Rich in protein, ground bison is lean meat that has a light, slightly sweet flavor to its name. If you’re looking to increase your protein intake while lowering your calorie and fat consumption, ground bison is an incredible ingredient to your diet to get the most out of your meals.
While ground bison has a milder flavor profile than ground beef, it is an incredibly versatile meat that you can use to make diverse recipes — ranging from bison pasta to bison meatballs. These 25 ground bison recipes can serve as a great starting point for you to experiment with this delicate, palatable ingredient.
An easy-to-prep meal, this recipe calls for ground bison, a few different veggies, aromatics, sauces, and something to add a crunch such as cashews, almonds, or water chestnuts, all cooked in a delicious beef broth. Serve hot with steamed jasmine rice or noodles.
Add a healthy twist to the classic stuffed peppers by filling peppers with lean ground bison, Parmesan cheese, and cooked brown rice seasoned with dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Add tomato sauce on top and bake for about an hour. Top them off with some mozzarella and bake again for a creamy dinner.
This time-honored Bolognese sauce combines ground bison with the heat and spices of onions, garlic, Italian herb blend, and other pantry staples to create a super healthy dish that’s big on flavor. Serve it with your favorite pasta or rice, and save the leftovers in the freezer for later.
#4. Bison Chili
This recipe brings the delightful earthy and spicy flavor of bison chili front and center along with corn, onion, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, and black beans. It’s spicy, thick, and incredibly comforting. Add a teaspoon of brewed coffee to the mix to combine all of the unique flavors for a richer, bolder flavor profile.
Fill warm tortilla shells with ground bison and cheese mixture, roll them up like a taco and stack them close together, add salsa verde on top and a dusting of cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, then top with more salsa verde, sour cream/greek yogurt, and chopped cilantro before serving.
#6. Bison Meatballs
Low in calories and high in vitamins, iron, and protein, these yummy ground bison meatballs are cooked with Worcestershire sauce and Italian seasonings and a coating of crunchy breadcrumbs — ready in about 30 minutes. To make a more filling meal, stir it with your favorite marinara sauce with spaghetti and fresh basil.
These instant-pot meatballs tossed in a delicious barbeque sauce are super easy to make in less than 30 minutes! Enjoy the complex layers of flavor of these oh-so-delicious meatballs by pairing them with a veggie pasta bake, sheet pan maple roasted vegetables, tropical fried rice, or your favorite side for a filling meal.
#8. Bison Meatloaf
A perfect family dinner, this recipe features ground bison, grated onion, shredded parmesan cheese, and a glaze made with ketchup, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. You can even assemble the meatloaf mixture ahead of time, store it in an airtight container, and bake it when required to enjoy a quick weeknight meal.
Aromatic spices like cayenne, cumin, and garlic are added to ground bison in this easy-to-make dinner recipe to create a dish that’s practically bursting with flavor. Pair this with a harvest grain blend, wilted greens, and a balsamic vinegar drizzle for a warm and delicious meal that comes together in just 45 minutes.
#10. Bison Stroganoff
This no-fuss recipe is made using ground bison, onion powder, paprika, and garlic paired with a creamy sauce made of cream of mushroom soup, Worcestershire sauce, sour cream, and a blend of spices. Serve it over egg noodles for a unique, savory mouthfeel that’ll have you going back for more.
A wholesome, filling casserole, make this meal with seasoned ground bison cooked until brown, powdered onion and garlic, as well as cream of mushroom soup and frozen vegetables. Cover it with layers of cheese and tater tots, then baked until the tots are browned and the casserole is bubbly for the perfect family meal.
Made with kidney beans, chili beans, black beans, chili seasonings, stewed tomatoes, and some ground bison meat, this protein-rich easy-to-make dinner will be your savior on cold, winter days. Garnish this comforting meal with shredded cheese or serve with grilled cheese sandwiches for dunking.
#13. Bison Vegetable Soup
Rich in vitamins and nutrients, this ultra-filling and comforting soup is packed with lean, ground bison, and plenty of veggies. Seasoned simply with cayenne pepper and Worcestershire sauce and cooked in beef broth, the soup allows the flavors of the meat and veggies to shine! To serve, garnish with freshly minced parsley. Freeze leftovers, if any, for later use.
These incredible breakfast biscuits look stunning and taste just as delicious. The dough is grain-free and made with arrowroot powder, coconut flour, coconut oil eggs, and black pepper. Stuffed with a savory ground bison and veggies filling, topped with freshly cracked black pepper, this is a dish you will never forget!
#15. Grilled Bison Burger
To make this thick, juicy, and ultra-delicious bison burger, generously season the ground bison with shallots, thyme, ginger, and mustard, shape the patties and toss them on the grill. Assemble them on sourdough buns with your favorite fixings, and enjoy!
This low-carb paleo-friendly dish is also grain-free and very easy to make. Sauté onion and cauliflower rice, then add ground bison and cook until browned, and stir in the spices and chopped kale. Serve it with vegetables or on top of tacos with salsa and guacamole to enjoy a delicious, filling meal while reigning in your carb intake.
Ground bison, chopped sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, and pureed butternut squash are cooked together in this warming stew with a blend of chicken stock and turmeric for an irresistible flavor profile. Before serving, garnish with fresh parsley to add another layer of color and flavor to the nourishing dish.
#18. Ground Bison Pasta
A quick recipe made with simple ingredients, this pasta is an easy weeknight meal. Combine ground bison, onion, and pantry essentials such as tomato sauce (without added flavors) and Italian seasonings to create a yummy meal. Made a bigger portion? Put the leftovers in storage containers and freeze them for later use.
This aesthetically appealing dish uses hearty Native American ingredients to create a flavorful dish. It includes roasted ground bison, wild grains, native spices and herbs, veggies, and a berry sauce called “wojape.” Serve with wild rice, spinach, and toasted walnuts for the perfect fall dinner.
Change up your taco nights by using leaner meat like ground bison combined with mushrooms, beans, tomato, spinach, bell pepper, and shredded cheese. Serve with a topping of fresh cilantro and homemade guacamole to create a healthy, balanced dinner that doesn’t skimp on flavor.
Nutritious and filling, this shepherd’s pie recipe uses a combination of ground bison and veggies topped with creamy fluffy mashed potatoes to create the ultimate comfort food. To make the potatoes even creamier, add a little Parmesan cheese to the mix. Bake until golden brown and serve!
In this recipe, a stunning mix of ground bison, onions, garlic, green pepper, and tomato bouillon is added to elbow macaroni, elevating the traditional macaroni with more spice and flavor. Add shredded apple-smoked cheddar cheese on top for a delightful smoky taste and cook until the cheese melts. Serve hot!
This Mexican skillet lasagna is loaded with generously seasoned ground bison, zucchini and pepper mix, salsa, beans, and enchilada sauce. This delicious mix is layered with soft corn tortillas and a Mexican cheese blend before baking. Garnish with your favorite fixings to create the ultimate feast.
This versatile recipe guides you to make this iconic dish with your meat of choice. For the ground bison version, cook oblong ground bison patties to your desired doneness and top with softened mushrooms and caramelized onions cooked in the same pan. Serve them with a rich, creamy homemade gravy over a bed of mashed potatoes.
A flavorful one-pan, no-fuss meal, this recipe combines ground bison with sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, arugula, and various herbs and spices. Top it off with toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for some crunch and a nutty flavor and add a couple of fried eggs for a more filling meal.