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When The Alpaca Bubble Burst, A Burger Emerged

alpaca bubble burst
Here is another look at the failure of the fleece, the tumbling tetrahedron, the burst alpaca bubble … ultimately, the birth of the burger.

Like the ostriches, chinchillas, Dutch tulips, miniature pigs, and monorails, alpacas seemed like a good idea at the time.

Known for their calm temperaments and soft fleece, alpacas looked like the next hot thing to backyard farmers. The market was frenetic, with some top of the line animals selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But the bubble burst, leaving thousands of alpaca breeders with near-worthless herds.

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All joshing aside, there has been plenty of tragedy to go around, with this alpaca deal. In the story, there are supposedly alpacas being sold on Craigslist for a buck, and one of those interviewed is trying to sell his for $100 each. Back in the day, in the early 2000s, when everyone apparently was high on ayahuasca, alpacas were selling for $10,000 or more each.

For $10,000, an alpaca yields around 150 delicious, albeit shockingly pricey, burgers.

At $100 per alpaca, the equation changes remarkably.

So as much as we hate to see people lose their savings, we are pleased to be able to offer a road map to a practical solution.

Cookbook Summary

For anyone who happens upon this Web site and says to themselves, “This all seems odd,” here is a capsule summary of Joe’s Original Alpaca Burger Cookbook.


Every day, in kitchens across North America, home cooks face the challenge of making healthy, economical meals. Meanwhile, countless alpaca farmers wonder: What can we do with these animals?

The surprising answer for the two may lie in this unique new volume. It began as a road map for unhappy alpaca owners and anyone else who wants to give alpaca meat a try. But the end result is a wide-ranging culinary guidebook for turning the basic into something epic.

As ground meat, most of the alpaca is both usable and tasty. Of course, ground meats of all types—beef, poultry, lamb, and pork—have been staples in home kitchens for generations, but are often considered boring. The hamburger can be inexpensive, but can also be monotonous.

Even if you don’t have any alpaca, this cookbook provides easy ways to prepare interesting dishes, even on weeknights. Styles of cuisine covered include Eastern European, French, Indian, Thai, Javanese, Tex-Mex, Jamaican, along with more familiar-sounding concoctions and, of course, burgers.

For so many of us, alpacas and ground meats have each, in their own way, proven disappointing. How ironic that bringing them together may be the salvation of both. When life gives you alpacas, make burgers.

Joe’s Original Alpaca Burger Cookbook

Alpaca Burger Cookbook

Joe’s Original Alpaca Burger Cookbook is now available! Click here to get your copy today!

The alpaca lifestyle sure wasn’t all it had been cracked up to be, for some alpaca farmers.

Now, we are pleased to offer a way out, with a unique collection of recipes for these lovable, delicious animals. Whether you need to prepare alpaca or another of your favorite ground meats, this cookbook is your guide to superb, inexpensive dishes in diverse styles of cuisine.

When life gives you alpacas, make burgers.