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.
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.
- 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
- In a bowl combine buffalo meat, worcestershire sauce, garlic, old bay, salt/pepper. form into patties and place on a plate.
- 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.
- Place burgers on the grill and let cook at least 5 minutes each side.
- In the meantime slice the tomato and avocado, and add the lime juice to the avocado slices
- Slice the buns and you can place them on the grill right before the burgers are done to get them a little toasty.
- In a small bowl combine the mayo and cherry peppers
- Once the burgers are ready, place the cheese on the burgers and let it begin to melt
- Put each burger on a bun and then assemble using the avocado, tomatoes, red onion and arugula.
- Place a good amount of the mayo sauce on your bun, then place on top of the burger