Sage Bison Burgers with Balsamic Bacon Apple Chutney

The title is a bit ridiculous. Overwhelming. But there are too many flavors in this dish to be ignored. There are onions in the chutney as well. But another word in that title would have been pure madness. What is a chutney anyways? I think of it as something between a jam and a salsa. So I used to the word. It just felt right.

Ok, I talk about myself a lot on this blog. Probably because it’s MY blog. I know I can be a bit overwhelming and offensive to some, and seem self absorbed to others, but I really write this blog because I know some enjoy it. Whether you have enjoyed my recipes or just liked my stories, I have made some people smile and that means a lot to me. It means even more to me when I receive incredibly kind emails. To know that I have helped someone purely based on talking about my own experiences is pretty incredible. And so I wanted to share one of those emails with you today. This email made me cry because I can relate so closely to this sweet women, Keren.

“I am beyond grateful to have found your hilarious blog. Not only for its tasty recipes and comic relief, but also for the “rando rants” posts that you have put up. As an 18-year-old girl who is still trying to recover from an eating disorder, I don’t think words can fully describe the inspiration that PaleOMG has given me. You help me realize that beauty is certainly not an unnatural size 0 or a starved 22-inch waist; beauty is being strong, passionate, and determined, which is what you are. I am really lucky to have someone like you to look up to..someone who not ONLY has a bright smile and super pretty eyes, but someone who is funny, hardworking, and charismatic. At the end of the day, that is what girls should strive to be, a beautiful person that sparkles from the inside out. Thank you for showing me that. There are days where I still struggle with allowing myself to eat fruits or weighing more than 86 pounds, but I am slowly shifting my definition of beauty each day as I continue to subscribe to your blog. I am looking to start crossfit as soon as I find a good gym in Toronto, Canada. I can’t wait to experience the sense of accomplishment that crossfit has brought you!”

I write this blog because I want others to be inspired to eat better and challenge themselves inside AND outside the gym. Our life is all about what we make of it, what path we choose, and how the amazing people we share that life with. My path has lead me to people like Karen who are changing their lives for the better and believing in themselves, and that’s f*cking awesome. Period.

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Sage Bison Burgers with Balsamic Bacon Apple Chutney

  • Yield: 4 1x



For the burgers

  • 1lb Ground Bison
  • 2 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 tablespoons choice of fat (I used bacon fat)

For the chutney

  • 56 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • pinch of salt


  1. Place large skillet under medium heat and add diced bacon. Cook down until bacon is completely cooked through, then place cooked bacon on a plate with a paper towel and leave 2-3 tablespoons of bacon fat in the pan.
  2. Then add your diced onion to the hot pan and cook down until translucent.
  3. Next add your apple and mix with onion and cover to let cook for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Then add your balsamic vinegar and water and a bit of salt and thoroughly mix together until the balsamic vinegar is completely incorporated in.
  5. While your chutney is finishing cooking, mix your burger ingredients together in a bowl.
  6. Make 4 burger patties and place burgers in a skillet under medium heat with 1-2 tablespoons of your choice of fat.
  7. Cook on both sides for about 5-8 minutes or until cooked to preference.
  8. Place chutney on top of burgers and consume!!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


62 thoughts on “Sage Bison Burgers with Balsamic Bacon Apple Chutney”

  1. Damn it. After reading a few of your posts and cooking one dish I wanted to let you know that if I was a lesbian cougar, I would TOTALLY be crushing on you. But not in a creepy stalker kind of way. Besides I live in Calfornia so I can’t really stalk you. Then I read Keren’s e-mail to you and now I feel like I have to make this about her and let her know- if you could pass this on please- I don’t know where in Toronto she lives but I am originally from there and go back every summer. I have worked out at Academy of Lions. LOVE them. I loved them enough to take 2 subways and a bus a few times over my stay. I also have struggled with an eating disorder on and off for 30 years, so I get it and I will say that starting in a cross fit community completely changed me from wanting to be stick thin to just wanting to be strong. Over and out.

  2. I just want you to know that i obsess over your blog and your amazing food. I went full-on Paleo 3 months ago, and have just started Crossfit. That being said…Everyday Paleo only has so many recipes. Your food is delicious, fun to make, and the blogs are hilarious. I just wanted to thank you for helping me have fun in my kitchen.

