Paleo Bison Bacon Burgers: A Leaner, Healthier Way To Eat Burgers!

Paleo Bison Bacon Burgers: A Leaner, Healthier Way To Eat Burgers!WELLFITandFED

There is something perfect about a burger. I love that it is a known entity. It’s not like you would ask someone, “Hey, have you ever had a burger? They are awesome!” No, that would be ridiculous because everyone has had a burger.

But, if you asked, “Have you tried a BISON burger?” You may receive a different response!

I tried bison for the first time about three years ago. Now, I choose bison (sorry big buffalo) over beef (good news cow) almost exclusively.


  • Richer flavor
  • Higher level of protein
  • Richer in minerals
  • Loads of fatty acids
  • Leaner than beef
  • More iron
  • Less cholesterol

AND!!! Private ranchers typically supply bison, which is more beneficial for our health because the animals are almost always free-roaming and naturally grass fed!

Paleo Bison Bacon Burgers: A Leaner, Healthier Way To Eat Burgers!WELLFITandFED
Paleo Bison Bacon Burgers: A Leaner, Healthier Way To Eat Burgers!WELLFITandFED

Most people think you cook beef and bison (buffalo) the same way. Au Contraire. Buffalo meat is less fatty, so it has different cooking requirements. Bison requires slow-cooking at a low temperature. So, if you plan to grill or broil bison, make sure that you take this cooking recommendation into consideration. If you plan to grill the bison, cook it approximately 4-6 inches above medium-hot coals, and if you plan to broil the meat, move the rack one level down from where you would normally broil burgers.

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TIME: Bison takes 1/3 less time to cook.

HEAT: It also requires 1/3 less heat.

REST: Allow the bison to rest in a warm place for 5-15 minutes. Cutting the meat too soon will allow all the sealed juices to escape.

TEMP: Internal temperature should be between 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Paleo Bison Bacon Burgers: A Leaner, Healthier Way To Eat Burgers!WELLFITandFED
Paleo Bison Bacon Burgers: A Leaner, Healthier Way To Eat Burgers! WELLFITandFED

Paleo Bison Bacon Burgers

  • 1.5 lbs. of ground Bison
  • 3 Tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. green Onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Strips nitrate-free bacon
  • 1/3 Tsp. salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1-1.5 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • You can also add garlic, red pepper, or red onion instead of green. 


  1. Place bacon on a foiled cookie sheet. Next, place the cookie sheet in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 400 degrees. Set timer for 20 minutes. Once bacon is thoroughly cooked, place it on paper towels to drain excess oil.  (TIP: This is by far the best way to cook bacon – no mess, no fuss!) Once cooled place in a mini food processor and blend. You want the bacon to become a paste. (This is my SECRET BACON PASTE RECIPE. I know, complicated)
  2. Start the grill, and warm it up to a medium heat. Remember, bison should be cooked at a lower temperature than beef.
  3. Mix bacon paste, green onion, cilantro, salt, pepper and coconut aminos in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk like there is no tomorrow!
  4. Add the bison, and GENTLY mix the ingredients together with your hands (TIP: ground meat can be ruined if you mix it too hard. Be Kind!)
  5. Create four even sized balls. Then flatten leaving a small indent in the middle (TIP: This will help the meat cook more evenly) Add a small dash of coconut aminos to the dent.
  6. Make sure the meat is almost room temperature before cooking. (TIP: Meat and fish cook much better if they are not too cool.)
  7. Rub a tiny bit of olive oil on the burgers before grilling.
  8. Grill burgers, flipping them half-way through. Make sure that the center temperature is 145 degrees. (TIP: ALWAYS use a meat thermometer when cooking meat. Cooking times will vary, depending on the grill)
  9. Cover with foil, and allow burgers rest 5-15 minutes
  10. Add whatever condiments you like! Enjoy!

Makes approximately 4 delicious burgers.

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 Need a meat thermometer? 

Paleo Bison Bacon Burgers: A Leaner, Healthier Way To Eat Burgers!WELLFITandFED


50 Responses

  1. Made these a couple of months ago for my husband and myself. We both agreed that they were the best burgers we have ever had!

  2. Wish I lived closer to a store that sold bison because we would definitely make these. Your pictures look so yummy!

  3. Never knew one could eat bison! These look delicious and though in my part of the world, I doubt that I would find bison in the supermarket, I could still do a paleo version of a burger, rolled in lettuce.

    1. Yesss! It is so delicious to just focus on the flavor of the meat instead of all the breading!

  4. I’ve had bison burger before, and I agree with you that it’s delicious, flavorful, and not as greasy as a classic beef patty. I really liked it!

  5. Yum! I don’t think I’ve ever had bison before. I’ve certainly never cooked it myself. This recipe sounds delish and easy! Love that it’s bunless too! Buns always make me feel bloated! lol

  6. Wow, bison meat! I would have never thought to try that. It does sound very appealing, though, especially because it takes less time to cook!


  7. Will need to share this with hubby. He is always complaining how unhealthy burgers are. lol Here is his alternative!

  8. I am not usually a big burger fan but these look much lighter without the typical accompaniments and I have heard amazing things about bison meat. I will have to give them a try!

    1. Here is the deal. I used to beat and egg and put it in with some Almond flour. Then one time I did it without both those things and it was better. I adjusted the recipe but not the photos. Need to redo the photos, big time. Thank you for the reminder!

    1. Yes! Just leave it out and I would add a little more garlic and salt and pepper. I would recommend Worcestershire but it is not gluten free. If you have no sensitivities to gluten you could use a little of that. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

    1. Yes!!! I probably broil as much as I grill. Just use a meat thermometer and you will be golden.

  9. I don’t have a grill. Would you recommend broiling or baking ? The broiler pretty much has a set temp so I’m guessing cutting the time would work best. Thank you

  10. Your oven must heat quickly, because I’m nowhere near 400 after 20 minutes and my bacon is raw. I’m eyeballing it for when it’s done, but since we’re going for “paste”, I assume it shouldn’t be crispy?

    1. It depends on the heat of your oven and the thickness of your bacon. And yes, you do not want your bacon crispy. Floppy bacon for this recipe for sure.

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