Grilled Bison Burger with Grilled Tomato Jam

By: Chef Steve Squier

Makes: 8-10 Burgers

Bison Burgers are a great entry into the world of Bison meat. Bison provides a leaner, cleaner meat choice for your summer grill and you can not beat that flavour. Both these recipes can be made well in advance. The burgers can be stored in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month, even longer if you vacuum pack them with a food saver.


Ingredients :

Burger Patty

3LB Ground Bison

1 ½ Tbls Bison Ridge Farms Spice Mix

1 Tbls Yellow Mustard

1 Tbls Worcestershire Sauce

Grilled Tomato Jam

4 Medium Tomatoes

2 Medium Yellow Onions

½ cup Brown Sugar

¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tsp Smoked Paprika

½ tsp Chili Powder

1 Tbls Canola Oil

Salt & Pepper To Taste 


Grilled Tomato Jam

1. Peel the onions and slice into ¾ inch rings.
2. In a bowl toss the whole tomatoes and onion rings with canola oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
3. Place the Onions and Tomatoes on a BBQ grill at 400° F, grill on each side for 3-4 min. Remove from the grill and allow to cool for 10min.
4. In a medium pot set to medium heat place the onions and tomatoes that have been roughly chopped in small cubes.
5. Add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine and bring to a boil.
6. Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 30-40 min
7. Remove from the heat, season with salt and pepper and allow to cool in the fridge for 1 hour.
8. Remove from the fridge and check the seasoning, the jam should be thick enough to hold its shape but still spreadable.
9. This jam will keep covered in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

Bison Patty

1. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer

2. Mix the meat until combined, it is important not to over mix the burgers and just mix them enough to incorporate all the ingredients. This will prevent the burgers from being tough.
3. Form the burger patties in 4-5oz patties
4. Grill the burger on a BBQ grill, ensure they reach an internal temperature of 160° F


Dressing your  Burger

A nice smoked cheese pairs well with the bison and grilled tomato jam. A smoked cheddar is a great cheese to stand up to the tomato jam and will not cover the flavour of the bison. I suggest a little mayo, some lettuce, tomato slice and of course toping it all off with the tomato jam.

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