  3. Please don’t ever stop writing about yourself or writing rando rants. I love having inspiration and humor to read while I drink my coffee at the beginning of every day…and recipes to get excited about cooking!

  4. Tell Karen she is a courageous young woman to put herself out there to you! I agree with everything she said about you. I love your blog for recipes, whit, and mainly your confidence to go out there and rock the world!

  5. <3 <3 <3 JB.
    I know exactly what I am asking for my 19th birthday this summer…a box of PaleOMG apparel:)

    And thank you to everyone for their kind encouragements! The world is a better place with awesome people like you and Juli!

  6. You are definitely an inspiration, Juli! Your blog is the first I go to for recipe ideas, and the first thing I read when I get to work in the morning 🙂 As a newbie to paleo, I’m glad you can share your great food and great stories with us. Keep it up!

  7. God i love this one! Apples and bacon are two of my favorite things, this is getting made this weekend…might even roast some purple yams along side it for some color. *high five*

  8. Juli,
    How do you store your bacon fat? In previous recipes you’ve used bacon fat when there wasn’t bacon in the recipe and I’m curious how you “collect it” when you’ve cooked bacon and how you store it. Thanks!

      1. And realistically, how long do you keep that bacon fat? I am a bit scared of mine when it gets old, but the smell never goes off, so… does it even go bad ever? Also, you are awesome. 🙂

          1. My mom always stored her bacon fat that way too, just kept adding to it. Seemed to work out great for us! I had a buffalo sage burger for breakfast this morning lol. Made them a little differently, with yellow onion, some balsamic and a little almond flour. Didn’t see this post until today but I’m going to try your recipe next time. Love your blog, Juli – hope I bump into you one of these days.

  9. Def teared up reading that email. So awesome that you continue to inspire so many people every day. Keep it up!

    Also, you didn’t overdo it with the title. Emailed the link to my brother saying we should make it. His response: “Haven’t even opened the link, but I agree just based on the address” Can’t wait to try!

  10. Juli, just started reading your blog and wanted to say thank you for all the good info + entertaining writing.

    I’ve been getting back into Crossfit after an injury/work sidelined me for a while, and have been trying to eat better as well, because one doesn’t work without the other.

    Just reading your blog inspires to eat healthier, and I’m excited to try out one of your recipes for the first time.

    Keep it up!

  11. Have never done bacon and apples together, I don’t. What a tragic mistake.

    JB, thanks for your blog. It is a day-maker every time, and with the right shirt and iPhone camera angle, even this guy can be referred to as a badass.

  12. Juli,

    I love you (in a non-lesbian/creepy kinda way) and I just want to say that you also have inspired me to live and be better in everything I do (not just in the food I eat but also in my state of mind)!

    Anyway just want to say I know I’m gonna try this soon and its gonna rock so thank you for creating it!

    I’d love to also buy one of your tanks but only if it I get the ‘guns’ like you do to go with the shirt 😉

    Rock on Ms Juli and o’yeah I sent you an email to a link that has a lot of ideas to use for ‘coconut spread’.

  13. WINNER, WINNER, bison dinner! Made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastico! (I got lucky – hubby grilled the burgers up for us.)

  14. Juli, I have been wanting to post or write you a note as well as your blog lifts me up each and every day from your funny stories, delicious recipes, enthusiasm for fitness, and witty humor. I too am like Karen, and Karen, thank you for your open and honest email. I am 26 and have struggled with an eating disorder since middle school. Although I don’t treat my body like I used to and have fully embraced clean eating and and becoming a workout fanatic, I understand the daily struggle of truly believing you are worth it and beautiful. I just want to thank you Juli for being open and willing to share your journey. And Karen, you are on the right path and remember you are beautiful, strong, and can accomplish whatever you want. I recently got married and for one of the first times in my life I honestly could say I felt beautiful.

    Keep on liftin’ and inspiring 🙂

  15. That looks great, but do you think I could substitute pear for apple since my wife is allergic to apple, or anything besides apple would be great. Thanks

  16. gosh Juli!! where did you come from!! you are amazing, your recipes, your pictures and your writing seems to be getting exponentially better every waking second. seriously, you are the younger, hotter, much-much fitter, healthier, stronger, sexier, and way more bad-ass martha!! does the food network know about you?? your recipes could bring peace and love to the whole world!! thanks for everything – food and inspiration!!

