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The Buffalo Guys Say Give Buffalo a Chance

When I first heard that buffalo meat was leaner than chicken, I thought the joke was on me. However, it's true: Due to the fact that buffalo is a wild animal, it has less body fat than its domestic counterpart. Take a look at the buffalo steaks and you'll notice that it lacks the fatty marblization found in beef. Recently, I was invited to an event hosted by the Buffalo Guys, an odd couple who raise free-range organic buffalo. They turn the meat into a variety of products, from hot dogs to steaks.

Being a buffalo virgin, I was incredibly surprised at how good it tasted. The steaks were pink, moist, and meaty. I falsely assumed that buffalo would be gamy or more like lamb. If I hadn't known it was buffalo, I would have guessed the steaks were a lean cut of beef. It's extremely important to properly cook the meat because it can dry out quickly. Generally a buffalo steak cooks a few minutes less than a beef steak.

Check out my photos below and tell me: have you eaten buffalo? What did you think of it?

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PinkNC
PinkNC
I haven't tried it before but it looks like everyone here has enjoyed it.
pe
pe
I enjoy buffalo. Buffalo Guys taste fine. But the premade burgers are a mess. Box says "No reason to thaw".I figured they were indvidually pkged. They aren't. If you don't thaw it you have to cook 2 burgers stuck together, which means they fall apart. I emailed just to let them know the problem: to suggest maybe rewriting directions or pkg individually. The email back wasn't rude, but wasn't friendly, kinda like "duh, why didn't you thaw it?". I will keep eating buffalo, just a different brand. Sorry guys.
Sofia-Soubrette
Sofia-Soubrette
I live in Colorado where buffalo is a mainstay on many local restaurant menus. I *love* buffalo steak, and think if you're new to the meat you should try it that way instead of ground up in a burger. MmmMmMm!
suziryder
suziryder
I've had buffalo burgers that were good, but my husband and I passed through Jackson, South Dakota on our honeymoon and he had buffalo ribs for dinner. Either buffalo ribs aren't very good or (and I suspect this was the real issue) the restaurant waaayyy overcooked them. They were dry, gamey, and a bit burned. Blech.
DeviousMuse
DeviousMuse
My bf and I agree that the best steak we've ever had is the Bison Delmonico at Ted's Montana Grill. Cooked to a nice medium, it is about the best thing in the world with their fresh pickles and a sweet potato. I also had the Farmstead Burger at a local bar -- ground bison, sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and a fried over easy egg on top (no mayo). YUM YUM!
Soniabonya
Soniabonya
:drool: I LOVE buffalo meat! The first time I had it was in the form of a burger and didn't look back. And then I had a small steak that I managed to grill myself at a resturant (Rok in downtown Sunnyvale). Soooo yummy, juciy, flavorful. Didn't taste gamey whatsoever. I wonder where I can get my hands on some buffalo meat instores in the south bay. Rok offers ostrich too....I think I'll give it a try :)
Kimpossible
Kimpossible
I love Buffalo - not gamey at all, taste like a richer beef.
chiefdishwasher
chiefdishwasher
But I tell you.........bacon wrapped big bird could keep me going for a month........and top each menu item with an egg cooked in bacon grease!
fuzzles
fuzzles
It's gonna take a whole lotta bacon to wrap an ostrich, Chief!
chiefdishwasher
chiefdishwasher
I need to try the buff bacon! You know what else is lean and really good...........think of the largest bird in the world........tastes more like beef than chicken!
doogirl
doogirl
I haven't tried it yet, but I can get it at my local butcher shop. I think I'll pick some up next time!
Alithyra
Alithyra
Buffalo is tasty. I like the bacon it makes -- very good for breakfast with scrambled eggs. Other cuts work very well as steaks or in stews. The ex did a roast buffalo last Christmas time in a crock pot. Man may have had his faults; cooking was not one of them. It was delicious. The taste is like beef only beefier -- and watch the cooking time and temp. Plus bison don't get stuffed with all the hormones and stuff cows get. Too bad none of the local grocers or butchers carry it, I have to go way south for it.
ashleyamoeba
ashleyamoeba
I love buffalo! so good... burgers, meatloaf, steak... everything!
Spectra
Spectra
Oooh, bison meat is very tasty. I've had it a few times...there are a few bison ranches around here and there are a few restaurants that serve it. I like it because it's grass-fed and has a nice mild flavor to it.
HoneyBrown1976
HoneyBrown1976
Thanks, Yum. I don't know. I, like you, enjoy the fat of a burger. But, I might give it a try anyway.
Food
Food
Buffalo doesn't taste gamey at all. Like Party said, its taste is very similar to that of lean beef. I've had buffalo burgers before, but to be frank, they didn't have enough fat, and let's be real -- that's where all the flavor is! I am game (sorry, had to do the pun) for trying a buffalo steak, though.
HappyKate
HappyKate
Bison is awwwwwsome! Helen's "home of the hateful burger" I miss you so!
margokhal
margokhal
I've had buffalo in a burger once, when I was in Utah on Antelope Island. The park has a number of buffalo running around, and they let the Native American community in the area (I think they're part of the Ute tribe, not sure) hunt the buffalo and sell the meat to the park each year...so the park can sell it to patrons in the form of buffalo burgers. It's a nice system. Since the buffalo on the island were pretty wild, the meat did taste a bit gamey. I didn't mind though. It tasted fresh and cleaner (not as greasy, with all the fat) than beef. I even bought buffalo jerky! Less calories + no fat = really good hiking snack. There's not much buffalo to consume for cheap in my area (in Texas, it's pretty much cattle country), but I wouldn't mind using it instead of beef in meals!
HoneyBrown1976
HoneyBrown1976
I'm interested. Does it taste like steak or is it gamey?
macgirl
macgirl
We use ground buffalo for our hamburgers and spaghetti. It's delicious and better for us. I didn't love the steaks as much but we have yet to master not overcooking the steaks.
CaterpillarGirl
CaterpillarGirl
I eat it all the time its so good!
GlowingMoon
GlowingMoon
I love buffalo. It's tasty.
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