Wild Game Burger Trio – Black Bear, Venison, and Wild Salmon

Recipes contributed by Editor in Chief J. Townsend.

We are proud to announce our the premier of our first wild game recipe films. At Harvesting Nature we are so passionate about our food and the outdoors. We love to know the exact source of where our meat originated. For us, hunting and fishing isn’t about chasing trophies. Our outdoor adventures are about putting food on the table. Harvesting wild fish and wild game is one of the safest ways to ensure our family is getting truly fresh and healthy meat. We have decided to expand our written adventure articles to dabble in film. This is our premier recipe film which celebrates the Spring and Summer grilling season with three wild game burger recipes.

In this film, we took three types of wild game meat and ground them up into individual burgers. Black Bear meat from Alaska and paired it with blue berry BBQ sauce because this black bear had been feasting on blue berries prior to being harvested. The White Tail Venison from Pennsylvania we stuffed with Havarti cheese. The Wild Sockeye Salmon, also from Alaska, was mixed together with Parmesan cheese, formed into patties, and baked in the oven. Each has its own recipe which you will see in the film as well as in print below.

In this film, we used a Weston meat grinder and a Weston burger press which can be purchased at westonsupply.com

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Blue Berry BBQ Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh blue berries
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preparation:
1. Bring a medium sauce pan to high heat
2. Add all the ingredients and simmer for 10-15 minutes until thick
3. Remove from pan and allow to cool
4. Place the mixture in a blender or food processor and puree
5. Store the BBQ sauce in a glass container until ready to use

Black Bear Burger

Black Bear Burger

Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs ground bear meat
  • 2 tbsp minced scallions
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Preparation:
1. Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl
2. Press or form the meat into thin patties
3. Grill, bake, or pan cook until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees
4. Serve with the Blue Berry BBQ Sauce

You must cook the bear all the way through. Most bears have trichinosis which humans can catch if the meat is not cooked about 160 degrees

Salmon Burger

Salmon Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs of ground salmon
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 tbsp minced scallions

Preparation:
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl
3. Press or form the meat into thin patties
4. Place the patties on an oiled baking sheet
5. Put to patties in the oven and bake for 10 minutes
6. Flip and bake for an additional 5 minutes
7. Remove and serve with your favorite condiments

Havarti Stuff Venison Burger

Havarti Stuffed Venison Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs of ground venison
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Havarti Cheese

Preparation:
1. Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl
2. Press or form the meat into thin patties
3. Divide a cheese slice into four pieces
4. Place the four pieces on top of one patty
5. Place another patty on top of the cheese and press the sides together or use the Weston burger press to seal the cheese inside the meat
6. Grill, bake, or pan cook until the meat
7. Serve with your favorite condiments

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