Buffalo Burgers

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 burgers

Buffalo meat and eating dates back to the times when the only inhibitants of the USA were the Native Americans. Buffalo are to this day still raised traditionally, thriving on the western grasslands. Buffalo has a very similar taste to beef but buffalo is sweeter and lighter in flavor and less fat and greasy. Buffalo is one of the few game meats that doesn’t taste gamey. With 9%-less fat than beef and 50% less cholesterol it is a serverely healthier meat, higher in meat, iron and all the omega and amino acids as well. One of the most interesting aspects of buffalo meat is that they are naturally resistant to disease and grow faster than cattle, truly a modern and ancient meat!

Ingredients

1 pound ground buffalo meat
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon ground mustard powder
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Salt/pepper

Directions

Mix all ingredients together and form patties. Place on wax paper and place in freezer for approximately 10 minutes on each side until hard but not totally frozen. Preheat the grill making sure that it is well oiled and clean. Make sure heat is steady and high while cooking burgers. Do not flip burgers multiple times. The key is to flip the burger once or twice but no more. Minimizing flipping also ensures that the burgers stay well formed. Generally speaking, cook meat for two minutes per side for rare burgers, three minutes per side for medium, and four minutes per side for well done burgers. Top with cheese or the condiments of you choice.

Spiced Mini Lamb Burgers with Lemon Aioli

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Lemon Aioli

Ingredients

1 raw extra-large egg yolk
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
Juice of 1 lemon
1½ cups lemon zest
1 teaspoon chopped thyme
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper

Directions

In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the egg yolks, mustard and process until smooth.
Add the lemon juice and pulse to combine. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the oil until a thick, creamy emulsion forms.
Add the lemon zest and thyme and pulse to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Lamb Burgers

Ingredients

1½ pounds ground lamb
½ small onion, minced (¼ cup)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
4-5 whole peppercorns
½ habañero or jalapeño pepper, seeded
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Kosher salt, to taste
Mini hamburger buns

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a small sauté pan toast cumin, coriander and peppercorns over low heat till spices are fragrant, approximately 5-7 minutes.
Add spices to a spice blender and grind to fine powder.
Add lamb, ground spices, chopped habaño, mint, cilantro, garlic, ginger, cayenne, white wine vinegar, and salt.
Gently use hands to combine mixture. Take care not to overowork the meat.
Shape the meat mixture into 16 patties about 2¼ inch in diameter and ½ inch thick. Refrigerate the patties, covered, about 1 hour.
Place the mini burgers on a nonstick baking sheet and bake about 7-10 minutes, or until evenly and well browned.
Serve burgers with aioli on bun.

©Recipe by Palak Patel

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