Wednesday, August 01, 2007


So I thought I'd take a page out of Nick's book, um, I mean, blog, and post one of our favorite recipes! I actually found this recipe on the Epicurious website. I really like that site for getting recipe ideas, but I almost universally have to reduce the amount of oil the recipe calls for. I swear, those people have stock in cooking oil...or maybe it's owned by a heart surgeon. Either way....

Sun-Dried Tomato Burgers


  • 1 lb ground meat (beef, bison, ostrich, or turkey)
  • 1/2 cup chopped, drained sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 1 Tblsp oil from sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3 Tblsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tblsp dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste


Mix meat, tomatoes, reserved oil, chopped onion, basil, cumin, salt and pepper. Form into patties and refrigerate or cook immediately.

We have made these burgers with all kinds of meat and they always turn out well. I think it works particularly well with bison, though. Because bison is so lean, it's often difficult to cook well and can end up tasting like shoe leather. However, because you add some oil to these burgers, they work really well with bison meat.

You can find the original recipe here. As you can see, I reduced the recipe by a lot (3 lbs of meat?? Please!!), reduced the oil by about half, and I don't make the balsamic-glazed onions the original recipe calls for. I have tried them and, while they are quite tasty, I think they overwhelm the taste of the burger. These are plenty tasty all on their own!

Bon apetit!!


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  2. I can attest to the deliciousness of these burgers. I never put condiments on these, since they have so much flavor on their own, so take a bite before you spread on the ketchup or mustard. By the way, I like them best with bison (American buffalo) or ostrich.

    For everyone but Nick, only a little salt is required to help bring out the flavors. Nick, you can go ahead and put in your usual tablespoon or whatever.