Grilled Bison-Mushroom Burgers

Grilled Bison-Mushroom Burgers

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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018

Adding smoky, umami-packed ground mushrooms to grilled burgers builds flavor and keeps things juicy while bumping up the patty size. This burger is super-tasty made with ground beef too, but we love bison as a sustainable alternative packed with rich flavor. Look for it in the meat section of well-stocked supermarkets.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 8 ounces mushrooms, large ones halved
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 teaspoons, divided
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar plus 2 teaspoons, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced into ½-inch-thick rings
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 pound ground bison or 90%-lean ground beef
  • 3 ounces sliced dill havarti cheese
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted


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  1. Pulse mushrooms in a food processor, scraping down the sides once or twice, until finely chopped but not a paste.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar, garlic powder and paprika; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Scrape into a medium bowl and spread across the bottom in a thin layer. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high.
  4. Toss onion in a small bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons each oil and vinegar and ¼ teaspoon salt. Let stand, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add bison (or beef) and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt to the mushrooms; mix well. Form into 4 equal patties, about 4 inches in diameter.
  6. Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer registers 155°F, 8 to 10 minutes total. Grill the onions, turning once, until tender and lightly charred, 6 to 10 minutes total. Top the burgers with cheese and cook until it's melted, about 1 minute more. Serve the burgers on buns, topped with the onions.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 burger
  • Per serving: 531 calories; 33 g fat(13 g sat); 4 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 45 mcg folate; 102 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 509 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 227 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 738 mg sodium; 778 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (23% daily value), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1½ starch, 3 medium-fat protein, 1 high-fat protein, 1 fat

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