Bison Bacon Burgers

by Marla on October 9, 2009 · 10 comments

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The other night I wanted to add a flavor twist to our usual bison burgers. I had seen a recipe for decadent bacon filled beef burgers in a magazine and I wanted to reinterprete them with about 20g less saturated fat. I found a nice compromise combining nitrate free turkey bacon with grass-fed bison. These burgers have loads of flavor, high protein and they are lean and clean.

Smoky burgers are awesome when we are in Telluride. Here I am before heading home for dinner at my favorite bookstore Between the Covers sipping Americano’s while my little guy munches pastries. This gives me a few minutes on my laptop.

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Organic grass-fed bison is a delicious, full flavor, lean source of protein. I usually get mine at Whole Foods. You can also check your local butcher. Some online sources include and

Bison Burgers

Bison Bacon Burgers

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8-9 Burgers

Serving Size: 1 Burger

Bison Bacon Burgers


  • 2 pounds Grass-Fed Ground Bison
  • 1 package (8 oz) organic nitrate free Turkey Bacon (I like Applegate Farms) diced into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried roasted minced Garlic (you can use a few cloves of fresh chopped garlic as well)
  • Italian Parsley: use about a handful if using fresh, chopped small. A few teaspoons if using dried.
  • Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Salt


  • Pre-heat grill medium high heat. Combine all ingredients in bowl. Shape into patties. Grill burgers for about 4 minutes each side or until meat is done to your liking.
  • Notes
  • Bison meat is very lean so it can dry out quickly if over done.
  • If you can't find ground bison you can use organic ground turkey, chicken or beef instead.
  • Serve on a whole wheat bun or wrapped in a tortilla.
  • If you want a high-protein lower carb Paleo choice serve with a side of veggies and some salsa or marinara.

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1 rebecca October 9, 2009 at 6:27 am

great recipe I am going to do a blog for an organic meat company would you like these to be featured?
rebeccasubbiah at yahoo dot com


2 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. April 4, 2011 at 6:10 am

Wow. I must admit. I have never tried Bison before.


3 Marla April 4, 2011 at 6:30 am

Alison: Bison is so lean & has more flavor than typical ground beef. It is also raised with much more sustainable efforts. I believe it has more iron than typical beef, so that is great for women – especially active ones like us!


4 fooddreamer April 4, 2011 at 8:00 am

I recognized that view of Telluride instantly, although I haven’t been there in years. So gorgeous and I love this recipe. Not sure if I can get bison meat anywhere in my area, though!


5 Megan April 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

I need to give bison a try again! We have a great meat
market here so it’s easily available but it’s been a long time
since I bought any. I must change that and try this burger. I’m
always game for a burger! 😉


6 Marla April 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Megan: Bison has a much richer flavor than beef & that is why I love it. Also much leaner. Wish I had a butcher here that I loved though.


7 Shaina April 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Gorgeous burgers, Marla. We have been able to get grass-fed
bison from Ole’s work, and it’s been great trying it out in old
recipes and making new ones.


8 Jackson Clarke November 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

These look fantastic and will most definitely be a refreshing break from the store brought burgers that we are so used to nowadays! I am definitely gong to try this recipe and give my children some real burgers.

Greatest thanks!


9 The Sushi Knife Store April 25, 2014 at 8:27 am

This looks right up my alley, haha.


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