First, there was The Lamb Burger, a nice break to actually make burgers at home, and now comes The Buffalo Burger. I was excited to see what I could come up when the Wild Idea Buffalo Company asked if I would test out some of their ground Buffalo meat. It was an easy sell, to be able to cook and use a product I could stand behind is just a bonus, but the benefits of their Buffalo meat is no joke.
A couple of facts for you to consider:
Their meat is 100% grass-fed, it’s always humanely harvested (never seeing a slaughter-house or feedlot), 100% antibiotic and hormone free, and is completely free roaming. That should be good enough for you, but if it doesn’t taste good, what’s the point? Fortunately, I was an instant fan of my Buffalo Burger, and keeping in line with my burger philosophy, I kept things fairly simple. Of course, simple for me meant creating a Burger Bar for everyone to create their own perfect burger; homemade Ketchup, homemade Steak Sauce, caramelized onions in beef fat, thyme roasted mushrooms and a slew of cheeses to choose from. The meat was cooked in my trusty cast-iron skillet in just a little bit of clarified butter. Heavy on the salt, heavy on the pepper and the burgers were good to go.
The flavor of the meat was much more robust and pronounced than I originally expected, basically the complete opposite of most grass-fed beef burgers I’ve had. Not unlike beef, it was different enough that it was new and exciting, the condiments only beefed up (pun intended) the burger eating experience. Hopefully you’ll make the plunge and try a Buffalo Burger, it’s certainly a nice, environmentally friendly alternative to our usual beef burger. What would you put on your Buffalo Burger?