|Bison Burgers with Bacon and Blue Cheese
1 1/2 pounds ground bison
4 strips bacon, each strip cut in half
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
salt and pepper
4 burger buns
2-3 tablespoons good quality mustard
Season the ground bison generously with salt and pepper. Divide the meat into 4 equal sized patties, about 1-inch thick. Form and shape the patties so that they have a slight indentation in the middle of patty. This helps the burger cook to an even size, as the middle always puffs up during cooking.
If you are using an outdoor BBQ grill, preheat your grill on high.
In the meantime, place the bacon strips in a large frying pan over medium-high heat and cook until crisp on both sides.
To cook the burgers, place the patties on the hot grill, close lid and cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip, close the lid and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Flip once more, turn the heat to medium and cook until juices run clear or to the temperature of your choice.
Spread each burger bun with mustard, top with the bison burger, 2 strips of bacon, crumbled blue cheese and fresh arugula.