10 Must-Try Venison Burgers

10 Must-Try Venison Burgers
Best Venison Burger Recipe with Caramelized Onions (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

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

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.


  • 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

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.


  • 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

Grilled Venison Quesadilla Burger With Guacamole Recipe

For a juicy venison burger with a twist, layer patties in between two flour tortillas with shredded cheese, Mexican crème and guacamole, and then cook on a hot grill. (Jessyca Sortillon photo)

A must-try recipe for cheesy, grilled venison quesadilla burgers with Mexican crema and freshly-made guacamole.


  • 1 pound ground venison burger
  • 1 pound ground beef chuck (80/20)
  • 4 tablespoons Hi Mountain Fiesta Salsa Burger Seasoning
  • ½ cup crumbled queso fresco
  • 8 soft flour tortillas (soft taco size, about 12 inches in diameter)
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese (I use a blend of Monterey Jack, mild cheddar, queso quesadilla and Asadero cheeses.)
  • Crema Mexicana (aka Mexican crème; can substitute regular sour cream, if needed)

Get the Recipe: Grilled Venison Quesadilla Burger With Guacamole 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!


  • 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.


  • 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 'White Castle' Burgers in a CanCooker Recipe

A CanCooker uses steam to cook, and that is exactly what you’ll need to make this tasty Venison "White Castle" Burgers recipe. (Jessyca Sortillon photo)

You know those irresistible little burgers from White Castle with the mini onions? With this recipe and a CanCooker, you can make your own venison version at home!


  • 1 pound ground venison burger
  • ½ pound ground beef chuck (80/20)
  • ⅓ cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 ½ tablespoons CanCooker Onion Pepper Seasoning
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, finely diced
  • 16 small dinner rolls, each sliced in half
  • American cheese slices (optional)
  • Sliced dill pickles (optional)

Get the Recipe: Venison 'White Castle' Burgers in a CanCooker 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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

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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.


  • 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

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