Perhaps you are somebody who has not yet tried the delicious meat that is bison, or maybe you are a long time fan, but are looking for new ways to experiment with it.
Those who are familiar with this meat will recognize it for the delicious burgers that it creates.
Don’t think for one moment, however, that bison is limited to burgers alone.
If you’re looking for some delicious recipes involving ground bison, look no further, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading below as we take a look at some of the best recipes.
1. Bison Burger
Okay, we know that we just said that bison had far more uses than just burger meat.
But, we have to mention it simply because it’s so damn delicious! If you are a novice to bison, a burger would be a good place to start.
You’ll notice that it has a far sweeter, and lighter taste than beef. This makes it a great choice for those of you out there who are trying to cut down on the calories.
As you can probably imagine, bison makes a delicious chili.
This recipe slow cooks the meat, alongside chili beans, black beans and kidney beans.
It is fantastic for people who are looking to eat a lot of protein.
Because bison is far healthier than beef too, it’s a great way to get your children to eat the dish, as they’ll already be familiar with the classic chili recipe.
If you’re a big fan of Italian cooking (who isn’t), then why not try some traditional ground meatballs but with a healthy twist.
This bison recipe is truly to die for. With succulent, tender, juicy meatballs cooked over time in a slow cooker, they will be absolutely bursting with flavor.
This recipe also adds an interesting twist – peach BBQ sauce. Try something different with this recipe, you’re guaranteed to be thanking us.
This one is great if you’re feeling a little fancy!
Perhaps you’re having a romantic dinner date with your sweetheart, and are looking for the perfect meal to whip up.
Well, here you have it. Bison Stroganoff. Seasoned with paprika and onion, then lathered in a creamy sauce, you will fall in love with this recipe.
It’s also super easy to make because it uses canned mushroom soup! All the deliciousness with none of the hassle.
Another high end meal, this one is sure to impress anyone who has the good fortune of tasting it.
This steak is one of the most common bison recipes out there, and that’s because it just tastes so good.
It goes really well with some nicely roasted vegetables, or some mashed potato. This one is definitely a must-try!
This one is super fun, and actually super healthy too! What, tater tots, healthy?
Yes – because it’s absolutely packed with vegetables. Plus the bison meat makes it a good choice for when you’re trying to cut down on fatty meats.
This one is sure to please picky eaters such as your kids (see also ‘33 Delicious Kids Dinner Meals‘), who don’t like eating whole vegetables.
Simply disguise them in with the meat, before topping with some fun little tater tots!
7. Bison Soup
If you want to try a bison recipe that can be made for lunchtime rather than dinner.
Then this bison soup recipe is perfect for that! It incorporates lots of healthy veggies to give you all of your vitamins and minerals.
Plus it contains lots of protein from the meat, so you’ll be ready to go for your afternoon run after this one.
Freeze whatever is left over and then heat it up on days where you don’t feel like making something elaborate.
Another great recipe for bison that can be used for meals other than dinner.
This one is perfect for when you feel like impressing your family with a fancy breakfast meal.
The recipe allows you to choose your own dough, so you can go ahead and get whichever one you prefer.
It has a super tasty ground bison filling, that has all of the fat stripped away. Serve them with some delicious fried eggs and some bacon.
Maybe you are somebody who absolutely adores Mexican food, and tacos are a weekly staple in your household, but you’re looking for a healthier alternative.
Voila! Bison tacos, these are so tasty you won’t even miss your usual ground beef filling.
Add some salad into these in the form of lettuce (see also our favorite substitutes for Bibb lettuce), tomato, cucumber or peppers. Serve with your favorite salsa and sour cream sauces.
Perhaps you’re not looking for something healthy, but rather something indulgent to fill your stomach on a cold day.
If so, this is the perfect meal for you. It has so many different flavors packed in there that you’ll be absolutely brimming with delight.
Lots of worcheshire sauce, cajun season and bell peppers make this dish the marvel that it is!
11. Bison Pie
This dish makes a twist of the classic English dish that is shepherd’s pie.
Still a favorite in many English homes, shepherd’s pie involves ground meat (traditionally lamb), along with a rich gravy, and some chopped vegetables.
The dish is then topped with a creamy, rich mash, and sometimes cheese on the top. Try this bison replacement and you won’t be sorry.
12. Bison Enchiladas
This one might seem a bit strange to some of you reading. Fear not, however, we can assure you that this bison recipe is, in fact, delicious!
You simply place the mixture on pre-warmed tortilla shells, then top them with your very favorite cheese.
After this they are baked in the oven to create all of the crispy deliciousness.
You can serve these with your favorite salad items, along with some sour cream that works fabulously with this dish. This recipe is also gluten free.
13. Bison Taco Bowl
Another Mexican dish for those of you out there who just can’t get enough.
This taco bowl is super tasty and fresh, and again, makes a great healthier alternative to the regular taco bowl.
This one is sure to fill you up, with plenty of different vegetables included, plus a good portion of rice.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Best Seasoning For Ground Bison?
If you’re on the search for the perfect seasoning to mix with your ground bison, it can be difficult to find information on this.
The seasoning we recommend that you use with your bison are fresh herbs.
Think thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary and basil. These work super well with the meat.
Because lots of bison recipes out there are Italian based (see also ‘The 28 Best Italian Recipes‘), there are the traditional types of seasoning that are normally used with the meat.
Does Ground Bison Taste The Same As Ground Beef?
Like we touched on briefly before, although ground bison and beef can be used interchangeably in most dishes, there are a few key differences in taste.
Bison has a far sweeter, lighter taste to it than beef does. It is also far higher in iron (and therefore protein) than beef, and so this gives it an almost ‘earthy’ taste.
If we were to compare it to other meats such as veal, bison varies greatly, as it does not taste like game at all.
How Do You Cook Bison?
Ground bison can be cooked either by roasting, grilling, or sauteing at a medium heat.
This differs slightly from beef which is usually cooked at a medium to high heat.
After it has been fully cooked, after approximately 10 minutes, remove it from the heat and serve.
The meat can sometimes stick to the pan a little, so make sure that you’re using plenty of oil.
Is Bison Healthier Than Beef?
The simple answer to this question is – Yes! Bison is healthier than beef.
This is because it has almost 25% less calories than beef does, which is absolutely fantastic when you are looking to reduce your intake.
It also contains less fat in general, which makes it far more tender. Delicious!
Why Is Bison More Expensive To Purchase Than Beef?
The reason why bison seems to be more expensive than beef, if you’ve recently spotted it whilst doing your weekly food shopping, is because there is a lack of these animals available.
Cows are far more ubiquitous. Another reason is that bison are raised under conditions where they need a larger amount of land.
There are so many more ways to enjoy bison other than the traditional burger.
From lunches, to snacks to dinners, there is something for everyone to try.
If you’re trying to cut the calories and create healthier meals, bison is a fantastic option for you and your family.