Whiskey Venison Burgers

Whiskey Venison Burgers

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

These delicious burgers are made with lean ground venison dressed up with coffee, cocoa powder, chili powder and whiskey. Try them at your next cookout.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 heads garlic
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon whiskey or water
  • 1 pound ground venison
  • 4 small whole-wheat hamburger buns, spilt and toasted
  • Lettuce leaves (optional)
  • Thin slices fresh jalapeno peppers (optional)
  • Tomato slices (optional)
  • Thin red onion slices (optional)
  • Dill pickle slices (optional)


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  1. Cut off the top ¼ to ½ inch of each garlic bulb to expose the cloves. Remove the papery outer skins, leaving the cloves intact. Place each garlic bulb on a 6-inch square of heavy foil; drizzle bulbs with olive oil. Wrap foil up around bulbs; seal. For a charcoal grill, grill garlic on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals about 25 minutes or until garlic is soft. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place foil-wrapped garlic bulbs on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.) Remove garlic from grill and cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine coffee crystals, cocoa powder, chili powder and salt. Stir in whiskey or water. Add venison; mix well. Shape into four ½-inch-thick patties.
  3. For a charcoal grill, grill patties on the greased rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 10 to 13 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into side of each patty registers 160°F, turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)
  4. Meanwhile, squeeze garlic cloves from the skins into a small bowl. Mash garlic with a fork. Spread garlic on bun bottoms; add lettuce (if using) and grilled patties. If desired, top with chile peppers, tomato, red onion and/or pickles. Add bun tops.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 burger with bun
  • Per serving: 315 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 30 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 96 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 145 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 161 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 422 mg sodium; 482 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Iron (28% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 3½ lean protein, 2 starch, 1 fat

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