For several years, my family enjoyed attending a local prairie day festival that generally happens every two years, as long as rainy weather or global pandemics don’t mess things up. It was a large event on the grounds of a natural reserve area with a recreated tall grass prairie habitat. On prairie day, we found everything from pioneer games to craft demonstrations to blacksmiths, and there was even a sod house to explore. At the concessions tent, they sold the usual festival fair such as hot dogs, chips, ice cream, and soda. They also sold bison burgers, which garnered enough curiosity from festival-goers that they often sold out quickly.
If you can’t get out to a prairie festival, you can find bison burgers at some restaurants. You also can occasionally buy ground bison from Aldi so you can make your own grilled bison burgers at home. A few years ago, we wrote about some ground bison Aldi used to sell under the Great Range brand. Then, a while back, Aldi transitioned to selling ground bison under its Never Any! private label. The Never Any! label at Aldi includes lunchmeat, uncured spiral ham, butterflied lamb leg, whole turkeys, Lunchable-style lunch kits, chicken sausage, and other foods that do not include certain preservatives, antibiotics, or other undesirable additives.
I’ve been buying Aldi Never Any! ground bison for a while now whenever I see it in stores, so I often have a package in my freezer ready to make burgers whenever my family feels like them.
Never Any! Ground Bison cost $7.99 for a one-pound package at the time of publication.
If you miss out on purchasing ground bison this time around, it usually shows up at Aldi several times throughout the year, so keep an eye out in the refrigerated fresh meat aisle.
The only ingredient is ground bison. It is 90% lean with 10% fat. The bison was raised with no antibiotics and a vegetarian diet. It is minimally processed and should be kept refrigerated. It also freezes well if you want to stock up when Aldi sells this.
There are approximately four 4-ounce (112-gram) servings per package. One serving has 190 calories, 11 grams of total fat (14% DV), 4 grams of saturated fat (20% DV), 50 mg of cholesterol (17% DV), 60 mg of sodium (3% DV), no carbohydrates or sugars, and 23 grams of protein.
I seasoned the ground bison with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then I formed it into four patties and my husband cooked them on our charcoal grill at about 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Bison tends to be a leaner meat compared to beef, so you want to keep an eye on it while cooking and make sure you don’t overcook it. These bison burgers came out tender and flavorful. I served them on Aldi kaiser buns alongside some Aldi potato circles (tator tots) and an Aldi salad kit for a great summer dinner.
It’s well worth keeping a package or two of this ground bison in the freezer for easy burger nights.
Never Any! Ground Bison is easy to season and shape into burger patties that can be cooked on the grill. When cooked until just done, the burgers come out tender and juicy. If you’re in the mood for a different twist on burger night, consider making some bison burgers.