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Best Venison Appetizer Recipes for an Outdoor Crowd

If hosting a simple get-together or party for outdoor enthusiasts, impress them with some wild appetizers, such as venison sushi, venison wraps or venison meatballs

Best Venison Appetizer Recipes for an Outdoor Crowd
Venison Sushi Recipe (Photo courtesy of Shaun Davies)
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Offering tasty appetizers is a must at parties. They allow guests to wet their appetites as well as socialize and catch up before the formal dinner. But don’t offer just chips and dip; give your guests something to talk about.

Set the standard for the evening with these impressive venison-inspired recipes from Outdoor Channel TV show hosts. Venison sushi, crispy venison mac & cheese balls, healthy venison lettuce wraps, and sweet and sour meatballs; these appetizer recipes will delight your guests long before you bring out dinner.

But, perhaps you don’t plan on cooking dinner. These appetizers can shine on their own, which is perfect for New Year’s Eve get-togethers and football parties. So the next time you have to a host a party, step up your game with these great venison appetizer recipe ideas.

Wild Venison Wraps Recipe

Venison Wraps by Drury Thirteen
Venison Wild Wraps Recipe (Taylor Drury photo)

Venison, vegetables and rice all rolled up into tasty lettuce wraps – this recipe makes eating a low-carb diet super easy.


  • ½ pound ground venison
  • Half package taco seasoning
  • 1 head lettuce, washed and separated into large leaves
  • Shredded cheese
  • 1 package Rice a Roni Long Grain and Wild Rice Mix
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

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Sweet & Sour Venison Meatballs Recipe

Venison Meatballs Recipe by Drury ThirteenSweet & Sour Venison Meatballs Recipe (Jenny Nguyen photo)

Serve these sweet & sour venison meatballs as a tasty party appetizer or for your next family dinner.


  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar chili sauce
  • 1½ cups grape jelly
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons onion power

Get the Recipe: Sweet & Sour Venison Meatballs Recipe

Venison Sushi Recipe

Venison Sushi Recipe
Venison Sushi Recipe (Photo courtesy of Shaun Davies)


There is no better way to serve venison tenderloin than as a sushi appetizer with this simple recipe.


  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 2 cups water (plus extra for rinsing rice)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 thinly-sliced strips seasoned and seared venison loin
  • Minced scallions or fresh jalapeño peppers
  • Soy sauce, optional

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Venison Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe

Venison Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe
Venison Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe (Photo courtesy of Shaun Davies)

That's right … venison AND mac and cheese, all balled up into the ideal, bite-sized party appetizer.


  • 4 cups mac and cheese (favorite recipe; out of the box; leftovers; whatever you choose!)
  • 2 cups grilled and cubed venison tenderloin
  • 1½ cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

Get the Recipe: Venison Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe

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