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Elk Burgers With Caramelized Onions
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Elk Burgers With Caramelized Onions

Ground elk is a lean and tasty alternative to ground beef. Chopped bacon adds a bit of fat to make these burgers ultra-tender, while red wine brings out the richness of the elk.

By Rheanna Kish and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: May 2012

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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  • Prep time 40 minutes
  • Total time 40 minutes
  • Portion size 4


  • 3 tbsp 3tbspbutter
  • 2 2spanish onionspanish onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 2fresh thyme sprigfresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tsp 2tspgranulated sugar
  • 1 pinch 1pinchsalt
  • 1 pinch 1pinchpepper
  • 4 4thin slices Gouda cheese
  • 4 4hamburger bunhamburger buns, toasted
  • 4 tsp 4tsplight mayonnaise
  • 4 slices 4slicestomato

Elk Burgers:

  • 3 slices 3slicesbacon, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupfresh bread crumbs
  • 2 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp 3tbspdry red wine
  • 2 tsp 2tspDijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
  • 1 lb 1lbground elkground elk
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In large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook onions, thyme, sugar, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and golden, about 25 minutes. Discard thyme; set onions aside.

Elk Burgers: Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine bacon, bread crumbs, garlic, wine, mustard, salt and pepper; mix in elk just until combined. Shape into four 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick patties.

Place patties on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until digital rapid-read thermometer inserted into centre of several reads 165?F (74?C), about
14 minutes.

Place cheese slice on each patty; cover and cook until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.

Spread each cut side of hamburger buns with 1/2 tsp mayonnaise. Sandwich tomato, burger and caramelized onions between buns.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 664 pro 38g total fat 36g sat. fat 18g
carb 47g dietary fibre 4g sugar 13g chol 131mg
sodium 884mg potassium 760mg

% RDI:

calcium 23 iron 40 vit A 12 vit C 7
folate 40
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