Venison Burger with BBQ Sauce Recipe

Venison Burger with BBQ Sauce Recipe
Season these venison burgers with "Johnny's Jamaica Me Crazy" sea salt and pepper. (Photo courtsey of Mike Hanback)

Mike's Montana Burgers Season these venison burgers with "Johnny's Jamaica Me Crazy" sea salt and pepper. (Photo courtsey 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

By: Mike Hanback

Television host, Mike Hanback from Big Deer TV on Sportsman Channel, serves up this BBQ venison burger recipe.

Serves: 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes


  • 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 of cheese


1. Pre-heat gas grill or burn charcoal to medium-high (10 minutes for gas; let coals turn good and gray). Form meat into 6 patties. Spray grate with non-stick grilling oil. 

2. Add patties and brush with BBQ sauce. Sprinkle patties with ground pepper to taste. Close lid and grill 4-5 minutes.

3. Open lid, flip burgers and repeat step two with sea salt, pepper and sauce. The best deer burger you will ever grill will be done in another 4-5 minutes!

Tip from Burgermeister Luke Strommen:

"Most of the time it's best to flip a burger only once — that's what the pro foodies say — but with these burgers, I like to sneak in after 2-3 minutes, flip the patties again and add more seasoned salt, pepper and BBQ sauce. If you flip these burgers four times instead of two, they have twice the zest."

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