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A Yak Burger Round-Up

Word on the street (read: twitterverse) is that William and Kate were fed yak burgers at an event yesterday as part of their royal visit to Canada. Really? I can’t say yak is considered classic Canadian cuisine. Bison definitely. But yak? Burgers? I wouldn’t have chosen it as a royal menu item. It did inspire me to poke around on the word-wide interweb and see what I could see about yak and recipes – particularly burgers. No surprise – most of the sites I found were outside Canada. It did intrigue me though – it appears yak is lean and beef-like, similar to bison. So if you have access to ground yak and need to know what to do with it, or have a prince and princess coming to dinner, here are some ideas:

Susan’s Yak Burgers – courtesy of the Vermont Yak Company, it seems like a pretty standard beef burger recipe, made with breadcrumbs, minced onion and egg.

Yak Burgers from the Democratic Underground are made with oatmeal and mustard.

The Moscow Food Co-op has an interesting recipe for Momos (Tibetan Steamed Dumplings). Not burgers, but if you happen to have some ground yak around, I’m thinking you’re likely willing to expand your repertoire.

Leanne of Healthful Pursuit has some lean Bison & Yak Burgers on FoodBuzz.

I could find very little from Canada. The Ottawa Citizen did a story called 100-MILE YAKS: The sweet afterlife of happy yaks, in which they discuss the Vermont Yak Company. (You’ll find a recipe for Kate’s yak meatballs, which I assume could be shaped into burgers as well.)

See? Not exactly the Canadian national dish.

Just so you know.

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