Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Making Better Deer Burgers

Making Better Burgers with

2 Lbs. Ground venison

½ Lb Sage Breakfast Sausage

1 tblsp Deer Cook Char Steak Seasoning

Better Burgers- Venison is so lean that it tends to be dry and fall apart when used as hamburgers. Next time try this simple recipe. Mix 2 lbs. deer burger with 1/2 lb of sage breakfast sausage and 1 tablespoon of a good seasoning such as Char-Steak. Let the meat sit for about 1/2 hr. to moisten the seasonings. Make 1/3 lb patties about 3/4 " thick then fry or grill to medium rare. Put on a really good bun with purple onion, lettuce, tomato and cheese. Add your favorite condiments and enjoy. The burgers will be juicy, tender and flavorful. You may substitute the sausage with a half lb. of smoked bacon for another good flavor treat. 


Ground venison usually lives in obscurity in the freezer till all the other cuts of meat are gone. Then it is used for chili or deer burgers or it is left in the freezer and not used at all. There is tons of deer burger left in the freezer all over America that never gets used. It is finally thrown out after a couple of years just sitting in the freezer. There are ways to use your burger so that it becomes a mainstay of your venison meals and gets used as a more regular menu item.

You can check your deer burger for quality by looking at it and seeing if there is more white then red. More white then red means there is a lot of tallow (deer fat) and not as much lean meat. This type burger won't taste as good because tallow does not taste good. It is what causes people to say it is gamey and is the part that leaves that filmy taste in your mouth when you eat bad burgers. Look for more red then white in your burger meat to insure the quality of the meat is good.

When you cook the deer burger with the pork, the pork fat grabs the deer tallow so when you drain the skillet the bad taste of the tallow goes out with the pork fat and the meat will be more flavorful. Some people think the tallow is like beef fat and should be used to cook the deer meat with tallow in it. Beef fat taste good to most people deer tallow does not taste good to most people. Eliminate the tallow from you deer meat and it will taste better to most people. Anything white in deer meat should be removed from the meat. Try to drain as much deer tallow off the meat as possible. Treat the meat a little better when cooking and your meals will begin to have more flavor and you will begin to use more ground venison. Go to for more recipe ideas.

One of the easiest ways to use you deer burger is to make the deer burgers using what is called an 80/20 blend of venison with pork sausage. By mixing 2 lbs venison with ½ lb of sage breakfast sausage you create a burger that will stay together have moisture and texture that is more palatable to more people and will cook better on the grill. Once you try this then you can create your own blended mix such as 90/10 or 60/40. Using three lbs. of deer meat with one lb of breakfast sausage will give you a meat that can be used for soups, casseroles, rice dishes, gumbos, stews, pizzas, pot pies and any other ground meat dish you can.

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