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Bison Burgers with Thousand Island Barbecue Dressing

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Bison (buffalo) meat is a great substitute for beef—it’s just as flavorful but much leaner. Take care not to overcook it, as it can dry out quickly.


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise 
  • 1 Tbs. chili sauce, such as Heinz
  • 4 tsp. smoky barbecue sauce
  • 1 tsp. sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 lb. ground bison
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Oil for the grill
  • 4 rolls or hamburger buns, split
  • 4 leaves iceberg lettuce
  • 1 large vine-ripened tomato, preferably heirloom, sliced

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 570
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 300
  • Fat (g): 34
  • Saturated Fat (g): 11
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 8
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11
  • Cholesterol (mg): 95
  • Sodium (mg): 940
  • Carbohydrates (g): 36
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 30


  • Prepare a medium-high gas or charcoal grill fire.

    Mix the mayonnaise, chili sauce, 2 tsp. of the barbecue sauce, sweet pickle relish, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.

    In a medium bowl, use your hands to gently mix the bison with the remaining 2 tsp. barbecue sauce, 1 1/4 tsp. salt, and 3/4 tsp. pepper. Form into four 1/2- to3/4-inch-thick patties.

    Lightly oil the grill grate and place the patties on the grate. Cover and grill for 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the burgers, cover, and cook to desired doneness, about 5 minutes for medium (130°F to 135°F on an instant-read thermometer).

    While the burgers cook, toast the rolls on the grill. Spread some of the dressing on each half of the roll and arrange a lettuce leaf and a slice or two of tomato on the top halves. When the burgers are done, put them on the bottom halves. Assemble the sandwiches, cut in half if you like, and serve.

Serve with Grilled Corn on the Cob and a colorful Summer Bean Confetti Salad with Pickled Red Onion Vinaigrette.


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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • UserOfTheSite | 12/07/2018

    The sauce really makes it. I make these all the time for tailgating or a quick weeknight dinner.

  • mickysingh | 07/08/2017

    ohh its ultimate , tasty , yummy ,, want to have it..

  • viceldr | 05/20/2014

    Great! Have been craving a good bison burger since I moved from Atlanta. Alas, no Ted's Montana Grill where I am at. Their bison steaks are awesome as well. Just remember to watch your cooking time with bison as this is very lean meat so you don't want to dry it out. Dang - now I am craving a bison ribeye.

  • geneen | 09/14/2012

    Simple and delicious! I am only giving these a four star rating because I needed two pounds of bison and that was 20$$$ holy cow! or holy bison :) Anyways, the secret sauce was the bomb and would have been good on anything... beef, turkey, veggie burger. Would definitely make these again- when I am rich!

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