Smoky Buffalo Burger
From EatingWell: May/June 2008
Here we flavor sweet, beefy buffalo (bison) with smoked cheese and smoky barbecue sauce. Instead of being melted on top, cheese is used here to season the meat—adding moisture and smoky flavor inside the burger. Wild rice bulks up the serving size (and adds vitamins and minerals), while keeping it lean. Plus the flavor and chewy texture are a wonderful complement to the meat. If you can't find buffalo in your store, substitute 90%-lean ground beef.
- 1 pound ground buffalo, (bison)
- 1/2 cup cooked wild rice, (see Tip)
- 1/2 cup shredded smoked cheese, such as Cheddar, Gouda or mozzarella
- 2 tablespoons smoky barbecue sauce, divided
- 1 tablespoon paprika, preferably sweet Hungarian
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sweet pepper relish, or pickle relish
- 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
- 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
- 4 slices tomato
- 4 thin slices sweet onion, such as Vidalia
- Preheat grill to medium.
- Place meat, rice, cheese, 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, paprika, mustard, garlic, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 4 equal patties, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
- Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, relish and horseradish in a small bowl.
- Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 155°F, 5 to 6 minutes per side.
- Assemble the burgers on buns with the barbecue mayonnaise sauce, tomato and onion.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the barbecue mayonnaise (Step 3) for up to 5 days.
- Tips: Be sure to plan ahead for cooking the wild rice—it takes 40 to 50 minutes. To cut down on cooking time, look for “quick” wild rice—a whole-grain rice that cooks in less than 30 minutes—or “instant” wild rice that's done in 10 minutes or less.
- To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.
Per serving: 434 calories; 19 g fat (7 g sat, 2 g mono); 65 mg cholesterol; 36 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 5 g fiber; 721 mg sodium; 301 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (25% daily value), Iron (20% dv), Calcium (15% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 2
Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat
More From EatingWell
Omega-3 fats are good for your heart and are found in fish...
These healthy sugar-free dessert recipes are a delicious and...
Stir-fries are an easy way to get dinner on the table fast...
Whether you're looking for a quick breakfast or a refreshing...
If you’re trying to slim down, our low-calorie dinners to...
Carbs have gotten a bad rap as a diet no-no, but whole grains...
When you’re trying to lose weight, you don’t need to skimp on...
The next time you’re thinking about ordering takeout, put...
Fresh seasonal produce offers plenty of reasons to try one of...
Baking a cake from scratch doesn’t have to be time-intensive...
There’s something oh-so-soothing about a bowl of creamy...
Our nutritionists have verified that these recipes do not...
Homemade desserts, including piping-hot apple pie, rich...
If you’re searching for an affordable and healthy meal for...
Our healthy lasagna recipes, including classic meat lasagna...
Make sure you have a quick and easy dinner ready to go next...
- Total Time
- 45 minutes or less
- Main Ingredient
- Preparation/ Technique
- Ease of Preparation
- May/June 2008