Rabbit and Chorizo Burgers

When I was at the agility trial this last weekend in Fredericksburg, VA, we went out to an Irish Pub downtown. I got a pork and chorizo burger, covered in chipolte mayo. I was utterly inspired to replicate the burger portion of this recipe.

Since I had to butcher the remaining three rabbits (Houdini, Cuddle Bunny, and Dark Knight), and had the front quarters from Chubbs and Sugar, I needed to figure out what to do with the leftovers.  All of these rabbits were around 4.5 lbs, and dressed out at 2.25 lbs. They were not very meaty. I blame the heat and humidity, which makes almost everyone not want to eat.

I was going to make curry or quesadillas, however, the apartment complex has not replaced the stove (that is nearly two weeks broken.)   So all I had access to was a microwave (not so good with meat) and a George Forman.

Cooked Chorizo Bunny Burger

Cooked Chorizo Bunny Burger

Ingrediants and Materials

  • 2.5 lbs Rabbit
  • 12 oz Soy Chorizo Sausage – Can use regular*
  • Knife
  • Food Processor
  • Freezer tray

*I realize that it is ironic to use vegan food in meat cooking; however, the vegan option is much healthier, and I wanted the rabbit to remain lean and healthy, no loaded with fat and other salts. I use this stuff a LOT.

Prepping the Meat

So once I cut off the saddles and hind legs for use in grilling recipes/roasting recipes later, I cleared all of the meat off the front half of the carcass (2.5 lbs between all five rabbits).

I made sure that it was in chunks no larger than 3/4″. Before putting them in the food processor, I put them in the freezer for 20 minutes (to make it easier for the blades to grip).

I love my food processor! Best. Christmas. Gift. Ever.

I love my food processor! Best. Christmas. Gift. Ever.

Then, I put the meat chunks in the food processor, and pureed until I got the consistency I wanted. I let the meat sit in the fridge so the flavors could mingle, then made patties. Tasted really good on the George Forman, with NO GREASE that flowed down.

I topped this with some homemade cheddar, and it was amazing!

That was a lot of work, and I am now exhausted, but have meals for at least five days… including the leftover hamburger meat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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