Bison Burgers are a healthy delicious alternative to beef because they are lower in fat and calories, and full of minerals and micronutrients. A lighter, leaner burger, that tastes amazing!
Many of you have been requesting recipes using bison, because of its high mineral content and lower fat content. Here is a simple recipe for a Bison Burger that is full of flavor and easy to make.
Serve this the traditional way, with a tasty sourdough bun, and all your favorite fixings – tomatoes, lettuce pickles, grilled onions (or pickled onions) or turn it into a Burger Bowl for a low-carb alternative. Either way, you’ll love it.
Today we are using pasture-raised, grass-fed bison from Butcher Box, a company that specializes in sourcing high-quality, grass-fed meats, organic free-range chicken, and sustainably sourced, wild-caught fish. All products are humanely raised and free of added hormones and antibiotics.
How to make Bison Burger:
Step one: Mix ground bison with garlic, shallot, fresh thyme, mustard, salt and pepper.
Step two: Add a tablespoon of olive oil. This is optional but seems to produce a less dry burger.
Step 3: Form into patties that are slightly indented in the centers, for more even cooking.
Step 4: Grill over medium-high heat ( covered) until good grill marks appear, rotating to create hash marks.
Step 5: Move to a cooler part of the grill (or lower the heat) to cook through to the desired temperature.
Tip: Because Bison has lower fat content than beef, they often get dry. The secret is not to overcook!
Smoky, tangy and full of yummy flavor!
Step 8: Build your perfect burger!
Tip: Grilling the bun gives a nice toasty texture and flavor!
Grilled onions are also a delicious option!
To me, the perfect burger always includes a “pickled element” to help cut the mouthfeel of the fat. Here we are using our homemade fermented pickles, but in a pinch, pickled red onions or quick pickled shallots are a great option too!
Together with all the elements, the bison burger tastes, tangy, herby, smoky, earthy and full of umami flavor! And as a side note, my husband totally devoured these.
I hope you enjoy the Bison Burgers and please let us know what you think in the comments below!
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- Grilled Lamb Burger with Harissa Aioli
- Chimichurri Poblano Turkey Burger!
- Thai Turkey Burger Recipe w/ Asian Slaw
- Healthy Burger Bowls
- Spicy Miso Portobello Mushroom Burger (Vegan)
- Chickpea Quinoa Veggie Burgers
How to make the most delicious Bison Burger- a healthy alternative to beef because they are lower in fat and calories, and full of minerals and micronutrients. A lighter, leaner burger, that tastes amazing!
- 1 pound Ground Bison
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion or shallot
- 1–2 fat clove garlic cloves, finely minced
- 2 teaspoons stone-ground or dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme- or sub dried Italian herbs)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil , optional, but adds moisture.
Optional Smoky Aioli:
Serve as a Burger in a Bowl- see this Healthy Burger Bowls post for ideas.
- Preheat grill to Medium-High heat.
- Place the ground bison in a bowl and pull it apart with a fork.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper, add the onion, garlic, mustard, thyme and olive oil, and mix until thoroughly combined.
- With damp hands, form into 3 or 4 patties, 3/4 inch thick, that are slightly thinner in the middle. (At this point you could wrap in parchment and refrigerate for later.)
- Grease the grill grate well. Place the patties on the hot grill, along with onions ( if grilling). Cover and give them a good sear, 3-4 minutes on each side, rotating halfway though, to give them crosshatch grill marks. Use a thin metal spatula to flip over.
- Cook to desired temperate. Burgers are cooked to medium-rare when they reach an internal temp of 140F-145F, cooked to medium at 150F, and cooked to well done at 155F-160F. Let rest 10 minutes, covered in foil.
- To make the Smoky Aioli, simply stir the ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Assemble your burgers as desired, grilling the buns if you like.
If you don’t have a grill, the bison burgers can also be cooked in a greased skillet or grill pan on the stovetop.
Because Bison burgers are lower in fat, try not to overcook or they can become dry.
- Serving Size: 1 patty
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