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thick bison burger patty with mustard, ketchup, buns and a side of chips

Bison Burger Recipe

Delicious, juicy, flavorful, healthy bison burgers!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 patties


  • 1 lb ground bison I used 90% lean, 10% fat
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
  • 1 tsp dried parsley or 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cloves finely diced chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika preferably smoked paprika!
  • 1/4 cup finely diced yellow onion about 1/4 of a small yellow onion


  • Combine all ingredients in one large mixing bowl. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Don't over-mix.
  • Gently form into patties so they hold their shape. Press your thumb in the middle of each patty to create a small indent in the middle for even cooking.
  • Outdoor grill: preheat to medium high heat. Grease grill with some avocado oil and place each patty on the grill. Grill for about 4 minutes on one side, until a crust forms, then flip. Grill the other side for around 3 minutes. Check the internal temperature until it reaches 145 degrees for medium. (150 for well-done) You may need to put the lid on for an extra minute or so to reach the desired internal temperature.
  • Indoor skillet: Preheat a cast iron skillet with 1/2 tbsp avocado oil on medium high heat until you can feel the the heat by hovering hand above skillet. Make sure your skillet is hot, this takes about 5 minutes preheating. Place burgers in skillet so they aren't touching. Cook for about 4 minutes on one side until a crust forms and it easily-releases from the skillet to flip. Cook for another 4 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145 for medium or 150 for well-done.
  • Remove patties from grill and allow to rest for about 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings. (I love mayo, ketchup, mustard, pickles, raw onions, lettuce and tomatoes!)
Keyword bison, bison burger, burger, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo