Bison Burgers with Balsamic Grilled Onions


Tonight was the first time I ever tried a bison burger. I’ve been wanting to make bison burgers for quite some time and I finally did. My husband and daughter, who apparently are not very adventurous with food, refused to try this. Therefore, they got plain old, regular burgers.Personally, I think they missed out on this one. These burgers were great! Bison is leaner than ground beef, which was one of the reasons I’ve wanted to try them for so long. I always prefer a leaner meat. These bison burgers were juicy and flavorful.  Since it was my first time trying bison, I wanted to experience the taste as is …. not too much in the way of seasoning.

I did add kosher salt and pepper, of course, and also decided to add Santa Maria seasoning. The bottle says it’s good on tri-tip, steak, roast, chicken and seafood … how could I go wrong? I also added an egg and bread crumbs to the meat.

I wanted to top my burger with grilled onions, so I made grilled balsamic onions. I also decided I’d make my burger a cheeseburger, so added a slice of gouda. I thought it would be really “gouda” and it was! The only condiment I put on my bison burger was dijon mustard.



I’m going to have a leftover burger on Tuesday night and serve it with a side of Brussels sprouts. No bun, just the meat and vegetables. I can’t wait, a leftover to look forward to.


  • 1 pound ground bison
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Santa Maria seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Mix meat together with salt, pepper, Santa Maria seasoning, egg and bread crumbs. I mixed this gently with a fork. Form 3 burger patties and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet, or on an indoor grill pan. Place burgers in hot skillet and cook 4-5 minutes per side. Once the burger is close to done on the second side, add the slice of cheese and let it melt. Place your burger in a bun and top with grilled onions.

Ingredients for grilled balsamic onions

  • 1/2 large white onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions for grilled balsamic onions

Melt butter into olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and let cook until they caramelize, about 20 minutes.


Until next time, Kris

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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