Friday, February 22, 2013

bison burgers with avocado dressing + the best buns ever.

Do you cook with bison? I absolutely love it, and almost always use it for burgers rather than ground beef. I think it has a clean, hearty flavor that's just right for burgers. Plus, according to something I read from somewhere I can't remember, it's as lean as using all-white meat chicken or turkey. How can you ignore reliable information like that?!

One of life's great mysteries is why it's so dang hard to find good hamburger buns?! Are you with me here? I've been wanting to find a solution to this extremely distressing issue for a while.

I've been known to exaggerate sometimes. You decide whether or not this is one of those times.

WHY I am just now finding out about Smitten Kitchen's recipe, I do not know. But I do know that a weight has been lifted off of me. Because these are seriously fabulous and very simple.

Enough talking. Let's make burgers!

Bison Burgers with Avocado Dressing
makes 2 burgers, with leftover dressing (trust me, you'll want it)

for the dressing, you'll need:
1/2 avocado
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/8 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
dash of cayenne

for the burgers, you'll need:
1/2 lb. ground bison
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
2 hamburger buns, toasted and buttered (I used this recipe and followed it exactly. It was perfection.)
1/4 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

Blend together all of the ingredients for the avocado dressing in a blender or food processor until smooth. Taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper and cayenne as needed. Cover and refrigerate.

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Mix together bison, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, and pepper in a bowl using a fork. Form into two patties. Add to the skillet and cook until well browned. Flip and cook on the other side.

Add burgers to toasted, buttered buns and sprinkle cheese on top. Dollop as much avocado dressing as you like on top, and serve!


  1. I love bison burgers and haven't made them in a while. Now I'm hungry for a burger!

    1. They're my favorite! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

  2. Oooh, bison burgers are so good! I've actually heard the same things about how healthy bison meat is, but I'm not sure from where. So my information is equally reliable, haha!

    1. Haha! They taste so good that I'm just going to go with it. ;)

  3. I've never made bison burgers but I've had them in restaurants-they are fabulous! Your recipe looks delicious!

    1. Thanks so much! They're on regular rotation in our house!

  4. I've never made bison burgers but I've had them in restaurants-they are fabulous! Your recipe looks delicious!

  5. I've never eaten bison. I've never seen it here, but I'd try if i could. You're arguments for it's healthy qualities sound good enough to me. Smitten KItchen is one of my favourite food blogs. These buns look and sound amazing. I have access to excellent bread here, but that doesn't stop me from get my hand into some dough.

    1. Ohh I hope you do find it sometime! I'm a huge fan. The buns really were fantastic, her recipes are so wonderfully reliable!

  6. This avocado dressing sounds amazing! I am such an avocado lover :).

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