Do you know the best way to cook bison? Because I do! And with these 21 delicious ground bison recipes, I will teach you, too. Check them out!
Whether it is your first time trying your hand at cooking bison or you simply wish to bolster your cooking game with new recipes, I’ve got you covered.
21 bison meals, 21 fresh ideas, with these simply delicious recipes, anyone can learn how to cook bison.
From chili and meatballs to burgers and tacos, these are the best meals to cook with ground bison.
What is the Best Way to Cook Ground Bison?
The best thing about ground bison is that, just like any other ground meat, it cooks pretty quickly.
That means that it is best to cook it at a medium temperature, whether you grill, saute, or roast it.
Compared to ground beef, ground bison needs slightly less time to cook. For instance, if you cook your beef burger for about 8 minutes in total, you should cook the bison for 6 to 7 minutes.
What is the Best Seasoning for Ground Bison?
Bison has a bit sweeter taste than beef, so keep that in mind when choosing the seasonings. The flavor is also very delicate, which means that too many spices can easily overpower it.
Simple seasoning such as salt and pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce, all bring out the flavor nicely.
Also, fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, sage, and oregano are great additions, but keep in mind that their dried versions are also more than welcome.
Is Bison Healthier than Beef?
When it comes to meat, bison is surely a better choice not only than beef but also chicken, too. It is much leaner with way less fat and calories.
But that is not the only thing that makes it healthier. Bison also has a higher amount of iron than other meat proteins.
However, when purchasing bison, make sure to opt for the grass-fed cuts, as they are the healthiest.
Best Recipes with Ground Bison
With these ground bison recipes, you won’t even miss the beef in your patties. Try them all, and see just how delicious they are.
1. Spicy Bison Chili
Spicy, smokey, and super comforting, this meaty and filling bowl has everything you’re looking for in your chili.
A unique twist on the Mexican classic, this leaner and healthier version will taste even more delicious.
The secret to the richness of this flavor has to be the coffee and cocoa powder used, so make sure not to omit them.
Of course, you are free to play around with the veggies. For instance, both carrots and zucchini will make great additions to this lovely recipe.
Use olive oil, red onions, and cayenne pepper for a richer flavor.
2. Bison Meatballs
Without any eggs or dairy, these spicy and delicious bison meatballs will be the perfect thing to bring to a party.
Loaded with fragrant herbs, yellow onion, peppers, and spices up with some Worcestershire sauce, you will savor every single bite of these meaty balls.
And how can you not when they are glazed with finger-licking and sticky homemade barbecue sauce?
For a sugar-free version, make sure to use a sweetener instead of brown sugar and honey. This recipe offers a great way to turn lean ground bison and other simple ingredients into a delicious meal.
3. Jalapeno Garlic Baked Bison Meatballs
The recipe uses quite a bit of ingredients, and the prep time is 40 minutes, but seriously, such a comforting dish is more than worth the wait.
Meatballs with jalapenos, ricotta, garlic, and parsley, for a divine taste.
They are also smothered in a rich and creamy marinara sauce that is enriched with herbs, jalapenos, and lots of garlic.
The meatballs are baked in the sauce, which makes them even more irresistible. Love it? Also, feel free to check these ground venison recipes.
4. Bison Picadillo
Bison picadillo is a ground bison and potato dish that is super versatile. You can add it to your wraps, over rice, on its own, or even turn it into a salad.
The thing I love most about this recipe is that it is hearty and super quick. With just 10 minutes of prep time, this has to be the ideal midweek dinner.
The bison and potatoes are smothered in a spicy tomato sauce that will have you licking your fingers in no time.
5. Spicy Bison Chili
With a can of chipotle peppers, five Anaheim chilis, and a tablespoon of chili powder, this bison chili is as spicy as it gets.
The recipe is not as thick as most chilis, which I think is perfect. Especially for those days when I am in the mood for dipping my bread (or cornbread in this case!) into a bowl of comfort.
