Enjoying bison meat doesn’t have to be a special treat just reserved for the warm, grilling months. In fact, I find some of my best and favorite bison meals come from the dishes I cook up inside!
Bison meat is such a great protein source — low in fat, calories and cholesterol, while high in protein, iron and other nutrients — making it a great choice to be a year round staple in any health-conscious diet.
Want the proof? Just check out this handy nutritional comparisons chart to see how bison stacks up against other popular meat choices:
No, bison is a great meat that is actually incredibly versatile and can be used in any recipe calling for meat. There are so many great meals that you can make with bison. This post will hopefully give you some ideas for delicious meal ideas that don’t require a grill, whether you are looking to enjoy bison in the cold, winter months, or are just looking for a little variety. I’ve also compiled this group of recipes to include a variety of the great cuts of meat we offer in addition to the classic ground bison burger.
Recipes with Bison Roast
Pulled BBQ Bison Sandwiches – I modified this recipe from my mother’s famous pulled pork. I should have known it, but even still, I was surprised that the finished bison ended up being even more tender than the pork I was used to.
This awesome recipe takes just a little prep work and has you smelling the amazing deliciousness of BBQ bison all day long as your roast slowly cooks. The pulled BBQ bison makes excellent sandwiches and great leftovers. Once you prepare it, all you have to do is leave it on low in the crockpot and let everyone serve themselves!
Crockpot Bison Roast – There are many ways and flavors you can use in cooking a bison pot roast. As one of the staples of American dinners, many people have their own preferences for the Sunday pot roast. This is a basic recipe using a crockpot or slow cooker to give you a tender bison roast, offered up by Jane, our ranch owner.
When you choose to use a bison roast, you will surely be enjoying a tasty and leaner version of the classic favorite by following this delicious recipe.
Recipes with Bison Steak
Bison Steak Fajitas – A fun and tasty way to spice up your bison steak… slice it up into fajitas! Tender and lean bison steak makes a great fit for this dish. Top it off with some fresh pico de gallo and guacamole and you’ve got yourself an (easy!) meal!
Bison Steak with Penne Pasta & Vegetables – Add a little bison steak into this pasta dish for a hearty meal that gives you a good portion of meat, vegetables and grain all in one delicious dish! While I first started making this dish using Italian sausage, I’ve found bison steak is a great tasting substitute that gives me a little less guilt in eating it!
Recipes with Ground Bison
Nebraska Bison Stuffers – This is a classic Nebraska dish for the colder months. Nebraska Bison Stuffers feature a bison and cabbage mixture wrapped in an awesomely sweet homemade dough! You might think bison and cabbage sound like an odd combination, but trust me… don’t knock it ’til you try it. Here in Nebraska, we have a whole chain of restaurants dedicated to this type of sandwich, and it’s often one of the first places people who leave Nebraska want to go when they come back home.
This recipe is time and labor intensive. I usually only make it once a year, but I always end up having guests on that day who want to make sure they get their fair share.
Bison Chili – Here I’ve provided a simple and easy to follow bison chili recipe to warm you up this fall and winter. Take this recipe or add your own flair to make it your own. No matter what, everyone needs an awesome chili recipe to whip up in a pinch or to impress guests on game days. Make it a bison chili and it’s even better!
Bison Lasagna – This lasagna recipe is easy to make and so enjoyable to eat. In this particular recipe, I like to add in spinach to my layers, which adds nearly no taste, but does add some extra nutrients to my hearty dish. With 3 full layers of meats and cheeses, this lasagna has some serious taste!
Bison Enchiladas – Enchiladas were one of the first meals I ever learned how to make. They’re easy, but full of flavor, and when paired with things like rice, pico de gallo and guacamole, you just can’t go wrong! At least in my book. This recipe is quite simple and leaves you with delicious and saucy bison meat enchiladas.
Bison Porcupine Meatballs – In all honesty, I wasn’t a huge fan of things like meatballs and meatloaf until I started cooking with bison. The sweet, rich flavor of bison meat really lets me enjoy these foods that I was never really a fan of before. This Bison Porcupine Meatballs dish is a fun spin on meatballs that makes a full meal in just one casserole dish. I love this recipe and usually end up making it a few times each winter.
Recipes using other Bison Cuts
Bison Short Ribs – Jane’s recipe for Bison Short Ribs is easy to follow and leaves you with a crockpot full of fall-off-the-bone tender ribs by the end of the day. Our Short Ribs are best slow cooked and these beer braised short ribs make for a great, meaty meal.
Bison Prime Rib – In this video, Jane walks us through her easy to follow instructions for cooking the amazingly tender Bison Prime Rib. She’s been perfecting this recipe for years, cooking this meal for her family each Christmas and the end product does not disappoint. We’ve received such positive feedback from our customers for this recipe in helping them create a perfect Bison Prime Rib!
Well, that’s 12 recipes to get you started without the grill in making awesome bison meals. Whether you’re looking to use a steak, roast, ribs or burger, I hope you’ve found some inspiration to get started with these recipes.
Do you have your own favorite or go-to recipe when it’s just not grilling weather? We’d love to see it! Share your pictures, videos or stories in the comments to share.