We live in Wyoming, where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope play. It’s always thrilling to see a herd of bison. If you are driving from Denver to Cheyenne, keep your eyes peeled for the Terry Bison Ranch herds at the state line. We’ve tried bison from a couple of different sources and have found that the flavor DOES vary. The brand that Kroger stores carry has been quite gamey. The ground bison sold at Terry Bison Ranch and SAMS Club are our favorites—slightly sweet and tangy. Check out the Terry Bison Ranch link above to see how buffalo compares to other meats. By scientific analysis it appears that bison is one of the healthiest meats available. One serving of bison meat provides 34% of the daily recommended amounts of protein, 32% of zinc, 33% of iron, 10% of niacin, 20% of phosphorus, 14% of vitamin B6 and 42% of the antioxidant selenium. Bison meat is also non-allergenic, making it easier to digest by people with a red meat intolerance. And, the best part, bison are raised as naturally as possible. No growth hormones and no steroids.
Many restaurants are serving up sliders (basically mini hamburgers). Son #1 loves them so I set out to create a version that son #2 could eat. Here is the recipe for the burgers and caramelized onions. For the rolls, see my next entry or click here.
Mix in medium bowl (I use my hands):
1 pound ground BISON or organic ground beef
1 teaspoon SEA SALT (or to taste)
1 teaspoon ONION POWDER
1/2 teaspoon ground BLACK PEPPER
1/2 teaspoon GARLIC POWDER
Shape into 4” round and 1/2” thick burgers and grill or fry with a little oil over medium heat.
For the adults, top sliders with caramelized onions. I used the recipe at Reluctant Gourmet as it calls for honey rather than sugar. For a little heat I added a pinch of cayenne pepper.
MODIFIED DIET CONSIDERATIONS: The photo above shows a slider with cheese. Yes, that is real cheese and should be omitted if your diet doesn’t allow casein. My husband says cheese equals happiness so we do stock it for him. After all, what woman doesn’t want a happy husband?