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Grilled Bison Steak

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Grilled Bison Steak
Grilled Bison Steak

The Grilled Bison Steak is expertly prepared to achieve a delightful level of perfection. It is skillfully garnished with a luscious horseradish compound butter, enhancing its flavor and creating a truly indulgent dining experience. This steak is the perfect choice for those seeking to explore beyond traditional beef options or for those who desire an elevated meal during the week.

Bison Steak

Due to its lean nature, bison meat offers a delectable flavor while requiring careful attention during the cooking process to retain its juiciness. Achieving a perfectly even cook and a delightful crust involves cooking the bison steak at high heat and flipping it frequently, approximately every 30 seconds.

This bison steak is prepared with a simple seasoning and cooked swiftly, resulting in a juicy and delightful steak that is incredibly satisfying. Notably, bison meat offers a richer and sweeter taste compared to beef, which is further enhanced by the addition of a resting compound butter. The combination of flavors creates an extraordinary culinary experience.

Grilled Bison Steak

Bison Steak

Best Way to Season Bison Steaks

When it comes to seasoning bison steaks, there’s no need to go overboard. I personally used my Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub, which consists of a straightforward blend of salt and pepper with a few additional ingredients that enhance the meat’s flavor without overwhelming it.

If you don’t have any Beef Rub readily available, you can create a simple mixture by combining equal parts of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. And if you prefer an even simpler approach, a combination of high-quality flaky salt and freshly cracked black pepper will suffice to season these steaks. The choice is yours, allowing you to customize the seasoning to meet your specific preferences.

Tips for Making Grilled Bison Steak

To consistently achieve flavorful and perfectly cooked bison steaks, follow these helpful tips:

Consistency matters: Look for rib eye steaks that have a consistent thickness. Ideally, aim for steaks that are around 1 inch thick, as this method of cooking with high temperatures and frequent flipping works best with steaks of moderate thickness.

Embrace creativity: Don’t hesitate to experiment with flavors in the resting butter. The recipe provided emphasizes the use of herbs and horseradish, but if those ingredients don’t appeal to you, consider exploring alternative options and flavors by referring to my Steak Resting Butter recipe.

Infuse a smoky essence: If you desire a subtle smoky flavor in your steak, you can incorporate hickory chips into your charcoal just before placing the steaks on the grill. Alternatively, if you’re using a gas grill, you can create a foil pouch filled with wood chips to achieve the desired smoky effect. (You can find more detailed instructions on smoking steaks on a gas grill in the accompanying post on the topic.)

Grilled Bison Steak

Grilled Bison Steak

How to know when Grilled Bison Steak is done?

Determining the doneness of a grilled bison steak can be done by using a combination of visual cues, touch, and a meat thermometer. Here are some guidelines to help you gauge when your grilled bison steak is done to your desired level:

Refer to cooking times: Start by following recommended cooking times based on the thickness of your bison steak. Generally, for a 1-inch thick steak, grill each side for about 4-5 minutes for medium-rare, 5-6 minutes for medium, or 6-7 minutes for medium-well. Adjust the cooking time slightly based on your preferred level of doneness and the heat of your grill.

Visual cues: Assess the color and appearance of the steak. A medium-rare steak should have a pinkish-red center, while a medium steak will have a slightly pink center with a touch of gray. If you prefer your steak more well-done, it should have a grayish-brown center.

Touch test: Use the touch test to determine the doneness of the steak. Gently press the center of the steak with your finger or tongs. A rare steak will feel soft and squishy, medium-rare will have some springiness, medium will be firmer with a slight bounce, and well-done will feel firm and resistant.

