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Wisconsin Grass Fed Bison Bratwurst Burger

Wisconsin Grass Fed Bison Bratwurst Burger is a big title worthy of a big homemade burger. It’s loaded with fresh, Wisconsin-grown ingredients, and it’s been created in celebration of National #BurgerMonth!

This amazing, over-the-top (but please don’t stop) burger loving event has been organized and is hosted by Kita, from Girl Carnivore. She wrangled up 30 amazingly talented bloggers and some incredibly generous sponsors to join the fun. We even have a giveaway for you! Check out the bottom of the post for details and enter to win a big bundle of gifts including a new grill!

Disclosure: This post is part of sponsored giveaway event. Some of the sponsors sent me fun cooking tools to help me prepare my epic burger, but I was not compensated with cash, and all thoughts in this post are my own.

OK, so back to the details of my Wisconsin grass fed bison bratwurst burger! This burger is loaded with much more than just 6 ounces of Wisconsin grass fed bison and Johnsonville bratwurst.

Piled inside of the soft pretzel bun, you’ll find pure Wisconsin goodness in every bite, including:

  • Cherry jam from Door County.
  • Wisconsin beer cheese sauce (made by me, recipe below).
  • And of course, Wisconsin made cheddar cheese curds that are so fresh, they squeak when you bite into them!

Oh, and because there’s bratwurst involved, I had to top my burger with sauerkraut and onions. Not just any onions, though… deep fried onions. Take a peek at this creation!

Wisconsin Grass Fed Bison Bratwurst Burger - made with fresh ingredients from Wisconsin! Door County cherry jam, homemade beer cheese sauce, and fresh, squeaky cheese curds. Open wide! Recipe from @itsyummi

It’s not a dainty burger, that’s for sure, but to be completely transparent with you, it did start out smaller than this. Here’s what it looked like the first time I made one:

Wisconsin Grass Fed Bison Bratwurst burger - Made with fresh ingredients from Wisconsin! Get the recipe from @itsyummi

It had some of the goodness on top, but I took one bite and felt like it needed something more. Besides, this burger is playing in the deep end of the pool with some amazing burger creations made by bloggers who are much more talented than I am. Frankly, those creations made my burger look like a little wussie. That’s why I decided to make Wisconsin beer cheese sauce and add that plus a fist full of crunchy fried onions to it.

So, it went from a mild mannered, Wisconsin grass fed bison bratwurst burger to this epic creation of awesomeness.

It makes me proud to be a Cheesehead!

Wisconsin Grass Fed Bison Bratwurst Burger - made with fresh ingredients from Wisconsin! Door County cherry jam, homemade beer cheese sauce, and fresh, squeaky cheese curds. Open wide! Recipe from @itsyummi

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Wisconsin Grass Fed Bison Bratwurst Burger - made with fresh ingredients from Wisconsin! Door County cherry jam, homemade beer cheese sauce, and fresh, squeaky cheese curds. Open wide! Recipe from @itsyummi

Wisconsin Grass Fed Bison Bratwurst Burger

A mixture of ground Wisconsin grass fed bison and bratwurst creates a juicy, flavorful burger. Topped with some of Wisconsin's finest ingredients, this becomes a burger creation of epic awesomeness!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 1237 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the burger patties

  • 1 1/2 pound ground bison (Wisconsin grass fed bison is what I used)
  • 1 1/2 pounds bratwurst casing removed (I used http://www.johnsonville.com/lines/naturals.html

For the beer cheese sauce

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 liquid cup (8 ounces) half-and-half
  • 1/2 liquid cup (4 ounces) beer (or water)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (NOT preshredded)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (NOT preshredded)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Additional suggested burger condiments

  • Sauerkraut
  • French fried onions
  • Door County cherry jam or preserves
  • Wisconsin cheese curds

Instructions
 

  • Add ground bison and bratwurst to a large mixing bowl and use your hands to combine well.
  • Use a kitchen scale to weigh out 6 ounce portions, or separate mixture into 4 equal sized portions. Use a burger press or your hands to gently form patties. Try not to over work the mixture, as it will cause your burgers to be dry. Allow patties to sit at room temperature while you make the beer cheese sauce and preheat your grill.
  • Make beer cheese sauce
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, mustard, and cayenne pepper and cook, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in half-and-half and beer and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and whisk in Monterey Jack, cheddar, and Parmesan cheeses until smooth.
  • If sauce seems too thick, stir in a Tablespoon of beer or half and half at a time until desired consistency is reached. If it's too thin, add more cheese.
  • Grill or pan fry burgers to your liking, then top with cheese sauce and suggested condiments.

Nutrition

Calories: 1237kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 67gFat: 99gSaturated Fat: 42gCholesterol: 311mgSodium: 1852mgSugar: 3g
Tried this recipe? Mention @itsyummi or tag #itsyummirecipe!

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Burger Month 2016 sponsor information

Here’s what’s up for grabs in this amazing Burger Month giveaway!

I’m a bit envious that you’re eligible to enter this giveaway and I’m not, because those prizes are awesome!

A huge thank you to the brands listed above for sponsoring us and for donating the prizes for the giveaway.

To see all of the amazing burgers that my talented, creative, blogging friends created for #BurgerMonth, please visit Kita’s Burger Month page.

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Wisconsin Grass Fed Bison Bratwurst Burger - made with fresh ingredients from Wisconsin! Door County cherry jam, homemade beer cheese sauce, and fresh, squeaky cheese curds. This is a BIG delicious burger! Recipe from @itsyummi

Wisconsin Grass Fed Bison Bratwurst Burger - made with fresh ingredients from Wisconsin! Door County cherry jam, homemade beer cheese sauce, and fresh, squeaky cheese curds. This is a BIG delicious burger! Recipe from @itsyummi

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29 Comments

  1. Wow, this looks so tasty. I have been craving a good burger. I would love to try bison again. Its been a long time since I have had it.

  2. I need to make this comment quick so that I can close my laptop ASAP. If my sweetheart saw this he would not let me rest until I made it! 🙂

    Beautiful!!! I am so HUNGRY for summer reading this recipe.

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