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American Buffalo Burgers Recipe

Tens of millions of American Bison (which we usually refer to as buffalo) were awaiting the European settlers who traveled across America’s Fantastic Plains in the early 1800s. But among these settlers were trappers and traders, who thrived from the uncontrolled selling of meat and hides. And they weren’t the only ones killing off the American Bison. Train companies made a business out of providing tourists the chance to shoot buffalo from the windows of their coaches. These shooters slaughtered innumerable bison, only pausing to reload upon running out of ammunition. The corpses of these animals were just left out on the plain. They even had buffalo shooting contests. It is said that one person set a record by killing 120 bison in only 40 minutes. (Do the math–that’s 3 per minute!) “Buffalo” Bill Cody is reported to have killed more than 4,000 buffalo in just two years. What a fantastic contrast this is with how the Native Americans had conserved, for centuries, this fantastic resource by hunting only for food and making use of the entire animal.

But, there is excellent news. Through the responsible efforts of many Americans, the American Buffalo is coming back. When I was a boy visiting my Grandparents in South Dakota, I loved driving through the plains and seeing hundreds of these majestic animals. I also remember my parents eating a buffalo dinner at the restaurant at Mount Rushmore. (I had chicken or something–the thought of eating buffalo seemed too weird to me!)

What could possibly be more American than an American buffalo? Maybe an American buffalo burger! Ground buffalo meat is appearing more and more in grocery stores. Mixing butter in with the meat might seem a bit odd, but it adds a small stout, helping to bring the flavor out, and it keeps the burger from becoming too dry, as buffalo meat is very lean. (By the way, its leanness makes buffalo meat a fantastic choice for a healthy meal!)


1 lb. ground buffalo meat

3 tbsp. butter

1 egg, beaten

1 clove minced garlic

2 tbsp. finely chopped jalapeno pepper (with most of seeds and membrane removed)

2 tbsp. finely chopped green onion

1 tbsp. dried parsley flakes

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. Lawry’s® seasoned pepper (or just ground black pepper)

4 tsp. ketchup

2 tsp. horseradish

1 tsp. yellow mustard


In a small saucepan, heat the butter just enough to melt it. In a large mixing bowl, blend well all ingredients, including the melted butter, and make into four or five patties. Cover the burgers and refrigerate for about an hour. Fire up the grill, spray grill with some PAM® (or rub some vegetable oil on it) and grill the burgers on both sides just like you would grill hamburgers–that’s it–all the seasonings are already in the burgers! If you do not wish to grill, just oil a pan and fry.

Copyright © 2007 Lee Griffith. All rights reserved.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lee Griffith, a.k.a. “Griff” is the author of several blogs. Griff describes himself as a “former kitchen klutz” who now has a passion for cooking and developing fantastic recipes. Griff want to send you a FREE E-BOOK with 32 fantastic chili recipes, along with a free recipe every week via email. To receive, simply click on optin2.griffsrecipes.com optin2.griffsrecipes.com

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