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We can all agree that an all time favourite meal would be the classic hamburger! Especially during the summer, nothing beats a juicy burger grilled on the BBQ! It is always nice to have some alternative options to try for dinner. Chicken and turkey burgers are a common option but what about giving a Buffalo Burger a try? 

Follow this recipe that offers the option of using bison instead of beef for a leaner, delicious ultimate Buffalo Burger! You can also try this recipe as a meat alternative for my yummy Portobello Stuffed Mushrooms recipe.

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Are buffalo and bison the same thing?

Contrary to what so many people believe, bison and buffalo are not the same. The American bison was found roaming the hills of North America, whereas Buffalo are actually found in Africa and Asia. Bison have large humps on their backs and showcase a long beard whereas Buffalo don’t.

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What does a buffalo burger taste like?

Buffalo meat tastes very different than beef. It has a lighter, almost sweet taste to it in comparison. It isn’t ‘gamey’ at all but more of a full-bodied taste, some describe it as ‘earthier’ than beef.  Depending on what you use for seasoning, Buffalo burgers offer a bold flavour that is a delicious alternative to other more common types of meat used for making hamburgers. 

Is eating buffalo meat healthy?

Buffalo or bison meat is a healthy alternative to most other types of meat used for hamburgers. It contains half the fat content of lean beef and is even lower in fat than chicken! Buffalo meat is lower in cholesterol and higher in mineral content plus it offers to be higher protein than beef making it an excellent choice for any health-conscious consumer. 

This recipe calls for 2 lbs. of ground meat but you can always adjust to the number of people you are cooking for!

What Makes a Great Buffalo Burger

Buffalo or bison meat is very lean and low in fat which can sometimes cause this burger to be a bit dry if prepared and cooked incorrectly! The key to making a burger that stays juicy and delicious is making sure you add enough liquid ingredients! If you find the recipe below still not moist enough for your liking, simply add more BBQ sauce and Worcester sauce to the recipe.

beef and bison burger cut in half
Buffalo Burger Ingredients
  • 2 lb. ground buffalo or bison
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 1 tsp Montreal Steak Spice
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Pepper
  • Dill (fresh or dried)
  • 2 tbsp. Worcester
  • 1/4 cup diced onion or a hand full of chives
  • 2 tbsp. flour – Cocoanut flour will work as a gluten-free option
  • Vegetable Oil for brushing on burgers before grilling.
  • Cheese (optional – for melting on burgers)
  • Optional * Bacon fat

What to try more buffalo or bison recipes? Check out this yummy Bison Meatloaf by The Healthy Toast. 

How to Make the Buffalo Burger Patty

1. Mix together ground buffalo meat, spices, BBQ sauce, Worcester, herbs, and diced onion or chives. 

2. Add flour to help bind meat together. 

3. Grab approx. 1/3 cup bison burger mixture and roll together between hands. Roll for a few minutes so that the meat forms a nice ball. Flatten between hands to form a patty. 

4.  If time allows cover buffalo burgers and place them in the refrigerator for a few hours. This allows the meat to marinade and take in the flavours of the spices.

5. Preheat your BBQ or smoker. Pull burgers from the fridge and brush on vegetable oil like you would BBQ sauce. 

marinading bison burgers for the grill

6. Grill buffalo burgers on each side. Add cheese if you like to melt. 

7. Toast hamburger buns on the BBQ (spread butter on buns before toasting).

8. Add toppings of your choice to the bun like lettuce, pickles, avocado, onions, and chips (BBQ or dill pickles or plain ruffle chips are a great option that adds some crunch).    

A good meat thermometer goes a long way when grilling! 

Cook Time for Grilling 

 When grilling a buffalo burger, it is best done on medium to medium-high heat! The grill gives these burgers a wonderful char and brings out the natural flavours of the meat. When the burger is done, it should be brown on the outside but can still look dark pink in the middle. Here are some guidelines to use when grilling at medium heat:

  • 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare
  • 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium
  • 6 to 8 minutes per side for well done

Tips and Alternatives for Buffalo Burgers

Another twist that you can take with these burgers is infusing them with cheese. Take a smaller amount of meat and form a thin patty. Place a chunk of cheese in the centre of this patty. Roll a second thin patty and place it on top of the cheese. Pinch the edges together to hold in the cheese!

cheese centre bison burger recipe

Gluten-Free Buffalo burgers – Looking to make your burger gluten-free or just another bun option? Grab a few pieces of lettuce and enjoy your bison burger on a lettuce “bun.”

open face burger

 Check out my Bacon Wrapped, Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breast, perfect for any BBQ! 

Hope you enjoy these delicious Buffalo Burgers! If you try them, please let me know what you think in the comments below. 

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Buffalo Burger

Nothing beats a burger grilled on the BBQ! This delicious Buffalo burger recipe offers a leaner, healthier alternative!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Additional Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: lunch & dinner meals
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bison burger, buffalo burger, grilling recipe, How to grill a buffalo burger
Servings: 6
Calories: 627kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lb ground buffalo or bison
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 1 tsp Montreal Steak Spice
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Pepper
  • Dill fresh or dried
  • 2 tbsp Worcester
  • 1/4 cup diced onion or a hand full of chives
  • 2 tbsp flour – Cocoanut flour will work as a gluten-free option
  • Vegetable Oil for brushing on burgers before grilling.
  • Cheese optional – for melting on burgers

Instructions

  • Mix together ground buffalo meat, spices, BBQ sauce, Worcester, herbs, and diced onion or chives. 
  • Add flour to help bind the meat together. 
  • Grab approx. 1/3 cup bison burger mixture and roll-together between hands. Roll for a few minutes so that the meat forms a nice ball. Flatten between hands to form a pattie. 
  • If time allows cover buffalo burgers and place them in the refrigerator for a few hours. This allows the meat to marinade and take in the flavors of the spices.
  • Preheat your BBQ or smoker. Pull burgers from the fridge and brush on vegetable oil like you would BBQ sauce. 
  • Grill buffalo burgers on each side. Add melted cheese if you like. 
  • Toast hamburger buns on the BBQ (spread butter on buns before toasting).
  • Add toppings of your choice to the bun – ex … lettuce, pickles, avocado, onions, and chips (BBQ or dill pickles or plain ruffle chips are a great option that adds some crunch).    

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Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 627kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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