Bison Souvlaki Skewers


Bison skirt steak strips are marinated in a garlic-lemon-oregano mixture, grilled on skewers, then served with a tangy yogurt-cucumber sauce.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
4 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 44 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds bison skirt steak

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3 teaspoons finely shredded lemon zest

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 25 to 30 6- to 8-inch skewers*

Yogurt-Cucumber Sauce:

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 cup peeled, seeded, and diced cucumber

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cut bison skirt steak across the grain into 1-inch wide strips. Place bison strips in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow bowl.

  2. For marinade, combine oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, the 3 cloves garlic, the 1 teaspoon salt, the oregano, and the 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Pour marinade over bison strips. Seal bag; turn to coat bison strips. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours, turning bag occasionally.

  3. Drain bison strips; discard marinade. Thread bison strips accordion-style onto skewers, trimming as necessary.

  4. For a charcoal or gas grill, place bison skewers on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 4 to 6 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling. (Or place skewers on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil for 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 5 to 7 minutes, turning once.) Serve with Yogurt-Cucumber Sauce.

  5. Yogurt-Cucumber Sauce: Combine yogurt, cucumber, green onion, the 2 cloves minced garlic, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.


* If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes; drain before using.

Note: Recipe developed and tested by the Better Homes and Gardens(R) Test Kitchen using High Plains Bison products.

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