Chipotle Zucchini Bison Burgers

I’ll be completely honest…I totally forgot how hard being a student really is.  I haven’t been in college full time for…a lot of years and jumping right back into it has been a rather rude awakening.  The summer term is especially brutal–it’s only a couple classes but it’s the fast and furious version…I’m in class from 8 to 4:30 with only one break for lunch.  There hasn’t been a day this week when I didn’t feel like my brain had been liquified.

On top of all that, we’re on a really tight budget.  This gives me a new appreciation for “budget eating,” since this is the first time in my life I haven’t had disposable income.  I mean, my undergrad was free and I was making money from the Army all through that (not to mention they fed me three times a day anyway) and when I was working, I was making decent money…at least I realize now that it was decent 😉

Now, even though the GI Bill is picking up a good part of this med school deal, I’m at a private school this year and it’s only paying about half.  Oh, and then there’s the bureaucratic part of it…meaning I’m relying on federal and private loans until the GI Bill actually kicks in.  Long story.  Oh, red tape.

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ANYWAY…we’re eating on a budget.  And on severe time constraints.  So this is the first of many meals I came up with that was ready in about a half hour, start to finish, with minimal ingredients.  As an added bonus, it tastes really good.  I’m obsessed with chipotle pepper lately and put it in everything.  And they don’t have to be bison…they can be whatever ground meat you have on hand.  I’m starting to realize just how pricey beef in general can be, so for this coming week I actually bought a bunch of ground pork and sausage, for example!

Chipotle Zucchini Bison Burgers
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 lbs Ground Bison (or other ground meat)
  • 1 Zucchini, grated
  • 1 T Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 t Ground Chipotle Pepper
  • 1/4 t Garlic Powder
  • 2 t Apple Cider Vinegar
  1. Mix all of the ingredients well in a large bowl by hand. Don’t over-mix.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a dollop of coconut oil or fat of your choice.
  3. Form burger patties and cook them in the skillet to desired done-ness.
  4. Serve with condiments of choice.


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2 thoughts on “Chipotle Zucchini Bison Burgers

  1. Brandae

    I made this for dinner tonight for my family of seven (six guys!!). I used half beef and half bacon – some of the cooked bacon mixed into the burgers and the rest on the side. Served on lettuce beds with spiralized potatoes oven-baked for their hungry tummies and a bunch of toppings for the burgers, the meal was a hit! I love adding zucchini to beef. Thank you!


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