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

Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 15 min Yields 4 servings

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!


    For the burger patties

    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


    1. Add ground bison and bratwurst to a large mixing bowl and use your hands to combine well.
    2. 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.
    3. Make beer cheese sauce

    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. Remove pan from heat and whisk in Monterey Jack, cheddar, and Parmesan cheeses until smooth.
    7. 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.
    8. Grill or pan fry burgers to your liking, then top with cheese sauce and suggested condiments.
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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

    29 Replies to "Wisconsin Grass Fed Bison Bratwurst Burger"

    • Tanya June 16, 2016 (12:03 pm)

      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.

    • cakespy June 10, 2016 (9:54 am)

      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.

    • LauriM June 2, 2016 (1:04 pm)

      I love sauteed mushrooms and onions on top of a burger with some bacon too!

    • Stephanie Krausser May 31, 2016 (9:25 pm)

      That looks like a restaurant burger! I am salivating over those pictures. I am adding this to my must make list. BBC–Bison, Brat, and Cheese? Yes please!

      The contest is no slouch either. [Crosses fingers and makes a wish.] ;-D

      • Chef Bec June 1, 2016 (7:32 am)

        Aww. Thank you, Stephanie! I’ve my fingers and toes crossed in luck for you to win that fabulous grilling package!

    • Brenda white May 31, 2016 (5:20 pm)

      My favorite topping is bacon bacon and more bacon

      • Chef Bec June 1, 2016 (7:29 am)

        I completely agree with you, Brenda. Bacon for the big win!

    • Carrie @ Poet in the Pantry May 31, 2016 (3:05 pm)

      HOLY COW, that’s amazing! Glad to see I’m not the only one who likes jam on burgers! (Now if only I could actually get cheese curds…)

      • Chef Bec June 1, 2016 (7:31 am)

        Thanks so much, Carrie! Oh girly, you can get cheese curds! Either ask your new BFF Becca to send you some, or you can have them shipped straight from Renard’s Cheese in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin! Everyone deserves to snack on squeaky cheese at least once in their life. 😉

    • Jenni May 31, 2016 (2:57 pm)

      Wowza, Bex! You killed this one–so delicious! That cherry jam? Beer cheese?! CHEEEEEESE CURRRRRDS?! Shazam!

    • Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish May 31, 2016 (9:21 am)

      Oh my starzies!!!! This is the most epic burger ever. Cherry jam + beer cheese sauce + more cheese!??!?!!? Get in my belly!

      • Chef Bec May 31, 2016 (9:40 am)

        It’s a delicious monster of a burger, Kelly! Thanks for the vote of approval, and I hope that one DOES get into your belly. 🙂

    • Deanna Samaan May 28, 2016 (9:37 am)

      oh my! This sound sooo good!! Yummo!!!

    • Lauren Kelly Nutrition May 27, 2016 (7:47 pm)

      I absolutely love the flavors going on here! And just i time for the summer! Pinning 🙂

    • Melissa Cunningham May 26, 2016 (10:47 pm)

      Jalepenos and mushrooms

    • Karrie May 26, 2016 (10:38 pm)

      I do love me some onions..either grilled or raw is fine by me. This looks so delicious!!

      • Chef Bec May 27, 2016 (9:29 am)

        Thank you, Karrie. Good luck in the giveaway!

    • Karyn @ Pint Sized Baker May 26, 2016 (1:04 pm)

      This is so over the top that it’s PERFECT! My husband has been all about the grass-fed beef that we’ve ordered a 1/4 cow to be delivered next month. What am I gonna do with it all??

      • Chef Bec May 26, 2016 (2:27 pm)

        Oh my gosh, Karyn… 1/4 of an entire cow’s worth of grass fed beef?! I would be in complete beefy heaven! Of course, STORAGE of that beef is another issue altogether. I’d be delighted to take some of it off of your hands and keep it in my freezer for umm… safe eating, umm, I mean safe KEEPING. 😉

    • Nettie Moore May 26, 2016 (11:03 am)

      Oh WOW!! I want that burger and that awesome cheese sauce!! Nettie

      • Chef Bec May 26, 2016 (11:22 am)

        Oh, Nettie. If nothing else, make yourself a batch of the beer cheese sauce and use it over macaroni or thin it out a bit and turn it into a soup. It’s crazy good!

    • Carolyn May 26, 2016 (10:59 am)

      Dainty schmainty! Who wants a dainty burger? I want a run down my fingers juicy burger like this one!

      • Chef Bec May 26, 2016 (11:21 am)

        Haha! I’m with you, Carolyn. I need to come over to your site and find a low carb bun recipe, though. These burgers are going to make a lot of appearances at my house.

    • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes May 26, 2016 (9:20 am)

      I love this combo so much! What a great burger – these toppings are my new fave! Great giveaway, too. I followed everyone that I wasn’t already following 🙂

      • Chef Bec May 26, 2016 (10:12 am)

        Thanks so much, Ashley! There are some amazing bloggers in this group, so I know you’ll be seeing some more great recipes soon. Good luck in the giveaway, too!

    • Kimberly G May 26, 2016 (8:44 am)

      I like cheese and onions as a topping for a burger.

      • Chef Bec May 26, 2016 (8:53 am)

        You can never go wrong with those toppings, Kimberly. Good luck winning the giveaway and thanks for stopping by!

    • Renee May 26, 2016 (6:19 am)

      Lots of tasty stuff going on in and on that burger. Nice combo with bison and bratwurst.

      • Chef Bec May 26, 2016 (8:53 am)

        Thank you, Renee. The fat in the bratwurst helps keep the bison from drying out while the burger cooks. It’s a great taste blend, too!

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