Dinner in Minutes: Buffalo Cheeseburgers with Mixed Salad
Ground buffalo (also called ground bison) adds a new dimension to this all-American cheeseburger. Buffalo meat is very low in saturated fat and has a wonderful flavor.
It can be found in many supermarkets fresh or frozen and is worth looking for it.
Quickly defrost the frozen, chopped onion called for by placing it in a strainer and running hot tap water over it.
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3⁄4 pound ground buffalo
1⁄4 cup frozen, chopped onion, defrosted
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 slices whole-wheat bread
2 slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
In a medium-size bowl, combine the buffalo, onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Mix until combined.
Form the meat mixture into 2 thin patties, each about 1⁄2-inch thick. Drizzle oil on one side of each slice of bread.
Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers for 3 minutes, turn and cook for 3 more minutes. Remove the burgers to a plate. In the same skillet, add 2 slices of bread, oiled side down. Top each slice with a slice of cheese and a burger.
Cover the burgers with the 2 remaining slices of bread, oiled side up. Cook each sandwich for 2 minutes, turn and cook for 2 more minutes or until the sandwiches are golden-brown.
Nutrition information per serving: 425 calories, 12 grams fat (4 grams saturated), 114 milligrams cholesterol, 51 grams protein, 27 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams dietary fiber, 530 milligrams sodium
4 cups washed, ready-to-eat mixed salad
2 tablespoons reduced-fat oil-and-vinegar dressing
Place the salad in a bowl and toss with the dressing.
Nutritional information per serving: 27 cal-ories, 1 gram fat (1 gram saturated), 1 milligram cholesterol, 1 gram protein, 4 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams dietary fiber, 12 milligrams sodium