Farmer’s Market Bison Sliders with Fancy Mac N’ Cheese


Ground Bison Sliders on Hawaiian Bread Buns with Goat Cheese & Bacon with a side of Sinfully Good Fancy Mac

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 8-10 min

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients for Sliders

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Bison, we get ours from a local Farmer’s Market.
  • 1/4 cup white onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg yolk or white (not both).
  • 3 pieces of bacon (find a quality uncured version, nitrates are bad for you).
  • Goat cheese
  • Kings Mini Hawaiian Rolls for buns
  • Chipotle mayo for serving (Olive oil mayo, squeeze of lemon juice, 1/4 tsp of ground chipotle, dash of pepper.


  1. Mix first 7 ingredients together and mold into 9 mini patties.
  2. Heat large skillet on stove on medium high (can be grilled outdoors as well).
  3. Cook burgers to your desired taste (medium to medium rare is best).
  4. Construct burgers: bun, patty, goat cheese, tomato, bacon (if desired), then mayo the top bun-Done!

Fancy Mac N’ Cheese

Serves: 8-10

Prep Time: 15-20 min

Cook Time: 45 min


  • Salt
  • 1 pound whole wheat gemelli
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • About 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • A handful of flat-leaf parsley, very finely chopped or dried is fine too
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups whole milk (I’ve used 1.5 cups skim and 1.5 cups half&half before).
  • Pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1/3 pound Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 pound sharp white cheddar
  • 1 rounded tablespoon Dijon mustard


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil for pasta. Add salt and cook pasta 2 minutes shy of suggested cooking time. Drain.
  3. In a saucepot, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Grate garlic directly into the butter and add a pinch of salt. Stir garlic in butter a minute then pour into small bowl. Add breadcrumbs and work the garlic butter through breadcrumbs with your fingertips. Combine with Parm cheese and parsley and add a pinch of cayenne.
  4. Return butter pot to stove and melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Whisk in flour, let cook 1 minute then whisk in milk. Bring to a bubble then let thicken so it coats the back of a spoon, 8-10 minutes. Season the sauce with salt, pepper and cayenne to taste. With a wooden spoon, stir cheeses into the sauce in a figure-8 motion. Once cheese melts, add Dijon.
  5. Toss sauce with drained macaroni and transfer to a baking dish or individual dishes. Top macaroni and cheese with breadcrumbs and bake 30 minutes or so until brown and bubbly.


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About zestybeandog

I live in Austin with my wonderful husband, dog Ginger, and cat Skiddy. We are a pretty laid back group (except for Ginger). When I'm not teaching yoga, personal training, or dog walking... I'm in the kitchen. I'm always experimenting with new ingredients and thinking of ways to prepare fresh foods in a unique way. I hope to update the blog 4-5 times a week. I've had several friends, family, and clients inquire about my recipes so here it goes. What to expect: Healthy recipes that are good for you, some classics (that have been spruced up), some not so healthy recipes (still made with quality ingredients that can be enjoyed in moderation), and beer and wine parings/reviews! I hope you enjoy, cheers!

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