15 Ground Bison Recipes (Quick and Easy!)

ground bison burger in a bun with cheese and vegetables

If you like to eat beef but find it unhealthy, we have a solution for you.

Ground bison is a great alternative for beef with fewer calories and a leaner consistency. Learn how to make meatballs, bison burgers, chili and more!

Bison meatballs

Moreover, ground bison tastes pretty delicious, regardless of how you use it. So, if you are thinking of trying this meat, wait no further. These 15 recipes will help you explore this meat to the fullest, so you can try the amazing food and impress your taste buds.

Ground Bison Recipes

Ground bison is also rich in protein and has a mild and sweet flavor. This property makes it pretty versatile, so creating wonderful recipes from this meat is easy.

If you don't believe us, try the recipes below.

1. BBQ Bison Meatballs

These ground bison meatballs are delicious. They are low-fat and can be enjoyed with side dishes like vegetables and rice.

Moreover,  according to the recipe card, you don't require many ingredients to make these balls. Instead, a few main ingredients, such as BBQ sauce, brown deli mustard, and chili peppers, can convert your ground bison into an extravagant and wholesome dish.

2. Garlic Bison Enchiladas

This recipe is worth trying, especially if you like enchiladas and can't wait to enjoy them with lean and low-fat meat. It takes around 40 minutes to cook this recipe, and it serves 15 people.  If you have a larger group of people or fewer than 15 visiting you, adjust the quantities of ingredients accordingly to prevent any waste.

3. Ground Bison Pasta

This pasta gets ready within 30 minutes and serves six people at a time. So, if you have no idea what to cook for your family on a lazy Sunday afternoon, try this recipe and thank us later.

You will require ground bison, pasta, diced onion, ground pepper, tomato sauce, oil, Italian seasoning, and butter. Follow the simple instructions and enjoy the best flavors that this dish has to offer.

4. Bison Chili

This crowd-pleaser recipe can be enjoyed with a slice of toasted bread. For the spicy kick, it uses ingredients such as jalapenos, chili powder, paprika, and cinnamon. If you think the resultant dish might be too spicy for your tastebuds, eliminate any extra ingredients or replace them with their milder versions.

5. Slow Cooker Bison Sweet Potato Chili

Although this dish takes time to cook, the results are worth every bite. The combination of ground bison with sweet potatoes and other ingredients adds a sweet and savory touch to your food table, impressing your guests.

Spend eight hours creating this delicious dish and serve it with bread or rice. Make sure to top the final dish with red onions, cilantro, and avocado for a perfect finish.

6. Best Juicy and Delicious Bison Burger

Are you looking for a healthy homemade burger with fewer fats and calories? This bison burger is one of the best and most wholesome ones you can make with already-available ingredients in your pantry.

It takes only 20 minutes to make this juicy goodness, and it can be enjoyed with a plate of fries. Make sure to follow all the grill instructions properly so the patty is as delicious as the recipe promises.

7. Mexican Bison Bake

This Mexican weeknight dish is healthy, delicious, and wholesome. It contains tomatoes, bison, pasta, black beans, oregano, and cumin to give you a dish packed with lots of flavors.

Although it takes one hour and 20 minutes to make this dish, you will still find the results worth the wait. And the best thing is that you won't have to prepare any sides. This dish tastes great on its own.

8. Bison Meatloaf

This meatloaf can soon become a favorite of your family. It is a showstopper meal with all types of sauces and steamed vegetables.

The meatloaf is packed with loads of flavors. Besides, the meat is too soft that it melts in your mouth. Try the recipe to believe our words.

You can also make Smoked Meatloaf using ground bison.

9. Bison Shepherd's Pie

Do you want a nice, comforting, delicious Shepherd's pie to beat the winter blues? We think this recipe can make you forget beef Shepherd's pie and will convince you to create bison goodness again and again.

