Where’s the beef you ask? Not here
by Alexander Quebec
May is National Burger Month. Aside from the usual beef and occasional chicken, there isn’t too much the average American has tried outside of the two, but what if I told you that curious epicureans out there have tried other meats not necessarily known for being between buns? As I was curious myself, I decided to take a look into some meats that have been used for hamburgers, lets start with…
While a culinary treat in the south, Alligator meat can be ground and made into patties. High in protein, low in fat, it has been described as having a firm, but mild flavor. If you’re wanting to try one yourself, SF Bistro Grill (in San Francisco, no less) has one.
Described as having a taste and texture similar to beef, but sweeter, The antelope originated from India, but is now raised all over. Despsite looking like a deer, they are closely related to goats and oxen.
Eaten as meat in their homeland of Peru, Alpacas here in America are raised mainly for their fibers. One source claims that alpaca is the new red meat. The flavor of the meat is described as being close to a sweet lamb.
Recently, Bison have been declared the national Animal of the US by President Obama. Called Buffalo by many, Bison are actually not related to the buffalo (which is found in Europe, Asia and Africa). I’ve actually tried Bison burgers before. its a slightly sweet flavor, and firm texture. Once again, SF Bistro Grill has one if you want to give it a go.
I feel bad to have to post this picture of adoreable lambs up, but lamb burgers were once a thing in McDonald’s in India (they aren’t anymore). Lamb is a very popular meat worldwide, so why wouldn’t the sweeter meat become a popular burger meat? Badmaash in Los Angeles (the city that’s home to many burger chains btw) has one if you want to try one out for yourself.
Generating lots of controversy, Lion meat has been sold in burgers as well as tacos. The flavor has been described by one customer as “The taste is kind like venison, and the texture is kind of like gator.” Despite the rave review, the state of Illinois has considered banning the sale of Lion Meat (as of this posting, the fate of the bill is unknown).
Having a lower fat and calorie content that chicken, Ostrich is actually very popular in some parts of the world. In spite of being considered poultry, Ostrich meat has been noted to taste similar to beef.
A broad term for deer meat, Venison has been a popular meat for centuries. Venison burgers are a thing and you can find them after a careful google search, although (once again) Bistro SF Grill has them on the menu. The flavor has been described as being like beef, but with a very strong flavor.
And that’s our quick rundown on exotic meats used for burgers, what do you think? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments below.