Bison Burger with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

Bison Burger with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

I have eaten a lot of burgers in my time, and have never, ever succeeded in making a burger at home that rivaled a restaurant burger…until now. For me, the best home cooked burgers are the backyard burger variety – ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, a grill. That’s all fine and dandy for a summer barbecue, but we can do so much more! This bison burger with caramelized onions and bacon, is that succulent, food coma inducing burger that we all crave. And it’s really easy.

I have seen bison on the shelf at grocery stores but never really thought much of it. I have had bison burgers before and remember enjoying them, but usually they were covered in so many other goodies that I wasn’t sure if the choice of meat had made much of a difference. I recently read Larry Olmsted’s book Real Food, Fake Food, and loved every second of it. (I highly recommend – it isn’t scare tacticky, but very fact based)

Without getting into the nitty gritty details of what he had to say about beef, he made an interesting point about how the bison market is not as competitive as the beef market. At all. He more or less argues that because of the smaller size of the bison industry, their designations of their products are more likely to be true (i.e. the unregulated use of “grass fed”). So anyway, long story short, he got me thinking about bison. I figured I should give it a go and try cooking bison at home and see what I think.

Well, my verdict: bison is in fact delicious. The meat itself is so flavorful unlike store bought ground beef. It takes spices really well, locks in flavor, and to my surprise, is actually quite moist. I made these burgers once with 90/10 and again with 85/15. Both burgers were yummy, but there was a slight texture difference. The fattier mix was a little bit more crumbly, and the 90/10 held together a bit better. But both times, the meat was tender and juicy, and was so much more enjoyable than even the “grass fed” beef I buy from the same place.

For this recipe, I added some heat to the meat because of how well it balances with the sweetness of the onion and bacon. The caramelized onions with bacon are so sweet and salty, and the whiskey adds a fantastic burst of flavor. Between the cayenne in the bison meat, and the sugar and whiskey in the onions, this bison burger with caramelized onions and bacon is a flavor bomb.

What I love about this recipe aside from the taste is how simple it is. We made this and ate it in less than an hour, and we did not have to brave the freezing rain outside to use a grill. It’s a simple recipe, that really only requires two components. I hope you give this a try, or give bison a try in general, and let me know what you think!

Bison Burger with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

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Bison Burger with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Perfectly cooked bison burger with a little bit of heat topped with sweet caramelized onions and bacon.
Bison Burger with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Servings
Burgers
Ingredients
Caramelized Onions and Bacon
  • 4 Slices bacon
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. Whiskey
  • Splash of Red Wine Vinegar
Bison Burger
  • 1 lb. Ground Bison
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Reserved Bacon grease
  • 3-4 Slices Swiss Cheese (optional)
  • Brioche Buns
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter, melted
Servings
Burgers
Ingredients
Caramelized Onions and Bacon
  • 4 Slices bacon
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. Whiskey
  • Splash of Red Wine Vinegar
Bison Burger
  • 1 lb. Ground Bison
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Reserved Bacon grease
  • 3-4 Slices Swiss Cheese (optional)
  • Brioche Buns
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter, melted
Bison Burger with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Instructions
Caramelized Onions and Bacon
  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon until it is crisp (about five minutes) turning once. Reserve one Tbsp of bacon grease for later. Roughly chop the bacon slices and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add olive oil and heat over medium high. Add sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes, or until onions are browning.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar, and cook an additional 2 minutes. Then add the whiskey, salt and pepper and cook for 3 more minutes, or until the liquid is mostly gone.
  4. Add the bacon pieces and cook for one more minute. Add a splash of red wine vinegar, stir, and remove from heat and set aside.
Bison Burger
  1. In a small bowl, combine the ground bison, cayenne, salt and pepper. Using your hands, lightly mix in the spices, without overworking the meat. Form the meat into 3 or 4 (1/3 pound or 1/4 pound) patties.
  2. Heat the tablespoon of bacon grease in large skilled over medium heat. Add bison patties to the pan cooking for 2-3 minutes on each side, flipping only once.
  3. Add one slice of swiss cheese to each patty (optional) and remove from heat to let rest.
  4. Brush melted butter on the inside of each half of the brioche buns. Place face up under broiler for 1-2 minutes until lightly toasted.
  5. Place burger patties on toasted buns, and top with the onion and bacon mixture.
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