Meat thermometer: For precise results, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the bison steak. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the steak without touching the bone. The following temperature ranges indicate the desired level of doneness:

Rare: 120-125°F (49-52°C)
Medium-rare: 130-135°F (54-57°C)
Medium: 140-145°F (60-63°C)
Medium-well: 150-155°F (66-68°C)
Well-done: 160°F (71°C) and above

Grilled Bison Steak

Grilled Bison Steak

Nutritions of Grilled Bison Steak

  • Calories: 105 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Fat: 11 g 
  • Saturated Fat: 7 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 31 mg
  • Sodium: 109 mg
  • Potassium: 24 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Vitamin A: 441 IU
  • Vitamin C: 3 mg
  • Calcium: 15 mg
  • Iron: 1 mg

How to store Grilled Bison Steak

To store grilled bison steak, follow these steps:

Cool the steak: Allow the grilled bison steak to cool down to room temperature before storing. This helps prevent moisture build-up and potential bacterial growth.

Wrap it properly: Wrap the steak tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. Ensure that the packaging is sealed well to prevent air exposure and maintain freshness.

Refrigerate promptly: Place the wrapped or sealed steak in the refrigerator as soon as possible. Refrigeration helps to slow down the growth of bacteria and keep the steak safe to consume.

Use within a few days: Ideally, consume the grilled bison steak within 3-4 days of refrigeration. After this period, the quality and taste may begin to deteriorate.

Reheat properly: When ready to enjoy the stored grilled bison steak, reheat it gently to preserve its tenderness and flavor. You can use methods such as gently reheating in the oven, using a skillet, or even enjoying it cold in salads or sandwiches.

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Grilled Bison Steak

Grilled Bison Steak

The Grilled Bison Steak is expertly cooked to achieve a flawless level of perfection. It is then adorned with a delightful horseradish compound resting butter, elevating it to a delectable and indulgent dish. This steak is an excellent choice for those seeking to explore beyond traditional beef options or for those desiring a special addition to their dinner this week.
prep time
5 min
cooking time
10 min
total time
15 min


  • Charcoal Grill

  • Tongs

  • Digital Thermometer

  • Chef’s Knife

  • Cutting Board


  • 4 10-ounce bison ribeye steaks

  • 2 Tablespoons Beef Rub

  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter

  • ½ Tablespoons horseradish paste

  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme (chopped)

  • ½ Tablespoon rosemary (finely chopped)

  • ½ Tablespoon Beef Rub (or equal parts salt, pepper, and garlic powder)



Prep the bison steaks

Apply the Beef Rub generously to both sides of the ribeye, making sure to season from a distance of at least 8 inches above the meat. This technique ensures an even coating of the seasoning. Allow the ribeye steaks to rest at room temperature while you prepare the grill.


Preheat your grill to a high temperature, specifically between 600-700 degrees Fahrenheit, to facilitate direct-heat cooking.

Make the butter.

In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the compound butter and set it aside at room temperature for preparation.

Add wood chips

If you are using charcoal, you have the option to enhance the flavor by adding a smoky element. Prior to placing the bison on the grill, evenly distribute approximately 1 cup of hickory chips onto the charcoal. This step will infuse a delightful smoky essence into the cooking process.

Grill the steaks

Position the bison steaks directly on the hot grill grates. Utilize long grill tongs to flip the steaks every 30 seconds until they reach the desired internal temperature according to your preference (refer to the notes for temperature guidelines).

Rest and serve

Transfer the grilled steaks from the grill onto your serving platter. Spoon a generous tablespoon of the compound butter onto each steak as they rest. Allow the steaks to rest for a minimum of 5 minutes before serving. Now, it's time to savor and enjoy the deliciousness!


Doneness Temperature Guide Rare: Cook for approximately 4 minutes to achieve an internal temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Medium-rare: Cook for around 5 minutes to reach an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Medium: Cook for about 6.5 minutes to attain an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Medium-well: Cook for approximately 8 minutes to obtain an internal temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit.
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As the founder and chief editor of Scills Grill, I'm a self-proclaimed BBQ nut. I love cooking outdoors over live fire and smoke, no matter the weather. I use various grills, smokers, and wood-fired ovens to produce epic food. Peter Cobbetts is the president and founder of Scills Grill, with over 15 years' experience in barbecue. He's an exceptional pitmaster and grill expert who specializes in smoking briskets, pork shoulders - using charcoal, wood or propane grills/smokers - as well as reviewing kitchen appliances such as grills, smokers etc., having tried out almost every model available on the market.
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