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Black Bear Burger with Blueberry BBQ Sauce


Black Bear Burger

Our Editor in Chief J. Townsend disappeared last week and went black bear hunting up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. We haven’t heard the details of his hunt, but wanted to share a great black bear burger recipe to celebrate the pursuit.

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Blue Berry BBQ Sauce

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

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

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

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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

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
4. Serve with the Blue Berry BBQ Sauce

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.

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