Who doesn't love a good burger?? Conscious about the meat I buy, I am always on the lookout for healthier, more sustainable options to the traditional (yet classic) beef burger. My answer to that: Bison!
Bison is a deliciously rich and sweet meat. It is similar to beef in that the cooking methods for both are approximately the same (bison just requires a lower cooking temperature than beef, and usually for a shorter period of time). Bison is a red meat on offer that is usually smaller scale than beef meaning that the chemical and energy inputs/outputs are considerably less than what cattle require - good for the environment, the animals, the producers and for us! It is also incredibly healthy in that one serving contains only 2.42g of fat, 143 calories, and 82g cholesterol! Moreover, it is a complete protein, and loaded with zinc, iron, potassium, and vitamins B12 and B6.
Okay, enough about the little guys! Let's eat em! I paired the sweet meaty burger goodness with a fresh from the garden tomato salad and the Sumac Ridge 2007 Black Sage Vineyard Cab Franc. The fruity, sweet, full flavor of the wine was gorgeous with the sweet and bold meat, while the earthy tones of the wine picked up on the flavorings I added including thyme, onion, and garlic.
Beautiful Bison Burgers