In February, I took a road trip across eastern Kansas to experience the unique bison burger recipes and craft beer the state had to offer.
And to write a guest blog post for TravelKS.com: Four Kansas Bison Burgers Worth Stopping For.
I ate at Wahoo Fire + Ice Grill for a West Coast-inspired burger; at Blanc Burgers + Bottles for a tangy, sweet, spicy, savory burger I looooooved; at Merchants Pub + Plate for a new recipe bison burger with the most flavorful sauce; and at my all-time forever favorite Public at the Brickyard for the sweet and tangy Prairie Sliders (and a surprise bison chili!).
(Have you noticed how much more often “+” is used instead of “&”? Not that I mind. I’m not a fan of the ampersand, but + has taken over.)
All in all, you could have said that – after four bison burgers and driving 500 miles in two days – I’d be sick to death of bison, but… of course… I had to make my own.
And I had to make them spicy.
Homemade Bison Burgers
- 1 lb. natural ground bison
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 2-3 Tbs. shredded cheddar cheese
- Slider buns
Process the garlic, Chipotle peppers, olive oil and salt and pepper until you get a slightly chunky sauce.
Mix the sauce with the bison, beaten egg, diced peppers and onions, cheese and a bit more salt and pepper, and then form into sliders.
If you’re also good at baking – which, by the way, I’m not – you could also make your own slider buns. I popped a few store-bought buns in the oven to give them a nice toast.
Otherwise, go straight to searing these beauties in a cast iron skillet on high heat. A little lubrication in the pan doesn’t hurt. I used olive oil.
Bison is pretty lean so make sure you don’t overcook the sliders – or they’ll taste like sawdust.
Serve your bison slider with hot mustard, mixed greens and a side salad – complete with roasted chickpeas, almonds, sunflower seeds and Kalamata olives. Dress to your desire and consume.
I also wrote a blog post about craft beers in Kansas that hasn’t published yet so keep your eye out!