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Ground Venison Burgers

Even folks who aren't fans of ground venison recipes will enjoy these zippy burgers, deliciously topped with pepper cheese and a cool lime-mustard mayonnaise. My son, who's an avid hunter, gave me this super venison burger recipe. —Jerry Honeyager, North Prairie, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 8 hamburger buns, split
  • 8 slices pepper jack cheese
  • Tomato slices, optional


  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lime juice, mustard and lime zest; cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • In a bowl, combine the onions, yogurt, jalapeno, salt and pepper. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight patties.
  • Pan-fry, grill or broil over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160°, 3-5 minutes on each side. Serve on buns; top with cheese, mayonnaise mixture and sliced tomatoes, if desired.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 442 calories, 22g fat (8g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 685mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • Rosemary
    Aug 29, 2019

    I used what I had and it still turned out delicious! I used light sour cream instead of yogurt, white onion instead green, sharp cheddar instead of pepper jack, and lightly toasted honey wheat bread slices.

  • kredhead
    May 7, 2019

    Wanted to try something different to enhance this lovely venison I received that wasn't garlic

  • dieter's mom
    Aug 30, 2017

    Two changes to this wonderful recipe. Used lite sour cream instead of yogurt (had no yogurt) & used canned mild chilies instead of fresh. This was an easy, terrific recipe. And no it didn't taste like chicken but it didn't taste gamey either.

  • Wapatoolie
    Apr 26, 2016

    Some version of this recipe has been a staple in my home for a few years. My husband, who is an avid hunter, previously hated venison burgers. We sub plain Greek yogurt for the mayo and the yogurt. Typically use ten onions instead of green, and often add an egg to the burger mix. We have made this with moose, elk and whitetail. I like to add slices of avocado and pepper jack cheese to mine and even enjoy the leftovers!

  • JayDeeJay
    Oct 28, 2011

    The yogurt and seasonings take the game flavor from the meat. I use Greek style yogurt and increased the amount to 5 Tbsp.I think it also helps to form the burger patties in advance for better flavor.

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    Mar 2, 2011

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    Nov 9, 2008

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    Nov 29, 2005

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