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How to Make Elk Patty Melts

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Elk Patty Melts… or maybe Patty mELKS?

Who in America doesn’t love a good bite to eat at a local diner? The nostalgia of cruising down the road, Dad pulling into a parking lot, turning the car off and saying, “Let’s go”. You sit at the booth and open that menu, and there it is – the patty melt.

Well, what if I told you that that diner experience could be even better with a little twist by replacing the beef with elk? There are many staples when it comes to diner food. One that rings true is the patty melt. Good rye bread, melted cheese, grilled onions, and it only gets better with the flavorful meat of an elk.

Serve: 4
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10-15 min

Looking for more ground elk recipes? Try out this Elk Crunchwrap Supreme by Lindsey Bartosh!

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How to Make Ground Elk Patty Melts

Recipe by Daniel Kenworthy
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Course: Wild RecipesCuisine: American


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  • 1 lb. Ground Elk

  • ½ C grated onion

  • 1 Egg

  • 4 Slices White American Cheese

  • ½ Onion Sliced

  • 2 Tbsp Butter

  • ¾ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper

  • ½ tsp Onion powder

  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire

  • ½ Loaf Rye or Sourdough Bread

  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard

  • 1 tsp Mayonnaise


  • Preheat indoor or outdoor griddle or cast iron skillet, make sure it’s at max temperature to get a good sear. Preheat your pan to medium for the onions (you can also use the griddle if there is space). Mix your mayonnaise and Dijon in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Mix ground elk, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, egg and grated onion into a large mixing bowl.
  • Let it sit for 10-15 min. Form into 4 patties and set aside in your refrigerator (colder patties help keep a medium rare cook).
  • Add butter to the preheated pan and add sliced onions. Cook until brown and slightly crispy.
  • Place your elk patties on your griddle. Cook for 3-4 minutes for a medium rare patty. Add additional time for a more well-done option. Flip the patties and add cheese slices. Repeat time for desired internal temp. Remove patties and cover with foil to stay warm. Butter bread slices and place butter-side down on the griddle until golden brown.
  • Spread sauce on toasted bread, add patties and onions and you’re in diner food heaven without the drive. Serve your mELK with a side of fries or a crispy plate of onion rings.

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Daniel Kenworthy

First and foremost, I am a husband and dad, but I am also a plumber, an angler, and proud to say, a hunter. Though I started hunting much later in my life than most people who hunt, it has become a huge part of my life in a short amount of time. It has expanded into so much more. Hunting has made me into a hiker, nature lover and I even started gardening. My love of the outdoors has grown so much in my adulthood. I have found out that as long as I can be outside, I seem to be content. At the lake or in the mountains, I just seem to find my happy place.

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