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10 Mouthwatering Elk Recipes

A collection of savory elk recipes for roast, backstrap and ground elk meat

10 Mouthwatering Elk Recipes
Serve this Slow-Cooked Elk Venison Loin Recipe with leek gravy and pan-seared sweet potatoes for a complete meal. (Photo courtesy of
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Looking for delicious elk venison recipes? We’ve gathered 10 of our best into a collection for easy browsing.

Elk Roast Recipes

Slow-Cooked Elk Loin

Use this recipe to slow cook smaller cuts of elk venison loin or roasts with leeks and a wheat beer.


  • 1 pound elk venison loin or roast
  • 1 bottle of German wheat beer
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1-2 leek onions, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper

Full recipe: Slow-Cooked Elk Loin

Elk Rump Roast with Chipotle Butter

Elk Rump Roast with Chipotle Butter
Serve this elk recipe with a side salad and slices of toasted French bread. (Photo courtesy of

Succulent grilled elk steaks lathered with a rich and smoky chipotle butter is an easy way to enjoy elk meat. Save some of the chipotle butter and use on toasted French bread to serve alongside.


  • 1 elk venison rump roast
  • Olive oil

Dry Rub Marinade:

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Chipotle Butter:

  • 1 cube butter
  • 2 chipotle pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander

Full recipe: Elk Rump Roast with Chipotle Butter

Elk Burgundy

Elk Venison Burgundy Recipe
Serve this Elk Venison Burgundy Recipe over cream-style mashed potatoes or polenta. (Photo courtesy of

Elk Venison Burgundy, or better referred to as Bourguignonne, is cubed meat slow-cooked with bacon, burgundy wine, brandy, pearl onions, mushrooms and seasonings.


  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds elk venison stew meat, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups red wine (Burgundy, Chianti or Merlot)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 2 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 6 slices thick bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup pearl onions
  • 16 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 green onions, chopped (optional)

Full recipe: Elk Burgundy

Ground Elk Recipes

Savory Garlic Mushroom Ground Elk

Savory Garlic Mushroom Ground Elk
Serve this Savory Garlic Mushroom Ground Elk Recipe over cooked rice. (Photo courtesy of

This is a simple, savory stroganoff recipe that uses garlic, mushrooms, onion, canned mushroom soup, fresh sage and ground elk burger.


  • 1 pound ground elk
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can mushroom soup mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Full recipe: Savory Garlic Mushroom Ground Elk

Elk Skillet Lasagna

Elk Skillet Lasagna
Nothing like a warm elk lasagna skillet recipe on a cold day. (Photo courtesy of

Lasagna has always been known as a classic comfort food with layered rich tomato sauce, thick lasagna noodles and a whole lot of cheese. This skillet elk lasagna uses ricotta cheese, fresh mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.


  • ½ package lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound ground elk meat
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 32 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 2 eggs

Full recipe: Elk Skillet Lasagna

Elk Patty Melt

Elk Patty Melt
Cook until cheese is melted and rye bread is golden brown. (Photo courtesy of

The perfect elk sandwich accompanied by melted Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, Thousand Island dressing pressed between two toasted and golden brown pieces of rye bread. Serve with a side of fresh cut French fries.


  • 1 pound ground elk (substitute ground venison or antelope)
  • 1/4 pound chorizo (substitute ground sausage)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • Mayonnaise (for spread on rye bread)

Full recipe: Elk Patty Melt

Stuffed Elk Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed Elk Cabbage Rolls
These Stuffed Elk Cabbage Rolls use Better Than Bouillon beef base for great flavor. (Shutterstock photo)

When you need a tasty appetizer that everyone will love, try this tender and delicious elk recipe.


  • 12 large cabbage leaves
  • 1 pound ground elk
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 small can tomato paste, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon beef base
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup warm cooked rice mixed with 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried sweet basil
  • 1 teaspoon homemade garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon homemade onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons onion, grated
  • 2 tablespoons celery, diced
  • ¼ cup carrots, shredded

Full recipe: Stuffed Elk Cabbage Rolls


Elk Backstrap Recipes

Pan-Seared Elk Venison with Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

Pan-Seared Elk Venison with Rosemary Smashed Potatoes
Serve this elk venison backstrap recipe with a side of rosemary smashed potatoes and steamed asparagus. (Photo courtesy of

Pan-seared elk venison backstrap in butter, bacon, and garlic served with garden-grown potatoes and rosemary.


  • 2 individually cut elk backstrap steaks, each about 4- to 5-inches thick
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

Rosemary Smashed Potatoes:

  • 6-8 potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • Chopped fresh chives

Full recipe: Pan-Seared Elk Venison with Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

Elk Fajitas with Peppers and Onions

Elk Fajitas with Peppers and Onions
Serve this Elk Venison Fajitas with Peppers and Onions Recipe over fresh greens or sliced cabbage with a squeeze of lime. (Photo courtesy of

This is a quick wild game recipe using elk, bell peppers and Walla Walla sweet onions.


  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds of elk backstrap, sirloin or roast, thinly sliced
  • 2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 large yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Flour tortillas
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Crumbled queso fresco cheese
  • Sour cream
Full recipe: Elk Fajitas with Peppers and Onions

Elk Parmesan with Zucchini and Leeks

Elk Parmesan with Zucchini and Leeks
Garnish this delicious Elk Parmesan with Zucchini and Leeks Recipe with fresh chopped chives and basil. (Photo courtesy of

Tender elk medallions are covered in marina sauce and fresh melted mozzarella cheese on a bed of garden zucchini ribbons and sweet leeks.


  • 8-10 elk backstrap medallions (1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 4 zucchini peeled into ribbons
  • 1 large leek chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • Fresh mozzarella (cherry size)
  • Diced chives and basil

Full recipe: Elk Parmesan with Zucchini and Leeks

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