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Smoked Bison Burgers

Smoked Bison Burgers

By Traeger Kitchen

Bourbon caramelized onions are piled on top of juicy Traegered bison patties and melty american cheese. Finish this burger off with your favorite toppings for one big, flavorful bite.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

35 Min




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
4 Tablespoon butter
2 Large yellow onion, sliced
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Black pepper
1 Cup brown sugar
2/3 Cup bourbon
To Taste Pepper
3 Pound ground bison, 94% lean
8 Slices American cheese
4 Whole buns
1 Head butter lettuce
4 Slices tomatoes


  • 1

    Heat the butter in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

  • 2

    Cook onions, stirring occasionally until golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. Add the sugar to the pan and remove from heat.

  • 3

    Add the bourbon to the onions and carefully ignite with a long match. Allow flames to die out and then continue to cook until the onions are glazed, about 2 minutes. Allow to cool and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  • 4

    Break the bison up in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Divide meat and form into eight 4” patties.

  • 5

    When ready to cook, set temperature to High and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal results, set to 450° if available.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 6

    Grill burgers 5 minutes per side. The last 2 minutes of cooking, add the cheese to melt and place buns cut side down to toast.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 7

    Remove burgers and buns from grill and assemble. Start with the bottom bun, then a burger patty. Add some bourbon onions, another burger patty, more bourbon onions, lettuce, tomato and the top bun.

  • 8

    Serve with condiments of your choice. Enjoy!

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