The Bison Burger

Bison is one of my favorite proteins, its lean, power packed and loaded with iron, zinc, vitamins and omega-3 fats.  This recipe takes bison on a trip around Colorado with some fun flavor variations.  Happy Cooking, Chef Jason

Chef Jason K. Morse, CEC  |  Ace Hardware Grill Expert  |  Owner, 5280 Culinary

Yield: 4 Burgers | Prep time: 10 Minutes | Cook time: 15-20 Minutes


  • 1 lb Bison, Ground
  • Taste Rub-A-Dub, 5280 Culinary
  • 4 slice Cheese, Cheddar, Smoked Sliced
  • 6 Slice Bacon, Applewood, Cooked
  • 2 ea Buns, Brioche or Kasier
  • As Needed Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Sweet Pickles for Burger Garnishes


  1. Heat your Gas Grill to high (approx. 450˚F – 500˚ F degrees)
  2. Divide the mixture into 4 balls and patty them out, use a press if available
  3. Season both sides to taste with Rub-A-Dub
  4. If Using a skillet or griddle, add 1 tbsp of oil and heat oil before adding the burgers
  5. Sear the burgers for 3-4 minutes per side and cook Burgers to desired temperature
  6. While the burgers are finishing, cook the bacon and place on top of the burger
  7. Toast the buns and hold
  8. Place a slice of cheese on top of the bacon and allow to melt about 50%
  9. Serve with some Shredded Lettuce, Sliced Onion, Sliced Tomato and Sweet Pickles
  10. DEVOUR!!

Burger Tips:

  • Always start with clean and brushed grill grates
  • Preheat grill to HIGH temp of 450˚ F – 500˚ F degrees
  • Cast Iron or Stainless Grates are perfect for grilling
  • Cast iron Skillet or Griddle will add a nice crust to the burger
  • Use a FLAT burger patty, or use a burger press to create a flat patty
  • Always sear the burger on High
  • Utilize the upper shelf to keep it hot and indirect when finishing the burger
  • Avoid pressing the burger, this causes flare ups and a less juicy burger
  • Take the temp from the side
  • Always cool burgers in an open container in the fridge, once cooled to 40 degrees or below, they are safe to cover or transfer to a zipper bag for storage
  • Shelf life is leftover burgers is 2 days
    • I don’t recommend freezing already grilled burgers
  • Properly reheat the leftover burger to 150 degrees or above
  • Only reheat burgers once

Colorado Bison Burger Variations:

  • Green Chili Bison Burger
    • Top With Pepperjack Cheese, Green Chiles, Green Pepper and your choice of burger Garnishes
  • Colorado BBQ Bison Burger
    • Top With BBQ Pulled Pork, Cooked Bacon, Tomato Jam, BBQ Sauce and your choice of burger Garnishes

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