The mighty bison is one of North America’s oldest and most iconic animals. It is also one of the most versatile proteins we have at our disposal. Not only high in protein and low in fat, bison is also extremely flavorful and versatile. Its mild flavor makes it an excellent substitute for beef. From burgers and steaks to tacos and salads, there’s no shortage of delicious and inventive out there. Here are some of our favorite for you to enjoy!

Bison Burgers

When it comes to burgers, bison is an excellent choice. Whether you’re throwing it on the grill or making it on the stovetop, bison burgers are a great go-to. Be sure to use medium-high heat to properly cook the bison burgers, so they don’t end up too dry. To guarantee that your burgers stay juicy, have access to silicone basting brushes. Depending on your preference, you can season your burger with salt, pepper and even Montreal steak seasoning to amp up the flavor.

Bison Steaks

Whether it’s for a special occasion or an easy weeknight dinner, bison steaks are a staple in the bison enthusiast’s kitchen. To cook bison steaks perfectly, it’s important to allow the meat to rest before cooking it. This will allow the steaks to properly absorb the flavor of the seasonings. As with bison burgers, use medium-high heat to cook the steaks to your desired doneness. For added flavor, brush bison steaks with butter while grilling.

Bison Tacos

Tacos are always a great way to liven up any meal and bison tacos are no exception. Start with one-pound of ground bison, season with taco seasoning and cook according to the taco seasoning’s instructions. Place the cooked bison in a warm tortilla and top with diced tomatoes, lettuce, onions, avocado and a dollop of your favorite salsa. For an added kick, you can mix in diced jalapeños or sprinkle your tacos with chili powder.

Bison Chili

Chili is a classic winter meal and one of the best recipes you can make with bison. The key to a great bison chili is to brown the meat first and use spices like garlic, cumin, chili powder, and oregano to really bring out the flavor. To make the chili even more savory, substitute beef broth with chicken broth. Top with diced onions and shredded cheese, and enjoy your bison chili with a side of warm cornbread.

Bison Salads

If you’re looking for a lighter alternative, bison salads are the way to go. Marinate bison strips in an herb, garlic and olive oil mixture, searing briefly on both sides, and set aside. Toss together lettuce and spinach, diced tomatoes, and your favorite vegetables. Then top off your salad with cooked bison strips, crumbled feta cheese and a light vinaigrette dressing.

No matter what your preference, there’s no shortage of delicious and healthy out there. Let the bison be your canvas and the possibilities for creating delicious meals are endless. Enjoy!