I’ll admit, I’m not exactly the most adventurous eater. Oh, I’ll try new things, but ask my family and friends and they’ll tell you that nine times out of 10, I order chicken when dining out. Unless of course, I can afford to have steak (I’m looking at you, Mr. Paul’s Chophouse – a maybe once-a-year treat but oh so worth it!). But I do love chicken. It is my protein of choice not just when dining out, but at home, too.
A few years ago, I began hearing about bison meat – that it was tastier and healthier than beef, but I never saw it in the grocery stores around my house. I’m sure Whole Foods has it, but my nearest Whole Foods requires two freeways and fighting traffic in a business district to get there. So when I saw a one-pound package of ground bison last week at my local Aldi, I felt like I’d won the lottery or something. I finally found bison! It was rather exciting. To me, anyway. I put it in my cart, already planning to make burgers with it. I do love a good burger, and I hadn’t made any in a while.
The big question was, how to season it? Since it’s a red meat similar to beef, I figured I probably couldn’t go wrong treating it like I would ground beef, so I settled on McCormick’s Worstershire Pub Burger seasoning blend, with a little garlic salt sprinkled on during cooking. It smelled…different. So different that I was a little concerned that maybe I wasn’t going to like it. I wouldn’t say it was gamey, but the scent was quite different from beef. Maybe a bit like lamb, and I hate lamb. HATE IT.
But I soldiered on – I was already committed to trying this bison and I was going to see it through. I waited until it was almost finished cooking (to an internal temperature of 160 degrees, just like beef) before I added a slice of sharp cheddar cheese, let it melt down over the top of the burger, then served it protein style (sans bun – gotta watch those carbs, ya know), with a chopped salad.
I cut off a piece, speared it with my fork, put it in my mouth, and…
Actually, it was VERY GOOD. It wasn’t odd or gamey at all. It tasted a lot like beef, but richer and very tasty. Maybe a little dryish, but I’m not sure if that is because I overcooked it or that it’s pretty lean – only 10% fat. Regardless, I quite enjoyed it and will definitely purchase it again!
After I eat the other three bison burgers that are chilling in my freezer.