A burger makeover with American Bison
This week, we asked Amy Reiley to share one of the most popular recipes from her cookbook, Romancing the Stove. This twist on a barbecue classic not only works well in a seductive setting, its a crowd pleaser perfect for a weekend gathering. We love changing out the beef for lower fat, higher protein American bison (aka buffalo). It definitely makes for a more aphrodisiac burger. But bison isn’t the only ingredient making this dish a winner in the games of seduction.
Burgers with coffee?
Amy layers her burgers with coffee, which brings an earthy richness like no other. Coffee is one of our favorite aphrodisiac ingredients. (Didn’t know coffee was an aphrodisiac? Check it out in our guide to aphrodisiac foods.) The amount of coffee in these burgers shouldn’t be enough to keep you up all night–unless you want to be! But many of its fans report feeling a surge of energy after indulging in this twist on a classic.
This recipe from Amy Reiley's aphrodisiac cookbook Romancing the Stove, gives a classic burger a makeover using American Bison and spiking the meat with the rich, earthy flavor of coffee.
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp fine coffee grounds
- 1 lb ground buffalo or 4 buffalo patties,
- 1/2 sweet onion cut into rounds
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 4 slices ripe tomato optional,
- 2 whole grain sandwich rolls The sandwich is designed as open-faced is to help keep the meal light for a romantic evening. To serve a crowd, feel free to use full buns for practical purposes!
Mix salt, pepper and coffee grounds into the ground buffalo and form 4 burger patties with 1/4 inch thickness.
Brush grill with cooking oil and heat to high.
Cook burgers for 3-5 minutes per side depending on desired doneness, flipping once. (Because of its low fat content, buffalo will become tough if overcooked.)
After burgers are flipped, add onion rounds to the grill. Grill onions on 2-3 minutes per side.
Top each half of the buns with 1-2 tsp oyster sauce. Add a tomato slice (optional) and 1/4 of the grilled onions. Top with a burger and serve open-faced.
If you are only serving 2 burgers, save the second bun and toppings separately, in the refrigerator, for up to 48 hours.
*The recommendation to serve the sandwich open-faced is to help keep the meal light for a romantic evening. If you're going to be serving burgers to a crowd, (particularly outdoors), feel free to use full buns for practical purposes!
(The ground buffalo mixture can also be used to make meatballs. Just brown lightly in a sauté pan and serve with pasta or as an appetizer with oyster sauce for dipping.)
For more of Amy’s recipes for seduction, check out Romancing the Stove
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