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Smoky Bison Burger

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  40 Minutes
Total Time:  40 Minutes
  4 servings
Smoky flavors are an ideal match for sweet, beefy bison (buffalo)—here smoked cheese seasons the meat, adding moisture and smoky flavor from the inside.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the barbecue mayonnaise (Step 3) for up to 5 days.
1 pound  ground bison  (buffalo; see Shopping Tip)
1/2 cup  cooked wild rice (see Kitchen 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  reduced-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

Shopping Tip: The fat content of ground bison (buffalo) is not always labeled and varies depending on the producer. We used Great Range Brand, found in major supermarkets across the country—it has 4 grams of saturated fat per serving. You can substitute 90%-lean ground beef.

Kitchen Tip: 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.

Tip: To oil the 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.
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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 toasted buns with the barbecue mayonnaise sauce, tomato and onion.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 10/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 444
Fat. Total: 20g
Protein: 29g
Carbohydrates, Total: 36g
Fat, Saturated: 8g
Fiber: 5g
Cholesterol: 65mg
Sodium: 721mg
% Cal. from Fat: 41%
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Rating: 5
by: David, OH Reviewed: 09/04/2009
Smoky Bison Burger Tops High list for me
This Burger was so delicous it melted in my mouth I have never tasted a burger so good I also tried it with a couple slices of Bacon on top and wow what a delicous burger Like I said this Burger is rated in the Top 5 Catagory
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