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Beer Bottle Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Buffalo Burgers

My brother forwarded on a YouTube clip of the BBQ Pit Boys making Beer Can Bacon Burgers. For their recipe, they used a half-pound of 80% lean ground beef, pork bacon and then stuffed it with pulled pork, roast beef and cheese! They had ribs grilling too, but that was just for snacking! No kidding.

I thought to myself, “heart attack” and “I bet using Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon and our 95% lean Ground Buffalo could make a healthier, delicious version." Below are two options that I think you will really enjoy, and it's Paleo friendly!

Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Burgers

Ingredients for Meat (Makes 3 Burgers):

Preparations:

  1. Spread meat out onto a plate. Sprinkle the salt, pepper and olive oil over the meat. Mix the seasoned meat together with your hands and portion into three even sized balls.
  2. Transfer the balls of buffalo meat to a platter. Press a beer bottle into the center of the portioned meat and bring the meat that squishes out to the sides, up the sides of the bottle uniformly.
  3. Wrap the meat with two pieces of Buffalo Bacon, overlapping the two pieces. Secure bacon with a couple of toothpicks.
  4. Remove beer bottle and stuff with one of the fillings below, pressing in lightly.
  5. Pre-heat grill to medium high heat, around 450°. Ensure grill grates are clean and oiled.
  6. Using a spatula transfer the burgers to the grill, turn the burners that are directly under the burgers off and drop the remaining lit burners that are to the sides or side of them to a medium low setting. This will drop your grill temperature to around 325°.
  7. Close lid and grill for about 12 minutes rotating burgers halfway through cooking. Move burgers over direct heat, and turn burner to high. Close lid and grill for about 2 minutes. Remove from grill and serve immediately.

I served the stuffed Buffalo Burgers with foil-wrapped grilled potatoes, which kept all the hot cooking outside. Accompany with a green salad.

Filling Options: 

Caramelized Vegetable and Mozzarella Stuffing

Ingredients (Stuffs 3 Burgers):

  • 8 – ounces crimini mushrooms, steams removed and sliced
  • 1 – medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 – tablespoons butter
  • 1 - tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ - teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • 2 – cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/3 – cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 – ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preparations:   

  1. In a sauté pan over medium high heat, heat butter and olive oil. Add onions, mushrooms, salt and pepper and sauté stirring occasionally, for about 25 minutes or until nicely browned.
  2. Add the garlic cloves and sun-dried tomatoes, stirring to incorporate. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat, allowing ingredients to come to room temperature.
  4. Once cooled, stir in shredded mozzarella cheese.

This is sooo good, you will be sneaking bites out of the pan! :)

Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Burgers

Mediterranean Stuffing 

Ingredients (Stuffs 3 Burgers):

  • 1 – cup chopped spinach
  • ¼ - cup pepperoncini, chopped
  • ¼ - cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • ¼ - cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ - teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • 5 – ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Preparation: Mix all ingredients in bowl to incorporate.

This is super good too!

Photo Credit: Jill O'Brien

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4 comments

  • Thanks, Jill. I tried it – substituted Swiss Chard for the spinach (as that’s what I had in the garden) and served it to guests. It turned out great! Lovely presentation – it looked so fancy, and very tasty, as well. Thanks for your lovely recipes!

    Pamela M Corcoran
  • Hi Pamela – I can offer you my best guess. 425* for 15 to 20 minutes…? Good luck and let us know how it turns out. jill

    jill obrien
  • I would like to try this in the oven – any suggestions on temperature and time? They look superb!

    Pamela M Corcoran

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