Wild Rice Bison Meatballs

by Brenda Langton, Tastemaker in Residence - recipe courtesy of Mill City Market Chef Heather Hartman


Makes 12 meatballs

1 lb ground bison (buffalo)
1/2 cup wild rice, cooked (hand harvested)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp shallot, minced
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 egg, mixed
¼ cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup parmesan cheese
BBQ sauce 


  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Gently combine without over mixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into small meatballs. This can be made less messy by getting a bowl of water to dip your fingers in while shaping the meatballs.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil to cook meatballs. Cook a few at a time, being careful to not lift them up until they release from the pan. Set them aside, and finish with the rest.
  3. When all meatballs are seared, place BBQ sauce in the same pan, no need to wipe out the pan. Cover and bring to a low simmer, then add the meatballs. This can also be done in a crockpot. Cook gently for about 10 minutes.

Cook’s Notes 

  1. Plan ahead for cooking the wild rice. Hand harvested wild rice will take about 15-20 minutes to cook. Commercial wild rice will take much longer. You can also use cooked quinoa in place of wild rice. Burgers can also be made with this recipe. Freezes well.
  2. You can find Triple Crown BBQ Sauce at the Mill City Farmer's Market, most local co-ops and Whole Foods, or at www.triplecrownbbqsauce.com
  3. Northern Lakes Hand Harvested Wild Rice is found at the MCFM or at www.northernlakeswildrice.net.
  4. Wild Idea Buffalo can be found at the Mill City Farmer's Market and at www.wildideabuffalo.com. Nick brings in the goods on bike, so give him a shout out if you see him around!