History & Culture
Goat meat may appear to be a culinary adventure that is off-the-beaten-path of tradition. However goat meat has been a staple in many cultures for thousands of years. Plus, it is common to enjoy goat meat in a variety of delicious dishes around the world.
Goat meat is a lean, flavorful and nutrient rich meat. For instance, when compared to beef, chicken, lamb and pork goat meat is lower in saturated fat. Plus goat meat ranks higher in iron, potassium and B vitamins than beef.
Because goat meat is lean, when making meatballs or a burger, I would suggest adding extra fat. The fat maintains the juiciness of the meat, as well as ensures the burgers or meatballs will stay intact.
For instance, I used an egg yolk to add extra fat but also to act as an additional binder. And when cooking goat burgers or meatballs, I suggest cooking in a fat like butter, ghee, bacon grease, or lard.
Because goat meat is flavorful on it’s own, I didn’t feel like additional spices nor a marinade was necessary. Adding salt and pepper promotes the flavor without overpowering the taste.
To add personality to each burger, I invite you to take a look at my Goat Burger Variations infographic. The infographic walks you through a four-step process that helps you use the food you pick up from your local Farmers’ Market.
For example, instead of opting for a packaged bun from the store, I preordered freshly made gluten-free buns from a local farm/baker vendor. Selecting a base for the burger is the first step to creating a delicious bite.
Next, for step two, I choose spicy microgreens for a burst of color and nutrition. And lastly for step three, I topped my goat burger with an egg that was fried in the skillet dripping of ghee and goat! The homemade gluten-free bun, microgreens, eggs, and mushrooms were sourced from S & B Bell Farms.
All the foods that created my goat burger variation were fresh farm foods grown locally! Fresh farm food grown locally is best, so why not move your traditional boring burger into a culinary delight with ground goat meat and tasty foods from the Farmers’ Market!
- Sheet Pan
- Large Bowl
- 1 pound Ground Goat
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 3 tbsp butter or ghee for dairy free burgers
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
- 1.Add ground goat, the egg yolk and a dash of salt and pepper into a bowl. Use your hands to mix the meat with the egg, salt and pepper.
- 2.When egg yolk, salt and pepper are mixed into the goat meat, separate the meat into four sections. Form each section into a burger shape.
- 3.Grab a sheet pan, and place the burgers onto the pan. Use your thumb to make an indention into the center of the burger, and add 1 teaspoon of butter or ghee into the indention.
- 4.Cover the sheet pan with foil, and place the sheet pan into the freezer for about 10 minutes.
- 5.While the burgers and butter/ghee are in the freezer, grab a large skillet. Add the remaining butter or ghee into the skillet. Place skillet onto stovetop, and turn burner to medium-high heat.
- 6.Once the butter or ghee has melted, grab the sheet pan out of the freezer. Place the burgers into the skillet, and allow the burgers to pan fry for about 5-10 minutes on each side. Add additional salt and pepper to the tops of the burgers as needed.
- 7.Once the burgers have throughly cooked, remove them from the skillet and place them onto a plate. Grab a spoon to scoop up dripping and butter/ghee from the skillet, and pour at least 1 heaping spoonful over each burger.
- Time to Assemble! Choose your burger base, veggies, and/or toppings for an out of the box, over the top delicious burger!