Bison Burgers with Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce right off the grill

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Are you excited about cooking up some amazing food in your own backyard this summer? I am and burgers will definitely be on the menu, including these Bison Burgers.

I’m always a bit envious when the smell of burgers cooking on the barbecue wafts into my backyard but then I think good for them. At least someone’s cooking!

Bison Burgers – Kick It Up A Notch

The standard North American hamburger favourite may be an all-beef patty but I have some not so traditional favourites I enjoy every summer. These Bison Burgers are now on the list but I won’t skip my Thai Turkey Burgers and the Mediterranean inspired Lamb Burgers.

If you’re going to make burgers at home they might as well be awesome. To do this successfully you need to find those unique flavour combinations that people before you have figured out. You can certainly invent your own but don’t miss out of some of the classics.

In this recipe the Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce and crumbled goat cheese complement the bison for a unique taste experience not to be missed. The standard mustard, relish and ketchup is fine but sometimes you’ve got to move outside your comfort zone.

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Grilled Bison Burgers with Saskatoon-Blueberry Barbecue Sauce and goat cheese, a taste sensation you don't want to miss.

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Bison – Not Your Everyday Meat

Here in Alberta we are well known for our exceptional beef but perhaps not so well know for bison. Alberta Food Tours is trying to change that. What Is Alberta’s Story shares some history and promotes our local food movement. It’s a good read and a story to share over and ice cold beverage while the burgers are cooking.

Bison is a lean meat so it’s important to know that ground bison cooks in about half the time of ground beef. Other cuts may be cooked low and slow but for burgers follow half the time as a guide. The actual temperature of your barbecue and the thickness of the patty affect the cooking time so keep that in mind.

Alberta bison can be found frozen at many butcher shops and online from Alberta Bison. In the United States Nebraska Bison came up at the top of my search. For the full experience don’t miss the berry barbecue sauce and make it with all blueberries if you can’t get saskatoons.

Get The Tools

You don’t need many tools to cook on a barbecue but gluten free cooks think about cross contamination. If you haven’t tried grilling sheets you must. The food still browns through the sheet so you can safely eat with friends or even on your own shared barbecue.

Let me know in the comments below what you cooked up in your backyard.


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Ingredients

1 lb ground bison
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
4 gluten free hamburger buns
TOPPINGS - Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce, goat cheese, sliced red onion, tomato and lettuce.

Directions

1
Preheat barbecue.
2
Gently shape ground bison into 4-4 oz patties.
3
Thoroughly mix spices together in a small dish. Using your fingers sprinkle the spices on both sides of each patty.
4
Cook patties on preheated grill about 6 minutes per side. Follow HALF THE COOKING TIME OF BEEF as a general rule.
5
For nice grill marks give the meat a quarter turn half way through the cooking time. Flip the patties and cook until medium-rare or medium.
6
Brush patties with Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce during the last half of the cooking time.
7
Toast hamburger buns. Let everyone top their own burger with more Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce if desired, goat cheese, sliced red onion, tomato and lettuce.
8
For juicy burgers DO NOT press on the patty during cooking time.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • 1 lb ground bison
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 4 gluten free hamburger buns
  • TOPPINGS - Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce, goat cheese, sliced red onion, tomato and lettuce.
  1. Preheat barbecue.
  2. Gently shape ground bison into 4-4 oz patties.
  3. Thoroughly mix spices together in a small dish. Using your fingers sprinkle the spices on both sides of each patty.
  4. Cook patties on preheated grill about 6 minutes per side. Follow HALF THE COOKING TIME OF BEEF as a general rule.
  5. For nice grill marks give the meat a quarter turn half way through the cooking time. Flip the patties and cook until medium-rare or medium.
  6. Brush patties with Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce during the last half of the cooking time.
  7. Toast hamburger buns. Let everyone top their own burger with more Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce if desired, goat cheese, sliced red onion, tomato and lettuce.
  8. For juicy burgers DO NOT press on the patty during cooking time.