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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.

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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.

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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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Comments

ptosis from Arizona on September 04, 2012:

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!

applejuic3 from San Diego, CA on October 02, 2011:

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.

PrettyPanther (author) from Oregon on August 22, 2010:

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.

Stump Parrish from Don't have a clue, I'm lost. on August 21, 2010:

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

NamVetRich from Springfield Oregon on August 08, 2010:

"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.

PrettyPanther (author) from Oregon on August 07, 2010:

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

PrettyPanther (author) from Oregon on August 07, 2010:

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

PrettyPanther (author) from Oregon on August 07, 2010:

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

Holle Abee from Georgia on August 07, 2010:

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

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on August 07, 2010:

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

Sounds great, PP

Holle Abee from Georgia on August 07, 2010:

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

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on July 31, 2010:

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

PrettyPanther (author) from Oregon on July 30, 2010:

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

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on July 29, 2010:

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

PrettyPanther (author) from Oregon on July 29, 2010:

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

chirls from Indiana (for now) on July 29, 2010:

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