I'm sold on buffalo meat!
About a year or so ago, hubby brought home a pound of ground buffalo, insisting we make burgers with it. I'll admit, I really turned my nose up at it but as I recall, at the time I thought "huh...not bad!" Generally, when we make burgers, we do the turkey variety as to just stay away from beef.
Well, I had completely forgot about our prior buffalo burger and a recent conversation with my sister-in-law sparked an interest in revisiting the idea. She also gave me an added tip in keeping the burgers at their juiciest...Add some cold water to the ground meat. What? Cold water...seriously!? She said she had tried it, it worked great; it was a tip she learned from Paula Deen. (Funny, I'm surprised Paula wouldn't add Buuuttaaaahhhh to the meat mixture! lol)
So, on Sunday afternoon, dear hubby and I trecked out to the Butcher Shop, in Eagle Point in our quest of buffalo meat. Well, we got all the way out there, only to find they are closed on Sundays. Drats. Oh well, it was a nice day for a little ride in the car.
On the way back into town, we decided to stop in at Fred Meyer. We were getting gas there anyway and since they have a pretty decent meat department figured I'd check them out. Yup, sure enough, they had 1 pound packages of ground buffalo. Into the basket it went!
So heeding the dvice from dear sis-in-law, I put the meat into a bowl and added 1/2 cup of VERY cold water. Mixing it thoughly through with my hands the meat definitely took on a new texture. Patties were made and hubby got the grill ready. I seasoned them with just some coarse sea salt and coarse fresh cracked pepper.
Hubby grilled them for about 7 minutes total. (Next time I'll suggest 5-6 minutes as I like some "pink" to my burgers) HONESTLY, these were far juicier than a beef burger we had made recently and VERY flavorful. I had even complained to sis-in-law that it seemed like the small amount of beef I had purchased recently was really lacking some good flavor. I'm SOLD on buffalo from now on! Great tasting and a much healthier option than Bessie the Cow.