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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.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2008


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40 mins


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  • 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 degrees F, 5 to 6 minutes per side.

  • Assemble the burgers on buns with the barbecue mayonnaise sauce, tomato and onion.


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.

Nutrition Facts

456 calories; protein 31.9g; carbohydrates 37.7g; dietary fiber 4.9g; sugars 9.3g; fat 21g; saturated fat 7.6g; cholesterol 78.4mg; vitamin a iu 1296.8IU; vitamin c 5.3mg; folate 31mcg; calcium 157.2mg; iron 3.8mg; magnesium 56mg; potassium 309.6mg; sodium 797.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

2 starch, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat