Taste the difference, try bison
More chefs and consumers are searching for lean, naturally raised, and nutritious alternatives to beef. But what does bison meat actually taste like you ask? We think it tastes great!
Bison is considered a ‘wild’ or game meat but contrary to what some believe, it doesn’t taste gamey at all. Many describe the flavour of bison meat as similar to beef but richer and slightly sweet. This may have to do with what the bison graze on, like western wheatgrass and prairie sage, or how they’re raised in nature on the Canadian Grasslands. The quality of the forages that bison graze on can positively impact the quality of the meat. Bison meat that comes from an animal raised naturally on grass for most of its life, has been shown to have a superior nutritional and flavour profile. But don’t just take our word for it. Culinary experts like Chef Ben Kelly have told us, “In my experience, bison tastes like the best quality beef I’ve ever had.” And we couldn’t agree more.
If you like red meat, you’ll love bison
Bison and beef have a similar enough flavour that it doesn’t take an adventurous palate to give it a try. However, bison has so much more than beef in terms of nutrition, and because its lean, bison has less fat and cholesterol compared to other proteins. The leaner profile does affect the taste because you get more of the flavour from the meat than the fat. It also means a bison ribeye takes a little less time to cook than a beef ribeye. But let’s get back to what many chefs and consumers have known all along; meat that comes from animals that have been raised with care, in an environment that regenerates with their grazing, is meat made for the planet. What’s not to love?
Bison is a great choice for diets that call for leaner protein with less cholesterol—it has fewer calories than beef and is lower in total and saturated fat.
Read more about bison nutrition.
How to cook the perfect steak! Start by bringing your bison steak to room temperature and let it rest for 5 minutes after you grill. Oh, and don’t cook past medium!
Bison Kofta! Enjoy a deliciously creative take on this Middle Eastern shared dish, with the unique flavour combination of bison, parsnip, walnuts, citrus and spices.