Bison (aka buffalo) meat is one of the healthiest proteins around. It has more Omega-3 fatty acids than even salmon and it's lower in fat and cholesterol than boneless, skinless chicken breast. The best part? It's absolutely delicious. Topped with a smoky sauce and dill pickles, this burger is a taste of the American West. Serve pinto beans, cheesy corn casserole or steak-cut fries alongside.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Burgers:
Smoky BBQ Sauce:

Directions

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  • To make the sauce, combine ketchup with ground chile, molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion powder, salt, cumin and mustard.

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  • Whisk well and set aside.

  • To prepare burgers, mix the ground bison with seasonings in a large bowl.

  • Shape 8 patties of equal size and brush each with half of the olive oil.

  • In a large skillet, add reserved olive oil and heat until smoking over medium-high heat.

  • Cook 4 patties, covered, for 5 minutes. Turn and cook another 5 minutes, covered. (Add cheese, if desired, for the last 1 minute of cooking.)

  • Remove to a warm platter and cover while you cook the remaining patties.

  • Keeping the skillet warm, brush the buns with olive oil and toast on either side for about 10 to 15 seconds.

  • Assemble burgers by placing cooked patties on bun bottoms, topping with smoky sauce and pickles, along with desired burger toppings.

Tip:

Top this burger off with a smoky cheese like smoked cheddar or Gouda.

Nutrition Facts

553 calories; protein 46.3g; carbohydrates 47.3g; fat 22.2g; cholesterol 107.4mg; sodium 1531mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2018
Made according to recipe except I was concerned about the amount of spice so I only used half of the chipotle chili pepper in the sauce. Definitely a different taste. Worth making it again using the full amount of the chipotle pepper. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2018
Made according to recipe except I was concerned about the amount of spice so I only used half of the chipotle chili pepper in the sauce. Definitely a different taste. Worth making it again using the full amount of the chipotle pepper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2018
Awesome burger prepped the sauce and burgers mid morning and everything was a snap to complete for dinner. I halved the recipe with no problem at all. The burger cook time was right on and the flavor of the burger and sauce combo with the snap of Dill pickle was perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2018
Loved the burger and the sauce! So good! Everything comes together quickly so it makes for a quick weeknight dinner too! If you've never had buffalo meat before; give it a try with this burger! You won't be disappointed! (Oh and I also topped the burgers with sauteed onions---definitely would do that again!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2017
We're from Colorado so had to try this recipe! The seasoning for the bison was perfect as was the sauce. We served it with a pasta salad some corn and pineapple. Definitely 5 star!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2018
Really delicious and easy. BBQ sauce and pickles compliment the burger wonderfully. Will make again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2017
The spices are delicious! My kids loved them as well. The cook time is perfect as is the size of the burger. I will definitely make these again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2017
We LOVED this bison burger! The meat is perfectly seasoned and the sauce is terrific! The package of bison I got was 12 ounces so I made two patties out of it but next time would definitely make three to fit the regular size of Ball Park buns. Even with the thumbprint in the middle of the meat before I grilled it it still puffed up quite a bit. I cut the recipe to 3 servings to get to 2 (not sure why this problem with the serving sizes) and to make up for the added meat I used generous helpings of seasonings. I used chipotle powder rather than the pepper itself. Do yourself a favor and make this one soon! Thanks Ball Park Buns! You have a winner in our estimation! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2017
This was really good! I've never had bison before and we loved it! Even my 4 year old ate an entire (mini) burger. Instead of using garlic powder I used ground fresh garlic using my mortar and pestle for both the patties and the sauce. The sauce was really good and will be great to use again (especially if you're in a pinch and are out and don't want to run to the store). I used garlic oil on the buns and toasted them in my CIO for about 2 minutes per side on the medium grill setting. Then I grilled the burgers in my CIO on medium for 4 minutes per side adding some cheese for the last minute. We served it with the pickles and sauce only and they were perfection. Really pleased with these buns and the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2020
So delicious Read More
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