Normally, I would share the recipe for this amazing patty, hand-crafted from all natural, organic, locally raised bison (or buffalo) meat, but it took my Mother many years to perfect, so she wants this recipe to stay in the vault. Actually, I’ve never been able to observe her make them to glean what the ingredients might be – she always seems to have them ready by the time I remember to look.
So, I guess I will talk about the benefits of choosing bison over other meats, such as beef or pork when the goal is to create a nutritious and delicious burger.
Let’s start with what the animal eats: bison cannot actually digest corn, so they are exclusively grass-fed, which means that they grow at a more natural rate, and have the opportunity to graze on open pasture with access to organic feed. Although such animal husbandry results in a higher consumer expense compared to other meats, you are supporting more sustainable animal practices by choosing bison. Not only that, but bison is leaner, so lower in total and saturated fats as well as higher in omega fatty acids, making it a healthier choice for the heart.
Bison has a lot of flavour, as many game meats do, which means you don’t have to add a slew of ingredients and seasonings to create a delicious taste. If you do plan to barbecue the burger, I might suggest adding some onions and vegetable oil to create more moisture and help soften up the meat as it cooks (in fact, I think I saw my Mom throwing these into her mix from the corner of my eye). If you are trying bison in a steak cut, you may want to marinade it for at least 30 minutes in vinegar, lemon juice, or onion so that the acidity of these helps break down the protein bonds and tenderize the meat.
Serve your burger on sliced tuscan bread, add a dollop of lemon-pepper mayonnaise, pickle, tomato, and romaine lettuce (I also like using parsley, cilantro, or cabbage as an alternative), and dig in. I guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face.
I hope you enjoy your new culinary affair with bison by using it in your favorite recipes as an alternative to other meats. Bon apetit!