Maple-Whisky Bison Burgers with Mustard

*Makes 6 burgers


  • 2tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup finely diced yellow onions
  • 2Tbsp Canadian whisky
  • 2Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2lb ground bison
  • 1tsp powdered mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 thin slices aged white cheddar or maple cheddar
  • 6 crusty rolls, such as ciabatta, or any hamburger buns
  • Saskatoon Berry + Honey Mustard (Recipe at bottom of page)
*This ingredient must sit overnight to thicken.

    How to make it

    In a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onions, whisky, and maple syrup. Cook, stirring, until the onions are soft and golden, about 7 to 10 minutes. Refrigerate until cold.

    In a mixing bowl, combine the onion mixture, bison, powdered mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and salt. Divide into 6 balls. Flatten into patties, each about 4 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 1 hour before cooking to help them firm up.

    Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium for at least 15 minutes. Cook the burgers, in two batches, too 160 degrees Fahrenheit, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add the cheese during the last minute of cooking. Sandwich the burgers in the buns.


     Top with Saskatoon berry + Honey mustard


    Saskatoon Berry + Honey Mustard

    *Makes about 1 cup


    • 1/2 cup cranberry or grape juice
    • 1/4 cup yellow mustard seeds
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar or champagne vinegar
    • 2Tbsp fresh or frozen Saskatoon berries or blueberries, or dried cranberries or blueberries

    How to make it

    In a small bowl, combine the juice and mustard seeds. Refrigerate overnight. Add the honey, rice wine vinegar, and berries. Stir well. If you want smooth mustard, transfer to a blender and puree. Refrigerate, covered, overnight to let thicken

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