Bison. First time trying it ever. I was a bit intimidated by the name, not gonna lie. We never had bison at our dinner table in Ecuador. I probably never even knew people ate this animal now a days! J I was completely familiar with chicken, eggs, pork, beef, and fish…not bison.
A couple of months ago I saw a lovely ground beef looking package at CostCo, so I grabbed it. It wasn’t beef though…beef happened to be right next to it, in a slightly different colored package. So what was it?
BISON! How cool! Game meat. Totally wanted to try something new…edgy. I was sold.
Once I got home, I placed my bison in the freezer. To be honest, I think the poor bison package sat in my freezer for 2 months! I was wayyy intimated by this unfamiliar animal. It’s so massive and hairy and wild. It could kill me if I was left alone with it in a field. What a creepy thought.
Even though it’s tougher than me…someone had conquered it, and I have the convenience of picking it up from the grocery store; sort of crazy to think about.
We humans may not be stronger, tougher, bigger, and faster than other animals…but we sure can build tools to help us out. That’s our gift, being intelligent enough to build tools. Tools help push us all forward and live better, more efficient lives…anywhere from hunting big animals in order to eat and stay alive, to building spaceships that can leave this planet and land on foreign ones… pretty amazing!
Using my super helpful kitchen tools, I was extremely anxious to get cookin’ and finally taste bison! I needed to know what my taste buds would think of it. As the burgers were cooking, my husband called and told me he was driving home. He asked me what I was up to and I told him about my little Bison cooking adventure. He was intrigued. Preston got home just as I was taking my burgers out of the oven; we added avocado slices and sriracha on top of our burgers, cut a bite, ate the bite, tasted the bite, and it was…lovely! Success! Preston and I helped ourselves to a second serving. We seem to do that a lot, don’t we?
Tools you’ll need:
- Baking sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Mixing bowl
- 1 shallot
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 jalapeno peppers (including thier seeds)
- 1 lb of organic ground bison
- 1 egg
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of pepper
- Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Set broiler on high, arranging rack so that the burgers will be about 2 inches from the heat.
- Use cutting board and sharp knife to finely chop garlic cloves, shallot, and jalapeno pepper. Place in mixing bowl.
- Add ground organic bison and eggs to mixing bowl with chopped veggies.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Combine all ingredients well (don’t be afraid to use your hands for this!)
- Make patties out of the mixture. Recipe makes 5 medium sized patties.
- Place burgers side by side along the baking sheet, so that they form one line in the middle of the sheet. *See picture below.
- Broil for 7-9 minutes one side.
- Flip and broil for another 6-8 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on those burgers…you don’t want them to burn!