Calling all burger aficionados! Prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure with the bold and savory flavors of a bison burger. This lean and flavorful alternative to traditional beef burgers offers a nice twist for those seeking a mouthwatering experience. Get ready to take your burger game to new heights! In this blog post, we’ll explore the delectable world of bison burgers and reveal the perfect pairing with a rosemary kumquat whiskey sour.

bison burger

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how to make bison burgers


  • 1 lb ground bison
  • 3 cloves of garlic, microplaned
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • ½ small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, deseeded & finely chopped 
  • 2 t ground cumin
  • 2 t paprika
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 t of extra virgin olive oil
  • brioche hamburger buns
lettuce for bison burger

toppings :

  • pepperoncini, sliced
  • butter lettuce
  • heirloom tomato, sliced
  • dill pickles, sandwich sliced
  • 1 red onion, caramelized
  • ketchup 
  • spicy harissa mayonnaise or a good sriracha mayo
  • mustard of choice: dijon, yellow, or honey

Disclaimer: This was one of the first reels we ever made! Boy, have we come a long way since then!


Preheat the grill or cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. In a large bowl use your hands to thoroughly combine bison, garlic, green onion, white onion, serrano pepper, cumin, paprika, black pepper, salt, and extra virgin olive oil. Form patties to your preferred size. Season each patty with additional salt and pepper. Grill patties to your preferred temperature. 

To caramelize the red onions, coat a large pan with olive oil on medium heat. Saute the onion in a pan adding salt and pepper to taste. You can quick caramelize an onion for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Toast the brioche buns on the grill until golden brown. Assemble the burgers with your desired toppings.

Buon Appetito!


Why bison? Opting for a bison burger patty offers several advantages over a regular beef patty. Bison meat is generally leaner and lower in fat, making it a healthier choice. It’s also rich in protein and provides essential nutrients like iron and vitamin B12. Bison meat has a distinct and savory flavor, offering a unique and delicious tasting experience. By choosing a bison burger patty, you can enjoy a nutritious and flavorful alternative to the traditional beef option.

Suggested Pairing for a bison burger

While the bison burger shines on its own, you will surely need some refreshments to pair with it. For those seeking a refreshing accompaniment, a rosemary kumquat whiskey sour adds a zesty twist that perfectly complements the boldness of the burger. Let your taste buds guide you as you discover your favorite combination!

bison burger


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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