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a bison burger on a table with all the toppings

Grilled Bison Burgers

Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Rest 10 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 338kcal
Author Rachel Ballard


  • 2 pounds ground bison
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt if using iodized salt use 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil optional


  • Have your choice of grill (charcoal, gas, indoor) preheated to medium before preparing your burgers.
  • Bring your bison out of the fridge about 10 to 15 minutes before shaping patties so the meat can warm slightly.
  • Add the bison to a bowl and sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.
  • Using your hands, gently mix the seasonings in but do not over mix or mash the meat. Alternately, you can form patties and sprinkle each one with salt and pepper.
  • Form 6, 1/3 pound patties aobut 1 inch thick. If you'd like smaller burgers, you can do so, just know they will cook faster. If you'd like to brush them with a bit of olive oil on both sides before griling, do that now.
  • Grill on one side 4 minutes, turning once while cooking. Don't mash the patties or flip them a lot. Cook 4 minutes on the second side or until the patties reach about 150 degrees internally.
  • Allow the meat to rest, covered lightly with foil or a bowl for 10 minutes before serving.


Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 875mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 4mg