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How To Make A Wyoming Bison Burger


  • 11/2 pound ground bison
  • To taste, salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices Gouda cheese
  • 4 sandwich buns, split, butter toasted
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 4 dill pickle slabs, drained
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked crisp
  • 1/4 cup smoky-sweet-type BBQ sauce
  • As needed, crispy onion straws, oven-baked according to package directions

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cook Time:

15 minutes



American Buffalo (bison) meat has a rich, slightly sweet meaty flavor and lean fine marbled texture. We pan-seared our bison burgers in a cast iron skillet, but they are just as delicious done on the grill. Bacon, crispy onion straws, barbecue sauce and pickles add bold flavor to this bison burger recipe- but they are just as delicious simply topped with your favorite condiments! This is part of a series done with Sandwich America to feature some of our country's great sandwiches!

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Foodie Byte: The secret to restaurant quality burgers is to always butter and toast the buns. This adds a delicate buttery crunch to the bun that truly elevates the burger experience.


  1. Gently form ground bison into 4 (6-ounce each) patties (do not overwork ground bison).
  2. Season with salt and black pepper.
  3. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add bison patties and cook on each side for 3 to 5 minutes, or to desired doneness.
  5. Top patties with sliced cheese and cook until cheese melts.
  6. Spread mayonnaise evenly over bottom halves of toasted buns; top evenly with shredded lettuce, pickles, and burgers.
  7. Top burgers evenly with bacon, crispy onion straws and a drizzle of barbecue sauce.
  8. Close with top halves of toasted buns.