You don't need many ingredients. However, you might have to follow a few steps to ace this dish. However, as long as you have a warm meal at the end of the day, putting a little effort into the kitchen is worth it.

10. Bison One-pot Dinner

One-pot dinners are a blessing, especially on weekdays.  This dish doesn't take long to come together, and you can always customize the recipe according to your liking.

Ensure to follow all the instructions when cooking ground bison. The best thing about bison is that it doesn't take as long as it might take beef to cook. Besides, there are fewer drippings, thanks to a low-fat content.

11. Soy-Ginger Ground Bison Lettuce Cups

Do you want to feed your guests some healthy appetizers? These ground bison lettuce leaves are tremendously delicious and wholesome.

The showstopper of this recipe is the ground bison which is incredibly delicious and flavorful. Ensure to add all the ingredients mentioned on the recipe card.

Once the meat is cooked well, place it on lettuce leaves and garnish with hot sauce and green onions.

These lightweight cups taste well with a glass of chilled wine. So place them on your next appetizer table at a party and impress your guests.

12. Bison Three Bean Chili

If you want to cook a hearty family meal, this recipe can be the best option to present on the table. Although it is a little spicy, you can dip your buns in the gravy and experience wonderful flavors without complaint.

We also love how this dish is super healthy. It uses bison, lean meat, and beans that are considered high in proteins. You can also make this recipe after a workout and feel full in a short time.

13. Ground Bison and Vegetable Stew

Nourishing and warm are the two words that define this recipe perfectly well. So whether you have a lunch or dinner planned, having this bison dish on your menu will be your wise decision.

This recipe requests you to make a butternut squash puree. If you can't make it at home, get a ready-made can easily available.

Top the dish with some garnished parsley, and enjoy the dish.

14. Bison Taco Bowl

Raise your hands if you are a serious taco fan and can't live without this dish every weekend. We love a taco bowl too, but preparing them using beef can be very unhealthy.

However, if you can replace beef with ground bison, feel free to enjoy the dish daily. Bison is a lot healthier version of beef and has a nice taste. It gels well with different spices and vegetables and has become our favorite meat option for this taco bowl.

This taco bowl uses seasoning, vegetables, bison, rice, beans, and cheese. Since this is a salad, you can play around with different ingredients and create a bowl that suits your preferences.

You can eat this salad as a fulfilling appetizer or enjoy it as a main meal if you are on a diet.

15. Macaroni and Cheese With Ground Bison

We have yet to meet someone who doesn't like macaroni and cheese. This dish is most people's childhood favorite for good reasons.

It is rich, fulfilling, and healthy. Moreover, the macaroni and cheese dish is easy and simple. You can add seasoning according to your taste and enjoy a plate or two without any regrets.

But if you are tired of the traditional recipe, try making this dish using ground bison. This meat helps give the dish a distinct flavor that is quite hard to ignore.

If you follow the recipe to the tee, we are sure you will find it hard to stop eating. In addition, it is a kid-friendly dish that you can cook for your school-going children.

ground bison burger in a bun with cheese and vegetables

Grilled Bison Burger

This bison burger recipe is amazing, light and healthy. Also, the ground bison patty is pretty juicy, meaning you will love it at every bite.
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Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bison, bison burger, ground bison
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


  • 1 pound ground bison
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • olive oil
  • lettuce, tomato and onion sliced, for serving
  • cheese for serving
  • burger buns for serving


  • Use a fork to mash the ground bison.
  • Add salt, pepper, thyme, oil, mustard, paprika, mayo and onions in the meat and mix.
  • Use your hands to make patties.
  • Place the patties on the hot grill and cook until brown.
  • Place the cooked patties between two buns and layer with cheese and lettuce leaves.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Serving: 1g Calories: 339kcal Carbohydrates: 16.7g Protein: 33.8g Fat: 15.9g Cholesterol: 83.3mg Sodium: 782mg Fiber: 1.4g Sugar: 1g
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