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Sausages and Ground Meat Dishes

venison burger recipe

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This is my catch-all category for sausages as well as dishes like meatballs, burgers or chili. Basic thing you need to know is you will almost always need to add fat to ground wild game. Some people add beef fat, some pork (that would be me), and a few add lamb fat. I prefer pork fat.

Every once in a while, you will get a deer or moose or elk with enough natural fat to make ground meat without added fat — test the fat by frying some up in a pan, and if it smells and tastes good (dip some bread into the hot fat to see), go for it. If you don’t like the flavor, trim the fat off and use domestic.

If you are not a hunter, ground lamb or bison would be closest in flavor to ground venison.

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Venison Burgers

This is my basic recipe for venison burger, tried and true. Follow this method for venison burgers and you won’t be sad.
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Venison Meatloaf

A classic Italian-American style meatloaf done with venison. I normally don’t like meatloaf, but I love this recipe!
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Venison Potstickers

Chinese dumplings filled with ground venison, scallions and ginger, pan seared and steamed. Sooo good…
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Venison Chili

This is the best venison chili, and maybe the best chili of any kind, you’ve ever had. I can almost guarantee it.
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Venison Burgers with Mushrooms

Venison mushroom burgers, with mushrooms in the patties and mushrooms on top. It’s an umami bomb.
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Venison Lasagna

Based off my mother’s recipe for lasagna, you will like this lasagna. Oh yes, you will…
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Venison Meat Pies

A Sicilian version of the classic Cornish pasty, these are hand-held meat pies great for lunches.
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Mexican Chipotle Meatballs

These are a little like Italian meatballs, but with a smokey-spicy kick from chipotle chilis and cumin. Damn good as an appetizer or on rice.
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Teriyaki Venison Meatballs

Japanese style teriyaki venison meatballs. They are made of awesome.
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Swedish Meatballs with Venison

Retro fabulous deliciousness! You will forget about IKEA if you make these.
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English Venison Meatballs

These are so damn good! A British classic they call “faggots,” these are big meatballs with a bit of oats in them, “Scarborough Faire” herbs and spices, all wrapped in caul fat or bacon. What’s not to love?

Greek Venison Meatballs

A Greek meatball with a little bulgur wheat and lots of herbs.


These sausages can be made into links or into patties. I’ve tried to include a selection of different flavors from different countries. In every case you can use any form of venison — deer, elk, moose, antelope, caribou, etc — or you can use lamb or pork, too.

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