How to Make Mouth-Watering Venison Burgers
For most of us, it’s hard to choose our favorite part of hunting. Is it the fresh morning dew, the smell of the forest that pulls us in? Or is it perhaps the quiet of the before dawn trek through the woods to set up in your favorite spot? For some of us, it’s the thrill of the hunt and for others, it’s the thought of the food that will fill our freezers and our bellies once hunting season is over. For our family, I have to say that one of our favorite parts of hunting, and deer season, is the mouth-watering venison burgers that are a result of a successful hunt.
There is nothing like a well-grilled venison burger, dripping juices, and then dripping with your condiments of choice to make your mouth water and your evening complete. There is also nothing more unappetizing, and even sad, than ruining a perfectly good venison burger, by first not preparing it right and then burning it to a charred mess on the grill. That’s why in this blog, we’re not only going to go into some of the biggest health benefits of eating venison itself, but into some of the top tips for preparing ground venison patties, how to cook a mouth-watering venison burger, and possibly much, much more.
If your mouth is already watering at the thought, then without further ado, let’s dive into our blog on how to make mouth-watering venison burgers to please your family or even a Sunday afternoon crowd, whichever comes first.
A Few Tips for Making Those Ground Venison Patties
Before you can get down to making those delicious, mouth-watering venison burgers, you first need to know how to make the patties themselves. All of us remember those days that a burger, any burger, came off the grill charred and not fit for consumption. You don’t want that to happen with your venison burgers, so it’s important to follow the tips below to make them the right way.
No Thicker than One Inch
Those charred burgers burnt on the outside and soggy and raw on the inside come from the patties being too thick. Never, make your venison patties over an inch thick or you’re going to end up wasting good venison, a mess on your hands, and some very unhappy, hungry guests to boot.
Grind the Meat Yourself
Not only will you be able to eat the meat rarer if you grind it yourself, but you will also run less of a risk of bacteria contaminating the meat as well. Not only that, you’ll get a much fresher taste from the burger if you grind your venison meat right before cooking.
Include 25 Percent Fat
It’s also important to include 20 to 25 percent fat in your venison. If you go any less than that, you run the risk of your venison burgers coming out dry and unappetizing and ruining everyone’s dinner as well.
Now that you know the best way to make those ground venison patties, we can move into the best ways to spice it up and get the best mouth-watering burgers that you have ever served to your family and friends. Ready to learn how to cook those appetizing venison burgers? Then, let’s get it done.
Ways to Spice Up Your Venison Burgers to Please a Hungry Crowd
As much as we love a good venison burger in this house, especially in the summer months with family and friends gathered around for a BBQ, I hate to see a venison burger that has been ruined, tossed on a bun, topped with a slice of fake cheese, and served to guests. Believe me, it’s happened and it’s something my family won’t stand for. If you’ve had it happen to you and want to stop it from happening again, keep on reading for some tried and true tips to stop your venison burgers from being plain old burgers, by adding some spice to the mix.
Add Some Spicy Mustard
While a properly made and well-cooked venison burger needs no accompaniment for it to taste amazing, sometimes you want that extra little oomph with your burger. That’s where taking it up a notch with some good old brown spicy mustard will do the trick. Just make sure you don’t overdo it on the spicy mustard and kill the taste of the burger.
A Different Type of Pickle
There are quite a few different pickles that go great with a venison burger. The best in our opinion are the ones that are crunchy and sour when you bite them. Something about a pickle spear and a venison burger, slathered with spicy mustard just sets off a spring evening with family and friends, don’t you think?
Yeah, it’s possible to slap a piece of processed American cheese on your venison burger and still enjoy it, but why would you when there are so many better options out there? We recommend a good cheddar that you then slice yourself, so you get just the right amount of thickness. If cheddar isn’t your thing, then try crumbling some bleu cheese into the meat before grilling for a nice pick me up with your burger. There are so many options out there for cheeses to use that it’s hard to name just a few! Do your research and choose the ones that you and your family like best!
How About Some Bacon
Anyone knows that a little bacon makes everything taste better. So, why not add some to that great-tasting venison burger you just grilled to perfection. Whether you chop the bacon and add it to the ground venison before grilling or fry it up nice and add it to the burger afterward, there is nothing like a bacon venison burger to get the juices flowing.
