Nuoc Cham Wild Idea Premium Buffalo Burgers

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Nuoc Cham Wild Idea Premium Buffalo Burgers - By Liz L.

Winner of Best Recipe & Overall Winner!
Note from Jill: I used only a few tablespoons of water and it worked out just fine. The burgers formed up nicely and I had no issues with purge.  

The classic Vietnamese Sauce adds lots of flavor to ground Buffalo. While this recipe is a starting point, variations are encouraged. Add more or less crushed red pepper flakes for a spicer or less spicy burger. Like a little more sweet to your heat? Add more sugar. What variations are not encouraged? Just like Wild Idea Buffalo is premium buffalo that has no equal, Red Boat Fish Sauce has no equal either. Use Wild Idea Premium Ground Buffalo Meat and Red Boat Fish Sauce! 

Ingredients
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons white sugar
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons lime juice
Zest of half a lime
Tops of three green onions, finely chopped or 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped 
4 Tablespoon Red Boat Fish Sauce
1 lb. premium ground Wild Idea Buffalo meat 
4 Potato hamburger buns
mixed greens
Sriracha/mayo mixture to taste or Siriacha/ketchup to taste

Ahead of time, in a small saucepan, add minced garlic (a garlic press works best), crushed red pepper flakes, sugar and water. Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. When cooled, add the mixture and the remaining ingredients to a larger bowl. Combine with your hands until well mixed. The meat will be very wet. Place the meat in a strainer and place over the bowl. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. 

 Remove the meat from the refrigerator. While some liquid will have drained, the meat will still be wet. Make into 4 patties (about 6 ounces each) that are flatten to about a 1/2 inch and place on a grill topper. The patties will be difficult to place directly on grill so the grill topper makes for easy grilling. Once the patties have cooked on one side, they will be easy to turn. Cook to desired doneness.

While patties are grilling, grill hamburger buns. assemble the burgers using the mixed greens and sauce of your choice. 

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