Ground Bison Costco

Welcome to a continuing series on examining whether or not it is worth your money to buy a Costco membership. I am examining whether it would really save my family money to shop there. If I find that it does, then I will get a membership. I have been focusing on the price of meat. I talked about beef prices and chicken prices in previous posts. Now I want to look at one of my favorite types of meat – bison. To answer the big question first, does Costco carry bison meat? Secondly, why would I want to buy it?

Can You Buy Bison at Costco?
Yes they do! However the only thing I found on my last trip to Costco was ground bison. That’s ok – a bison burger is a tasty dinner (so are bison hot dogs!). Bison meat is leaner than cow meat and has more protein, so it’s a win-win. Some say it’s even a bit sweeter. I don’t find that it is has a gamey flavor that puts people off to meats outside of the chicken, pork, and beef that Americans eat a lot of. I think most people if given bison and told it was beef, probably wouldn’t bat an eyelash – thinking they just got some really good beef!

How Much Does Ground Bison Cost at Costco?
I found it going for $7.19 per pound. Not too bad. The price may sound high when compared to ground beef which usually ranges from $2.99 to $5.99 per pound depending on the type of meat. Bison is more expensive. There are three reasons why that is (according to Great Range Brand Bison)

“1) There is less of it, i.e. supply and demand.
2) The breeding stock is more expensive.
3) The meat is more expensive to produce.”

In my experience I have found that the price of ground bison in my most places to be around $9.99/lb. A lot of the time I find it in the frozen section. Unless you can find a cheaper local source, then in the big grocery stores, Costco is most likely going to be your best value. Mark one down for Costco!

Where Does the Ground Bison Come From?
At my store in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the ground bison featured was from Kiva Sun – a Native American owned company. It comes in a 20 ounces package for $8.99 which works out to $7.19 per pound. According to their website the following is true about their animals:

Antibotic free
Never treated with hormones
Grass fed
Finished on non-GMO diet
Respected at all times

They are committed to respecting the bison and see the meat as a gift from it. I believe that when you treat an animal that is being raised for food the proper way, it’s not only going to benefit the animal’s life and it’s environment but also it makes for a better product for the consumer. I feel more comfortable eating bison meat. They are smaller companies producing the meat that show more care than the large beef companies that have huge operations where it is all about producing the cheapest product as fast as they can. Not to say that isn’t people out there raising bison in an less than respected fashion, but I think your odds of getting good meat are better when you buy bison. I am able to look up a company like Kiva Sun, see what they are all about. Most of the time when you buy ground beef it’s harder to trace the source of the meat.


One thing I like to do on this site is include information that I myself am looking for. I am looking into sources where I can buy bison meat. It’s not as readily available as beef, so I have had to search out some local sources. It was quite a search. I could only find a handful of sources. I found one website listing a bunch of places in Michigan but I could not find specific information (including contact info) about most of the listings.

So why bison? Well it is lower in fat and higher in protein than beef. I made a pot roast out of a bison chuck roast and I found it to be just as delicious, but without the huge chunks of fat. So this page lists all the places that I found in Michigan that carries bison meat. There are two listings, one for grocery stores and the other for buying direct from the farm (your best option!). If you have bought bison meat in Michigan, please share that info in the comments below. I would love to add your info my list.

Grocery Store Listings

Meijer | Locations throughout the state
I recently started seeing ground bison showing up at Meijer stores. I have seen it at the locations in Marysville and Ann Arbor. Hopefully it’s available in most locations. If you have found at your local Meijer store recently, please leave a comment below, sharing the store location.

Whole Foods Market | Locations in Ann Arbor (2), Troy, Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield
Whole Foods carries some bison meat. They pretty much always have ground bison. Sometimes they have bison chuck roast (which makes for an excellent pot roast) and New York strip. There are 5 locations in the state of Michigan.

Hiller’s | Locations in Ann Arbor, Berkley, Commerce Township, Northville, Plymouth, Union Lake, and West Bloomfield.
Hiller’s carries High Plains Bison products. They have 100% Bison Hot Dogs, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, and Ground Bison.

Oleson’s Food Stores | Locations in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Traverse City (2), and Manistee.
According to their website, they do offer bison meat, but it says the aren’t currently accepting orders. Contact the specific store for more info.

Veldheer Tulip Gardens | Located in Holland, MI
Not quite a grocery store, but this place that specializes in tulips, also sells bison meat. Check their website out for more info.

Marquette Meats | 3060 W. US 41 Marquette (Next to Westwood Mall)
Marquette Meats offers ground bison and bison steaks. Visit the store for pricing information and selection.

Arbor Farms | 2103 West Stadium Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48103-3896
Arbor Farms has a couple options for ground bison meat, located in their freezer section. If you want to buy already made bison patties for burgers they have that there.

Nino Salvaggio | Locations in St. Clair Shores, Clinton Township, and Troy
They sell bison patties in their freezer section for $9.99/lb

Ben’s Supercenter | Located in Brown City
Ben’s offers a complete line of locally raised bison meat.

Trader Joe’s | Locations in Ann Arbor, Farmington Hills, Northville, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Gross Pointe
For Christmas 2012, I got my wife some bison jerky from Trader Joe’s

Dick’s Meat Market | Adrian
They carry frozen bison (ground and steaks)

Jerry’s Market | Tecumseh
They carry frozen ground bison already formed into patties.

Farm Listings

Schultz Fruitridge Farms | 60139 County Road 652 Mattawan, MI 49071
They have bison meat available year around. You need to call in advance for meat cuts, prices, and sales. Their phone number is 269-668-3724.

AJ’s Bison | 456 W. Hatmaker Road, Bronson, MI 49208
Has USDA inspected meat. For more information call them at (517) 369-9037

Peaceable Kingdom Bison Ranch | 810-387-2237
They sell bison meat at the Lapeer Farmer’s Market and Vantage Point Farmers Market (July to October) in Port Huron.

Cushman Bison Farms | 2427 W. 32 Road, Boon, MI 49601
Cushman Bison Farms located just north of Cadalliac in Boon, has bison jerky, steaks, roasts, and burgers. You can purcahse their meat through their website.

Butcher Boy Food Products | 13869 Herbert, Warren, MI 48089
Butcher Boy sells bison steaks, roasts, ground bison, hot dogs, and more. For a full product list and more information, please visit their website.

TMZ Farms | Available at True Value Hardware on Main St (M-36) in Pinckney, MI
TMZ Farms sells their meat at the True Value Hardware store in Pinckney. They also offer ordering over the phone. Call (734) 878-6425

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I'm Eric. I live in Ann Arbor, MI with my wife, 3 kids, and a flock of ducks. I love grocery shopping, trying new fruits, farmer's market, and traveling.

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