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4 Lean, Protein-Packed Game Meats for Grilling

Switch up your grilling with these lean, flavorful and muscle-building game meats.

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Venison

At 2.5 grams of fat per 100 gram serving, venison is a leaner alternative to beef. The key to maximizing its flavor is rich spices, says Scott Conant, owner of Scarpetta restaurant in NYC. Try rubbing the meat with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, then searing over high heat.

Gator

“Treat it just like chicken,” says Chris Kersch of Healthy Buffalo, a specialty meats store in Chinchester, NH. “Just make sure it's well-done. It’s almost translucent when you first get it.” Try rubbing a Cajun spice mix on your alligator before grilling for some real New Orleans flavor.

Ostrich

Drizzle the meat with olive oil before grilling to maintain moisture, and go easy on the spices—it’s got a great natural flavor. “It’s very similar to a venison flavor, although a little more mild,” explains Kersch. “It’s not quite as gamy and a little bit sweeter than the venison as well.”

Bison

This one is going to be the easiest transition for guys hesitant to abandon the burger. “You won’t really be able to tell the difference, depending on what you put on it,” says Conant. “The best way I can describe the flavor is that it’s similar to beef, but it’s just a cleaner taste,” says Kersch.

(31:5 is the average protein-to-fat ratio, in grams, of these four meats)

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