Add Some Jalapenos
While this idea might not be good for all of the guests at your BBQ, if you have guests that love hot and spicy food, then adding jalapenos to the burgers might be just the ticket. Make sure to wash your hands carefully after messing with these though, because one swipe of an eye can ruin your evening!
These are a few of the ways to spice up that venison burger that you love so much. Add in a nice pot of baked beans, some potato salad or even just a few pickle spears and chips and you have a meal that the neighborhood will be talking about for weeks to come.
Now, you might be saying to yourself why not just grill beef burgers, instead of venison burgers? For one, in our humble opinion venison tastes better and two, venison is healthier for you. Below we will talk about a few of the benefits of venison over beef that you might not have known about.
Benefits of Choosing Venison Over Beef Revealed
There are many, many arguments for choosing venison over beef out there and just as many beef lovers that prefer beef over venison. There are benefits to both, of course, but in our opinion not only is venison just better, better for you, and cheaper, it’s just better all around. Read on below for a few of the top benefits of venison over beef to be revealed.
The fact that venison is close to 80 percent cheaper than beef is one of the most common reasons that people choose one over the other. When you’re living on a budget, a freezer full of venison that you shot and killed yourself wins out over the beef you have to purchase at the local market for sure.
Helps to Control the Deer Population
The news is full of stories about deer who have caused accidents on the highways and byways of our great nation. Many of those accidents have ended in fatalities as well. There are also reports of deer raiding gardens and farmer’s fields, which takes food out of the mouths of our families and out of grocery stores. Eating venison, instead of beef, or at least having a healthy medium between the two, helps to control the deer population, which is a very good thing.
Gets You Outdoors for Fresh Air
There is nothing like getting up before dawn and heading out into the morning quite to sit up in your deer stand and hope for the big one to come by. Not only is it exciting, but it also gets you out and about and in the fresh air for a bit. People today are more than likely to forgo the fresh air in favor of sitting in their easy chair in front of the TV. Hunting helps you get out there and breathe the air that God intended us to breathe and the result could be a freezer full of meat at the end of your hunting trip. Now, that’s a win-win situation wouldn’t you think.
Helps to Keep You Active and Fit
Deer hunting isn’t quite as easy as you might think. You have to take the long trek to your deer stand or blind and then climb up to sit in it for hours at a time, waiting on a deer to come by so you can take your shot. Remember, being out in the fresh air is great, but it also gives you a chance to get a little exercise as well.
Health Benefits Revealed
There are many just plain old benefits to choosing venison over beef but there are also health benefits to choosing venison meat over beef, pork, and chicken. Let’s look at a few of those health benefits together, shall we?
Contains Less Cholesterol
It’s a well-known fact that venison is lower in cholesterol than both chicken and turkey are. It’s also a great source of saturated fats. In other words, venison lowers your high cholesterol and raises good cholesterol.
Venison is Rich in Iron
Iron is an important part of your diet and can make you feel horrible if your iron is low, not to mention an iron count that is too low can cause you serious issues. Since venison is known to be rich in iron it can help to increase your energy levels, prevent anemia, and help expectant mothers who have low iron levels as well.
Venison is Good for Food Allergies
Studies have been done and some experts have stated that venison can help with certain food allergies. It can also help with some digestive problems and disorders, and also help with diarrhea that is sporadic. If you or one of your family members suffers from a food allergy, try laying off the other meats for a while and see how well they do with venison.
Venison Helps You to Slim Down
If you’re looking to lose some of those extra pounds you’ve suddenly put on, then eating venison meat might just be the answer to your needs. Since the meat is low in carbohydrates and has very little fat, it’s perfect for those who want to slim down, but still, want to be able to eat.
As with any other type of diet plan, you need to talk to your primary care provider before you decide to just eat venison over other proteins. It’s best to be safe than to be sorry when it comes to any weight loss plan. While it’s a great source of protein, your doctor may think there are other nutrients you need as well.
It Tastes Amazing
There’s no denying that venison meat tastes great, and it’s good for you, so what else could you want in your meat of choice.
This concludes our blog on how to make the best mouth-watering venison burgers out there today, along with a few benefits of venison over other proteins on the market today. Until next time, happy hunting, everyone!
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