We have heard your requests to develop a few more recipes with some less "traditional" ingredients, and that is just what we plan to do! Introducing the Smoky Bison Burger. Why bison?? It is lean, it is hearty, and it has a delicious beefy flavor that is sure to please. Here on the west coast, we have pretty easy access to bison in the form of steaks, roasts, and ground meat. For those of you who might not be able to find bison at your butcher's counter, check out these online bison suppliers:
Wild Idea Buffalo Company
Buffalo Hills Bison
Smoky Bison Burgers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Pellet Recommendations: Hickory, Oak, or Pecan
1 lb ground bison
Traeger's Prime Rib Rub
Assorted burger toppings
Start your Traeger on smoke and leave the lid open for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Lightly form the ground bison into patties. Be sure the make a slight depression in the middle of the burgers to allow for expansion while grilling. Season with Traeger's Prime Rib Rub.
Place your patties directly on the grill and smoke for 25-30 minutes. Take the patties off the grill and turn the heat up to high. If desired, place a cast iron griddle on the grill grate. Close the lid and allow your Traeger to preheat.
Place the patties on the grill grate and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side until patties reach desired doneness.
Most people prefer their bison to be cooked to rare or medium rare because it is such a lean meat. We must recommend that you cook ground bison to an internal temperature of 175 degrees.
During the last couple minutes of cooking, top with cheese (if desired).
Remove from the griddle and serve immediately.