12 Must-Try Venison Burgers

12 Must-Try Venison Burgers
Season these venison burgers with "Johnny's Jamaica Me Crazy" sea salt and pepper. (Photo courtesy of Mike Hanback)

We've compiled a collection of the juiciest, tastiest venison burger and slider recipes, so quit making the same ol' boring burger.

If you're a burger lover but have been making the same old boring classic burger recipe, it's time to switch it up. These recipes are made with venison for a leaner meat option. Learn the proper way to grind and freeze venison so you have prepared, ground meat ready to turn into tasty burgers all year long!

Best Venison Burger Recipe with Caramelized Onions

Best Venison Burger Recipe with Caramelized Onions (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

While calling this the "best" venison burger recipe is a matter of opinion, all delicious burgers begin the same: quality meat and an ideal fat-to-protein ratio.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground venison
  • 4 ounces ground fatty pork, such as shoulder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra
  • Sliced Colby-Jack cheese
  • 2 onions, sliced into 1/8-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Fixings: buns, butter lettuce, sliced tomato, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, etc.

Get the Recipe: Best Venison Burger Recipe with Caramelized Onions


The Best Montreal Venison Burger Recipe

This Montreal Steak Sauce Venison Burger Recipe is juicy and anything but boring. (Jeff Phillips photo)

McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak sauce mix-in adds a vigorous blend of coarse garlic, dill, ground pepper and salt that gives this venison burger recipe a zestful feature.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds ground venison sausage (20-percent fat; antelope or whitetail)
  • 1 pound ground beef (85/15)
  • 1 (2.83-ounce) package McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak sauce mix-in
  • Lawry's Seasoned Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup avocado or vegetable oil
  • Hamburger buns
  • Cheddar cheese slices
  • Vidalia onion slices
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, etc.

Get the Recipe: The Best Montreal Venison Burger Recipe


Venison Fiesta Burger Recipe

This venison fiesta burger is topped with avocados and jalapeños. (Mark Kenyon photo)

A south-of-the-border inspired burger recipe made with venison, refried beans, avocado and queso fresco.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound venison burger
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon preserved bacon grease
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns or ciabatta bread rolls
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 avocado, cored and cubed
  • Queso fresco cheese
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 sliced lime
  • Sliced pickled jalapeños
  • Sliced red onion
  • Sliced tomato
  • Iceberg lettuce

Get the Recipe: Venison Fiesta Burger Recipe


Jalapeño Blue Cheese Venison Burgers Recipe

This juicy jalapeño blue cheese venison burger tastes even better with bacon and extra jalapeño slices. (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

A great ground venison burger recipe featuring jalapeños and blue cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground venison (can substitute ground turkey or beef)
  • ¼ medium onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • â…› teaspoon liquid smoke
  • â…› teaspoon hot sauce

Get the Recipe: Jalapeño Blue Cheese Venison Burgers Recipe


Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe

This Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe proves that tasty wild game dishes don't have to be difficult to prepare. (Lynn Burkhead photo)

Have a freezer full of ground elk venison from your fall hunting trips? Never fear, the folks at Camp Chef have a great SHOT Show recipe that is lean and mean, easy to prepare, and a crowd-pleasing favorite!

Ingredients:

  • Ground elk or deer venison (either straight meat or in a 90/10 meat-to-fat ratio)
  • Camp Chef Mango Chipotle Rub Seasoning
  • Slider burger buns
  • Medium cheddar cheese
  • Condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, etc.)
  • Lettuce, tomato, onion (if desired)

Get the Recipe: Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe


Antelope Guacamole Jalapeño Burger Venison Recipe

Though this venison recipe is for ground antelope meat, you can use any ground wild game. (Photo courtesy of NevadaFoodies.com)

Top this antelope venison cheeseburger recipe with a slice of Monterey Jack cheese, fresh guacamole, jalapeños and crisp onion and you might just find yourself wanting seconds.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground antelope venison burger
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1-2 jalapeños sliced (optional)
  • 4 Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns
  • 2 avocados, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Get the Recipe: Antelope Guacamole Jalapeño Burger Venison Recipe


Venison Sliders Recipe

Choosing a favorite between Buffalo, Hickory and Zesty Western venison sliders is almost impossible. (Scott Leysath photo)

Try these simple venison slider recipes using Hi Mountain Burger Seasonings.

Ingredients:

Get the Recipe: Venison Sliders Recipe


Venison Garlic Bacon Burger Recipe

Combine venison, garlic and bacon to make the perfect wild game burger patty. (Photo courtesy of NevadaFoodies.com)

There's nothing like a juicy venison burger loaded up with thick bacon, melted cheddar cheese and a crisp onion smothered in barbecue sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground venison garlic bacon burger
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices thick dry cured or peppered bacon
  • 6 hamburger buns

Get the Recipe: Venison Garlic Bacon Burger Recipe


Venison Bacon Cheeseburger Recipe

Ground venison combined with bacon makes for the perfect burger recipe.

This bacon cheeseburger made with ground venison is an American classic.

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 hamburger buns

Get the Recipe: Venison Bacon Cheeseburger Recipe


Venison Burger with BBQ Sauce Recipe

Season these venison burgers with "Johnny's Jamaica Me Crazy" sea salt and pepper. (Photo courtesy of Mike Hanback)

Flip these patties more than once, season with salt and pepper, and then top with BBQ sauce for a mouthwatering venison burger.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground venison (sub ground elk, moose or beef, if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned sea salt (I prefer "Johnny's Jamaica Me Crazy" brand)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • Ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 hamburger rolls
  • 6 slices cheese

Get the Recipe: Venison Burger with BBQ Sauce Recipe


Venison Bacon-Cheese Sliders Recipe

Ever have a messy burger that you don't want to put down because it would be at risk of falling apart? These venison bacon-cheese sliders are tasty and close enough to bite size, so you don't have to worry about that. (Jeff Phillips photo)

If you prefer sliders over the traditional-sized burger, try this easy-to-make venison recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound venison breakfast sausage
  • 1 pound ground beef (85/15)
  • 1 (1.06-ounce) packet McCormick Grill Mates Brazilian Steakhouse Marinade
  • Lawry's Seasoned Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Dried minced onions, to taste
  • Colby cheese slices
  • 1 Vidalia onion, sliced thin
  • Thin slices of crispy cooked bacon (optional)
  • Sweet Hawaiian Slider Buns
  • Mayonnaise
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Stubb's Original (or Spicy) BBQ Sauce

Get the Recipe: Venison Bacon-Cheese Sliders Recipe


BBQ Venison Bacon Buck Burger Recipe

Top this venison burger with melted Monterey Jack cheese and your favorite BBQ sauce. (Photo courtesy of "Crush with Lee & Tiffany")

This BBQ Venison Bacon Buck Burger Recipe is a must try for any burger lover.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground venison
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups caramelized onions
  • 1 sleeve applewood smoked bacon
  • ¼ cup BBQ Sauce (whichever brand you prefer) and extra for topping
  • 4 pretzel rolls
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper

Get the Recipe: BBQ Venison Bacon Buck Burger Recipe

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