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Best Juicy and Delicious Bison Burger

by Capri Lilly

Homemade Juicy and Delicious Bison Burgers are the perfect way to satisfy your burger cravings. Its leaner, healthier, and more flavorful than ground beef! Packed with spicy habanero peppers and topped with caramelized onions, avocado, and blue cheese, this will be the best burger you’ll ever have! The added bonus is that it is less than 250 calories and has 22 grams of protein per serving!

Bison Burger with avocado, blue cheese, roasted red pepper

In less than 20 minutes you can bring restaurant-quality burgers to your table without leaving your home! Bison is perfect if you are looking for a leaner, healthier, more flavorful burger that you can enjoy completely guilt-free! 

Bison Burger Nutrition VS Beef

Across the board, bison is lower in calories and saturated fat than beef. It also has a higher nutrient profile, supplying high amounts of iron and vitamin b-12. Both bison and beef have similar protein contents: 23-25g protein per 4 ounces. However, buffalo are typically raised under much better conditions than cows, including having more grazing time as they are usually raised on ranches or farms. They are also more likely to be grass-fed and never given antibiotics or hormones.

In regard to antibiotics and hormones, it is always important to buy grass-fed AND finished meat whenever possible. I like to get my meat from buy Ranch Direct. It is a family-owned co-op ranch that provides high-quality grass-fed and finished meat. Their animals live in open pastures, are never giving antibiotics or hormones, and are never fed grains or corn! If you are looking for a great place to get Bison so that you can make these delicious burgers, try Buy Ranch Direct! They deliver meat straight to your door.

buy ranch direct bison meat with other ingredients

How to Cook Ground Bison on the Stove?

Bison is leaner than beef, which means that it cooks faster. It is best to not cook bison beyond medium or it will become dry and tough. 

 

After forming burger patties with ground bison, you will simply cook the patties for 4-7 minutes on each side over medium heat. The less time it takes to cook, the more juicy and tender your burger will be. Four minutes is ideal for a medium finish and 7 minutes is great for medium-well to well done. (The same principle applies to grilling the Bison Burgers)

 

My trick for making sure these burgers come out juicy and flavorful every single time is to shape the ground meat into a patty and then make a small indentation with my thumb in the center of the patty. This will allow the moisture to accumulate in the grove while cooking and keep the burger juicy. (You can thank my boyfriend for the awesome tip! 🙂 He is the grill master in our home.)

bison burgers before cooking
bison burger cooked

What to use for Bison Burger Toppings:

close up bison burger
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Avocado or Guacamole 
  • Avocado Crema
  • Romaine Lettuce or Arugula (my favorite!)
  • Tomato
  • Cheese: Blue Cheese and Sharp Cheddar are great
  • Roasted Red Peppers

Remember, bison is juicy, tender, and flavorful all on its own. You do not need lots of seasonings or toppings to enjoy this epic burger. Less is more when it comes to this tasty meat! Complete this meal with burger with Homemade Sweet Potato Fries!

habanero bison burger
sweet potato fries
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5 from 11 votes

Best Bison Burgers

Homemade Juicy and Delicious Bison Burgers are the perfect way to satisfy your burger cravings. Its leaner, healthier, and more flavorful than ground beef! Packed with spicy habanero peppers and topped with caramelized onions, avocado, and blue cheese, this will be the best burger you’ll ever have!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Healthy Options
Keyword: best bison burger, bison burger recipe, how to cook bison
Servings: 5
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Bison
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers, seeded and minced
  • 3 Habanero Peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder (Optional)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

Stove-Top Cooking

  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground bison, garlic, jalapeno peppers, habanero pepper, red pepper flakes, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper. Form into burger patties.
  • Over medium-high heat, add 1-2 tbsp oil to your cast iron or skillet. Once the skillet is hot, transfer the burgers to the skillet and cook for 4-7 minutes on each side. (4 minutes for medium burger- 7 minute for medium-well burger)
  • Assemble your burger with lettuce, tomatoes, and whatever toppings you like. Enjoy!

Grill Instructions

  • Preheat grill for high heat.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground bison, garlic, jalapeno peppers, habanero pepper, red pepper flakes, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper. Form into burger patties.
  • Lightly oil the grill grate. Place burgers on grill, and cook for 4-7 minutes per side.
  • Assemble your burger with lettuce, tomatoes, and whatever toppings you like. Enjoy!
nutrition facts for bison burgers

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20 comments

Marta April 9, 2020 - 2:30 am

5 stars
I have a few pounds of bison in my freezer that I’m going to use for this. They do look absolutely juicy!

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Capri Lilly April 9, 2020 - 4:26 am

Thank you, Marta! I hope you enjoy!

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Desirée April 9, 2020 - 7:53 pm

5 stars
My husband would LOVE these! Thanks for sharing!

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:32 pm

Hi Desiree! Glad you like the recipe!

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Tamara J. April 10, 2020 - 2:57 pm

5 stars
Having never tried bison before, this recipe was a great way to change that! These were the BEST burgers we’ve had to date! They were so juicy and full of flavor! I’m forever changed, thanks for sharing your recipe with my family.

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:31 pm

Hi Tamara! I am so happy you and your family loved the burgers!!

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Aline April 10, 2020 - 6:18 pm

5 stars
Wow!! Looks bomb!! Trying these tomorrow night!!

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:28 pm

Yess! Hope you like!

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Tisha April 11, 2020 - 2:20 am

5 stars
Whew!! With the added avocado and crema…sign me up! I have to make this!

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Katrina Adams April 12, 2020 - 4:01 pm

5 stars
This burger looks amazing!! I can’t wait to try it!!

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Jayne Rain April 12, 2020 - 8:04 pm

5 stars
I can imagine myself eating this bison burger on a regular and the addition of avocado and caramelized onions seals the deal for me. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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Kaluhi April 13, 2020 - 12:23 pm

5 stars
This looks sinfully JUICY!!!!!

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Christy Hoover April 13, 2020 - 1:43 pm

5 stars
Holy smokes! This is the burger amongst all burgers. My family will love this and I have all ingredients on hand!

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Jazz April 30, 2020 - 6:26 pm

5 stars
These burgers have so much flavor–thank you for sharing!

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Capri Lilly May 1, 2020 - 6:24 pm

Hi Jazz! I’m So glad you like!

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Ariana B Parrish May 4, 2020 - 1:25 am

5 stars
Looks great!! Do you have a recipe for the sweet potato fries?

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2020 - 6:48 pm Reply
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Jenna October 29, 2020 - 12:06 am

There are some inconsistencies in your recipe, in thr ingredients you don’t mention poblano peppers or cilantro but in your instructions you have them listed to add to the bison. Are those ingredients we should incorporate into the burgers?

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Capri Lilly October 29, 2020 - 12:53 am

Hi Jenna, thank you for pointing that out! The poblano pepper was a typo. As for the cilantro, add 2 tbsp.

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