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Monday, June 16, 2014

Bison Burgers

I have been on a grilling roll lately! While grocery shopping over the weekend I saw corn that looked amazing and decided that grilled corn and hamburgers would be the perfect summer dinner for this week. Quick, easy, done. At the meat counter there are countless options for burgers. I sometimes find that burgers are tough, dry, and flavorless without all of trusty "fixin's". This could be caused by a few factors. Overworking the meat, adding binders, or cooking the living day lights out of it. I have a simple solution for this that I'll share with you. I desperately needed to start the week on a healthy note thanks to a weekend of BBQ's and booze! I decided on a lean bison burger. I bought a pound to make 2 very large burgers (I'm dating a meat lover...it was necessary). Here's my secret... You ready? Don't mess with it! Break the meat into halves (or thirds or fourths depending on how many your making) and gently shape it into a circle pressing the middle thinner than the outside. This should take about 30 seconds and then leave it alone! Season it with whatever you like, I used Montreal Steak seasoning by McCormick, drizzle a tiny bit of oil over the top and that's it!

Get your grill screaming hot and carefully set the burgers on the grill. I lowered the temperature a hair and closed the lid. After about 3 minutes I turned the burger about 90 degrees and closed the lid again. 3 minutes later I flipped the burger (boy was it juicy!) and repeated the same steps only adding cheese for those last 3 minutes to melt. I also grilled an ear of corn to make a tasty summer side salad. In a small bowl I added 1 diced avocado, a handful of halved/quartered cherry tomatoes, 2 Tbl lime juice, salt and pepper, cumin, and red pepper flakes. When the corn had charred I let it cool, cut the kernels off, and added it to the rest of the salad. Toss it together and taste it for seasonings. Adjust it as you see fit!
Now as you can see I chose to go bun less. A pretzel bun would be amazing and trust me I would be all over that but I have to pick and choose here! I added goat Gouda to my burger and topped it with arugula, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. So yummy!!

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