Home-Ground Bison Burgers Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

By grinding meat fresh and handling it with care, you create a much lighter, almost fluffy patty full of internal nooks and crannies that are essential for capturing the dripping juices that can make even a lean burger taste juicy and moist.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 20 ounces (1 1/4 pounds) bison chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 slices cheddar, Swiss, or American cheese (if desired)

  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted

  • Condiments as desired

Directions

  1. To Grind in Meat Grinder: Place meat on rimmed baking sheet or large plate, leaving a small space between each cube. Place in freezer until firm but not frozen, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, set up meat grinder with 3/8ths inch plate. Grind meat according to manufacturer's instructions. Switch grinder to 1/4-inch plate and grind again, chilling meat in between batches in freezer if it starts to get too warm (it should remain freezing cold to the touch). Transfer ground beef to a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. To Grind in Food Processor: Place meat on rimmed baking sheet or large plate, leaving a small space between each cube. Place in freezer until firm but not frozen, about 15 minutes. Working in four batches, pulse meat cubes int he food processor until finely ground, about 15 short pulses. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet

  3. Gently press ground beef into four even patties about 4-inches across, pressing until they hold together and making a slight indentation in their center.

  4. Preheat a grill to high heat. Season burgers generously with salt and black pepper. Grill, turning occasionally, until well-charred and center registers 125°F on an instant read thermometer for medium rare or 135°F for medium, adding cheese for last 30 seconds of cooking.

  5. Transfer to buns, top as desired, and serve.

Special Equipment

Meat grinder or food processor

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
496 Calories
27g Fat
24g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 496
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 802mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 293mg 23%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 442mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)