Bison Burgers

by Rachel on July 20, 2011

Bison Burger

I recently discovered all natural ground bison at COSTCO.   Maybe it was our recent trip to Montana – but man, those packages of all-natural ground bison were positively shrieking at me to buy them.  In our COSTCO bison is in the meat section next to the grass-fed organic ground beef (which I use with frightening regularity).  I made one batch of bison burgers last week but the flavor was a bit too gamey.  The second time around I cut the strong meat taste with a little maple syrup and the addition of some ketchup.   The whole Stern family loved this version.  If you want a little bit more heat double the cayenne pepper.

Bison Burgers (serves 6-8)

  • 2 lbs Ground Bison
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, minced (white part only)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced
  • ½ cup grated Italian Cheeses (I used Parmesan, Asiago and Romano)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Mix everything together in a medium-sized mixing bowl.  I find that this is easier to do if the meat isn’t freezing cold, straight out of the fridge.  Not only is it easier but trying to blend together wickedly cold meat makes my hands hurt something awful.  I start out the process using a pastry blender.  You want everything blended really well.  Form the bison into patties using wet hands.  Either BBQ or pan fry until desired doneness.

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Kristy September 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

The reason why just the bison burger was gamey was because you bought it at COSTCO. I am not saying that it is a bad store, what I am saying is buy local. There are many small bison ranches that treat, and feed their bison better that some places that sell to big stores. Buy from ranches that are part of the National Bison Association. They have high standards for their meat. You will get the best meat from small local markets. Trust me, I own a small ranch in Cadiz, Ohio. We are N.B.A associated and we are not allowed to do anything that nature did not intend. We raise 100% grass fed, pasture raised, till the end American Bison.

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