Prep Time:  10 mins
Cook Time:  15 mins
Total Time:  25 mins
Servings:  4

We’ve all had our fair share of cattle beef, but have you ever indulged in bison? Ground bison can be a bit tricky to grill because it’s so lean, but our bison burger recipe from Sean will show you how to wrangle it for delicious results. Are you up to the challenge?


  • 1 lb 100% grass-fed ground bison
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cracked ground pepper
  • Sliced cheese (pick your favorite!)
  • Hamburger buns
  • Sliced ripe tomatoes
  • Red butter lettuce
  • Mayo
  • Our homemade BBQ sauce

Items You'll Need


  1. Place your bison meat on parchment paper or in a mixing bowl, then season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
  2. Because bison meat is very lean (90/10 fat ratio), it’s best to add an egg to the ground meat to act as a binder.
  3. Gently form your burger patties, aiming for about ¼ pound each because the meat will slightly shrink as it’s grilled.
  4. Shaped burger patties on parchment
  5. Add olive oil to a cast iron skillet and swirl it around to coat the entire cooking surface.
  6. Place your skillet on the grill grates over medium-high heat until it starts to smoke, then put the bison patties in the skillet.
  7. Cook for about 4–5 minutes per side, or until the desired temperature is reached. We recommend medium-rare (145 degrees Fahrenheit) or medium (160 degrees).
  8. Bison burgers cooking on cast iron skillet on charcoal grill
  9. While the patties rest, toast the buns for about a minute per side either in the hot skillet or directly on the grill grates. Optional: adding a layer of mayo to the inside of the bun.
  10. Plate the cooked bison burgers on the toasted buns and serve with our homemade BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and whatever else your hungry stomach desires. Enjoy!