The recipe uses tons of spices and black beans, but feel free to add canned corn as well if you want it more colorful.
6. Bison Stuffed Peppers
Bell pepper halves are packed with a delicious ground bison mixture and topped with shredded cheese.
The recipe depends on carrots, zucchini, onions, and garlic, but you are free to play around with the veggie ingredients and add the ones that you like.
The bison mixture includes rice, but quinoa will also work well in this recipe. Healthy and delicious, this makes one great lunch/dinner.
7. Slow Cooker Bison Sweet Potato Chili
At first glance, this vibrant bowl of nutrition screams Mexican. But it is definitely not your classic chili.
Without any beans, corn, or bison, this recipe includes bison, sweet potatoes, and avocados. And you’re going to love it for it!
Cooked for eight hours in the slow cooker, this chili recipe is the perfect dump-and-forget-about-it meal that you can set in the morning and enjoy for dinner.
This is one of the easy ground bison recipes you can serve with sour cream. This is a perfect meal for cheap dinner.
8. Bison Cheddar Topper Cauliflower Steaks
Thick cauliflower steaks are topped with cheddar and a delightful saute made with bison meat, leeks, and cremini mushrooms.
Healthy, hearty, this has to be what heavenly food tastes like.
If you don’t like (or have) cremini mushrooms, feel free to swap them for another kind. The result will be equally delicious.
This will easily become your favorite recipe. Just add some black pepper and salt!
9. Bison Tacos
Tasting just like beef tacos but with less fat and calories, this Bison version of the Mexican staple will definitely keep you coming for more.
Crispy, soft, and with slight creaminess, there is nothing but texture and flavors in these crunchy meat-packed pockets.
Make sure not to forget about topping with some salsa verde, as it really makes the flavor pop. What a great way to use ground bison meat instead of lean ground beef!
Check out more crockpot ground beef recipes.
10. Whole30 Bison Meatloaf
Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and Whole30, this meatloaf is one of the safest choices to serve for dinner when you are feeding a large crowd.
With clean and lean ingredients such as bison and ground almonds, celery, onions, and spices and herbs, this healthy and super delicious meatloaf will satisfy everyone.
The recipe uses eggs, but replace them with an allergen-free substitute if it is more convenient. For instance, 2 tbsp of chia seeds mixed with 6 tbsp of water will replace the 2 eggs in this recipe.
11. Bison Bolognese
Who doesn’t love Bolognese? Perfect over rice, in tacos, over roasted veggies, and of course, on top of your pasta, there are many delicious uses for this versatile sauce.
This recipe uses bison instead of beef, and it also includes Italian ground sausage, which gives this family favorite a special kick.
Slowly cooked and packed with the most amazing flavors, you will surely get addicted to the taste. Add some Italian seasoning and enjoy this simple recipe that tastes absolutely delicious.
This is a perfect recipe for Sunday dinner.
12. Bison Shepherds Pie
If you are a shepherd’s pie fan, then you’ll love this bison version. Whole30, healthy, and simple to make. Anyone can master this recipe in no time.
And with just 5 minutes of prep time, this recipe is perfect for those busy nights when you are in need of some comforting meal.
Perfectly filling and super delicious!
13. Bacon Wrapped Grilled Bison Meatballs
If I needed to explain this recipe in just three words – fun, fun, and fun! A quick and super tasty appetizer that deserves a special spot on your party table.
Bison meatballs wrapped in bacon slices and grilled to perfection. You will have tons of fun both making and eating them.
Besides, securing the bacon with toothpicks serves a double purpose, as all you need to do after grilling is arrange them on the platter.
14. Southwestern Bison Chili
You know those days when you are curled up in a ball on your couch, not really in the mood for cooking but seriously craving a comforting bowl for dinner? Well, this is one of the easy recipes made for those times.
