Tips For Cooking American Bison and a Recipe
1 pound ground American Bison (buffalo)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 large onion or seeded rolls
About 1/2 cup Vidalia onion relish, bell pepper relish or spicy mustard
Fresh spinach, arugula or leaf lettuce, as desired
1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese (2 ounces), blue cheese or sliced sharp provolone
Preheat the grill to medium-high. Divide and shape buffalo into 4 patties. Add seasoning. Grill on both sides, turning once, until cooked. Toast rolls on the grill, if desired, while cooking the meat. Serve burgers on buns with relish, greens and cheese.
You can add topping such as grilled red onions, pickled onions, olivada, spicy tomato salas, sliced ripe tomatoes, sliced sharp cheese, smoky pepper sauce (roasted red bells pureed with garlic, seasonings and chipotle sauce). Add your favorite toppings, whatever they are.
Tips For Cooking American Bison
The American Bison Association in Denver, Colorado recommends cooking the meat from rare to medium rare because of it’s leanness. It is not recommended to cook bison meat past medium. Buffalo cooks about 1/3 faster than beef because of less fat, which acts as an insulator. Buffalo steaks are great cooked on the grill, pan-fried or under the broiler. It is recommended that you lower the broiler pan one notch.
Marinate and season steaks as you wish. Cook over a hot fire; but don’t overcook or the meat will become dry and tough. Turn steaks every minute or so during grilling (or broiling) to keep the juices and flavors moving through the meat. Serve rare to medium.
Make a tasty buffalo stew by browning 2 pounds buffalo cubes and 2 chopped onions in oil. Add 2 cups tomato sauce, 1 pound can tomatoes and juice, 1/2 cup water, salt and pepper and chopped herbs of choice. Cook for 1 hour or until tender. Add 3 medium cubed potatoes, 2 sliced carrots and simmer until vegetables are tender.
Buffalo roasts (or cubes) are delicious in a slow cooker. Add water about halfway up on the meat then add seasonings, sliced onion and garlic, if you wish. Cover and cook on a low setting 8 to 10 hours. (Cook in a low oven at about 275 degrees until tender.)
When cooking buffalo burgers on a hot grill, place seasoned patties (1/4 to 1/3 pound meat per burger) on an oiled, hot grill rack; cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Turn once. If cooking in a ridged grill pan or skillet, add a little olive oil or PAM first. Burgers won’t shrink much as beef. The thicker the patty, the juicier the burger will be.