Bison Recipes: Ground Bison Meat Loaf - Healthy Comfort Food

Bison meat loaf is a healthy way to enjoy this well-loved comfort food.  Photo:  pinotshop@Flickr
Bison meat loaf is a healthy way to enjoy this well-loved comfort food. Photo: pinotshop@Flickr

Many Americans fondly remember their Mom's meat loaf -- a tasty mixture of ground beef, bread or crackers, eggs, and seasonings -- which is one reason it is often referred to as "comfort food." In recent years, as people have become more knowledgeable about the negative health consequences of saturated fat, traditional dishes like meat loaf have taken a back seat to main dishes that incorporate lower fat sources of protein.

Ground bison meat is a healthy alternative to ground beef that makes a delicious meat loaf, tender and moist but lower in fat than ground beef. A typical serving of meat loaf made with ground beef contains almost 20 grams of fat in a 6-ounce serving. Compare that to less than 10 grams of fat in a 6-ounce serving of ground bison meat loaf and you'll see why ground bison meat loaf is a better way to enjoy one of Mom's favorite dishes.

Here are a two flavorful bison meat loaf recipes, one savory and one sweet, that you're sure to enjoy, but don't be afraid to take Mom's meat loaf recipe and substitute ground bison meat. Just remember that because ground bison meat contains less fat, it will require a shorter cooking time than called for in your favorite beef meat loaf recipe. Also, ground bison meat is a bit more crumbly than ground beef so your ingredients may not bind as easily. Shredded carrots or shredded zucchini are healthy add-ins that will help keep your meat loaf moist.

United States bison growers are prohibited from using hormones, and only use antibiotics in extreme circumstances.  Ground bison meat is a natural and healthy alternative to ground beef.  Photo:  startcooking kathy & amandine
United States bison growers are prohibited from using hormones, and only use antibiotics in extreme circumstances. Ground bison meat is a natural and healthy alternative to ground beef. Photo: startcooking kathy & amandine

Savory Bison Meat Loaf

This recipe is a class meat loaf adapted from a Betty Crocker recipe.

1 1/2 pounds ground bison
1 cup milk
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
3 slices bread, torn into small pieces
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup barbecue sauce

Heat oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients except barbecue sauce. Spread mixture in loaf pan or shape into 9x5-inch loaf in rectangular pan. Spread barbecue sauce over top. Bake approximately 1 hour.

Bison Apple Meat Loaf

This sweet and moist meat loaf recipe is adapted from one I found online and have since lost. It was called simply, "Apple Meat Loaf."

1 lb lean ground bison
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 to 1/2 cup shredded zucchini

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients. Place in loaf pan and bake 25-30 minutes.

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chirls 6 years ago from Indiana (for now)

Thanks for the recipes. Bison is great - so much tastier than beef!


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PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon Author

You're welcome. I agree that bison tastes better, especially ground bison is so much better than ground beef.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Cool recipes - I've had bison and it is really, really good plus it is much better for you than beef! Great hub.


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PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, akirchner. We definitely like it!


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Yum.. that apple bison meat loaf sounds really good!!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Bison is tasty! Just remember not to give them a name! lol


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

MMMM MMMM! "Oh give me a stove, where the buffalo rove...."

Sounds great, PP


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

"Oh, give me a grill, where the buffalo chill..."


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PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Carolina, always good to see you (and I mean that literally; your photos are...oh, never mind). :-) Thanks for reading!


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PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon Author

You're too funny, Habee! I definitely will NOT be naming our bison after reading your piece. Except for the bull, of course. lol


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PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Hi Randy. Long time to see! You and habee have forever changed the way I think of that song. Thanks for reading and commenting. :-)


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NamVetRich 6 years ago from Springfield Oregon

"Oh, give me a Bison recipe, and I will play the banjo on my knee..." Sounds mouth watering delicious will have to try your recipes.


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Stump Parrish 6 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

The first time I tried Bison was in Oklahoma City in fahitas. grilled medium rare it was tender, moist and didn't stay very long on my plate.

I also mix, ground bison, venison, and pork together for a great tasting meatloaf, I have been known to mix bacon fat in with the meats as I wascombining them to keep the loaf moist.

Bacon wrapped "buffalo balls" are a popular app I make for parties. Take your favorite meat ball recipe and sub ground bison for the beef. form into balls and wrap 1/2 a slice of bacon around each one. Broil to temp is 165. Bacon keeps it moist and helps hold it together. Great on a sandwich or as an app with a BBQ sauce based dip

I'm looking forward to try one of these loaves. Thanks for sharing, Peace my friend


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PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Hi Stump. We haven't yet tried bison in fajitas, but that is definitely on a future menu. Those bacon-wrapped buffalo balls sound really good, if you can get past the name. We will try it! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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applejuic3 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

what a tempting picture! wow. i've only ever had a bison burger before which was actually delicious and i love meatloaf even more so i will definitely be trying this. thank you.


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ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

I LOVE Bison burger but at $10/pound - I simply can not afford it. But if I do decide to splurge - then yes. Don't even have to do anything to it at all. It's so tasty - makes regular meat disgusting. The best part is there is no hormones, no CO2 gassing - because that's against the law for bison meat. It's is lower in the bad stuff than turkey.

If find an mail outlet for this stuff that is cheaper than $10/pound please let us all know!

Anytime you get used to natural meat such as deer for a little while - you'll notice that the abnormal meat at the store smells so rotten - it'll make you gag It all has to do with the CO2 gassing. I'm sure the hormones and antibiotics feed to cattle are not good for you neither!

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