Healthy Elk Burger

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Father’s Day is best celebrated with family and incredible food, and there’s no better way to get to a Dad’s heart than the word “barbeque”. Let’s fire up the grill and take this opportunity to learn a thing or two from Dad as he serves a plate of delicious and healthy elk burger!

Elk meat may not be a regular choice in your family’s weekly dinner rotation, but maybe it should. Not only is it high in protein and low in fat, but it’s also amazingly versatile. You can substitute it in place of beef in any recipe to add flavor and a tinge of sweetness, plus cut down on the fat and calories of your meal.

5 Health Benefits of Elk Meat

  1. High in Protein
    Elk is an outstanding source of protein. In fact, with about 23 grams of protein in each three-ounce serving, the ground elk nutrition facts are comparable to other healthy protein foods like chicken and turkey. 
  2. Aids in Weight Loss
    This nutritious red meat makes an excellent addition to any weight loss regime. Its protein content may be adequate to help suppress cravings and hunger.
  3. Promotes Immune Health
    Elk meat is an excellent source of zinc, an essential mineral that plays a central role in the health of your immune system. 
  4. Helps Prevent Anemia
    Anemia is a blood disorder when you lack healthy red blood cells in the body. Elk meat is exceptionally high in vitamin B12 and iron, two nutrients needed to prevent iron-deficiency anemia.
  5. Strengthens Bones
    Elk meat is high in phosphorus, a nutrient that is an integral part of bone health.

 

Healthy Elk Burger
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground elk meat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon grated low-fat butter (unsalted)539 divided*, very cold
  • 4 slices pepper Jack cheese (optional) or cheese of choice
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns
  • For serving – lettuce, tomato, onions
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground elk meat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon grated low-fat butter (unsalted)539 divided*, very cold
  • 4 slices pepper Jack cheese (optional) or cheese of choice
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns
  • For serving – lettuce, tomato, onions
Recipe Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill, cast iron skillet or flat top over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the elk to a bowl with the salt and pepper.
  3. Shape the ground meat into 4 evenly sized patties.
  4. Add a quarter of the grated butter to the center of each burger and fold it in half. Shape into a disc again, making sure all of the butter is now in the inside of the burger. Repeat for each burger.
  5. Place the burgers on the grill and grill for about 4 minutes per side or until they're medium temperature (140-145F). During the last 2 minutes on the second side, add a slice of cheese to each burger.
  6. Serve with any desired toppings on a bun.
Recipe Notes

NUTRITION

Serving Size: 1 burger

Calories: 348 
Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 539 mg
Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Carbohydrates: 18 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 32 g
Cholesterol: 41 mg

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