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Old 03-12-2006, 06:00 PM   #1
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Where do I find ground buffalo meat?

Saw this on Food Network today. I'd like to try this, however I don't know the first place to look for ground buffalo meat.
Does anyone have a clue where I should look?
I'm in Michigan, USA.


1 1/2 pounds ground buffalo
1/2 pound ground chuck
1 medium onion, finely chopped, about 1 cup
3 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 hamburger buns, for serving

Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high.

Put the buffalo, chuck, onion, tomato paste, and liquid smoke in a large bowl and season generously with salt and pepper. Mix everything together with your hands until it is well combined. Take about 1 cup (8 ounces) of the meat mixture and form it into patties with your hands or in a hamburger press. When you have them all made, grill them, turning frequently, until cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes total. (Alternately, cook them in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.) Serve on hamburger rolls with the toppings of your choice.


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Old 03-12-2006, 06:42 PM   #2
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Buffalo meat is kind of a specialty thing. We have a grocery store out here that carries it a few times a year, and I'm always sure to stock up. Your best bet to find it is to find an honest-to-god butcher shop in your area, or find the local "boutique" grocery store (ya know, the one where everything is more expensive, they sell a lot of organic and off-the-wall stuff, etc.)

Though I will let ya in on one thing: I tried that recipe (came from Ham on the Street--I always try one recipe from each cook on TV to see whether or not their vision of food and mine are similar)...I wasn't impressed with it. Ended up paying 8 dollars for that sun dried tomato paste and didn't really feel it added anything to the dish, given how distinct the flavor of the buffalo is.

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Old 03-12-2006, 06:46 PM   #3
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Check you local supermarkets and butcher shops. You have to ask for it!!! Most stores are willing to order stuff for you if you ask. I have to ask my market to order duck breasts all the time because they don't have it in stock regularly.

Of course, you can order it online at any number of places.

Not to be a discouraging voice, but I have had buffalo burgers and they don't taste all that different. If you ate one not knowing what it was you'd just assume it was beef.
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Old 03-12-2006, 07:45 PM   #4
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some people might find that meat a little bit sweeter than regular ground beef.
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Old 03-12-2006, 08:43 PM   #5
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Old 03-12-2006, 08:49 PM   #6
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Honestly, I prefer Buffalo. It's leaner, but has more flavor. It's also healthier and (to me) has a better texture
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:14 AM   #8
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Our local A&P Supermarket carries it regularly- I have also seen it in Superfresh in Maryland (which is the same franchise).I think local supermarkets can get pretty much anything you ask for.I have also seen ground buffalo at Whole Foods stores and Stew Leonard's.
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:41 AM   #9
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our local supermarket carries it too, but i often bug a co-worker to bring it in from his neighbor from here: http://www.hillsidefarms.biz/buffalo_sales.html

i think they'll ship it in the u.s..
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:22 AM   #10
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You could try http://www.showdownbison.com/ they are in the Gladwin area, have a store and also will ship or http://www.sprikfarms.com/ by Grand Rapids, in Troy Mi. Good Food Company East. Hope this Helps you out


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