Natural Grocers Pepper Crusted Yak Burgers with Cheddar and Bacon

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Take your burger up a notch with this flavorful combination—the pepper crust gives just the right amount of zing to compliment the cheesy-bacon goodness. And don’t let the yak scare you, yak meat is lean and mild tasting, much like beef. It cooks quickly and tastes great. Everyone will love this delicious burger!

4 burgers
6 slices bacon
1 pound ground yak, or sub grass-fed beef
1 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Garlic Granules
1 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic White Onion Granules
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
4 hamburger buns or 4 large organic lettuce leaves
8 (1/4-inch) thick slices of Natural Grocers Brand Organic Sharp Cheddar
Optional burger toppings
  organic lettuce
  organic tomato
  pickles
  ketchup
  mustard
  mayo
  barbeque sauce
  1. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet (such as a cast iron) over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until it is done to your liking (this should take about 8-15 minutes depending on the thickness of your bacon and how crisp you like it). Place the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  2. While the bacon cooks, mix the yak with the garlic, onion, and salt. Form into four patties about ½-¾-inch thick. Season both sides of each patty with the black pepper. Set aside.
  3. Once the bacon has been removed from the pan, split the buns open and liberally brush each cut side with bacon grease. Put buns back together and set aside.
  4. Drain all but a couple of teaspoons of the bacon grease from the skillet and return the skillet to the burner. Turn heat to medium (or just below if your stove tends to run hot) and place the prepared burgers in the pan. Cook undisturbed for about 4 minutes. Carefully flip each burger and top each with two slices of cheese. Cook for another 4-6 minutes, or until the burgers are just cooked through. (Please note that yak meat is very lean and tends to dry out if overcooked.) Transfer the cooked burgers to a plate and top each with 1½ strips of bacon.
  5. Toast each bun half, cut side down, in the hot skillet for 2-3 minutes or until lightly golden and crisp.
  6. To serve, place one burger on each bun or lettuce leaf and serve with desired toppings.