This is actually a pretty simple recipe for grilled burgers that is made special by all the small touches. First, using buffalo or bison meat (although more expensive than ground beef) provides a welcome variation from classic burgers. I incorporate finely diced browned onion directly into the uncooked ground meat to add a bit more flavor. Then come the toppings. I love using smoked gouda to turn these burgers into cheeseburgers. It’s another slight twist that gives the burgers character. And finally, the quick-pickled onions. With a side of grilled vegetables, these are beautiful.
Buffalo Burgers with Quick-Pickled Red Onions
1 pound ground buffalo/bison meat
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small white onion, finely chopped
4 slices smoked gouda cheese slices
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, turn the heat to medium-low and slowly simmer the onion until soft and beginning to brown. Allow to cool slightly, then incorporate into the buffalo meat.
2. Using your hands, shape four quarter-pound patties out of the buffalo-onion mixture (wash your hands afterwards).
3. Grill until cooked to medium (usually about 6 minutes per side), flipping once. Top with a slice of gouda cheese for the last minute before removing from the grill. Serve on a bun with quick-pickled onions and condiments.