Stuffed Bison Burgers with Caramelized Figs and Shallots


Figs simmered in pomegranate juice make a gourmet filling for impressive stuffed and grilled bison burgers served on toasted French bread with melted Gruyere cheese.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
27 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 12 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup pomegranate juice or cranberry juice

  • ½ cup chopped dried figs, stems removed

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ½ cup thinly sliced shallots

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 pounds ground bison

  • ¼ cup soft bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 slices Gruyere cheese

  • 4 slices toasted French bread


  1. Bring pomegranate juice just to boiling over medium-high heat in a small saucepan. Add figs. Remove pan from heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain figs; set aside.

  2. For filling, melt butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Cook shallots in hot butter for 3 to 5 minutes or until shallots are tender. Stir in drained figs and honey. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 more minutes or until shallots are golden brown. Stir in thyme. Cool slightly.

  3. Combine egg, ground bison, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, milk, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Shape mixture into 8 patties. Spoon filling evenly onto half of bison patties to 1/2-inch of edges. Top with remaining bison patties; pinch edges to seal.

  4. For charcoal grill, arrange preheated coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Place bison patties over drip pan on grill rack. Cover and grill for 16 to 22 minutes or until done (160 degrees F), turning once halfway through. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect grilling. Grill as above.) Top with cheese. Cover; cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until cheese melts. Serve bison patties open face on French bread slices.


Note: Recipe developed and tested by the Better Homes and Gardens(R) Test Kitchen using High Plains Bison products.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

615 Calories
21g Fat
51g Carbs
56g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 615
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 210mg 70%
Sodium 823mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 56g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 390mg 30%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 927mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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