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Whiskey Venison Burgers

  • 10 m
  • 35 m
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

    • 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)

Directions

  • 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.
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