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Bison Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese picture

Bison Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

Bison (sometimes called buffalo) tastes similar to beef but health-wise compares very favorably. It is lower in fat, lower in cholesterol, has fewer calories and more protein. The meat is lean so try cooking it to no more than medium doneness.

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  • For the caramelized onions:
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and cut into thin slices
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • For the burgers:
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground bison (buffalo)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns

Serves 4

  1. First, make the caramelized onions. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat with the olive oil. Add the onion slices and sprinkle with the vinegar, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat the onions evenly, turn the heat down and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and brown (about 20 minutes).
  2. Remove the onions from the heat and either use immediately or allow to cool and refrigerate, covered, for up to one week.  Extra onions can also be frozen for up to 6 months.
  3. Make the bison patties by dividing the meat into  four portions and forming rounds that are about 3/4-inch thick. Season both sides of the patties well with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the patties, making sure there is at least an inch of space in between each patty (cook in batches if necessary.) Cook until one side is nicely browned, about 4 minutes, occasionally pressing the patties down with the back of a spatula to ensure even cooking. Turn the patties over and cook for 4 minutes more. Turn the patties over again and cook for 2 minutes for medium rare, 3 to 4 minutes for medium.
  5. Prepare the buns with your choice of condiments (mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, etc.) As soon as the meat is cooked to your desired doneness, place the patties on the bottom half of each bun, and top with the blue cheese, caramelized onions and a fist full of spinach.  Serve immediately.
Serve with:  Baked Potato Wedges

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