Ready in just 25 minutes from start to finish, this southwestern chili with bison, beans, and tons of spices is the perfect pick-me-up on a cold day.
Healthy and hearty, what’s not to love about this divine goodness?
15. Bison Burger
Bison patties in a hamburger? This leaner substitute for your classic burgers will be even more appreciated by your taste buds.
The bison meat mixture uses a torn slice of bread, but keep in mind that you can also use breadcrumbs for this purpose.
The garlicky flavor really makes a difference, so make sure to add the required three cloves here. Check out these side dishes for burgers.
16. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Bison Chili
When you’re not really in the mood or don’t have the time for cooking, then this recipe saves you from the trouble.
With 15 minutes of prep time and six hands-free hours in the crockpot, this recipe is the perfect way to try your hand at cooking ground bison.
With sweet potatoes, diced tomatoes, two types of beans, and tons of spices, this flavorful and hearty dish will comfort everyone.
17. Bison Meatballs
Another recipe for healthy bison meatballs that are packed with spices and therefore provide a super flavorful bite.
Whether for dinner or as an appetizer, this versatile meatball recipe can be used in many different dishes.
And the best part? You only need 15 minutes to whip these flavor-packed bites!
18. Bison Stuffed Peppers
Mini peppers packed with a delicious mixture made with ground bison and rice, then smothered in a tomato sauce and baked until super soft and creamy.
Cozy and super comforting, there you will want to devour these mini stuffed bites all at once.
Ukrainian-inspired and bursting with flavor, this great recipe is a definite must-try.
19. Savory Swedish Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes
If you love your Ikea Swedish meatballs, then you’ll have nothing but love for this recipe.
With bison meat, ground almonds, ghee, and nut milk, this leaner and much healthier version of the Swedish classic will be a total hit.
Plus, the recipe also features creamy mashed potatoes and a finger-licking gravy for a full and super satisfying dinner plate.
20. Bison Meatballs
Cannot decide whether to fry or bake your meatballs? I hear you!
This recipe actually includes two methods, as this bison mixture is just as delicious either way.
So simple and yet bursting with delightful flavor and texture, all you need is your favorite marinara sauce and some parmesan cheese on top for heavenly comfort food.
21. Bison Pasta
If you haven’t tried ground bison in pasta before, now is your chance to catch up.
Ground bison in a delicious tomato sauce with some onions, butter, and yes, a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top!
Don’t forget to use some tomato paste for that extra flavors and fresh parsley for the smell! There are many different ways to make this a healthier alternative as well!
Whatever type of pasta you pair this with, I guarantee you’ll end up licking your plate in a jiffy. Not quite sure? Well, give it a try and see for yourself!
21 Best Ground Bison Recipes
Got some ground bison? Check out these ground bison recipes that are perfect for an easy yummy dinner.
- 1. Spicy Bison Chili
- 2. Bison Meatballs
- 3. Jalapeno Garlic Baked Bison Meatballs
- 4. Bison Picadillo
- 5. Spicy Bison Chili
- 6. Bison Stuffed Peppers
- 7. Slow Cooker Bison Sweet Potato Chili
- 8. Bison Cheddar Topper Cauliflower Steaks
- 9. Bison Tacos
- 10. Whole30 Bison Meatloaf
- 11. Bison Bolognese
- 12. Bison Shepherds Pie
- 13. Bacon Wrapped Grilled Bison Meatballs
- 14. Southwestern Bison Chili
- 15. Bison Burger
- 16. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Bison Chili
- 17. Bison Meatballs
- 18. Bison Stuffed Peppers
- 19. Savory Swedish Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes
- 20. Bison Meatballs
- 21. Bison Pasta
- Scroll up to get a bunch of easy, yummy, and delicious recipes. Don't be afraid to get creative with the ingredients, you might discover a flavor you didn't know you liked.
- Get your shopping list going and make sure you've got all the ingredients.
- Get cooking and make your next Ground Bison Recipe!
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