Recipe: Buffalo Redneck Wellington

My friends over at and are probably not used to this style of cooking, but growing up in Idaho means you learn not only how to cook… but to have fun while doing it.

And nothing speaks Idaho cooking than taking one of the most expensive dishes found in the most expensive restaurants… And turning it into a turtle.

So just how do you make Buffalo Redneck Wellington Burger?

Well, the first thing is to look in your refrigerator and see what you have. When I looked this morning, here’s what I found:

Serving Size: Two Turtles (4 people)

IngredientsRedneck Wellington

  • Spray Pam
  • 1 lb Ground Buffalo (Bison)
  • 6 Sausages – Pork and Apple (Or Hot Dogs)
  • Filo Flaky Pastry
  • 1 carton Mushrooms
  •  Horseradish Mustard
  • Ketchup

How to Cook

1. “Sweat” the Mushrooms. Basically, spray some Pam in a pan, and then dice the mushrooms. If you want to do it redneck style, simply tear the mushrooms apart as you put them in the pan.

Redneck WellingtonTo “sweat the mushrooms, turn the burner on “4” or a low heat. While it’s heating, it’s time to prepare our Burger wrap. You’ll want the mushrooms to keep cooking until all the  moisture is “out” and you have basically a mushroom paste-like substance left.

2. Prepare the burger Wrap. Take out two pieces of Saran Wrap and place them on a table. Then, layout a few pieces of the flaky pastry.

Redneck WellingtonPut a few pieces of bacon on top of the flaky pastry.

Redneck WellingtonNow, spread some mustard on top of the bacon along with the “sweated” mushroom paste. (If you’ve been cooking the mushrooms while getting this laid out, the mushrooms should be just about done by the time you reach this point).

Redneck Wellington

3. Place 1/2 lb of Ground Buffalo on each wrap.

Redneck WellingtonNow fold each side together, and wrap it tightly. Place in the fridge for 5-10 minutes, while you preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F.

20130330_082948While the oven is preheating, you can cut the sausages into six pieces. Four legs, two heads, and two tails.

Redneck Wellington4. Line a cooking pan with aluminum foil. This helps with cleanup. Once that’s done, then unwrap your Wellington from the fridge. Make six slices into the pastry/bacon/meat and insert your head, legs, and tail.

20130330_084652I’m not a very good artist, so if you have any skills you can make it more turtle-like than I did. You can also add extra pastry to make it look prettier.

5. Put “Egg Wash” on the top to give the shell a pretty golden color. To make “Egg Wash”, simply add 3 egg yolks (no egg white) to a bowl and whisk. Then, spread on the top of the pastry. To do it redneck style, just kind dump it all on top.

6. Bake 30-40 minutes.

Redneck WellingtonCut in half and serve. Add ketchup for more flavor, our our preferred added ingredient: BBQ Sauce!

*Note: If you get the really greasy Bison from Safeway, you might want to cook it first, drain all the fat, and then place on the pastry/bacon. You can then cook the entire thing in 15-30 minutes and it’ll be less “mushy”, although depending on your tastes, you might like mushy.