Bison Meatballs with Tomatoes and Herbs

These tasty meatballs make a great appetizer for game day or any "grazing" event. Serve warm or at room temperature, with party picks.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
8 servings



  • 1 large egg

  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 pound ground bison

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ medium onion, minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juice

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 2 large bay leaves

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste


  1. Prepare meatballs: Lightly beat egg in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in panko, garlic, fresh parsley, smoked paprika, kosher salt, and ground black pepper until combined. Add bison and mix with your hands until ingredients are evenly distributed.

  2. Form 24 meatballs, about 1 1/2 tablespoons each.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, brown 12 meatballs on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining meatballs.

  4. Prepare tomatoes: Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel. Add 1 tablespoon fresh olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add chopped onion; cook and stir until onion starts to become translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice, oregano, fennel seeds, and bay leaves. Add salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.

  5. Return the browned meatballs to the skillet. Cover and simmer until meatballs are no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

70 Calories
4g Fat
7g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 312mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 45mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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