  17. Holy hell, this was amazing!! I also tried mixing some of the chutney with some homemade mayo, and it made a great sandwich (lettuce wrap) spread. Thanks for posting!

  18. I wasnt used to making burgers without any sort of “binding agent”, so I threw an egg in there as well to hold the burger mix together. Clearly this wasnt required, but I’m old school.

    As for the chutney, this also makes an excellent side dish / snack. I’d suggest to double the recipe and cook up a load of bacon, apples, and onions as a snack to enjoy once the burgers are already gone.

    This was a piece of cake (or really easy, if you dont like cake!)

  19. This was the BOMB! We threw some avocado on top, which I thought you might appreciate, and it was amazing. Thanks so much for delicious, simply recipes that I can tackle everyday!

  20. Well ANOTHER delicious recipe from your ever-creating brain!! Your food CONTINUALLY ROCKS my world!! Thank you thank you thank you!

  21. Simply amaze balls! This is going heavy in the rotation. Thanks for doing what you do!

  22. Quick and easy, perfect for weeknight (aka oh-snap-i-have-no-time-to-cook) dinner. Kudos to the sage + bison combo. The apple chutney is highly addictive though, so beware 😉

  23. I’m new to Paleo and so many of your recipes have helped me through the transition! I made these yesterday for 4th of July and they were so good. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Hello,
    Love your blog! I just made this last night. While the burger was was all about the chutney. in fact- next time I am not even going to ef around and I am just going to make the chutney and eat it alone. LOVED.

  25. GOOD LORD THIS IS GOOD! Had it for dinner last night and again for lunch today. The “caramel-y” deliciousness of the onion, apple, and bacon was amazing.

    So I am pretty much bragging to all the brown baggers today about my lunch! “Whatcha having?” “Turkey on Wheat?” “That’s nice…Me?Sage Bison Burgers with Balsamic Bacon Apple Chutney”

  26. These turned out fantastic!! I have a long-standing problem with my bison burgers turning out a bit dry, so I add about 1/4 cup of water to the skillet and cooked the burgers with the lid on. It did a good job keeping the meat moist.

  27. OMG!! Made these for dinner tonight! My husband and I kept knocking each other’s shoulder and saying “OMG!! Can u BELIEVE how good this is?!”

  28. Maybe it’s because I’m a S. FL girl but the idea of game meats freaks me out. This recipe sounds sooo good but I’m terrified to step out of my beef/pork/chicken comfort zone… I don’t even think I can get bison down here =/ Can someone please tell me it just tastes like chicken?!?!?!

  29. This is the 3rd recipe I have made, love them all! So excited to eat! Just one question, is there an apple you recommend? I chose a pink lady, but would another be better?


    Can’t wait to try more!

  30. Hey Juli!

    I’ve been following your blog and making recipes from it for awhile now. I’m not usually an online commenter, but I felt it was time to break that rule to tell you just how good these bison burgers are! I had never had bison, but I trust your recipes and gave it a shot. Amazing! And the chutney I could probably eat on anything – it’s sweet and salty and delish. Thank you for never steering me wrong in the paleo world!

  31. Delicious! I used Granny Smith apples and a combination of garlic balsamic and a fig balsamic. Hit with the kids too 🙂

  32. I made this today and it is by far the BEST meal that I have had in a while! It was so flavourful and I loved every bite!!! Love your website!

  33. Made these burgers and parsnip fries tonight…absolutely delicious! Im new to paleo, trying to find the best diet for PCOS. This recipe along with several of your others I’ve tried have really given me hope that I can stick with this! And it helps when the dinner was also husband approved 😉 Thanks for what you do!

  34. Hello, oh wondrous goddess of food. I’m coming out of a flare and starting month 2 of the aip diet. Tonight I thought, I’ll just cook a bison burger. Then I thought, hey, check out what else I can do with it. And I found your recipe. Thank you for keeping it online all of these years and absolutely rocking my evening meal. This is a seriously delicious burger. I ate every single bite of the delicious chutney. Thank you so much!

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