Bison Burgers With Barbecue Sauce


Bryan Gardner; Food Styling: Anna Hampton, Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 tsp.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 pound ground bison
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Avocado oil, for grill
  • 4 large iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 8 1/4-inch- thick tomato slices (about 6 oz.)
  • 12 dill pickle chips (about 1 1/2 oz.)


1. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and chipotle; cook, stirring often, until garlic begins to turn golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in vinegar, ketchup, honey, and tomato paste; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

2. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter; let cool to room temperature. Combine bison, melted butter, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; stir gently until just combined. Gently shape mixture into four 4-inch patties.

3. Heat a grill pan or grill to medium-high (about 450˚F); lightly coat grill pan or grates with oil. Add patties; cook until a thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 160˚F, about 4 minutes per side, or to desired degree of doneness. Remove and let stand for 5 minutes.

4. Place 1 patty on each lettuce leaf. Top each with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the barbecue sauce, tomato slices, and pickle chips. Wrap leaf around patty to form a “bun.”

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  • Yield: 4

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 340
Fat per serving: 20g
Saturated fat per serving: 11g
Cholesterol per serving: 93mg
Fiber per serving: 1g
Protein per serving: 24g
Carbohydrates per serving: 17g
Sodium per serving: 685mg
Iron per serving: 4mg
Calcium per serving: 30mg

Good to Know

Like beef, bison is rich in iron and vitamin B12. Look for 100 percent grass-fed, which is more nutrient-rich than grain-finished bison.
Adam Hickman