Pimiento-Cheese-Stuffed Bison Burgers

These Juicy Lucy-style burgers are stuffed with pimiento cheese for an ooey-gooey cheesy center. To add to the Southern vibes, we top them with crispy pan-fried green tomatoes.

Bison cheese burger
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • ¼ cup fine cornmeal

  • 1 ¾ teaspoons smoked paprika, divided

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 1 medium green tomato, cut into four 1/2-inch-thick slices

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 pound ground bison

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 4 tablespoons pimiento cheese spread

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split

  • ½ cup light mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 cups torn lettuce leaves


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

  2. Combine cornmeal, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge tomato slices in the cornmeal mixture. Heat oil on a griddle or in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomato slices and cook, flipping once, until golden, about 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, mix bison, Worcestershire and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Divide the mixture into 8 portions and form each into a patty. Place 1 tablespoon pimiento cheese in the center of 4 patties. Place the remaining 4 patties on top and pinch the edges together to seal.

  4. Oil the grill rack by holding an oil-soaked paper towel with tongs. Grill the buns, cut-side down, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Grill the burgers, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, about 10 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, mix mayonnaise, lemon juice and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika in a small bowl. Spread over the cut sides of the buns. Divide lettuce among the bun bottoms. Top with the patties, tomatoes and the bun tops.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

468 Calories
26g Fat
31g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 burger
Calories 468
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Vitamin A 2026IU 41%
Vitamin C 11mg 12%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 39mcg 10%
Vitamin K 78mcg 65%
Sodium 829mg 36%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 5mg 28%
Magnesium 75mg 18%
Potassium 682mg 15%
Zinc 7mg 64%
Vitamin B12 2mcg 83%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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