Saturday, May 11, 2013

Spicy Bison Burgers with Jalapeño Peppers & Habanero Cheddar Cheese

Spicy Bison Burgers with Jalapeño Peppers & Habanero Cheddar Cheese

Ketogenic Spicy Bison Burger
The spicy ranch dressing adds taste and style points.
Laziness Rating: 8/10 (-2 for mixing raw meat & cheese)
Delicious Rating: 5 stars based on 1 review
Calories: 949
Net Carbs: 3g
Protein: 99g
Fat: 62g

Recipe Type: Burgers
Cooking Time: 15 min
Yields: 2 servings (½ lb patties)

Not all meats are created equally. I believe there's a very clear meat hierarchy. And without a doubt, beef sits atop that hierarchy as the most delicious and versatile meat on any menu. But part of my mission with this blog is to explore recipes using the rest of the meat hierarchy as well. Just to be clear, the universal meat hierarchy goes:
  1. Beef
  2. Pork
  3. Lamb
  4. Fish
  5. Duck
  6. Turkey
  7. Chicken
Meat nutrition comparison table
Nutrition comparison table.
So where does bison fit in that meat hierarchy? I'm not quite sure yet. I'll probably need to collect more (delicious) data before I can confidently rank it. Maybe others already have an opinion? Bison is a delicious and healthy alternative to regular beef. Both meats share a similar taste and texture, but bison has fewer calories, less fat, less cholesterol, and more vitamins that regular beef. While the Ketogenic Diet calls for many high-fat foods, bison meat is a great choice for those (like me) who are carefully counting calories to lose weight.

This recipe for bison burgers includes mixing-in jalapeño peppers and habanero cheese. This adds a nice spicy kick to the already delicious bison. But careful, trying this recipe may cause bison to shoot to the top of your own meat hierarchy. Enjoy!
Ketogenic bison burger ingredients


  • 16 oz - Ground Bison Meat (Great Range)
    (Cal: 760, Fat: 44g, Prot: 92g, Net Carb: 0)
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper
    (Cal: 4, Fat: 1g, Prot: 0g, Net Carb: 1)
  • 1 oz - Habanero Cheddar Cheese (Cabot)
    (Cal: 110, Fat: 9g, Prot: 7g, Net Carb: 0)
  • 2 tbsp - Spicy Ranch Dressing (Hidden Valley)
    (Cal: 75, Fat: 8g, Prot: 0g, Net Carb: 1)

    Step-By-Step Directions

    1. Chop the jalapeño pepper into small pieces
    2. Cut the habanero cheddar cheese into small, thin pieces
    3. Mix the peppers and cheese bits with the 1 lb of raw bison meat
    4. Separate the bison meat into 3 or 4 small burger patties
    5. Grill or griddle the bison patties for 4-5 minutes each side (or until done)
    6. Keto On
    Think my meat hierarchy above is wrong? Set me straight in the comments section.

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