Bison Burgers with Spicy Aioli

Burger and fries are iconic and delicious, but the bun and French fries are problematic for the paleo diet. Give this fast food favorite[ a complete makeover resulting in a lower-fat, low-carb and nutrient-dense dish. Use lean bison meat for the patty and eliminate carbs with an iceberg lettuce wrap. Serve these burgers with crunchy kale chips instead of calorie and fat-laden French fries.]

Total Time:
50 min
20 min
10 min
20 min

4 servings

  • Burgers:
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground bison meat
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Spicy Aioli:
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt
  • 4 leaves iceberg lettuce
  • 2 small tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1/8 small red onion, shaved
  • Kale chips, for serving
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • For the burgers: Heat the coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Cook the onions and garlic, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cool for 5 minutes.

  • Add the bison, tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to the onion mixture, and stir to combine. Form into four 1-inch-thick burgers. Place the skillet back over high heat, add the burgers and cook until an instant read thermometer registers 160 degrees F, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and rest the burgers for 3 to 5 minutes.

  • For the aioli: In a small bowl whisk together the mustard, tomato paste, yolk and garlic. While whisking continually, slowly drizzle in the canola and olive oils, until all the oil is incorporated and the mixture is thick and glossy. Whisk in the lemon juice and season with cayenne pepper and salt.

  • Place each patty in a lettuce leaf, then top with tomato slices, shaved red onion and 2 teaspoons of the spicy aioli; wrap the burgers in the lettuce and serve with kale chips.

Contains Raw Eggs: The Food Network Kitchen suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use shell eggs that have been treated to destroy salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method.

Cook's Note: If you have concerns about salmonella, replace the egg yolk and oils with canola mayonnaise.

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