Wild Cowboy Burgers
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These juicy Cowboy Burgers piled high with bacon, jalapeños, sautéed onion and avocado will steal the show.
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound 85% lean grass-fed ground bison or beef
  • 4 slices nitrate-free bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup grass-fed cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 slices bacon (pasture-raised & nitrate/nitrite-free)
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 4 slices grass-fed cheddar cheese
  • 4 fried eggs (optional)
Sweet Potato Buns (optional)
  • 1 organic sweet potato (try to get a fatter sweet potato instead of a long skinny one)
  • 2-4 tablespoons grass-fed butter or ghee, melted
  • Salt and pepper
Sweet Potato Buns
  1. If you’re making the sweet potato buns, you’ll want to start these first. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. While water is heating up, thinly slice the sweet potato. A sharp knife or mandolin is useful here. Add sweet potato slices to the boiling water and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from water and thoroughly pat dry. Dredge each sweet potato slice in melted butter and place in a single layer on the foil lined-baking sheet. You can also place sweet potato slices on the foil-lined baking sheet and pour butter over the slices, flipping to coat. Salt and pepper the tops of the slices.
  4. Bake for 10-20 minutes, depending on thickness, until lightly browned on the underside. Watch closely so they don’t burn. Flip and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until lightly golden browned. Again, watch closely and remove when lightly browned.
Cowboy Burgers
  1. Heat skillet over medium-low, and add ½-inch pieces of bacon. Cook until lightly browned, about 6-10 minutes.
  2. Combine all burger ingredients in a bowl, and use hands to evenly incorporate. Form into patties.
  3. Add 4 slices of bacon to the skillet and cook over medium-low, rendering bacon fat into the skillet. Reserve fat in the pan, and set bacon aside.
  4. Add yellow onion slices to the skillet, and saute until translucent. Set aside.
  5. Add burger patties to the skillet, and cook for about 4-5 minutes, till you see the side of the patty start to brown. Flip, add a slice of cheese to the top, and cook for about 4 minutes more, until done.
  6. Add burgers to serving plates and top with bacon, sautéed onion, sliced avocado, and season with salt and pepper. A fried egg is also a delicious topping!
NOTE: If you don't have time to make the Sweet Potato Buns, simply serve the burgers over a bed of greens pile with toppings.
Recipe by Abel James: Best Selling Author, Musician, Entrepreneur and Real-Food Crusader at https://abeljames.com/wild-cowboy-burgers-recipe/