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Bison Burgers

Big, juicy bison burgers are cooked in a cast iron skillet for a delicious crust, covered with melty cheese and your favorite toppings.
By June 14, 2018 2 Comments
Juicy Bison Burger

There are few things that bring more joy than biting into a big juicy burger that packs tons of flavor. For this burger, we’re switching it up a little and using delicious ground bison.

I’ve had a bison ribeye in the past, and the flavor was unbelievable for being much leaner than beef. I was recently inspired to pick up some ground bison after seeing a friend post how delicious it was in some burgers she was making. Most specialty grocery stores carry ground bison nowadays, but Costco definitely has the best deal on it.

Bison is a healthier alternative to beef and an excellent source of lean protein. It’s lower in fat than beef but has even more rich flavor.

How to cook Bison Burgers

Since the ground bison is low in fat (usually 10%), I prefer to cook the burgers in a little butter in the skillet instead of oil. This helps with browning and creating a delicious caramelized crust on the outside of the burgers while cooking at a lower temperature so they don’t dry out.

Season the burger patties generously with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high. Add about 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter per burger, swirl it and place the burgers in the skillet. Turn the heat down to medium to cook the lean bison more slowly for about 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.

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Bison Burgers

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Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Justin McChesney-Wachs

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Ground Bison divided
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Cheese Slices such as cheddar or american
  • 2 Brioche Buns
  • Sliced Red Onion
  • Sliced Ripe Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Mayo

Instructions

  • Gently form patties with the ground bison that are slightly larger than the diameter of the buns, as the meat will shrink slightly when cooked.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until it just starts to smoke. Season the patties generously with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Add the butter to the skillet, swirl it, then immediately add the patties. Reduce the heat to medium so it doesn't cook too fast. 
  • Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until the desired temperature is reached (medium-rare or medium is recommended). Add the sliced cheese about 2 minutes before the burgers are finished cooking to melt.
  • While the patties rest, toast the buns either in the hot skillet or in the toaster with a thin layer of mayo applied to the inside of the bun.
  • Serve with sliced onion, tomato, lettuce and whatever you love on your burger. Bison meat is super flavorful, so use minimal sauces so you can really taste it. 
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