Simple, sweet, and smoky these BBQ Bison Sliders are small in size but big in flavor. If you can’t find bison try them with beef, pork, or even turkey.
You may alternatively grill these burgers on a gas or charcoal grill.
- 1 pound ground bison meat (or other ground meat if you prefer)
- ¼ cup BBQ sauce (plus a little more for drizzling, choose something a little sweet and a lot smoky)
- salt and pepper (as needed for seasoning)
- vegetable oil (for pan)
- 6 small-sized slider buns or rolls halved crosswise (Kings Hawaiian Rolls work well)
- cilantro leaves (to taste)
- thinly sliced red onion (to taste)
Place the ground bison meat into a medium bowl. Add ¼ cup BBQ sauce and season with salt and pepper. Using your hands gently mix the sauce and seasoning into the meat. Try to not overwork the meat. Then divide the meat into 6 equal portions and form each portion into a 3/4‑inch thick patty. Use your thumb to make a small indentation in the center of each patty. This will ensure that the meat maintains its form as it plumps in cooking. Season generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
Heat a large grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat (see notes). Drizzle and swirl a little oil into the hot pan. Place burgers in the pan, don’t crowd them, work in batches if necessary. Cook the burgers about 2 to 3 minutes until nicely browned and then flip them and cook about 2 to 3 minutes more for medium-rare.
While the burgers are cooking place the buns cut side down onto a large heated grill pan, skillet or griddle, rotating as needed, until lightly browned. Remove from heat and drizzle a little more BBQ sauce onto the bun bottoms, followed by a few cilantro leaves. Top with cooked burger, another drizzle of BBQ sauce, and some red onion. Cover with top bun and serve warm.