Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bison Blucy with Onion Balsamic Marmalade

Matt saw some ground bison in the store a few weeks back & threw it in the shopping cart to try. Our first thought was to cook it very simply into burgers. Then Matt remembered the left over St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese we had & decided to make Blucys.
Bison Blucy with Onion Balsamic Marmalade
A Blucy is a thick hamburger stuffed with blue cheese. It's a take off of the Juicy Lucy, a Southwest Minneapolis specialty which features a burger stuffed with American cheese. Basically you take two patties of your ground meat & seal a layer of cheese between them. This is no small burger! But hey, bison is healthier than beef right?!
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Matt seasoned our bison with onion powder, garlic powder & celery salt before making it into patties. This type of burger takes longer to cook that most so plan on about 20 minutes. Traditionally a Lucy is griddle cooked so that is what we did. I was worried the burger might be dry because bison is so lean but I was wrong, this was such a tasty juicy burger. The cheese in the middle may have helped with that.
Bison Blucy with Onion Balsamic Marmalade
Look at that cheese oozing from the middle!
Bison Blucy with Onion Balsamic Marmalade
To top the burgers Matt made an Onion Balsamic Marmalade. Not exactly sure why the recipe called this a marmalade when its really just caramelized onions with balsamic added. Well, no matter what it's called it tastes fantastic. The sweetness is a perfect paring with the blue cheese & the meat. The marmalade last for awhile in the fridge so make up a batch to use on sandwiches for lunch too.
Bison Blucy with Onion Balsamic Marmalade

Onion Balsamic Marmalade
(adapted from 'wichcraft by Tom Colicchio)

2 c red onion, sliced thin
1 t olive oil
salt & pepper
1 T sugar
3 T balsamic vinegar

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add the onion, season with salt & pepper & cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Turn the heat to medium-low. Sprinkle the sugar over the onions & stir in. Cook for 10 more minutes stirring frequently. Turn the heat to low. Add the balsamic vinegar & stir. Cook for 1 hour stirring from time to time. The finished onions should be very caramelized & dry.

Can be stored in the fridge for several weeks.

Makes 1/2 - 2/3 cups.


Thistlemoon said...

Looks delicious guys! Buffalo/Bison is one of my favorite meats, and I do love a good burger from the meat. I like mine with smoked cheddar, caramelized onions and TJ's BBQ sauce. YUM. Oh and a pickle. Must have a pickle.

Lori said...

I love Bison burgers! This onion marmalade sounds fantastic! What a great idea to top off an already great burger. Yum!

jillian said...

I cook with bison all the time and love it. I love the look of the burger with the cheese in the middle!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I have not had bison but your burger looks so delicious!

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

I like the name: Blucy! Kinda cute! ;D I also quite like the name "Blue and Green" Tart for the previous dish.

Dragon said...

The last time I tried bison I found it to gamey. This burger inspires me to try it again. I love anything with blue cheese.

Kasha said...

Bison is different, but intriguing. I love this blog. I love that you and your husband cook together! My husband and I are just starting out so we just have a small humble charcoal BBQ I am looking for recipes to use on. I would love to try this one with maybe some Elk meat my Dad might provide. Thanks so much for this awesome blog. I will for sure add this blog to my blog list. I would really appreciate it if you would add my blog to your blog list. Thank you!

Giff said...

Never had bison! You're killing me with all this yummy blue cheese with burgers and tarts!

Maris said...

I've never had bison but I've heard it's really good! The onions sound great and I think blue cheese and burgers belong together. Something about the sharp cheese and the grilled burger flavor.

grace said...

there are few things in the food world that i enjoy seeing more than oozing cheese. excellent bison usage!

Kristin said...

Before Mom and Dad bought Mike and I the "cow" for christmas we only ate ground bison (instead of ground beef) its soooo yummy!

Unknown said...

Oh does that ever sound and look mouth watering!
Happy Twirls

Lori said...

We tried bison a few weeks ago. We really liked it. Oh I wish I knew about the blue cheese idea. I love all of your blue cheese ideas!

Alicia Foodycat said...

This is a very good looking burger! I can just imagine how well the onions went with the cheese and meat!

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