Smoky Bison Burger
Smoky flavors are an ideal match for sweet, beefy bison (buffalo) - here smoked cheese seasons the meat, adding moisture and smoky flavor from the inside.
Active Time: 40 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Yield: 4 Servings Ready in 45 minutes
favorite of 9 people 7 people want to try
|1 poundground bison; (buffalo; see Shopping Tip)|
|1/2 cupcooked wild rice; (see Kitchen Tip)|
|1/2 cupshredded smoked cheese; such as Cheddar, gouda or mozzarella|
|2 tablespoonsmoky barbecue sauce; divided|
|1 tablespoonpaprika; preferably sweet Hungarian|
|2 teaspoonDijon mustard|
|1 teaspoonminced garlic|
|3/4 teaspoonfreshly ground pepper|
|1/4 cupreduced-fat mayonnaise|
|1 tablespoonsweet pepper relish or pickle relish|
|2 teaspoonprepared horseradish|
|4 whole-wheat hamburger buns; toasted|
|4 thin slicessweet onion; such as Vidalia|
Smoky Bison Burger Preparation
Preheat grill to medium.
Place meat, rice, cheese, 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, paprika, mustard, garlic, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 4 equal patties, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, relish and horseradish in a small bowl.
Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 155 degrees F, 5 to 6 minutes per side.
Assemble the burgers on toasted buns with the barbecue mayonnaise sauce, tomato and onion.
Make Ahead Tip:
Cover and refrigerate the barbecue mayonnaise (Step 3) for up to 5 days.
The fat content of ground bison (buffalo) is not always labeled and varies depending on the producer. We used Great Range Brand, found in major supermarkets across the country - it has 4 grams of saturated fat per serving. You can substitute 90%-lean ground beef.
Be sure to plan ahead for cooking the wild rice - it takes 40 to 50 minutes. To cut down on cooking time, look for "quick" wild rice - a whole-grain rice that cooks in less than 30 minutes - or "instant" wild rice that's done in 10 minutes or less.
To oil the grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill). When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.
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