Bison Meatballs

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 04:41 pm

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Bison Meatballs

Bison Meatballs are loaded with garlic and jalapeños, simmered in a spicy and creamy pasta sauce, this meal is also Gluten Free.

We love Meatballs dishes, they are rich and tasty. Our other favorite once are Mini Meatball Pies and Instant Pot Italian Meatball Soup.

Bison Meatballs

I made these amazing Bison Meatballs in the middle of the week, and I made such a huge pot that we have leftovers for a few days. Tasty leftovers = happy husband = happy me. It was my first time making Bison Meatballs, and I must say that we loved them. My husband is a huge fan of Italian dishes, well, I am too, so I promised him some meatballs in tomato pasta sauce for a long time. Finally I delivered the promise.

What I love about this dish is how easy it can be made. Also, its perfect for weeknight dinners, or even when you have company over. A big pot of creamy, garlicky and spicy tomato sauce with delicious meatballs, what’s not to love here!?

The Bison Meatballs turned out amazing, they have a chewier texture than classic meatballs. Also, the meat is very lean. In addition, I added TONS and TONS of garlic to the meat, and jalapeño peppers for a hot kick. Then, I added a cup of ricotta to make them softer. Really, hand down, they turned out amazing.

First, I baked them in a very hot oven and after that I added them to the simmering pasta sauce and everything went into the oven again. This is my type of comfort food, also this dish is so flavorful, yet healthy and its also Gluten Free. Gotta love all that!

Can you freeze the Meatballs?

  • Yes, the Meatballs freeze well.
  • Layer them into an aluminum foil pan, after that wrap it tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Then wrap it in aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 month.
  • To reheat add additional sauce on top and place in the oven at 350F for about 20-30 minutes or until hot.

I am literally addicted to my Dutch Oven from Le Creuset. I use it a lot and I just love serving comfort food straight from it. The  pasta sauce that you see was made with store bought marinara sauce, that I flavored with tons of garlic, jalapeños, dry and fresh basil. The sauce is creamy, spicy and tangy, its perfect with the meatballs. The Bison Meatballs also get to absord some of the sauce which is fabulous. This is the type of dish that tastes even better the next day when all the flavors get a chance to settle. I served it over pasta with fresh parmesam cheese – delightful!

If you love comfort food that is easy to make and unbelievably flavorful with a spicy kick this is the dish you have to try and if you want a chicken version, check this one!

Bison Meatballs

  • Prep Time40 MIN
  • Cook Time1H
  • Servings 10 servings



  • 2 pounds bison ground beef
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 garlic heads minced (about 15-17 garlic cloves)
  • 3 jalapeños seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dry basil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoon olive oil

Tomato Sauce:

  • 24 ounces homemade or store bough marinade or pasta sauce
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 jalapeños seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic heads minced (about 10-12 garlic cloves)
  • 5 dry hot peppers
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dry basil
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup light heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup olive oil



  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Drizzle a 9-by 13-inch baking dish with olive oil, with a brush coat the entire surface and set aside.
  • Add garlic and jalapeños to a food processor and process until finally chopped.
  • In a large bowl, using your hands mix together: bison beef, ricotta, eggs, parsley, garlic and jalapeño mixture, salt, pepper, and dry basil, mix until fully incorporated. Roll mixture into firmly packed 1 1/2-inch balls or using an ice cream scoop, scoop meatballs into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and broil for another 2 minutes.

Tomato Sauce:

  • While the meatballs are baking work on the sauce.
  • Add garlic and jalapeños to a food processor and process until finally chopped.
  • Add olive oil to a medium - large Dutch Oven on media heat, add onion and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, add the garlic jalapeño mixture, hot pepper, black pepper, red pepper flakes, dry basil and salt. Cook for 7-8 minutes stirring as needed. Add light heavy cream to deglaze the pan, mix well and add the pasta/marinara sauce. Stir in fresh, chopped basil and let it cook on low - medium heat until it starts to simmer. Taste and adjust as needed, add more salt if desired. Remove from heat.
  • Remove meatballs from oven and gently add them to the sauce. Reduce oven temperature to 350F cover Dutch Oven with a lid and transfer to the oven. Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, let it rest for 20 minutes, garnish with fresh chopped basil and serve with pasta.

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Jacque Hastert

Jacque Hastert

I love the right amount of spice to these meatballs! I can't wait to make them and will be saving these soon.



Can you substitute a different kind of meat?



I am always up for some meatballs! Love that this is made with bison! Sounds devine!



Such a delicious type of meatball! love that they freeze well too!

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