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Grilled California Buffalo Burger

One of the first things that pop into my head when I smell an outdoor grill is BURGERS! There is just something about burgers on the grill that make me think of summer. I had my first Buffalo Burger at a restaurant that is known for it’s exotic burgers and happen to be serving buffalo at that time. I’ve also had camel burgers there too which were really tasty!

Buffalo burgers are about 97% fat free because they are mainly grass fed which encourages less fat to develop in their musculature. Buffalo is also higher in vitamin B-12 and iron. Plus, on an average buffalo have 143 calories vs 211 calories in a traditional beef burger, this of course without all the fixings….just the burger.

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When cooking buffalo burgers since they do not have much fat they cook much quicker than traditional burgers. If you like your burgers a little pink inside and thinner then they only need to be on the grill for about 10 minutes with the grill being about 400 degrees. Obviously the bigger and thicker the burger the longer you need to cook it. It’s always best to use a meat thermometer for grilling so you are not cutting into the meat to see if it’s done. When you cut into the meat and it’s not done, you are releasing of the juices that make the meat juicy and delicious!

Below is one of my favorite burger recipes – Grilled California Buffalo Burger. Anything with avocado on it makes me happy, plus topped with garden fresh tomatoes is a bonus.

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Grilled California Buffalo Burger
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
  • 2 lbs ground buffalo meat
  • 4 multi grain hamburger buns
  • 4 slices of Havarti cheese
  • 1 cup of arugula or sprouts - your choice
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 2 avocados sliced
  • ¼ thinly sliced red onion
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons mayo
  • 3 tablespoons minced cherry peppers
  1. In a bowl combine buffalo meat, worcestershire sauce, garlic, old bay, salt/pepper. form into patties and place on a plate.
  2. Pre-heat your grill to 400 and then with a napkin or cloth using olive oil or grapeseed oil grease the grill grates so the burger doesn't stick.
  3. Place burgers on the grill and let cook at least 5 minutes each side.
  4. In the meantime slice the tomato and avocado, and add the lime juice to the avocado slices
  5. Slice the buns and you can place them on the grill right before the burgers are done to get them a little toasty.
  6. In a small bowl combine the mayo and cherry peppers
  7. Once the burgers are ready, place the cheese on the burgers and let it begin to melt
  8. Put each burger on a bun and then assemble using the avocado, tomatoes, red onion and arugula.
  9. Place a good amount of the mayo sauce on your bun, then place on top of the burger
  10. ENJOY!


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12 Responses to Grilled California Buffalo Burger

  1. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) July 1, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    We do enjoy buffalo meat from time to time, often I like to cut it with 30-40% ground beef. Your burger looks delicious!

  2. Heather M July 1, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    This looks so good Trina. I love buffalo burger. So tasty without a lot of fat.

  3. Larisha July 1, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    I’ve never had buffalo (or camel!!!) but it sounds amazing and I agree, anything with avocado is yum!

  4. Linda @GigGobGulp July 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    I love buffalo anything. So yummy!

  5. Courtney July 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    I haven’t tried buffalo before! Can’t wait to try it with this recipe 🙂

  6. Reesa Lewandowski July 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    I tried buffalo YEARS ago at Fuddruckers restaurant. When I saw this title I thought you meant buffalo like hot & spicy. I’d love to try and cook something like this as it is so different than your ordinary ground beef!

  7. Heather July 2, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    I’ve only had buffalo in CO. Where do you get Buffalo meat on the east coast?

  8. Gina B July 2, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Yes, where do you get buffalo meat? Do you order online or through a CSA? It looks yummy, all my favorites on it too !

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  12. Rebecca Orr July 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    This sounds delicious. I, like many others, have not tried buffalo. But I definitely going to be looking into were I can get some locally. Thanks for sharing!!

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