Stuffed Bison Burgers with Caramelized Figs and Shallots Recipe -
Stuffed Bison Burgers with Caramelized Figs and Shallots Recipe

Stuffed Bison Burgers with Caramelized Figs and Shallots

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"Figs simmered in pomegranate juice make a gourmet filling for impressive stuffed and grilled bison burgers served on toasted French bread with melted Gruyere cheese."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    27 mins

    1 hr 12 mins


  1. Bring pomegranate juice just to boiling over medium-high heat in a small saucepan. Add figs. Remove pan from heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain figs; set aside.
  2. For filling, melt butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Cook shallots in hot butter for 3 to 5 minutes or until shallots are tender. Stir in drained figs and honey. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 more minutes or until shallots are golden brown. Stir in thyme. Cool slightly.
  3. Combine egg, ground bison, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, milk, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Shape mixture into 8 patties. Spoon filling evenly onto half of bison patties to 1/2-inch of edges. Top with remaining bison patties; pinch edges to seal.
  4. For charcoal grill, arrange preheated coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Place bison patties over drip pan on grill rack. Cover and grill for 16 to 22 minutes or until done (160 degrees F), turning once halfway through. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect grilling. Grill as above.) Top with cheese. Cover; cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until cheese melts. Serve bison patties open face on French bread slices.
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  • Note: Recipe developed and tested by the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen using High Plains Bison products.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 19, 2013

devoured it for dinner. at a leftover one for lunch the next day. and for breakfast the following day. rich and smoky from the cheese contrasted by sweetness and crunch form the shallots and figs. i feel this is the beginning of my love affair with bison.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 16, 2013

I love bison. I was very happy with the burgers though I must say that I couldn't really taste the fig/shallot mixture as the bison itself seems to overpower it. Not in a bad way, but it didn't seem worth the trouble to make the fig filling if I can't really taste it. I followed the recipe exactly. Maybe it needs more fig or something that pulls the fig flavor out better. I may experiment next time and use the fig more as part of a sauce like another reviewer did.


9 Ratings

Jan 27, 2015

I have made these several times and they were excellent. Last time, i didn't have pomegranate juice but had pomegranate margaritas from Costco. I reduced the margaritas and proceeded with the recipe. Fabulous!

Oct 04, 2014

Delish!!!! I changed a couple things purely because of personal preference/what I had on hand but the original recipe sounds amazing too!!! I omitted the thyme, used panko bread crumbs, 2 eggs, garlic, onion and chipotle powders, and subbed almond milk. I also topped with a slice each of Chipotle Gruyere, Smoked Gruyere and Havarti with Jalapeño peppers. Also added blue cheese crumbles to the fig/shallot filling. Served on a toasted onion bun with baked butternut squash on the side! It was divine and I can't wait to eat another one tomorrow!

Oct 19, 2013

Loved this recipe! I didn't have figs or cranberry juice so I substituted 1/2 c fig butter from Trader Joes and used the fig as a sauce.

Sep 06, 2013

We loved this recipe! I did use cranberry juice, and because I wasn't sure what kind of dried figs to use I used half black Mission and half Calimyra. Using bison I'd suggest you won't want to overcook it. This made a very excellent meal tonight! Once you figure out how you want to eat this----as a traditional hamburger-type or a more upscale type----you'll enjoy all the varieties you can make. We will have this again!

Dec 17, 2014

Absolutely amazing super succulent recipe! Will definitely do again, I made it for two instead of four and it seemed a lil confusing in such small increments but everything was just enough and the burgers came out humongous! I only regret not having the correct cheese in the recipe. First time trying bison and won't be my last!


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  • Calories
  • 615 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.4 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 210 mg
  • 70%
  • Fat
  • 20.7 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 4.1 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 55.6 g
  • 111%
  • Sodium
  • 823 mg
  • 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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