Beer and Bison Burgers with Pub Cheese

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Kevin Crafts

Yield: Serves 4
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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 531
  • Calories from fat: 53%
  • Protein: 36g
  • Fat: 31g
  • Saturated fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrate: 29g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Sodium: 1020mg
  • Cholesterol: 121mg


  • 1 pound ground bison or beef
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup amber ale, such as Fat Tire, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 2 cups alfalfa sprouts


  1. 1. Heat grill to medium (350° to 450°). Mix bison, oats, 2 tbsp. ale, the salt, and pepper in a large bowl until just combined. Form into four 1/2-in. patties with a slight depression in the center of each to help them cook evenly. Brush with oil.
  2. 2. Whirl garlic in a food processor until minced. Add cheeses and remaining 2 tbsp. ale and whirl until smooth.
  3. 3. Grill burgers, turning once, until cooked the way you like, 6 minutes total for medium. In last few minutes, grill split buns, turning once, about 2 minutes total.
  4. 4. Arrange burgers on bottom of buns and top with sprouts. Spread bun tops with cheese mixture.
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