If you’re looking for a lean and healthy protein for your meals, look no further than ground bison. This versatile meat is low in fat and high in protein. Not to mention it’s packed with flavor. And the best part? The recipe ideas are endless! So get ready to swap out your same old beef meals with lean and delicious bison. 

You will love these ground bison recipes because this lean meat is delicious and nutritious. It’s definitely worth trying and won’t disappoint a crowd. With a lower fat content and fewer calories than traditional ground beef you’ll be feeling lighter as well. Ground bison has a rich, slightly sweet flavor that is perfect for many recipe ideas. For example the Bison Tater Tot Casserole, Bacon Wrapped Bison Meatloaf, and even Bison Bolognese! 

Ground bison can be used in so many different recipes, like burgers and meatballs and even chili and pasta sauce. It’s a great option if you want to switch up your usual meat routine. Did you know Bison is also sustainable? They are raised on grass and are generally free-range, which means that they are a more sustainable option than beef. Bison are also less likely to be treated with hormones and antibiotics! Do you need any more reasons to try some ground bison recipes today?


1. Ground Bison & Vegetable Stew

I love rotating between beef and ground bison. Bison is significantly lower in saturated fat and higher in protein! And this particular recipe for Ground Bison & Vegetable Stew is hearty, filling, warm, and full of nutrients. The best part is that it’s AIP/Paleo and low-FODMAP compliant. Everyone in my house adores this stew with the flavors of white sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, and pureed butternut squash.


2. Blueberry Bison Chili 

You will be surprised at the amazing flavor of this Blueberry Bison Chili recipe. Made with blueberries, black beans, ground bison, jalapeño, spices, and a few other simple ingredients you will instantly fall in love. Just heat the olive oil over medium heat before adding in the Jalapeño and green onion. You’ll then add in the ground bison and cook before finishing a few other easy steps. It’s a delicious summer dish you have to try. 


3. Bison Tater Tot Casserole

If you love ground bison recipes and tater tots this casserole is right up your alley. Other ingredients needed include a can of cream of mushroom soup, onion powder, garlic powder, and shredded cheese. It’s a cozy comforting baked meal that’s perfect for an easy family dinner. It’s really good with some added frozen veggies too for a well balanced meal. Serve it with some cold milk or sparkling water for a lovely home meal. 


4. Ground Bison and Cauliflower Bowl

Looking for a low carb keto bison recipe? Look no further than this Ground Bison and Cauliflower Bowl. Not only is it keto but it’s also grain-free and ready in 30 minutes. It’s easy, delicious, and excellent for busy weeknights and meal prep. The combination of savory ground bison, cauliflower rice, and chopped kale is absolutely scrumptious. It’s the best way to utilize your leftover ground bison and cauliflower for a healthy meal. 


5. Bacon Wrapped Bison Meatloaf

Ground bison recipes wrapped in bacon will have you jumping for joy. You will need a handful of simple pantry staple ingredients like white mushrooms (trimmed and sliced), yellow onion, ground bison, fresh thyme leaves, and Panko breadcrumbs. You will also need eggs, milk, salt, pepper, uncured pork bacon, and ketchup. Just mix up the ingredients, wrap it in bacon, bake, and coat with yummy sauce.


6. One Pot Ground Bison & Grains 

Harvest grains and Wooten grains fill this one pot ground bison recipe for a lovely lean meal. This recipe calls for a Harvest grain mix found at Trader Joes but if you don’t have one of those you can substitute quinoa, pearl couscous, orzo, or rice. Most stores these days have rice blends and other grain mixes these days so just choose your favorite one. It’s a full and hearty meal that anyone can make. Serve with some cold milk or orange juice and you won’t be disappointed.


7. Savory Bison Stuffed Acorn Squash 

The combination of savory bison and Fall favorite vegetables like Acorn squash are a match made in heaven. The acorn squash is topped with lovely ingredients like tomatoes, peppers and onion, stuffed with bison, and spiced with herbs of rosemary and thyme! Just roast the squash in the oven with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. In the meantime get out your favorite non stick skillet and sauté up the ground bison and other vegetables. It’s great any day of the week. 


8. Bison Sweet Potato Hash

Have you ever considered the combination of ground bison and sweet potato in a one sheet pan recipe? If not, you’re missing out on a great meal. With bell peppers, spices, and more it makes a scrumptious healthy recipe that’s perfect for any occasion. You can make a big batch for meal prep and meal planning too. The best part is that it’s freezer friendly so you can plan for months in advance. 


9. Bison Bolognese

This Bison Bolognese recipe is so amazingly delicious you’ll want to make it all the time. With a hearty sauce made of ground bison, good fatty pork sausage, brown sugar and lots of red wine what’s not to love? You will also need plum tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, mushrooms, Italian seasoning and a few other yummy ingredients and herbs. Just simmer the sauce and boil your favorite spaghetti noodles and you’re good to go!


10. Bison Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak is a wholesome, mouthwatering comfort food that everyone will love. Made with sauteed onions and mushrooms, then smothered in a simple homemade pan gravy. If you love ground bison recipes made with real ingredients and zero packaged mixes or any other processed ingredients, this is the one for you. For optimal results use peanut Oil or safflower oil because they have a high smoke point oil. 


11. Easy Meatball Recipe (With Ground Bison)

These easy meatballs made with ground bison will leave you drooling. Made with ground bison meat, onions, garlic, and chopped fresh herbs like Oregano, Thyme, and Basil. You will also need some cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Oh and the best ingredient of all- fresh slices of melted mozzarella cheese on top of each meat ball. Serve them alone with vegetables and garlic toast or alongside some fresh pasta! 


