Smoky Buffalo Burger

Smoky Buffalo Burger

Here we flavor sweet, beefy buffalo (bison) with smoked cheese and smoky barbecue sauce. Instead of melted on top, cheese is used here to season the meat—adding moisture and smoky flavor inside the burger. Wild rice bulks up the serving size (and adds vitamins and minerals), while keeping it lean. Plus the flavor and chewy texture are a wonderful complement to the meat. If you can’t find buffalo in your store, substitute 90%-lean ground beef.

Nutirion Profile: High Calcium High Fiber Low Cholesterol

Serves Prep Time Total Time
4 40 min 40 min



  • 1 pound ground buffalo, (bison)
  • 1/2 cup cooked wild rice, (see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup shredded smoked cheese, such as Cheddar, Gouda or mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoon smoky barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon paprika, preferably sweet Hungarian
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pepper relish, or pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 thin slice sweet onion, such as Vidalia

Cooking Instruction

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium.

Step 2

Place meat, rice, cheese, 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, paprika, mustard, garlic, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 4 equal patties, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.

Step 3

Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, relish and horseradish in a small bowl.

Step 4

Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 155°F, 5 to 6 minutes per side.

Step 5

Assemble the burgers on buns with the barbecue mayonnaise sauce, tomato and onion.


  • Serving: Per serving
  • Calories: 434
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fat: 19g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg
  • Potassium: 301mg
  • Sodium: 721mg
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2