Bison Burgers with Harissa Aioli

Bison Burgers on Lettuce with Harissa Aioli

Y’all, I stared at these pictures all day trying to figure out to write something that adequately describes my love for burgers. Like I love, love, love them. I go around town or heck even when I travel trying to find the best ones, most unique ones and often the cheesiest ones. This love runs deep. Like I can feel that love down in my soul for these darling little patties. I am not sure if people refer to their cheeseburgers as darling, but that is what I feel yo. I took a healthy-ish approach to these bison burgers and swapped the bun for some romain and skipped the cheese… touch decisions I know, but the harissa aioli packs a ton of flavor so you almost don’t miss the other two…almost. Great, easy weeknight meal and keeps it on lighter side. Since I am trying to be healthier, this is a nice little swap.

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Which, speaking of healthier, you  fine readers have really loved Fit Fridays! Thank you so much for that! All your support has been so stellar and I’ve received a flood of emails from friends like you requesting more Fit Fridays, suggesting friends who would be a great for it and lots of encouragement on this fitness quest. Truly, y’all are awesome! I couldn’t do it without ya! I am hoping to bring back Fit Fridays once a month, what do ya say? You in!? Great! Stay tuned for more 🙂 Ok, ok back to the burgers!

Bison Burgers


You’ll need:

2 Lb ground bison
1 Tsp Adams Reserve Berbere Seasoning (can also be found in the bulk section)
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp harissa*
1/2 Tsp kosher salt
1 lime, juiced
2 cups organic baby arugula
Recipe makes six burgers. This recipe is originally from H-E-B.
*I couldn’t find harissa paste, so I just made my own! So easy! Although, fresh or dried chiles usually work best, in a pinch used store bought spices and whisk together.
1) Preheat grill to 350ºF.
2) Combine ground bison with berbere seasoning until completely incorporated. Roll and flatten into desired burger size and allowing burgers to come to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
3) Make harissa aioli by blending mayonnaise, harissa paste and salt together with a whisk. Blend well then add lime juice and set aside.
4) Grill bison burgers 4 to 5 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 155ºF. Remove from grill and allow burgers to rest at least 10 minutes.
5) Assemble burger by placing patty on bun or lettuce wrap, then top with harissa aioli and arugula.

Bison Burger Harissa Aioli

Bison Burgers Harissa Aioli 1

Bison Burger Lettuce Bun

Bison Burgers with Harissa Aioli


I love all the crazy beautiful colors in this dish! I always say when it’s prettier it’s easier to eat. We eat with our eyes first, amirite? What are you grilling this summer?

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