The Mighty Bison Burger

By OckyDub | Posted Aug 8 2013 | 21 Comments  


I am not a big red meat eater and I only have it a couple of times a year. I am more of a fish and chicken guy. When I do have a craving for some red meat and want to treat myself, I make ground bison meat burgers. Admittedly, bison meat can be a little more expensive. It’s around $5.00 per lb. at my local grocer.

Also I must admit my Bison Burger recipe is very similar to my ground chicken burger, ground turkey burger, salmon burger, and crab-cake recipes…Yeah, if it aint broke! Compared to beef, pork, skinless chicken and salmon; bison meat has lower fat, calories and cholesterol. It’s higher in iron, vitamin B-12 and has a higher protein percentage at about 28 grams per 100 gram (3.5oz) serving.  The recipe calls for diced onions and green peppers but keep in mind these can easily be omitted OR julienned, sautéed and served as the burger’s topping.


Ingredients (and it’s a lot of’em)

  • 1lb Ground Bison Meat
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Season
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup onion diced (yellow or sweet). For stronger flavor you can use a red onion
  • ½ cup green pepper diced
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ to 1 cup bread crumbs (depending on your desired thickness)
  • Whole Wheat Hamburger buns

Preparation: In a large bowl combine all ingredients except for the bread crumbs. Once all the ingredients have been combined, gradually add in the bread crumbs. The bread crumbs helps in the thickening of the meat. The more bread crumbs the thicker the consistency of the meat mixture.

Cooking Options: The three options for cooking your Bison Burgers are, on the grill, in the oven or pan frying. You should cook bison to the same doneness you prefer in beef, medium, medium rare, etc. Buffalo meat is similar to beef; however, when preparing various cuts of bison you need to cook it differently. Because of the lack of marbling (white streaks of fat through the meat) and its leanness, bison needs to be cooked at a lower temperature than that used for beef. If you like you like your burgers thick, be sure to put an indention in the middle being that the center will cook slower than the edges. Slow and steady cooking wins the race here.

Oven Roasting and Baking: The best oven temperature is around 275 degree. Preheat your oven. To insure the desired doneness, use a meat thermometer. 30 minutes should be good but remember to check the center to see if it has cook through.

Grilling: Don’t put bison on direct flames. For best results use the indirect grilling method. For a single control grill, cover one side with foil to lock out the direct heat.

Pan Frying: Just remember to cook (covered or uncovered) on medium low heat until the desired doneness.


Side Items Suggestions: Sweet potato fries, Broccoli, Asparagus or Corn

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  1. Dre G | August 8th, 2013

    Salmon Burger? ??Why has this idea never occurred to me

    • Ocky Williams | August 8th, 2013

      You can actually chop up your own salmon fillets or use the canned salmon. The finished product is similar to salmon patties that some serve with eggs, bacon and grits.

      • Dre G | August 8th, 2013

        Groovy I eat salmon fairly regularly so these ideas are much appreciated

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          Black Pegasus | August 9th, 2013

          @Dre G

          I’m gonna thumbs up this comment simply because it had the word “Groovy” in it…:-)

          As for the Bison Beef, I’m almost embarrassed to say I’ve never tried it.

          • Dre G | August 9th, 2013

            Haha I think I probably say groovy like 10 times a day lol I was around in the 70s

  2. LEE B | August 8th, 2013

    Bison! Definetley a lean healthy alternative to beef! I too don’t do the pork or beef, but wild game makes my palate happy!

    Ocky knows a lil sumtin sumtin about Great recipe post man!!

    • Ocky Williams | August 8th, 2013

      Thanks man. I can do a lil sumtin sumtin…HA It also helps to be adventurous sometimes in the kitchen.

  3. Dre G | August 8th, 2013

    Does bison taste similar to turkey or beef burgers?

    • Ocky Williams | August 8th, 2013

      Yes…it tastes very similar to regular ground beef. They are in the same family (Bovinae) which includes cattle, bison, buffalo and yaks.

  4. ptseti | August 8th, 2013

    Love Bison..never had the burger though….great job can do a weekly recipe and even start your own cooking show right here on CA…or…apply for Paula Dean’s job… DWL.. great stuff brother!

    • Ocky Williams | August 8th, 2013

      HA…thanks man. I appreciate that. Yes, we will try to put out at least one food or drink recipe bi-weekly.

  5. D.W. | August 8th, 2013

    Bison burgers are great … never thought about making my own tho

  6. thinker | August 9th, 2013

    I love this @Ocky! Man I used to eat bison on pizza and it was amazing. Since I’m trying to move to goat or sheep this will fit my dietary needs perfectly. Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. SB3000 | August 9th, 2013

    U cant cook negro! Nah, lemme stop..never had bison..ima have to give this a shot

    Leme find out ur an Everest 2 week culinary school grad!!!

  8. Drewski_ | August 10th, 2013

    I didn’t kno that much about bison meat, never had it. Aren’t we runnin outta those things tho??

    But man…best red meat!! Mmmm..this + some sweet potato fries & maybe a spinach salad on the side (broccoli & asparagus, naaah)


  9. P.robeson13 | August 14th, 2013

    yo i fucks with this site! I know it sounds weird but it just seems that most of the things y’all post are what I talk about or do on a regular. I love Bison burgers! not a big red meat fan but every so often I treat myself and make some and if i see the option on a menu at a restaurant I go for it. Literally came to this post thing you were using Bison burgers as a metaphor for something else, its scary how almost everything us guys post is what i discuss or do in my life. Glad i found this!

    • SwagJack
      SwagJack | July 13th, 2014

      Same here. It’s definitely not the stereotypical site with banner ads of dicks and asses and mad pop ups for paid sex cams. Kudos to Nick and Ocky.

  10. Cyrus-Brooks
    Cyrus Brooks | September 20th, 2013

    I would love to try a Bison burger. I like beef and since the Bison is a bovine like cattle I’d imagine it would be quite tasty.

  11. Paul Villanueva | February 15th, 2014

    I found your site after googling for a good ground bison and Old Bay recipe. Just cooked some burgers (minus the bread, trying to cut carbs). Damn, that was good! Thanks for the recipe, man.

    • Ocky Williams | February 16th, 2014

      Thanks man, glad we were able to help.

  12. SwagJack
    SwagJack | July 13th, 2014

    Yeah, I got a bison burgers from this spot in NYC called Better Burger. Even had a frequent customer card. I loved this spot because they had pretty good alternatives to what most “fast food” places were serving. Being that I don’t do beef, this was like an oasis in the desert of McDonald’s and Burger King locations around the city. Better Burger even had ostrich burgers and tuna burgers. It was the first place I tried air baked sweet potato fries.

    Anyway, this isn’t a commercial for a now defunct spot. But the bison burger was ok to me. I couldn’t really taste the difference. But it’s probably because I haven’t eaten beef in over 15 years. But it’s definitely a healthier alternative to USDA beef.

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