Don’t Waste Your Money: Bison beef vs. burgers

Posted at 5:38 PM, Aug 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-30 17:38:10-04

If you're looking for a healthy burger choice and veggie and turkey burgers just don't cut it, Consumer Reports says you may want to try a bison burger.

They tested them out so you don't waste your money.

Big, beefy burgers are still king, but one restaurant began offering bison burgers three years ago and they now sell around 300 a week.

Be aware, bison can be expensive, sometimes twice as much as beef. But nutritionally, it`s a solid choice.

According to the USDA, a grass fed, three-ounce bison patty has 152 calories and seven grams of fat. That`s less than a broiled, 90 percent lean beef burger, which averages 184 calories and 10 grams of fat.

It`s even less than a broiled, 93-percent lean turkey burger, which averages 176 calories and 10 grams of fat.

Most ground bison is at least 90 percent lean, which is great if fat is a concern. But for some people that can make it a little too dry.

To get a juicier bison burger, Consumer Reports` ShopSmart Magazine suggests adding some onions, roasted peppers, or even sautéed mushrooms. Figure about a half-cup of add-ins for each pound of ground meat.

So this summer, bison burgers can offer a tasty, healthy option you might just flip for.

Shopsmart says another tasty way to keep your bison burger moist is to add in some sauerkraut, well drained that is, along with a mustard herb rub.

In fact, almost any flavorful steak rub works well with bison.