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Epic BBLT – Bison, Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Burger

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Whoever said that eating healthy is wimpy is misinformed, or just can’t cook…eh, maybe it’s a little of both. Ha! But, no worries! Here’s an epic Bison-Bacon-Lettuce-Tomato burger that should remove all doubt. And the cool thing about burgers is that they are easy to customize to increase or decrease calories and protein to meet your needs.

So, you can build lean, quality muscle on a healthy diet.

If you gasped at the sight/thought of “bison” in the burger, don’t be alarmed! Bison (and wild game for that matter) is actually a quality animal protein that can do wonders for your health.  Here are a few quick facts on bison to make you a believer:

  • Wild game is 100% grass fed because the animals roam around freely, grazing. This grass fed diet boosts the nutrient content by providing a good supply of Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins and minerals.
  • Bison tends to be lower in fat (calories) and cholesterol than chicken or fish.  Remember, wild game roams around all day “getting lean” so their fat tends to be lower.
  • Bison is also higher in protein than chicken or beef AND it is packed full of iron, which also makes it a great choice for women.
  • Check out this link for more cool information on bison – http://www.bisoncentral.com/cooking-bison/nutrition-information

 

Ingredients:

  • 3.5oz extra lean organic ground bison
  • 1 sprouted burger bun (I used Alvarado St. Bakery)
  • 2 slices turkey bacon (uncured, natural, nitrate free)
  • 2 slices (beefsteak) tomato
  • 1/4 cup onion sprouts
  • red onion (I used red onion that had been soaked in lime juice and some spices, called salsa criolla)
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • purple cabbage (optional)
  • Condiments:
    • 1 tablespoon goat cheese (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Seasonings for ground bison:
    • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • pinch of cumin
    • pinch of sea salt and pepper
  • spray coconut oil

 

TIPS:

  • Cook turkey bacon in a nonstick skillet.  While it is cooking spray with a little coconut oil and season with pepper.  The oil will help the bacon become more crispy and the pepper adds flavor.
  • Lightly toast the buns in the oven.  Before toasting, spray with a little coconut oil.

 

Approximate macros:

427 calories, 44g protein, 33g carbohydrates, 13g fat, 5g fiber, 6g sugar

 

 

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