Bison Burger: Colorado Proud Recipe for July

by Robin Young | Sun Columnist

It’s summer and definitely time to flick the grill, if you haven’t already. Colorado has a variety of products to choose from to make your next roast perfect, but if you want to up your game, try this delicious bison burger to wow your guests.

Bison can be found from producers all over Colorado and is a healthy, light, nutrient-rich red meat that is certified by the American Heart Association.

The bison industry has experienced slow growth over the past decade, as herds once again graze in the prairie. Our national mammal, the bison, provides far more meat than other herd animals—up to 2,000 pounds for the average male.

Bison meat can be processed into whole pieces, ground or sliced, and is delicious no matter how you cook it. This month’s recipe uses a tried-and-true burger in multiples to keep it fresh and fun. Try it as a green chili burger topped with chili cheese and green pepper, or the barbecue version with grilled pork, cooked bacon, tomato jam, and barbecue sauce as a topping. Either way you can try it, you are sure to find a mix that will satisfy your palate.

Chef Jason K. Morse, “Bison is one of my favorite proteins; it’s low in fat, strong and packed with iron, zinc, vitamins, and omega-3 fats. This recipe takes bison on a trip around Colorado with some fun flavor variations. Happy Cooking!”

Bison Burger

Recipe by Chef Jason K. Morse, Consulting Engineers Center:

Yield: four burgers

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15-20 minutes


1 pound ground bison

Seasoning as desired

4 slices smoked cheddar cheese

6 slices of cooked bacon

4 brioche or kaiser buns

Appetizers: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sweet pickles

Preparation directions:

1. Wash all tools before using them.

2. Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces before using them.

3. Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills, ranges, ovens, and any cookware.

BBQ tips:

• Always start with clean, polished grill grates.

• Preheat the grill to a high temperature of 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Cast iron or stainless steel grates are ideal for grilling and adding a nice crust.

• Use a flat burger or use a burger press to make a flat patty.

• Always sear the burgers to the highest standard.

• Use the top rack to keep it hot and indirect when you have finished your burger.

• Avoid squeezing the burger. This causes a fire and a little juice from the burger.

• Check the temperature of the meat on the side of the pie.

• Always cool burgers in an open container in the refrigerator, once cooled to 40 degrees or less, it is safe to cover or transfer to a zip-top bag for storage.

• The remaining shelf life of the burgers is two days.

• Correctly reheat leftover burgers to 150 degrees or higher.

• Reheat burgers only once and do not freeze already grilled burgers.

Cooking directions:

1. Preheat your gas stove to high (about 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit).

2. Divide the mixture into four balls and press them, using a press if available.

3. Season both sides as desired.

4. If using a frying pan or griddle, add 1 tablespoon of oil and heat the oil before adding the burger.

5. Sear the burger for 3-4 minutes per side and cook the burger to the desired temperature.

6. While the burgers are done, heat the bacon and place it on top of the burger.

7. Toast the buns and hold.

8. Place a slice of cheese on top of the bacon and let it melt about 50 percent.

9. Serve with some shredded lettuce, sliced ​​onions, sliced ​​tomatoes and sweet pickles.

10. Eat up.

Colorado Bison
Burger Variations

Green Chili Bison Burger

Top with green pueblo peppers, then melt the pepper cheese on top. Add your favorite appetizers like lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

Colorado bison grilled burger

Top with grilled roast pork, cooked bacon, tomato jam and barbecue sauce (choose your favourites). Add your favorite appetizers like lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

Archuleta County Fair

The Archuleta County Fair is scheduled to take place August 4-7.

Have you ever wanted to enter the Archuleta County Fair? Are you a carpenter, potter, goldsmith, photographer, painter or seamstress? Or maybe you grow vegetables or bake cookies? Would you like to display your creations? These are just some of the many sections you can enter into Open Class.

Go to and search for the 2022 Fair Rules. Arbitration will be August 3rd.

If you have other questions, please send an email to [email protected]

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