Bison versus buffalo: What's the difference? Well, if you're talking about American animals, they're all bison, and buffalo's actually just a misnomer. But it's made its way into common usage, so for better or worse, the terms are used interchangeably in the States. In any case, bison meat is really starting to catch on as a healthy alternative to beef; walk into most supermarkets these days and you shouldn't have much trouble locating the cut you want.
Bison is lower in fat, lower in cholesterol, and higher in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than beef, but still packs a great punch of flavor. It's best cooked medium-rare to keep it juicy and moist; as a rule of thumb, cook it for one-third less time at one-third less heat than the equivalent cut of beef.
Ready to give bison a try? Then check out the recipes below.
Try this award-winning burger from James McNair's and Jeffrey Starr's cookbook Burger Parties: Recipes From Sutter Home Winery's Build a Better Burger Contest. (Photo courtesy of Dan Mills)
Matt Moore, author of the blog Have Her Over for Dinner, has a passion for chili, and it really shines through in this lean, mean, and downright tasty version that uses ground bison instead of ground pork and beef to help cut down on the calories and fat without sacrificing flavor. (Photo courtesy of Matt Moore)
Spruce up your mains with chef Shawn Armstrong's delicious and healthy bison flank steak recipe. (Photo courtesy of Montage Deer Valley)
Will Budiaman is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.