12. Slow Cooker Bison Sweet Potato Chili

This recipe for Slow Cooker Bison Sweet Potato Chili is so delicious and sure to be a hit at the dinner table. It’s also hearty, healthy, Paleo, and Whole30 friendly! This bean free chili is seasoned with chili powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika and unsweetened cocoa powder. Don’t be afraid of the unsweetened cocoa powder as it doesn’t taste like chocolate, rather it’s an earthy bitter taste that compliments the other ingredients.


13. Easy Slow Cooker Bison Bolognese (Meat Sauce)

Grab your crockpot and get ready to slow cook the best Bison Bolognese (Meat Sauce) to go on top of your favorite pasta noodles or lasagna! Ground bison sauce recipes are not only delicious but healthier than ground beef as bison is less fatty. As a matter of fact bison has almost 25% less calories than beef and is also lower in saturated fat. The best part is that it tastes almost exactly the same as ground beef! My favorite part is that It’s extremely simple to make and freezes well for meal planning. 


14. Black Bean Chipotle Bison Chili with Lime Crema

If you love ground bison recipes this Black Bean Chipotle Bison Chili with Lime Crema will become your new favorite. You won’t believe how easy it is to cook. Just grab a large stock pot and heat to medium high. For extra lean bison add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to the pot first. Then start browning the meat before seasoning with a little salt and pepper. As soon as the meat starts to brown, break it up with a fork before adding onions and garlic. Add other ingredients and simmer partially, for 1-2 hours. 


15. Blueberry Bison Burgers

Have you ever heard of Blueberry Bison Burgers? This authentic indigenous American recipe will surprise you! Did you know indigenous Americans commonly used wild blueberries to flavor bison meat? You will also need some green onions and some salt and pepper. Just mix your ingredients and form 4 big juicy bison patties. Then heat your grill to medium high heat before grilling for 4-5 minutes per side. 


16. Ground Bison Tacos

Ground bison is fantastic for making simple hard or soft shell tacos! The best part is that it’s ready in about 20 minutes! You can flavor the meat with your favorite herbs and spices like taco seasoning, onions, garlic, and cilantro. Fry the meat up in a skillet then scoop the meat into your favorite taco shells. Top the meat with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, and whatever else you like.


17. Cheesy Bison Gnocchi 

This ground bison recipe for cheesy gnocchi will instantly become one of your favorite go-to dinner recipe ideas. This high protein meal tastes great with a side of roasted vegetables like broccoli, artichokes, and Brussel sprouts. The vegetables add fiber to the overall recipe. This dish is ready in 30 minutes or less resulting in four hearty portions. 


18. Sweet Potato Bison Shepherd’s Pie

This Sweet Potato Bison Shepherd’s Pie is the new recipe idea you have to try. It’s a fun and exciting twist on the classic shepherd’s pie made with delicious and nutritious lean bison and sweet potatoes. It’s an irresistibly good comfort food that’s Weight Watchers friendly! With only 310 calories and 8 Weight Watcher Freestyle SP per serving. Serve it with some greens and cold milk. 


19. Bison Stroganoff 

If you haven’t tried Bison Stroganoff before, now is the time to try it! Made in 30 minutes or less with a heavenly creamy sauce. For the sauce you will need canned cream of mushroom, Worcestershire sauce, sour cream, and a mix of spices. You will also need some freshly sliced mushrooms, onions, and a little olive oil. This stroganoff is sure to be a winner and you won’t be disappointed. It’s excellent for a weeknight dinner any time of year. 


20. Bison Burgers

These bison burgers are absolutely amazing. It’s the new ground bison recipe you have to make. They’re juicy and healthier than beef burgers. With ingredients like spicy habanero peppers and topped with caramelized onions, avocado, and blue cheese, you won’t be disappointed. The best part is that this restaurant quality burger is ready in 20 minutes flat! Serve with your favorite buns and condiments. 


21. Ground Bison Stuffed Peppers

If you’re looking for extremely nutritious and lean ground bison recipes for dinner this is the one for you. Made with rice, shredded zucchini, carrots, onion and tomato sauce it’s packed with flavor too. The melted cheesy topping really puts it over the top. The peppers are soft and cooked through to perfection and filled to the brim with scrumptious wholesome ingredients. The author recommends using goat’s milk cheddar on top.


22. Ground Bison Pasta

This Ground Bison pasta is a lovely meal for any day of the week. You will need a simple list of ingredients: olive oil, a small onion, 1 lb ground bison, salt, pepper, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, butter, and pasta. It’s ready in a flash and serves the whole family. Everyone will love it and leftovers taste amazing for the next day lunch. 


23. Bison Meatloaf

What do you need to make this heavenly Bison Meatloaf? All you need isground bison, breadcrumbs, beef broth, an egg, grated onion, shredded Parmesan, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, salt, paprika, black pepper, ground sage, ketchup, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. If you love meatloaf and bison this recipe is right up your alley. 


24. Bison Picadillo

What is Picadillo anyways? Picadillo is Spanish for “mince” and this traditional Latin American dish is commonly made with ground beef, tomatoes, raisins, olives, and other ingredients that vary by region and also served with rice. This particular recipe features ground bison, potatoes, carrots, and spices. It’s perfect for protein bowls, wraps, salads, burritos, tacos, and so much more.


25. The Best Bison Chili

This is the best ground bison chili recipe. It’s simple to whip up and has an easy ingredient list. Start by cooking the onion, green bell pepper, garlic and jalapeños in a large skillet before browning the bison. If you’re not a big fan of spice you can omit the Jalapeños all together or add less. One fun addition you may consider adding is 1 oz of bourbon. This adds a depth of flavor that’s out of this word with a bitter sweetness. 


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