Last night was burger night at our house. Aaron requested them last week and they got postponed to this week. He said he was up for any type of burger so I decided to make Bison burgers and see if Aaron noticed any difference between the Bison and beef. That plan was totally ruined by Twitter. I tweeted that Bison was on the menu and Aaron checked his Twitter when he got home from practiced and calls into the kitchen, “We are having bison burgers tonight?!” Doh! I was hoping he wouldn’t go on Twitter before dinner! We did not have any unbiased opinions, but they were still a hit.
Here are some facts about the benefits of Bison from The National Bison Association along with my thoughts.
Buffalo meat tastes similar to fine beef, with just a slightly sweeter and richer flavor. Bison is naturally flavorful and tender and can be prepared much the same as beef.
My thoughts: Yum, yum, yum. These tasted more like Kobe burgers than regular hamburgers. Really rich and juicy without being greasy. Goodbye beef burgers!
Bison falls into the gourmet or specialty meat category at your supermarket or meat market. Click here to find a local retailer.
My thoughts: My regular supermarket carries ground Bison and it was on sale for $5.99 a pound which is not much more than the lean ground beef I would normally buy.
Bison are handled as little as possible. They spend their lives on grass, much as they always have, with very little time in the feedlot. They are not subjected to questionable drugs, chemicals or hormones. The members of the NBA feel so strongly about this that they have a resolution opposing the use of these substances in the production of Bison for meat.
My thoughts: I LOVE this!
Research by Dr. M. Marchello at North Dakota State University has shown that the meat from Bison is a highly nutrient dense food because of the proportion of protein, fat, mineral, and fatty acids to its caloric value. Comparisons to other meat sources have also shown that Bison has a greater concentration of iron as well as some of the essential fatty acids necessary for human well being.
My thoughts: In 4 oz. of ground bison there are 190 calories, 11 grams of fat, 23 grams of protein and 10% of your iron needs. Ground beef has 243 calories and 16 grams of fat per 4 oz. serving.
What a great treat this was! We served 1/4 pound burgers on honey whole wheat buns with red onions, sharp white cheddar, tomatoes, and lettuce!
Bison Burger Blind Taste Test