vertebrae.
Low in fat, grilled bison burgers contain 90% lean and only 10% fat. Bison meat can be found in many grocery stores, warehouse retailers, natural food stores, local butcher shops, and online. If you have difficulty locating bison meat near you, BisonFinder is the first app dedicated to locating quality bison meat and byproducts near you. It can be downloaded from the iTunes or Google Play stores for free.
For this particular recipe, you will require an outdoor grill, a bowl, a baking sheet, aluminum foil, and a meat thermometer.
- 1 pound ground bison
- ½ cuppanko bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 4 dashes of hot sauce
- 1 pinch granulated garlic
- 1 pinchground black pepper
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 4 slices of American cheese
Begin by preparing the outdoor grill. First, lightly oil the grate of the grill with olive oil cooking spray. Preheat the grill to a high heat. For safe cooking conditions, a good rule of thumb to follow is to allow the grill to heat for about 15 minutes before beginning any grilling.
As your grill preheats, use this time to make your bison patties. If not yet ground, grind your bison meat. Once this is complete, take your ground bison meat, Panko crumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic, and pepper and mix them together by hand in a bowl. Separate the resulting mixture into fourths, forming 4 patties. Place the patties on your baking sheet and cover them with aluminum foil. Refrigerate until chilled. This should take approximately 15 minutes.
Once chilled, uncover the patties and spray them with some olive oil cooking spray and place them on the grill. Grill until hot and slightly pink in the center, spending about 5 minutes per side. Add a slice of cheese atop each burger and continue cooking for a couple more minutes, or enough time for the cheese to melt depending on how well you wish your burger to be cooked. Test your meat’s safety by measuring the center of your burger with a meat thermometer. It should read 140 degrees Fahrenheit, or 60 degrees Celsius, when inserted into the center of the bison burger.
Finish your burger with a bun and any other garnishes you would like.
Lastly, enjoy this fresh take on the burger!
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