Easy wild game appetizer ideas to kick off your Thanksgiving Meal

Easy wild game appetizer ideas to kick off your Thanksgiving Meal

Posted by Sayersbrook Bison on 2016 Nov 9th

Kick off your Thanksgiving Meal with these easy and quick wild game appetizer ideas

Thanksgiving is perhaps the most favorite holiday of the year. And what could be better than a gloriously prolonged eating extravaganza?

One of the most important stages of that entire process is pre-dinner snacking.

With cocktails in hand, small appetizers at the ready and the smells wafting in from the kitchen, this could be the best time of the year. If you’re the cook, don’t worry about missing out on cocktails and conversation because you’re slaving over a hot stove - This year try a new option. 

Let Sayersbrook Bison do the heavy lifting for you. 

Hickory Smoked, Hams and Chickens - Now On Sale !

Our Hickory smoked, hams and chickens are delectable. they make a beautiful presentation so you can concentrate on the important stuff - family, friends and food!

Easy appetizers using Sayersbrook’s ready to serve meals

With Sayersbrook  Ready to Serve Meals you can create delicious appetizers using healthy bison meat!

Ready to Serve MeatballHot and spicy meatballs

  • Skewer each meatball with a toothpick and serve with dipping sauce of your choice

Swedish meatballs

Bite size Bison Chili wraps

Serve bison Chili as a bite size appetizer.

Place baked pastry dough (unsweetened) at the bottom of a muffin tin. Fill with one tablespoon or two of chili. Bake at 350°F until hot (about 10 minutes)

Bite size sausages

Try any of our sausages or hotdogs. Heat up and cut into bite size pieces. skewer with a toothpick and set with dipping sauces.

Dipping sauce ideas for hotdogs and spicy brats



chipotle mayonnaise

Another time saving idea is to use a slow cooker (crockpot) to cook any chuck roast be it elk or bison or wild boar and make sliders.

The wild game appetizer recipe below is for elk meat but it can be inter-changed to Wild Boar or Bison.

Slow Cooker Elk Sliders

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours
Serves: 8


  • 3-pound chuck roast (elk, or bison)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup Italian dressing
  • 1 cup beer (use your favorite!)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Slider buns 
  • Sliced Colby jack cheese


  1. Place the chuck roast into a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Sprinkle the roast with the salt and pepper. Place the garlic cloves on top of the roast. Add the red onion, then pour in the Italian dressing and beer. Place the bay leaves on top.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 8 to 10. Don’t open the lid during the cooking time.
  3. Discard bay leaves and shred the meat with two forks, smash the garlic with the back of a fork and stir the garlic into the shredded meat. Discard any fat, and drain off the grease. Serve the shredded meat on Hawaiian slider buns with the Colby jack cheese. Melt the cheese under the broiler in the oven if desired. Enjoy!

If you're not up to cooking then why not just order our Barbecued Bison Strips and Bits. Perfect for making sliders. 

We simmer "strips and bits" of our bison in our famous BBQ sauce until it melts in your mouth. Arrives fully cooked and ready to heat and serve. They make ideal sandwiches and sliders. And, of course, you have the health benefits of bison. Great barbecue and healthier for you. Each order includes 2 (24 oz) packages Barbecue Bison - prepared as "strips and bits."

Easy Nachos

Nachos with avocado, jalapena peppers and ground elk

Nachos are always a hit with any party. They are fast and easy to prepare.

  • Get out your favorite tortillas
  • place on a buttered cookie sheet
  • layer with salsa and Jalapeno peppers
  • add bison meat sauce over the top
  • sprinkle with cheddar cheese

and serve

Bison meat sauce

Click here is an easy meat sauce recipe

Now you have an assortment of easy ready to serve (or practically ready to serve) wild game appetizers for Thanksgiving. Sayersbrook makes it easy to be a great host and enjoy the holiday both at the same time.