California Buffalo Burger Recipe | Bison Hamburger with Avocado & Goat Cheese


Grilled Skillet vs.Traditional Skillet for Buffalo Burgers

When the warm weather starts rolling in, something in my brain switches over. I start craving grilled foods. I just think there is something that gets lost in a traditional skillet, plus I like the pretty grill marks on the meat. These bison burgers really hit the spot. If you don’t have a grill, feel free to use a skillet.

Topping Your Buffalo Burger

We grilled the ground bison and melted Gouda and goat cheese on top and served on a sweet Hawaiian bun. The Gouda gives the bison an almost smoky taste and putting goat cheese on almost anything immediately makes it 100 times better.

These California bison burgers are a flavorful gourmet-style meal that might be found in an expensive restaurant. The toppings include avocado, spicy brown mustard, romaine lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes.

Added Sides for Buffalo Burger

A nice IPA or peach iced tea will go well with this dish. As a side item, we served sweet potato fries with our recipe. I can already tell that this California buffalo burger recipe will be a favorite at our future BBQs.

Seasoning Your Bison Burgers

The bison patty is lean and low carb. The meat has a wonderful taste that includes several spices including sage, rosemary, salt, pepper, chives, and marjoram.

California Buffalo Burger Recipe | Bison Hamburger with Avocado & Goat Cheese

 Prep Time: 5 minutes

 Cook Time: 6 minutes

 Total Time: 11 minutes

 Servings: 6

Buffalo Burger Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds ground bison
  • 1 tbsp ground marjoram
  • 1 tbsp ground sage
  • 1 tbsp chives
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ground rosemary
  • .25 tsp Salt
  • .25 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pinch sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 avocado
  • 2 tbsp brown mustard
  • 1 pinch Romain lettuce
  • 6 sweet Hawaiian buns
  • 1 slice fontina cheese
  • .25 cup goat cheese


1) Preheat grill or stove burner to medium heat

2) Ground sage, rosemary, salt, pepper, chives, and marjoram

3) Mix sage, rosemary, salt, pepper, chives, and marjoram along with olive and knead into the bison until evenly coated

4) Separate meat into 6 balls

5) Press down on each ball to form patties

6) Spray cooking spray on each patty and place on grill

7) Cook for 2-3 minutes per side

8) Add cheese after the first flip to melt

9) Add meat to bun and add desired toppings

The Verdict

If you are looking for homemade, nontraditional meat to serve at a cookout or your next family function, bison is a sure winner. It has a flavor similar to beef but still unique.

So fire up your grill and bring a little (California) into your neck of the woods this summer!

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