Bison burger anyone!?

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Mortgage and Lending with Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank

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.  

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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Great post.  It is interesting that cold water would make such a differience in the Burger but I will definitely be trying this soon.  I think I will be using beef but may give your ground buffalo a try.

Betty

Jul 19, 2011 09:06 AM #1
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
Valley Mortgage Grou, Conventional, FHA, VA, mortgages

Hi Betty!  I know, it was definitely a strange thing to hear with cold water.  I think in Paula's instructions she had 3/4 cup of water to 1.5 lb of the beef.  Since I had an even pound, I just reduced to half cup.  Thanks for your interest and I hope you enjoy!

Jul 19, 2011 09:11 AM #2
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Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Sounds good Karen.  Do you deliver?  If not I guess I will have to do it myself.

Jul 19, 2011 10:02 AM #3
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
Valley Mortgage Grou, Conventional, FHA, VA, mortgages

Hi Jim!  Let me see if I can fuel up my jet pack!  lol.   Thanks for your visit and I hope you have a terrific day.  Enjoy!  :)

Jul 19, 2011 10:07 AM #4
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Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Karen - Buffalo meat is delicious.  I have also had beefalo, which - as you might imagine - is from animals from cattle mated with buffalo.  It is good too, and a bit sweeter than straight buffalo meat.

Jul 19, 2011 11:08 AM #5
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
Valley Mortgage Grou, Conventional, FHA, VA, mortgages

Hi Susan!  That's interesting information!  I'll be honest...I've never heard of Beefalo!  Once I can get back out to The Butcher Shop, during operating hours, I'll be sure to ask them about that!  Thanks for added info!  Have a great day! 

Jul 19, 2011 11:24 AM #6
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hey Karen,  If it is done right, it is very tasteful.  I have friends that will not try it but they do not know what they are missing!

Jul 19, 2011 01:56 PM #7
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I like buffalo burgers, but hubby does not, so...the only time I get to have them is if we are at a restaurant that serves them, which is not very often!

Jul 19, 2011 05:04 PM #8
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
Valley Mortgage Grou, Conventional, FHA, VA, mortgages

Morning Will!  I know I had my own prejudice against it initially.  I'm not if my folks would be open to it.  I may just have to invite them over for "burgers" and not tell them!  lol   Thanks for the visit!

Hey Donna!  Glad you enjoy them....I think I may have to come up with some clever new recipe for buffalo!  Have a terrific day! 

Jul 20, 2011 05:31 AM #9
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