A buffalo burger and sweet potato fries
Frozen buffalo burger patties

Buffalo burgers are hamburgers made with meat from the water buffalo, beefalo or American bison (Bison bison).[1]


Author Dan O'Brien said that buffalo meat is sweet and tender and has a unique taste. He also said that it has to be prepared as carefully as fresh fish.[2] The magazine Women's Health said that the taste of beef burgers and buffalo burgers is almost indistinguishable, but that buffalo burgers are a bit sweeter and more tender. It normally costs more than beef.[3]


Buffalo burgers have less cholesterol, less fat, and less food energy than burgers made from beef or chicken. The American Heart Association recommended buffalo burgers in 1997 as more heart-healthy than chicken or beef.[4] The burger is high in nutrients such as protein, zinc, and vitamin B12.[3] Buffalo burgers are more healthy than beef because bison do not store as much fat as cattle. An 85-gram (3-ounce) serving of buffalo meat has 390 kilojoules (93 kilocalories) and 1.8 g of fat compared to 770 kJ (183 kcal) and 8.7 g of fat in the same serving as beef.[5] A recipe for simple buffalo burgers was listed in Men's Health Muscle Chow.[6] The magazine EatingWell came up with a buffalo burger recipe that is low in cholesterol and high in calcium.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Sheridan, Dick (15 June 1999). "Buffalo Meat Makes Comeback". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  2. ^ O'Brien, Dan (2002). Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch. New York: Random House. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-375-76139-3. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b Kaddy, Matthew (June 2006). Sarah Breakridge (recipes) and Jim Franco (photographs). "Bust Out of a Food Rut". Women's Health. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  4. ^ Duffy, Gillian (June 23–30, 1997). "Where's The Beef?". New York: 99. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  5. ^ McKibbin, Amy; Beth Morrison (April 1995). "Roaming an Altogether Different Range". Orange Coast. 21 (4). Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  6. ^ Aveden, Gregg (2007). Men's Health Muscle Chow: More Than 150 Easy-to-Follow Recipes to Burn Fat and Feed Your Muscles. New York: Rodale. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-59486-548-0. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Smoky Buffalo Burger". EatingWell. May–June 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2011.