Costco Noble Premium Extra Lean Ground Bison Review

Costco carries ground bison – an interesting alternative to ground beef!

Costco Noble Premium Extra Lean Ground Bison in two-pack sitting on counter
Costco Noble Premium Extra Lean Ground Bison

We don’t eat ground beef that often in our house but usually have a bit of stockpile of it in our freezer to use to make pasta sauce. When I was at Costco last I noticed they had extra lean ground bison and I’ve heard it’s a healthier alternative to beef so I picked it up to try.

I always buy my meat from Costco, like the Costco Kirkland Signature Ground Turkey and the Costco Kirkland Signature Boneless Chicken Breasts, Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham and Costco Kirkland Signature Sirloin Beef Burgers.

Location in Store

You can find the bison in the refrigerated fresh meat section at Costco. The item number is 91874.

Chili in a white bowl using Costco Noble Premium Extra Lean Ground Bison  to make it
The chili I made using the ground bison.


I thought the Costco ground bison would taste a bit gamey but it’s delicious! No gamey flavor at all.

The flavor isn’t as strong as ground beef, probably because it’s leaner and there’s less fat. There’s a slight sweetness to the flavor of the ground bison but not a sugary sweetness. It also was really lean and the texture is a bit coarser than ground beef.

I used the ground bison to make a chili and once it was turned into chili you couldn’t tell whether it was bison or ground beef!

Costco Noble Premium Extra Lean Ground Bison fully cooked, closeup photo
Fully cooked ground bison.


I paid $19.99 Canadian for a two pound pack. There are two separate 454 gram packs or 1 lb packs.

Costco Noble Premium Extra Lean Ground Bison closeup image of the label on the package
Raised without the use of antibiotics.


I recommend using the bison right away or freezing it. We weren’t eating it the night we bought it so I put it directly in the freezer and thawed a pack in my fridge when I was making my chili.

One thing I liked about the bison is there was far less fat than ground beef to drain! It also didn’t splatter anywhere on my oven. There are a ton of different ways to use bison. To make burgers, chili, pasta dishes or tacos.

You can pretty much substitute bison for ground beef in any recipe. However, you might want to make adjustments to your recipe for the lower fat content.

Costco Noble Premium Extra Lean Ground Bison bison gorgonzola burger recipe suggestion
Bison Gorgonzola Burger Recipe.



112 grams or 1/2 of a cup of bison is 180 calories, 10 grams of fat, 60 mg of sodium, zero grams of carbohydrates, zero grams of fibre and sugar and 23 grams of protein!

Costco Noble Premium Extra Lean Ground Bison nutrition facts
Nutrition Facts.


The Costco ground bison is a product of the USA and is raised without the use of antibiotics. The only ingredient is extra lean ground bison but an interesting thing I noticed on the package is that the bison is grass-raised and grain-finished. So it’s not 100% completely grass fed. Bison has less calories and fat than ground beef and is an amazing source of iron.


Taste: 8/10

Cost: 6/10

Convenience: 2/10 (have to turn it into something)

Nutrition: 8/10


Give it a try!

I like this alternative to ground beef, it was nice to try but it’s a little bit on the expensive side so we won’t buy it too often!

Have you tried ground bison? Do you like it? Why or why not?

Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. This product was purchased by Costcuisine for the purpose of producing this review. The opinions in this review are strictly those of Costcuisine. Costcuisine is not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. In the event that Costcuisine receives compensation for a post from the manufacturer of a product or some other third party, the arrangement will be clearly disclosed (including where the manufacturer of a product provides Costcuisine with a free sample of the product).

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18 thoughts on “Costco Noble Premium Extra Lean Ground Bison Review”

  1. Bison meat is literally the highest quality most nutrient rich food you can put in your body. The price that Costco sells this at makes it an absolute steal. You should switch all your meat consumption at home to this.

  2. Where can I find the best before date on the package. I bought ground bison at Costco but forgot it in my fridge for about 3 weeks ! Is it still safe

  3. Sure this Costco ground bison appears to be free of growth hormones and antibiotics but what about ractopamine? Most grain finished meat raised in the US contains this beta agonist and for this reason is banned in more than 160 countries.

    • first i think the bison are raised in canada on grass shipped to the usa for processing to gain european access or back to canada.
      why are you concerned about ractopamin ?
      Tom Cliff Pemmicanhill Bison Alberta Canada

    • Sarah Scott I have been in touch with the company and ractopamine is definitely not used. This product is raised in Canada but processed at a facility in the USA. I had a Noble bison burger yesterday and it was absolutely delicious. Extremely little fat. Really recommend this product.

  4. Thanks for the review!

    On the front of the package it says “Ranch-raised in Canada by Canadian producers” but under your ingredients comment, you said, “ The Costco ground bison is a product of the USA”

    Can you clarify? Is the bison sent to the USA for processing before being shipped back to Canada?

      • My family are North Dakota ranchers, and for 35 years they raised bison, and they now sell bison meat to Costco, , and all Costco meat is grown in the north western states . Please read the origins of the meats that Costco sells, from the New Zealand lamb that we love, to the Montana, North and South Dakota bison ranches . Almost all bison ranchers are certified organic by the federal government, and bison is better than poultry in terms of low calories, low fat and low carb. They are also higher in protein than poultry and red meat products. Americans are not interested in anything but red meat , pork and chicken, but we were raised on our free range game birds, fresh caught walleye , and other fresh fish, bison meat, and lamb , all much healthier than the regular American diet of factory farm red meat , with high cholesterol and fat content. We are a military family ,who lived in Italy for 3 years, and South Korea for 3 years, with the USA military. We love duck soup, goat on a spit lots of fresh fish and seafood, goat, lamb, venison, and other healthy food options used in Mexican European and Asian countries .

    • Hello! Noble here! Our bison are 100% Canadian and so are we 🙂 As part of our commitment to food safety, we choose to process our products in N. Dakota, at a single species facility which eliminates the risk of cross-contamination. Because of that, we need to put Product of USA on our packaging, but our bison are raised regeneratively in Canada. More on this in our FAQS on our website, plus loads of great recipes! #eatbettereatbison

    • none is sold in usa prime cuts to europe and the rest back to canada

      trying to get the tongues and liver heart and kidney back north but these pcs are usually the plants take

  5. I’ve been eating bison for the last year now and love it! So much healthier than beef! Thank you for your review. I’ll definitely look for it in my local Costco. The price is comparable to Walmart but I imagine the quality is much better at Costco.


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