Bison Onion Smash Burgers

These burgers are all about bold flavors. Picture perfectly caramelized onions, melted sharp cheddar cheese, and a tangy sauce that ties it all together. It’s a party for your taste buds!

Bison meat brings a whole new level of flavor and benefits to your burger game. It’s leaner and lower in fat and calories compared to beef, while still delivering that juicy, meaty taste you crave. Plus, it’s packed with high-quality protein and essential amino acids for muscle growth and repair.

So, if you’re ready to amp up your burger feast, grab some ground bison, get those onions sizzling, and let the smashing begin!


Bison Onion Smash Burgers (Oklahoma Burgers)

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword ground bison
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 Burgers


  • 16 oz Great Range Premium Ground Bison
  • 1 sweet onion - sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 Hawaiian sweet hamburger buns
  • sharp cheddar cheese - sliced
  • lettuce - for topping
  • pickles - for topping

For Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes - optional for heat


  1. Bring the ground bison meat to room temperature about about 20 to 30 prior to cooking. Cut the onion into slices about a quarter inch thick, but don’t separate them into individual rings.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce and chill until ready to serve.

  3. Preheat a skillet or flat-top griddle over high heat. Place the onions onto the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, roll the bison meat into four equal-sized balls. Place onto each slice of onion on the grill and use a spatula or burger press to smash the meat onto the onion so that the onion is completely covered with the meat and the meat is fully touching the skillet on all sides of the onion.

  5. Sear for 2-3 minutes per side for medium rare; or 4-5 minutes per side for well done. Season both sides with salt and pepper, to taste.

  6. Remove the burgers from the skillet and rest for 5-10 minutes for best results. Serve with sweet burger buns, lettuce, pickles and the sauce to top it off. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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