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bison burger topped with sauce and onion rings, served with fries

Perfect Bison Burgers

Ground buffalo is flavored with onion, rosemary, thyme and Worcestershire sauce.  And with a dressing of BBQ sauce, ketchup and mayo, you've got a delicious version for a lower cholesterol burger.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 594kcal


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion thin sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Marsala wine
  • 1 Cup onion diced
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary dried
  • 1 teaspoon thyme dried
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound ground buffalo meat
  • 4 hamburger buns toasted
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 leaves lettuce
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/4 Cup BBQ sauce your favorite brand
  • 1/4 Cup ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup mayonnaise


  • For The Burgers:
  • Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until softened; set aside to cool. 
  • In a large bowl, combine egg, rosemary, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, salt and pepper, Mix in cooled minced onion and buffalo meat Shape mixture into four 1/2 inch thick patties. Chill up to 6 hours.
  • When ready to cook burgers, cook patties for about 5 minutes per side in a little olive oil in a cast iron skillet (or grill).
  • To build your burger: Spread sauce on toasted buns and serve remaining sauce on the side for dipping. Place patties on bun and garnish with lettuce and tomato and thin sliced onion.


Pro Tip: Saute the thinly sliced onion in the Marsala wine for 10 - 15 minutes or until caramelized. Use these in place of thin sliced rings of raw onion for garnish.


Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 1038mg | Potassium: 664mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 5.2mg