Last updated on February 15th, 2019.
Mouthwatering, juicy Venison Burgers without any added fat! Make lean delicious venison burgers from ground venison in less than a half hour.
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So you know how I mentioned we had 28 pounds of venison in our freezer? Well we are slowly making our way through it all! We had slow cooker chili, Mexican Lasagna made with venison, venison steak, and now I made venison burgers.
For those of you who are new to venison, venison is deer meat. So venison burgers are made from ground deer meat! A lot of people are turning towards eating venison, because venison is typically naturally organic, free-range, etc., because it is hunted by hunters instead of farm-raised. And venison is very flavorful and is much lower in fat than beef.
Where to buy venison:
Most grocery stores probably do not carry venison unless you live in a rural area, but butcher shops are more likely to have it. If you can’t find it in person, you can always order venison online from reputable sellers such as Fossil Farms. If you’re going to place an order, you should try venison steak or medallions too, just to get an idea of how flavorful venison is even without extra seasoning.You can also find even more venison recipes on their website.
To be honest, I’ve never cooked venison burgers before working on this venison burger recipe, so I went to the internet for help.
I read that a lot of people add fat to ground venison if you’re going to make burgers. But what is the point of adding fat to such a lean, flavorful meat? I decided to see if these burgers would be good without adding extra fat to them.
And guess what? These venison burgers were great without added fat! I added an egg to the ground venison mixture to help the burgers bind together, and everything came out great. The burgers weren’t dry or tough. So I am glad I didn’t listen to the internet.
These burgers are delicious with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese. Aldo ate his with a fried egg on top and oh my goodness that was delicious!
How to make venison burgers:
Venison burgers are made very similarly to regular beef burgers: start by adding all the ingredients to a bowl and mixing well.
Then form the patties:
The venison patties are first cooked in a pan. A cast-iron pan is the best for this recipe. You can use either a cast-iron grill pan or a regular cast iron pan to brown the burgers.
You’ll want to use canola oil to sear the burgers, or another oil that tolerates high heat. If you use olive oil, you’ll get a lot of smoke since you’ll be cooking these burgers at very high heat in the pan.
After a quick sear, the burgers are put in the oven for 10 minutes to cook them to my liking – medium-well for me, please! If you are using a cast-iron pan, you can transfer it directly into the oven. Or you can place the burgers on a baking sheet, if you prefer.
If you prefer to cook these on a grill, then just prepare the venison burger patties using my recipe below, and follow your favorite grilled burger directions for the cooking time. Just be careful not to overcook them so they remain juicy and flavorful.
How to serve venison burgers:
Serve these venison burgers with your favorite burger toppings, just like you would eat a burger made out of beef. Lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup, cheese, sliced or sauteed onions, mushrooms, or a fried egg. All of those toppings will add even more flavor to this delicious burger!
Enjoy this recipe! Please let me know if you end up making these, either by leaving a comment and rating below, or tagging me on instagram: @babaganoshblog. I love to hear from you all!
Juicy Oven-Baked Venison Burgers
- Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray.
- Combine all the burger ingredients in a large bowl and mix together with your hands or with a fork until all the ingredients are combined. Do not overmix or the burgers will come out tough.
- Form the burger patties: Split the venison mixture in half. Then divide each half into 3 equal parts. Form each part into a burger patty that is about the size of your buns.
- Preheat your grill pan. Brush the grill pan with the canola oil as you are pre-heating. Place 3 burgers on the pan and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes on each side, or until the burgers are nicely browned. If you have a large grill pan, you might be able to fit all 6 burgers in at once.
- Place the burgers on the sprayed baking pan and transfer to the oven. Bake for about 10 minutes at 375F for medium burgers, or until the burgers are cooked to your liking. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature, cooking time will vary depending on how thick your burgers are. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before eating. Assemble your burger and enjoy!