19 Ground Venison Recipes | What to Make with Your Deer Meat (2024)

Here’s what to make if you have an abundance of deer meat (or elk, antelope, moose) in your freezer. You’ll love these ground venison recipes!

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Ah, ground venison recipes. If there’s one thing every hunter has after a harvest its ground venison, or “deer hamburger” as my husband would say. I’m curious, do you call ground meat “ground (whatever meat it is)” or “hamburger”?Anyway.

So, you have a bunch of ground deer meat (or elk, antelope, moose) on hand. And I’m here to give you some inspiration for what to do with it! The same old recipes your grandmother made can feel tired and dowdy and I know I even need to check this list to refresh my meal rotation. And as much as well all lovevenison stew, fresh ideas are always needed! This a list of my tried and true (and healthy) ground venison recipe dish ideas and resources!

But what about the gamey taste? How do you get the gamey taste out of ground venison?

The thing I want you to know is that if you follow any of these recipes, you won’t have any of that “gamey” flavor some people complain about. Yes, venison tastes differently than beef. And especially if the meat your eating is from a large, trophy buck in rut, the meat will have a stronger flavor if you’re used to commercially purchased meats. But, if you prepare venison correctly it is delicious.

How do you make venison ground meat taste good?

The thing to do with venison is to prepare it properly. That means proper seasoning, adding some sort of acidic component AND if you’re making a burger, don’t cook it so that resembles a hockey puck. Stick to the recipes and you’ll learn a few tips and tricks that will have you clearing out that freezer in NO time!

Can I substitute ground venison for ground beef?

Here’s why I don’t recommend directly subbing venison for ground beef: you’re wanting it to taste like beef! If you use a recipe you’re familiar with and sub venison, you will notice a difference. Venison and beef aren’t the same, deer are different animals than cows. Som folks are OK with this, but when someone tells me they don’t like deer meat, it’s probably because they’re using dated or beef specific recipes.

What should I mix with ground venison? Adding fat:

People always ask me – “Allie, do you cut your deer meat with fat or anything else?”. My answer: yes! I usually cut my deer meat with about 10% beef or pork fat. It really depends on your animal. If you have a particularly plump deer you’re processing, use all deer and see what you think. But I’m not ashamed to admit that I do use other animal fats in my meat.

Want more recipe ideas, tips and tricks? Go grab a copy of my cookbookVenison Every Day! There are SO many recipes that use ground venison, like sausage gravy, Asian chop salad, and pasta fa*gioli.

Award-Winning Venison Chili

My award winning venison chili formula guaranteed to win that church cook-off. This hearty venison chili recipe is viral for a reason! You can do this in the slow cooker, just reduce the liquid quantity by half.

Venison Bolognese

This is a classic, easy to pull together meat sauce that’s perfect for pasta night. Make a double batch and freeze half!

Crazy Good Ground Venison Tacos

Fresh citrus and classic tacos seasoning flavors bring these viral venison tacos together. If you’re searching “What spices cover gamey taste?”, you HAVE to check this recipe out. They spices don’t really cover the flavor, but they enhance the natural deliciousness and are balanced out with the addition of lime and orange.

Classic Venison Meatloaf

An updated & fresh take on meatloaf -with wild game! It comes out of the oven so tender and juicy!

Venison Enchiladas

My FAVORITE for Mexican night! Make some guac and get out your favorite toppings. Another one that freezes well, see post for directions.

Perfect Venison Burgers

Wondering – “How do you make deer meat taste like hamburger?” Check out this post! These burgers are exactly as the post reads. Perfect, juicy burgers! I’ve got a method and a secret ingredient!

Venison Sloppy Joes

The combination of onion, garlic, and my sweet & savor Sloppy Joe sauce is a match made in heaven for venison meat. Serve in a bun or over potatoes!

Venison Stuffed Peppers

Classic, Italian style stuffed peppers. Comfort food to the MAX.

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Venison Pasta Bake

Cheesy & meaty pasta bake that’s majorly toddler approved. Add herbs, spices, salt, and cheese to your liking!

Smoked Venison Meatballs

Smokey, juicy meatballs covered in a sweet and spicy sauce. Great as an appetizer or main!

Healthier Venison Stroganoff

A lightened up version of a classic, hearty meal. Worcestershire sauce is the secret to a savory broth. A fan favorite right here! This dish is insane when paired with egg noodles and fresh cracked black pepper.

Shepherd’s Pie Soup

All of the makings of Shepherd’s Pie…in soup form!

Venison Burrito Bowls

These protein packed, meal prep friendly bowls are one of my favorite weeknight meals. I serve the ground venison seasoned with plenty of spices over rice, beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, cheese and all of the fixings!

Venison Lasagna

Classic lasagna with ground deer meat and a rich, homemade tomato sauce. Layers and layers of flavor with ooey, gooey mozzarella cheese.

Smokey Venison Meatloaf

Classic meatloaf made with venison and kissed with smoke.

Beer Chili

Beer makes the perfect partner for venison in this balanced and flavorful chili. Take it up a notch!

Taco Style Stuffed Peppers

A twist on traditional stuffed peppers. Taco flavors!

Elk Taco Salad (can be made with deer)

Throw all of your favorite taco toppings onto lettuce for a healthy but NOT boring meal with wild game!

Venison Taco Dip

No one will even know this one is deer meat! It’s such a crowd pleasing appetizer.

Venison Meatballs

My tried and true meatball recipe. I always like to have a batch in the freezer!

Whole30 Venison Burgers with Special Sauce

Doing a Whole30 or love paleo recipes? These burgers are juicy and flavorful and they use sweet potato buns!

Ground Venison Recipes From Other Creators I Love

I’m not the onlyvenison recipe creatorin the game, check out these fantastic ideas from friends of mine!

Oklahoma Onion Burgersby Hank Shaw

Crockpot Pinto Beans (with Venison) fromThe Cagle Diaries

Mexican Albondigas En Chipotleby Hank Shaw

Venison Meatballs with Sweet & Sour SaucefromWinding Creek Ranch

British Venison Meatballsby Hank Shaw

Venison Breakfast SausagefromA Ranch Mom

Venison Meat Piesby Hank Shaw

Dirty Cauliflower Rice (with Venison)fromJoy Filled Eats

Venison Potsticker Dumplingsby Hank Shaw

How is venison best served? Try one of these amazing ground venison recipes and see for yourself!

It is such a gift to be able to share these ground venison recipes with all of you! I hope you’ll find a favorite and the next time you ask yourself “What is best to add to ground venison?”…you know where to go!

Want more recipe ideas, tips and tricks? Go grab a copy of my cookbookVenison Every Day! There are SO many recipes that use ground venison, like sausage gravy, Asian chop salad, and pasta fa*gioli.

This post was published in January 2021 was updated in September 2023.

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