Green Chile Bison Burger

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Green Chile Bison Burger

Take a trip to the Southwest with this juicy green-chile cheeseburger made with rich-tasting ground bison. You could make these with freshly roasted green chiles, but canned green chiles, which you can find near other Mexican food in most supermarkets, keep this recipe a snap to make when you’re in a hurry. Serve with a sliced tomato salad.

Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 40
Total Time: 40

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 pound ground bison or lean (90% or leaner) ground beef
  • 2 4-ounce cans diced green chiles, drained, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
  • 1 cup very thinly sliced iceberg or romaine lettuce

Preparation

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (or see Stovetop Variation).
  2. Place onion in a small bowl and cover with cold water.
  3. Place bison (or beef), 1 can drained chiles, 1/4 cup cheese, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gently combine without overmixing. Form into 4 patties, about 3/4 inch thick.
  4. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 155°F (165°F for beef), 4 to 5 minutes per side. Top each burger with an equal portion of the remaining green chiles and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Cook until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute more.
  5. Drain the onion. Assemble the burgers on toasted buns with onion and shredded lettuce.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)
  • Stovetop Variation: Coat a nonstick pan, preferably cast-iron (or a grill pan), with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add burgers, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer registers 155°F (for pork and bison) or 165° (for beef or chicken), 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 349
fat 15 g (6 g sat, 5 g mono)
cholesterol 75 mg
carbohydrates 26 g
protein 31 g
fiber 4 g
sodium 678 mg
potassium 596 mg

Nutrition Bonus Zinc (44% daily value), Vitamin C (30% dv), Iron (28% dv), Calcium (19% dv), Magnesium & Potassium (17% dv), Folate (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 1 1/2

Exchanges 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

From EatingWell May/June 2011