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Italian-style Bison Meatballs

by owetogrub
easy bison meatballs

This is my favorite bison meatball recipe that I’ve been making for years. I’ve made a few tweaks and hacks over the years, but it’s close to a traditional Italian beef meatball.

They’re easy to make and can be used for spaghetti and sauce or put on a roll with marinara and make a meatball sandwich with mozzarella and parmesan.

I’ve also smoked these bison meatballs on a smoker and glazed with bbq sauce. They were very delicious served on top of egg noodles. I usually bake the meatballs, but they can also be pan-fried.

One of my favorite ways to eat them is to pan fry in olive oil, remove from the oil and stir fry garlic, peppers, and onions. I then add a little butter in the pan and toss in some pasta like penne.

The garlic, onions, peppers, and pasta is plated and topped with the bison meatballs and freshly grated parmesan. Serve with garlic bread and a side salad.  Try adding half Italian sausage or ground pork if you like sausage and peppers.

These bison meatballs can also be frozen.  We usually make up a few dozen and pop them in the freezer.  Get a large baking sheet and line with waxed paper.  Form the meatballs and place them on the baking sheet.  Freeze the meatballs and place in a ziplock freezer bag.

They will last for months and make for a quick and fast meal.  They can also be frozen in spaghetti sauce.  We simply take a bag out of the freezer and let thaw overnight or, run some warm over to release the meatballs and sauce, and heat in a pan.  It doesn’t get easier than that.

easy bison meatballs

Baked Bison Meatballs

owetogrub This is my favorite bison meatball recipe that I’ve been making for years. I’ve made… Main Dish bison meatballs Italian Print This
Serves: 3-4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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1 lb ground bison meat (half ground beef can also be used)
1 egg beaten
4 slices white bread
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp dried minced onion
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp Kraft grated parmesan
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
oil for frying if you'd rather pan fry


  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees
  2. Place the bread and milk in a large bowl and stir with a fork until the bread is broken up and the mixture is smooth.  Add the ground bison, egg, and other ingredients and blend well with your hands.
  3. Make the meatballs into 1 in. to 1 1/2 in.  balls or about the size of walnuts.
  4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil.  Bake the meatballs in a 400-degree oven for 15 minutes


If you're adding the meatballs to spaghetti or pasta sauce, put in the sauce and let simmer for at least 15-20 minutes before stirring. The meatballs don't have to be cooked before putting in the sauce, but it's bettr to cook them until they come together before putting into sauce. Stir gently so you don't break the meatballs into small pieces. The meatballs can also be pan-fried in a little oil. Brown each meatball for 4-5 minutes on each side.

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