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Wild Venison Burgers


Recipe contributed by Editor-in-Chief J. Townsend.

Venison burgers are the classic go to ground meat in my house. I always set aside the prime cuts on the deer and then everything else gets ground up later. I try to get as much ground meat off of the deer as possible. The great this is that is pairs with just about anything but burgers are always my favorite. Check out the recipe below and then go toss some ground meat on the grill this weekend.

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  • 1 lbs ground venison
  • 1/4 purple onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup woodear mushrooms, minced
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½  teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Form the meat into balls slightly larger than golf balls
  3. Smash the meat balls flat into patties and lightly coat them with the olive oil
  4. Place in them in the refrigerator to chill while you fire up the grill
  5. Fire up grill, preferable charcoal, these patties deserve that smoky charcoal grill flavor
  6. Once the grill is at a suitable temperature, place the patties on the grate.
  7. Cook 2-3 minutes each side, if you are adding cheese, which I highly recommend white cheddar, add it to the patties after the first flip so that it get nice and melted.
  8. Don’t forget about the condiments

Although they may not be needed, any one of these condiments can enhance your already delicious burger.

  1. Stone Ground Mustard
  2. Garlic Aioli
  3. Substitute Fresh Mustard Greens instead of Lettuce
  4. Chili
  5. Fried Egg
  6. Plum Jam or Preserves
  7. Bread and Butter Pickles, homemade are the best

Justin Townsend

Justin (Choctaw) is an avid hunter, angler, and chef whose passion for the outdoors lead him to create Harvesting Nature in 2011. He continues to hunt, fish, and cook all while sharing his experiences with others through film, podcasts, print, and with recipes. He also proudly serves in the United States Coast Guard.

7 thoughts on “Wild Venison Burgers

  • I love the photo at the top. I’m curious, did you break the plate particularly for this? SUCH a great photo of what sounds like a delicious burger.

    • Thank you. Yes, I broke the plate just for the photo. I was a little reluctant to sacrifice a plate but then I just decided to go for it.

  • Ema Jones

    These Wild Venison Burgers are really driving me wild 😛
    I’m using portobello mushrooms instead of wood ear mushrooms…

    • Portobellos are great. You just have to make sure you mince them very fine. Venison lacks the fat that hamburger has so it is not as sticky. The big chunks can impede the meat forming into patties

      • Ema Jones

        I would definitely mince these Portobellos Mushrooms 🙂


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