We don’t know many people who would say they don’t enjoy a good burger. At Tribeca Tavern, we take pride in specializing in handcrafted burgers. We love the unique flavors and combinations that can be created. While many enjoy the traditional beef patty burger, we want to educate you on a healthier, tastier version: bison.
History of Bison
The American bison once roamed the grasslands of North America in the tens of thousands. Throughout the 18th century, their massive herds were critically important to Plains Indian societies. When settlers arrived, more than 50 million bison were killed for food and sport. Near extinction, there were only a few hundred animals left. Today, bison has made an amazing comeback, due in large part to the rediscovery of this lean and tasty alternative to beef. Now, more than 500,000 live on preserves and ranches where they are raised for their meat (National Geographic).
A Sustainable Protein
Bison move constantly, grazing specific areas intensely for short periods of time and then moving on. Through this grazing pattern, they actually enhance the biodiversity of their home. As they move across the land, they create good locations for the seeds of new prairie plants to germinate. The result is a varied grassland that hosts butterflies, pollinating insects and nesting birds. Unlike cattle, bison can’t be fenced in. They need only food, water, other bison and room to roam. This leads to more diverse grasslands, nutrient-dense meat and a better life for the bison themselves (The Bison Council).
The Healthier Burger
Bison is known for its rich flavor, but contains far less fat and cholesterol than beef or chicken. In recent years, bison has become highly popular in health magazines and organizations. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends bison for its lean properties and savory taste. In fact, bison is an approved part of AHA, Mediterranean and Paleo diets (The Butcher’s Blog). Unlike cattle that have been selectively bred for marbling, bison remain much closer to their original wild lineage. As a result, their meat is much leaner. Bison generally has fewer calories, but contains more protein than beef, making it a good choice for the health conscious meat eater. Extremely nutrient dense, a single serving provides good amounts of iron, zinc and the antioxidant selenium (Whole Foods).
Bison vs Turkey
As you can see from the chart, bison does have a competitor in ranking nutritionally, and that is turkey. However, bison contains no hormones, antibiotics or fillers. It has less cholesterol than turkey so it gives you a red-meat taste with comparable health benefits.
There you have it. Come to Tribeca Tavern and try out our NC Grass-Fed Bison Burger or Bison Meatloaf! You will be pleasantly surprised at the taste and won’t feel bad about eating it.