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Elk Sliders

Elk Sliders

I got a new macro lens for my camera the other day.  Waiting for FedEx to show up at my front door with my little package was like a child waiting for Santa Claus to come down the chimney on Christmas.  I treated myself to the lens after finishing in second place in our football pool at work.  My $40 entrance fee netted me about $220 dollars after about 17 weeks of football.  Not only did I have a great time watching football, I ended up with a really cool lens that will keep me happy for many years to come.

After some research, I ended up with a f3.5 macro lens for my Olympus E420 DSLR camera.  Wow!  The clarity is unfreakingbelievable.  I remembered that I saw an ant on my counter the other day and I knew what I had to do…  I put a drop of honey on a plate and I waited an hour or so.  The ant appeared.  Within minutes, he had his face planted in the side of the tiny drop of honey.

Crazy huh?  I can barely see this little guy with my reading glasses on!  I even got a shot of him licking his little feet.  Amazing.  I can only imagine all the fun I am going to have using this lens.

Well, back to food…  I decided to make some Elk Sliders for Bruce and I for a easy dinner today.   I enjoy preparing meals using elk meat and living in Southern Oregon, finding exotic meats such as elk, venison and buffalo is really not that hard to find.  Either you have a friend that is a hunter or you simply visit a store that carries these types of meat.  Elk meat is similar to beef and is lower in fat in comparison.  Not to mention, it tastes great too.

My easy to prepare Elk Sliders are made with ground elk meat mixed with low sodium soy sauce and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, garnished with green leaf lettuce, and a tasty relish made from tomatoes, red onions, and parsley on a buttered grilled bun.  Serve the sliders with french fries, chips or a couple slices of your favorite pickles.  Makes 6 sliders.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 1 pound ground elk meat (you can substitute good quality beef)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 1 Tbs low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 6 mini hamburger buns or rolls
  • softened butter for the buns
  • 1/3 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/8 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 6 small lettuce leaves

Begin by lightly mixing the elk meat, 1/4 cup Gorgonzola, low sodium soy sauce and pepper in a medium sized mixing bowl.  Form into 6 small patties.  Refrigerate for at least an hour before cooking.  Fire up your barbecue or indoor grill pan.  Place patties on medium high heat and cook approximately 3-4  minutes each side or until desired doneness.  Meanwhile, butter the rolls and grill until golden.  In a small bowl mix together the tomato, onion, parsley and pinch of salt.  Before removing the burgers from the grill toss on the remaining Gorgonzola cheese and let melt.  Place patties on buns and garnish with lettuce and the tomato onion mixture.  Serve.

Itty Bitty Buffalo Burgers

Just imagine… Little itty bitty buffalo burgers, topped with smoked gouda cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and a spankin smoked paprika aioli.  If you like avocado, toss that on top too.  Did you catch that?  I bet you did…  So now go to the store and gather your ingredients.  Make these little gems for your next backyard BBQ or serve them up while you watch your favorite sporting event.  Dang!  These burgers are awesome!  Makes 6 itty bitty burger gems.

Let’s begin by making the aioli.

Smoked Paprika Aioli ingredients:

1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
1-1/2 teaspoons finely minced garlic, or to taste

Note:  this smoked paprika aioli can be used on crab cakes, grilled fish, and even potato fries.

Now let’s pull the buffalo burgers together…

Burger ingredients:

1 pound ground buffalo (bison)
1 Tbls. Indonesian soy sauce
1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
fresh cracked black pepper about 1/4 tsp.
6 small french rolls

garnish with the following:

smoked paprika aioli (see above)
sliced smoked gouda cheese
grilled onions

In a medium sized mixing bowl, lightly mix the ground buffalo, Indonesian soy sauce, seasoning sauce and cracked black pepper. Shape into 6 patties.  Fire up your BBQ or indoor grill.  In the meantime, prepare your garnishes. Slice your french rolls in half and lightly butter.  Grill these until golden brown.  Remove from heat.  Toss your little burgers on the BBQ or grill.  Cook about 3 -4 minutes each side. Add the gouda cheese and melt.  Assemble your burgers.  Enjoy!

Indonesian Turkey Burgers


Indonesian Turkey Burgers….  A wonderful fusion of Indonesian and American cuisine.  Just imagine barbecued juicy turkey burgers, topped with smoked gouda cheese, grilled onions, tomato, fresh picked lettuce, and drizzled with a wonderful Javanese ketchup.  Go out, gather your ingredients and fire up the BBQ.  It’s time to grill up some Indonesian Turkey Burgers!   Enjoy!

Turkey Burger Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh ground turkey
1/3 c. panko bread crumbs
1 egg beaten
1 Tbls. Indonesian soy sauce (medium)
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. garlic paste
1 tsp. low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper

4 burger buns (heated on the grill)

Garnish with fresh picked lettuce, smoked gouda cheese, tomato, grilled onions and Javanese ketchup.

Javanese Ketchup Ingredients:

In a small bowl blend together the following:

1/4 c. ketchup
1/8 c. Indonesian soy sauce
Sambal Oeleck to taste (optional)

Let’s begin.  Make the Javanese ketchup and set aside.  Fire up your barbecue or indoor grill.  Prepare your garnishes and set aside. Grab a medium sized bowl and lightly mix the turkey, panko, egg, Indonesian soy sauce, coriander, garlic paste, low sodium soy sauce, salt, and pepper.  Form into 4 equal sized patties.  Be sure to wash your hands afterwards with soap and water.  When your BBQ is ready, place patties on the grill.  Cook for about 5-6 minutes per side or until cooked through.  Add your cheese to the burgers and melt….  Remove from heat. Meanwhile warm the burger buns on the grill.  I like to brush the buns with a little bit of melted butter before I toss them on the grill.  Cook buns until heated through and lightly golden.  Assemble your burgers, top with the garnishes and drizzle on the Javanese ketchup.  Makes 4 burger gems.  Enjoy!