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Bison Burgers with Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

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Are you excited about having some amazing backyard barbecues? I am and burgers will definitely be on the menu, including these Bison Burgers.

I absolutely love the smell that wafts into my yard on a hot summer afternoon indicating that some neighbour is cooking burgers. I’m always a bit envious that this cooking is in someone else’s yard…but 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 amazing. To do this successfully you need to recognize some unique flavour combinations. Other people have figured it out so trust them. In this recipe the Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce  and crumbled goat cheese complement the bison for a unique taste experience. If you insist on adding mustard, relish and ketchup your Bison Burger may taste rather ordinary.

Bison – Not Your Everyday Meat

Alberta is well known for its’ exceptional beef but perhaps not so well know for its’ bison. Alberta Food Tours is trying to change that. What Is Alberta’s Story shares some history and promotes the local food movement.

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 was at the top of my search. If you are interested in taking your burger to the next level try this combination of bison with a berry barbecue sauce.

Backyard Barbecues

Every summer I try to cook as many of my favourite barbecue recipes as I can. I never make them all but these are a few to start the season.

Let me know in the comments below if you cooked some Bison Burgers and if you liked the berry barbecue sauce combo.


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.


Preheat barbecue.
Gently shape ground bison into 4-4 oz patties.
Thoroughly mix spices together in a small dish. Using your fingers sprinkle the spices on both sides of each patty.
Cook patties on preheated grill about 6 minutes per side. Follow HALF THE COOKING TIME OF BEEF as a general rule.
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.
Brush patties with Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce during the last half of the cooking time.
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.
For juicy burgers DO NOT press on the patty during cooking time.


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