Thursday, January 26, 2012

Buffalo Sliders

You might expect ground buffalo meat (otherwise known as bison) to taste gamey but don't knock it till you try it!  It has a slightly sweeter taste than beef and is tender and juicy.  According to the USDA, it also has some added health benefits when compared with beef including less calories, fat, and cholesterol. It is also higher in protein and contains 69% more iron than beef.

These buffalo sliders are packed with flavor and are perfect for game night or a fun weeknight meal.

Makes 6-8 sliders

1 pound ground buffalo
½ of a medium onion, sliced into rings
Cheddar cheese slices
Salt and pepper
Slider buns
Homemade Thousand Island (See recipe below)

Homemade Thousand Island:

Mix one part ketchup with three parts mayonnaise and a dash of white vinegar.  Add chopped pickles. Season with salt and pepper.  Whisk together until incorporated.


Caramelize onions with olive oil in a small pan over low heat.  Meanwhile, form buffalo meat into slider sized patties.  Season well with salt and pepper.   

Heat a grill over high heat and sear sliders until cooked through (about 3 minutes each side).  Top each patty with desired cheddar cheese slices after flipping once.  Remove sliders from grill and add buns to toast (about 1 minute).

Assemble sliders with caramelized onions and homemade thousand island.  Enjoy!

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