Elk Burgers (for Gluten-Free Wednesdays)

 

cooked elk burgers

Hello, everyone. (All 10 of you.)

First, I want to apologize for being gone for so long. I know I don’t post a whole lot. (I am trying to post at least 2-3 times a week.) But, it has been almost a week since my last post. That’s because the “plague,” as my mom likes to call it, came to our house. I had some cousins coming to visit for an afternoon on their whirlwind tour of cruising to Alaska and visiting family in California. So, my mom decided to come down for a visit to see them and to be around the Little Man so he could get used to her being around. We are going away for my 40th birthday in a couple of weeks, and she is babysitting for two days. So, the week went: the Big Man got sick on Sunday, Mom shows up Monday afternoon, the Little Man and I woke up sick on Tuesday morning, Mom got sick by Tuesday evening, cousins show up Wednesday afternoon to visit (Thank goodness for them they were staying in a hotel), we all lay around miserable on Thursday, Mom heads home on Friday morning, the Big Man starts to feel better on Saturday, the Little Man and I start to feel better on Sunday. Fun week! It just disappeared. I hardly remember it at all.

Anyway, now that you know the story of my wonderful week of accomplishing nothing except watching cartoons with my son all day, everyday, on to what I wanted to write about a few days ago.

Linda at The Gluten-Free Homemaker puts out a challenge this month for burgers. It’s the beginning of summer, so burgers were on the menu. I didn’t think I would be participating because even though we eat burgers, I don’t really do much more than throw them on the grill. Well, ok, the Big Man throws them on the grill. But I do shape them into nice little patties to be thrown on the grill.

But, then my mom showed up with some ground elk meat. Where on earth did she get ground elk meat, you might ask? Well, my cousin (not one of the ones visiting, I have a lot of cousins.) likes to hunt. And fish, but that’s beside the point. Every year he gives my mom a bunch of stuff that he’s killed. This year, there was elk meat in the group. She thought it was too much for her to eat all by herself, so voilà, we had elk meat to throw on the grill. Let’s make burgers!

garlic, mushroom, elk burger collage

We did some searching on the internet to find out how long to cook them. Same as regular cow meat burgers, it turns out. Reading gave us some ideas, so we sautéed up a little fresh garlic (thanks to my father-in-law’s garden) and mushrooms. Added that and some more fresh garlic to the elk meat. Mixed it all up and made four patties, like I usually do. At this point, I realized that we had more than one pound of meat because these things were big. But we ate them with just a salad, so it was ok. And they were wonderful. Perfectly done. Not overcooked. Three minutes on each side and done.

elk burger dinner

Usually, this challenge is for Gluten-Free Wednesdays. Well, on Wednesday, I was a little too under-the-weather to even think about typing. But, we did eat them on Wednesday, so I hope that counts. Plus, Linda said she would have this challenge up all month to link to.

So, thanks to Linda for the challenge. Thanks to my cousin for hunting every year and providing the meat. Thanks to my mom for bringing it down to cook up and eat. And, thanks to the Big Man for grilling it up to perfection.

Until later, here’s to… Living better, easily!™

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2 Responses to “Elk Burgers (for Gluten-Free Wednesdays)”

  1. Wow. Elk burgers. I’ve never had elk, but it looks good. Thanks so much for participating in the challenge. Just to be clear, Wednesday is the day of the carnival, you don’t have to put your post up that day or eat it that day. Also, Gluten-Free Wednesdays will continue in July, there just won’t be a challenge. Any gf eating idea is always welcome, you don’t have to post a challenge recipe. Hope that makes sense.