Recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen
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Jalapeno Bison Burger with Lettuce Bun
Total:
45 min
Active:
40 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
45 min
Active:
40 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Burger:
  • 4 small heads iceberg lettuce
  • 2 pounds ground bison 
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced 
  • 4 ounces Gruyere, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt 
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Yogurt Ranch Dressing:
  • 1 1/2 cups 2-percent Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives 
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce 
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
Assembly:
  • Mayonnaise, for serving
  • Four 1/3-inch slices ripe tomato (Ugly preferred in season) 
  • Four 1/4-inch slices Vidalia onion 
  • 8 bread-and-butter pickles 

Directions

For the burger: Peel away the outer layers of each lettuce head to get a diameter of 5 to 6 inches. On opposite sides, slice two 1-inch slices from the sides of the head to form the top and bottom of the bun. Repeat with the remaining heads. Set the slices aside. Refrigerate the remainder of the lettuce for another use.

Mix the bison, jalapeno, Gruyere, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Divide into 4 patties, about 8-ounces each. Flatten each patty so that it's flat and thin, about 4 1/2 to 5 inches in diameter and about 1 inch thick.

Preheat a skillet or cast-iron pan over high heat. Add the olive oil, swirling to coat the pan. When the olive oil begins to shimmer, add the bison burgers and cook until browned on the first side, about 3 minutes; flip and cook for 3 minutes more for medium doneness. (Note: Bison cooks faster and is leaner than beef; cooking it to medium keeps it moist and tender.) Let rest for 4 to 5 minutes.

For the yogurt ranch dressing: Combine the yogurt, buttermilk, chives, vinegar, hot sauce, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth.

To assemble: Take one half (the flattest half) of the iceberg slices and use it for the bottom buns. Slather each with 2 teaspoons mayonnaise and top with a bison burger, a slice of tomato, a slice of onion, and 2 bread-and-butter pickles. Follow that with a dollop (1 tablespoon) of the yogurt ranch dressing and then the tops of the lettuce bun. Secure with skewers and serve immediately.

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